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VANtalks Connections set at Kiggins on May 23

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 27, 2024, 5:56am

VANtalks, a local version of the popular TED Talk presentations, will host its seventh annual event at 6:30 p.m. May 23 at Kiggins Theatre, 1101 Main St., Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

“We invite all of the entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and local change agents to VANtalks 2024 Connections!” founder Kevin Hiebert said in a news release.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Curtis Miller, a consultant with Connect ED, who will discuss how to build belonging from stories of loss and connection and understanding the value of identity through weakness.
  • Diana Avalos Leos, executive director of Latino Leadership Northwest, will talk about how the cycle of colibri (or hummingbird) impacts Latino leadership.
  • Jeff Angelo, executive director of Arc of Southwest Washington and taco aficionado and identifier of objects, will discuss fear and loathing in Vancouver.
  • Jenny Thompson, executive director of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, will present “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”
  • Josh Townsley, CEO of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, will discuss bridging worlds with human connection.
  • Nikki Chen, a consultant with Healing Our Roots, will present “The Time of My Life.”

Tickets to the 2024 VANtalks Connections event are $22 in advance and $28 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.vantalks.org.