TEDxSeattleWomen (In person watch party!)

2021 TEDxSeattleWomen: What Now?
Watch Party

Register Now!

Join us for an in-person viewing of the virtual TEDxSeattleWomen event on December 8th. Following the viewing, we'll be hosting this year's speakers in person for a live interactive panel, where you'll be given the opportunity to ask questions and network. There are limited spots available, so get your ticket today!


A special thanks to our presenting partner Comcast Washington

TEDxSeattle + TEDxSeattleWomen (Live!)

Experience TEDxSeattle and TEDxSeattleWomen live at the Meydenbauer Theater in Bellevue, WA in a unique, live studio setting. Both events will be virtual again this year—but the talks by the Northwest’s boldest innovators and change makers are being recorded in front of a live audience on Sunday, November 7, and you’re invited to be a part of it!

With two events in one day, choose to join TEDxSeattle in the morning for nine speakers and live entertainment, or take in TEDxSeattleWomen in the afternoon for three talks and a chance to network and mingle with like minded attendees. You can also make a day out of it with both events for the full spectrum of conversations and live performances. Either way, you’ll enjoy speakers and entertainment in a talk show studio-like setting as camera crews and production staff capture every moment. 

Tickets will be selling fast–so reserve your seat today to view this year’s talks live. 

Please note that strict COVID safety protocols will be in place for the event. In accordance with King County protocol, all attendees, volunteers, and staff will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative test results upon arrival and will need to wear a mask while indoors. Please visit our FAQs for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend this event?

There is a magic to seeing TEDxSeattle speakers and entertainers perform live; it’s an experience that cannot be matched. And this year will very likely be the only time our event will be held in a small, intimate theater setting ever again.

What is the difference between this event and TEDxSeattle on Nov 20th and TEDxSeattleWomen on December 8th?

This event on November 7th will be in-person at a small theater in Bellevue. Speakers and Entertainers will be performing live in front of a small audience and our film crew. These performances will be recorded and then the videos will be debuted at the virtual events on November 20th (TEDxSeattle) and December 8th (TEDxSeattleWomen).

Should I attend the in-person event on November 7th or the virtual events?

This really depends on whether you would prefer to see the speakers and entertainers perform live and in person, or if you’d prefer to watch the talks from the comfort of your home at a later date. While the talks and performances will ultimately be the same, the experiences will be completely different.

Why are there separate events?

We feel that the best way to create an incredible event experience is to design each event for a specific audience. By hosting both in person and virtual events on separate days, we can create the best experiences for each audience.

What is the COVID safety protocol for this event?

Entry requirements

We will be strictly following the King County COVID protocol. All attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (no more than 72 hours old) upon entry, along with a government issued ID (school IDs are also accepted).

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes. All attendees will be required to wear a mask at all times over their noses and mouths while indoors. We plan to provide snacks and beverages during the breaks. During these breaks, there should be plenty of space in the lobby to socially distance while consuming. You can go outside and take off your mask during breaks if you'd like.

Will I be able to socially distance?

Given the nature of the intimate theater environment in which the event is taking place, socially distancing will not be possible. Please be prepared to sit next to people. Again, masks will be required at all times.


Will this event provide captions and translation services?

Yes. We will provide real-time captioning and translations via Microsoft Translator. More info coming soon!

TEDxSeattleWomen 2021: What Now?

2021 TEDxSeattleWomen: What Now?

We’re virtual again this year, with speakers to inspire hope and spark change. 

Register Now!

Over the past year, we’ve struggled to navigate a global pandemic, political and social upheaval, and a growing awareness of the flaws in the systems designed to support us. 

After all this change and uncertainty, many of us are asking, WHAT NOW? 

Join us December 8 for this FREE, virtual TEDxSeattleWomen event. Our speakers will tackle that question, imagining new possibilities and exploring ideas for how we might live and work better together in the years to come.

TEDxSeattleWomen is an annual event designed to empower women and girls to be creators and change-makers. The event combines compelling live speaker presentations with empowering content from our favorite national TEDWomen conference talks.

Meet our 2021 speakers

Talisa Lavarry


Andrea Driessen


Brook West


A special thanks to our presenting partner Comcast Washington

TEDxSeattle 2020: Other Side

In a year no one predicted, how do we approach the other side?

The 2020 TEDxSeattle event brings together diverse speakers, community members like you, and ideas that define the future of our city and beyond. Expect the angles you haven’t seen and the perspectives you haven’t heard. To best further our mission of bringing you thought-provoking ideas, TEDxSeattle 2020 is completely free. Join a dedicated community ready to take a look at the other side.

TEDxSeattle is one of the largest TEDx events in the world, and this year we're exploring the other side; The 2020 event will be 100% virtual (and 100% FREE) but don't expect the same Zoom panels you're used to from conferences in 2020. We're putting a spin on it like only TEDxSeattle can, creating unique, engaging talks with some powerful speakers. If you've always wanted to come to a TEDxSeattle event, but cost or location stood in the way, this is your chance to join us to share ideas that inspire action.

Can't wait to see you there!

For more details, including the schedule for the day, head over to the TEDxSeattle Homepage.

TEDxSeattleWomen 2020: Fearless

Thanks for tuning in to this year’s event!
If you missed it, check out the live stream recording below and sign up for updates to learn about upcoming events!

New year.
New format.
Same inspiring content.


This complimentary and virtual event will center on the theme of Fearless – an idea that is exceedingly important during this time of apart-ness and physical, cultural and economic challenges. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear remarkable talks, watch stories of “Women Who Dare” and call upon our collective fearlessness to take a global step forward – together.

We are prioritizing connection. With our community top of mind, TEDxSeattleWomen welcomes you to join other attendees in breakout discussions, Community Conversations, during the event. Subject to availability.

Meet our 2020 speakers

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Meet our host

Jeannie Yandel is a special projects editor at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle, where she works on everything from podcasts to special broadcast series to live events.



Follow along on socials for updates

Thank you to our presenting partner:

Special thank you to the sponsors who enable us to share the ideas worth spreading:

See 2019 TEDxSeattleWomen highlights

This event is licensed by TEDWomen.

TEDxSeattleWomen 2019: Bold & Brilliant

TEDxSeattleWomen 2019 Highlight Reel from TEDxSeattle on Vimeo.

TEDxSeattleWomen is a once-a-year event that combines compelling live speaker presentations with empowering video content from our favorite talks from the national TEDWomen conference.

Join us for this event held in conjunction with the national TEDWomen conference. We will explore ideas worth spreading under this year's theme of "Bold+Brilliant.” The event will be held in a beautiful vineyard in Woodinville on Thursday, December 5th, where together we'll learn, inspire and grow.

Following the speakers’ talks, we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy appetizers and wine at the acclaimed Chateau St. Michelle. Minors may attend; IDs will be checked.

Doors open at 1:15pm and the program will begin at 2:00pm. Afterwards there will be an informal reception beginning around 6:15pm and we will wind-down at 7:30pm.

What if you can’t make it?

You may cancel your registration up to 7 days before Dec. 5 via this website. If you find you can’t make it once this window has passed, please find a friend to go in your place.

With special thanks to our valued partners, without whom this event would be impossible:

** Tickets ARE transferable so if you register and later cannot attend, you may send a friend in your place.

TEDxSeattle 2019

Join us for our 10th anniversary event, TEDxSeattle 2019. This year’s theme is SHIFT and our inspiring speakers will present talks from the fields of medical research, art, technology and philanthropy encompassing multiple aspects of change from the power of a subtle shift in attitude to major changes in ecosystems.

2019 TEDxSeattle Speaker Schedule

Session 1 - 9:30am - 10:40am

· Dr Sam Sharar - Professor UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
· Karen Okonkwo - Marketer and Co-Founder, TONL
· Leah Garces - President of Mercy For Animals, author and activist

Conversation Break - 10:40am - 11:20am

Session 2 - 11:20am - 12:30pm

· Ellen Forney - Cartoonist and Mental Health Advocate
· Gretchen Yanover - Cellist, composer, performer
· Traca Savadogo - Seattle Freeze Buster
· Alexandra Morton - Independent Field Biologist

Lunch Break - 12:30pm - 1:50pm

Session 3 - 1:50pm - 2:50pm

· Hollis Wong-Wear - Songwriter, musician, speaker and community advocate
· James Miles - Executive Director of Arts Corps and Fresh Professor
· Dr. Hans Peter Kiem - Director Stem Cell and Gene Therapy program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Conversation Break - 2:50pm - 3:30pm

Session 4 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

· Andrea Driessen - Event designer, author and hospice volunteer
· David Blatner - Author, publisher and event producer
· Chris Jordan - Photographer and Filmmaker


TEDxSeattleSalon: Becoming Thought Leaders

TEDxSeattle speakers who have brought innovation to the fields of business and medicine, through non-standard approaches, will share how they did it during this mid-week evening discussion.

Maura O'Neill, the former Chief of Innovation for the U.S. Agency for International Development (a role she developed in the Obama https://tedxseattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/IMG_0549-e1527542780886-1.jpgistration) is a serial entrepreneur, instructor, and researcher on the topic of "narrow-mindedness" and its effect on science, medicine, business, and government. She was also a featured speaker at TEDxRainier in 2015. That presentation is linked, below.

Mónica Guzmán is a journalist reinventing media as a way for Seattleites to better connect. She is also the co-founder and director of  The Evergrey, a new community media newsletter and platform that helps us, "Live like you live here." Prior to The Evergrey, Mónica was a columnist at the Seattle Times, GeekWire, The Daily Beast the the Columbia Journalism Review.

Mavis Tsai is a UW research scientist and clinical psychologist, and the founder of a new movement to increase deep social connections. This movement is spreading through cities on a global scale, led by facilitators whom she trains on learnings based on her research. Her work creates more accessible ways to provide meaningful connections at an affordable scale for all people, worldwide. For a sneak peek, you can also check out her previous talk at TEDxEverett

When you purchase a ticket, you can expect an interesting and interactive discussion of thought leadership and innovation.



TEDxSeattle 2018: Tall Order

A tall order, by definition, is demanding. It's a significant, and potentially unreachable, challenge. Meet the people setting the bar high, and taking the challenge head-on.

The Schedule & Speakers

8:00am McCaw Hall opens
9:30am – 10:40am Session 1, awakening

Hosted by KUOW's Deborah Wang

  • Sam DinningDeputy Prosecuting Attorney of King County's juvenile division
    • Why we need to stop treating everyone equally.
  • Amy Ansel, Founder of Titan Bioplastics & Titan Hemp 
    • Plant power—how hemp could change our world.
  • Chuck Murry, M.D., Ph.D.Director, UW Medicine’s Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
    • He won’t fix your love life but he can repair broken hearts, literally.

11:10am – 12:30am Session 2, discovery

  • Deseo CarminSpanish music with an edge
  • barry johnson, Multi-Disciplinary Artist, children’s book author, and editor
    • Improve your life through multiple personalities.
  • Sara SanfordExecutive Director, Gender Equity Now (GEN) 
    • Women, work, and fairness. There is strength in numbers.
  • Colin MacDonald, Design Director at Parkour Visions, and play enthusiast
    • Why our world would be better with more obstacle courses.

12:30pm – 1:45pm Lunch Break (See below for details)
1:45pm – 3:00pm Session 3, revelation

  • Jono Vaughan, Artist, transgender activist, and Asst. Prof. at Bellevue College
    • Honoring lives ended by violence.
  • Kirk Grogan, Digital Strategist and marketing & sales consultant
    • Those ads that follow you on the internet? That just scratches the surface of how social media and search is affecting you.
  • Anastacia-ReneéSeattle Civic Poet, former Hugo House Poet-in-Residence, and author
    • Good poetry is never polite.
  • Joe Kyeviolinist-looper and vocalist

3:30pm - 4:30pm Session 4, transformation

  • Anirudh KoulHead of Artificial Intelligence & Research, Aira
    • The inspiring story behind the technology bringing sight to the visually impaired.
  • Judy TwedtClimate Researcher, atmospheric scientist, and data sound artist
    • The science of climate change gets a soundtrack.

Interactive Activities

During the breaks, a variety of interactive stations and conversation tables will be arranged for attendees to meet, mingle and discuss ideas and areas relevant to our current world. Topics often range from Education, Changes in Seattle, Access to Health Care, or the best hikes within an hour of the city. To ensure the topics are close to your heart, we've asked YOU for suggestions. You told us what's important to you, and what ideas are worth discussing and sharing. These will come to life in activities and exhibits spread over two floors in the main lobby.

Joining the interactive experiences available during the break, we'll also have art and entertainment from these area artists and musicians:

So many options for lunch.

Every year, we offer a variety of box lunches to pre-order and have waiting at McCaw Hall so you don't miss a thing. The pre-order time has passed, but a few box lunches will still be available, as well as other concessions. Outside food is not allowed in McCaw Hall, so if neither of these options work for you, then we encourage you to step out and visit the other restaurants at the Seattle Center who are offering food discounts to everyone wearing their Tall Order badges. Locations and discounts listed below:

  • Ceres Roasting Co. (10%)
  • Premier Meat Pies (10%)
  • Quincy's (20%)
  • Skillet: Counter (20%)
  • Culture Kitchen at MoPOP (20%)
  • La Marzocco Cafe, in the KEXP Meeting Space (10%)

TEDxSeattle 2018 only happens once a year. If you haven't already purchased tickets, you can still do so online, or at the door.  Tickets are still on sale.

A look back at TEDxSeattle 2017

Deborah Wang standing on the stage with the TEDxSeattle logo behind her on the big screen at McCaw Hall

KOUW's Deborah Wang hosting TEDxSeattle in 2017

Group of people taking a selfie in the audience lobby

Selfie with TEDxSeattle 2017 speaker, Aji Piper

Audience inside the McCaw Hall auditorium talking to one another

A stretch and speak break during the morning's session at TEDxSeattle 2017

Two attendees pose inside the 7 fooot tall red X built for climbing on and into

View from the back of the stage looking towards the audience during a TEDxSeattle 2017 presentation

TEDxSeattle 2017 Changing Places

From the program:

In the spirit of TED’s belief that ideas can change the world, we have chosen Changing Places as our 2017 theme.  

  • Changing places is not just about watching the changes —it is about our own power to change the places and issues we care about.
  • Places change around us and often our attention goes to the changes we dislike in our community, culture or city; today we will focus on positive changes.
  • Changing places is also about the power of empathy—what we can learn when we figuratively change places to look through the world from another’s perspective.

We’ve curated our speakers and performers for their unique and powerful stories. We have also curated and created experiences in the lobby.  These attendee experiences can create opportunities for conversation and interactions.

The chance meetings and encounters during breaks and over meals are an important part of what makes this event so special.

Thank you for being here—and best wishes for a memorable day.

Elizabeth Coppinger, 

TEDxSeattle Organizer and Curator

View all of the 2017 Talks here

TEDxSeattle 2016

Our theme for the November 19th event was Greater Than and it was an amazing experience for the sold out crowd of 2,500 people who watched 16 speakers and performers at McCaw Hall.

We also showcased two TED videos at the event. James Veitch on the agony of trying to unsubscribe, and Michael Murphy on architecture that's built to heal.  We don't yet have a timeline for when the speaker videos will be online. We will announce when they are on the site through our email list and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.