Point Of No Return

We’ve all been there: the point of no return. Sometimes it’s set in motion by circumstances outside our control and at other times, we initiate. Whether it happened in a flash or played out over several years, one thing is certain: the world as we know it has shifted.

What ideas, perspectives and innovations were uncovered and how are they shaping our lives? The theme of TEDxOlympia 2015 was Point of No Return. Our talks and performances explored what unfolds when we realize there’s no turning back—and the surprises we discover before, during and after that threshold. Over 900 people joined us for a full day of ideas, performances and connection. Thank you for sharing this inspiring community experience!


TEDxOlympia 2015 talks and performances available online. Enjoy and share!

Point Of No Return Program 

  • Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015 
  • Venue: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage (map
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
  • DOORS OPEN: 9:00


SESSION 1: inquiry | 10:10 – 11:30


LUNCH BREAK | 11:30 – 1:30


SESSION 2: suspension | 1:30 – 3:00


INTERMISSION | 3:00 – 3:30


SESSION 3: velocity | 3:30 – 4:35



RECEPTION | 5:00 – 6:30

Real Time Captioning: We offered RTC for attendees with hearing loss. The web-based service was accessible with a Smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Photography & Video Release: By attending TEDxOlympia, participants grant TEDxOlympia permission to the rights of their image, likeness and recorded voice without payment or consideration. Participant images may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed for a variety of purposes and in a variety of media. Participants waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product and any royalties or other compensation. Participants must understand that there is no time limit on the validity of this release, nor are there any geographic limitations on where these materials may be distributed.

Super Hero Photo: Ricky Osborne