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Yakima Town Hall is honored to announce its 47th season speaker series, featuring an incredibly diverse group of five speakers.
Rob O’Neill (9/11/2019), best known as the SEAL team member who fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden. Following speakers include entrepreneur and author Alex Banayan (10/23/2019), who has been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30; Dr. Edith Widder (11/13/2019), an expert in bioluminescence who filmed the giant squid for the first time; Chuck Underwood (3/4/2020), who has popularized the field of generational study and generational business strategies; and capping off the season is Monica Lewinsky (4/1/2020), who became a household name in 1998, when it was revealed she had an intimate relationship with then President Bill Clinton. Today, Lewinsky is a social activist who speaks about overcoming shame and cultivating compassion.
Dr. Edith Widder
11/13/2019 @ 11:00 AM
BIOLOGIST, ADVENTURER & DEEP SEA EXPLORER
A specialist in “bioluminescence,” Dr. Edith Widder has been a leader in helping to design and invent new submersible instrumentation and equipment to enable deep-sea observations. In 2012 Dr. Widder, along with other scientists, filmed the giant squid in its natural habitat for the first time ever. This innovative work earned her the 2018 Explorers Club Citation of Merit; she became one of just six women to earn this honor. Dr. Widder founded the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA), a scientific based conservation nonprofit, in 2005.