TEDxSeattleWomen (In person watch party!)

2021 TEDxSeattleWomen: What Now?
Watch Party

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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!

Brook West

Brook West is a successful P&L leader with a proven track record of scaling sales multiple times in software and technology across industries. With her natural sales and leadership talent, and passion for building high-performing teams, Brook has consistently exceeded goals while commercializing health tech and SaaS products at 98point6, Valant, Fuze, Microsoft, and others for the past 20 years.

But she has a story to tell about living through a painful experience and getting to the side of gratitude. Life brings challenges to us all, no one gets out unscathed. This is Brook's story about a life-shaping event and an unexpected journey of self-transformation.

Brook holds a bachelor's degree in linguistics and Russian from the University of Pittsburgh.

Andrea Driessen

Why are eulogies only for the dying? In this funny, touching talk, Andrea Driessen maintains that writing loved ones, close friends. and colleagues “gracenotes” – a kind of living eulogy – is a potent tool for connection and belonging. And a way to lessen grief and regret.

After all, we know everyone wants to know they matter, and here Andrea gives us a straightforward way to show others HOW they matter—while they’re still alive to hear it.

Especially in a world mired in a pandemic, as we get daily reminders of how quickly life can change and fade.

Andrea is a learning designer, writer, and internationally award-winning business owner who helps people and organizations worldwide become more capable, communicative, and connected.

Andrea found her heart’s work at Providence Hospice of Seattle, where she has been volunteering since 2016. Through her interactions with people who are dying—and their loved ones who are living—she developed a powerful, actionable practice for lessening the pain of grief and regret, boosting happiness, and shifting how we move through the world.

Andrea’s 3x award-winning book, The Non-Obvious Guide to Event Planning: For Kick-Ass Gatherings that Inspire People, is in its second printing.

Talisa Lavarry

Talisa “Tali” Lavarry is the founder of Yum Yum Morale, a DEI Consultancy that focuses on the retention and advancement of diverse hires. Organizations large and small look to her, to bridge the gap between their leadership team and marginalized hires.

She is also the Best-Selling Author of Confessions from Your Token Black Colleague, an educational book; part memoir, part blueprint for change, that was featured in Adam Grant’s Fall Must Read List 2020.

In addition, Tali is a Keynote Speaker, Anti-Racism Coach, and a proud member of Washington State University’s Foster School of Business Alumni.

Tali serves as a designated Equity Coach & Consultant for JustLead WA and has been featured in Forbes, NYMag & CNBC to name a few. She is also a proud contributor of “Ask an Expert” by Harvard Business Review.

TEDxSeattleWomen 2021: What Now?

2021 TEDxSeattleWomen: What Now?

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

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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

Trish Millines Dziko

Meet Trish Millines Dziko: co-founder of Technology Access Foundation, and a passionate advocate for developing the genius in all children in our public schools. At least once a year, Trish has a moment where she realizes she is doing exactly what she was meant to do.

Raised with the belief that we have a responsibility to care for our communities, Trish is inspired by James Baldwin’s words, “For these are all our children. We will profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.”

Twenty-five years ago, Trish was traveling the country for Microsoft, recruiting college-level, technically-trained people of color, but finding only a small pool of candidates. Seeing this shortage, and reflecting on her own experience being discriminated against for her race and gender in the work world, Trish was inspired. She embarked on her own mission to ensure students of color have opportunities in the booming tech fields and that companies create environments where they can thrive.

With a commitment to recognizing and developing the genius in all children, Trish co-founded the Seattle-based Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a nonprofit that creates access to transformative systems of learning for students and teachers of color to eliminate race-based disparities in our increasingly diverse society.

Through Trish’s leadership as Executive Director, TAF became a statewide leader in public education, creating 2 co-managed public schools, partnering with public schools to promote the highest level of student learning, and increasing the number of teachers of color through the Martinez Fellowship. Trish has been recognized for her work with numerous awards including the YWCA Dorothy I Height Racial Justice Award, US News 100 Women Leaders in STEM, Seattle Business Magazine Tech Impact Champion, and Senator Maria Cantwell Women of Valor Award.

Where we are, Trish believes, is a moment of possibility, a crucial moment where - if we act quickly and with strength - we can transform our public schools to get rid of deficit thinking and focus instead on what would happen if every child had what they need to succeed.

Mónica Guzmán

Meet Mónica Guzmán: journalist, author, juror for previous Pulitzer prizes, and Digital Director at Braver Angels, a nonprofit for bridging the partisan divide. Ignoring a high school career survey that indicated she stay away from communications, Mónica followed her gut.

Describing Mónica as a journalist seems to fall short of capturing the impressive accomplishments and endeavors she’s undertaken in her career. She’s been a journalist for over 16 years, jumping right into her passion fresh out of Bowdoin College and earning her chops by working her way as a columnist for the Seattle Times, GeekWire, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The Daily Beast.

As early in her career as a Cops Reporter for the Houston Chronicle, Mónica has understood a fundamental practice in journalism is being able to separate the person from the action in order to allow conversations to occur without judgement, and in that space is where curiosity has the opportunity to thrive.

Energized and inspired by the challenges society faces, Mónica Guzmán has written the soon-to-be-published book for remaining curious in divided times. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Committee, wrote the closing chapter in “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century,” and was a juror for the 2013 and 2014 Pulitzer Prizes.

A daughter to proud Mexican immigrants, Mónica is the Director of Digital & Storytelling at Braver Angels, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the partisan divide, and is the co-founder and former Director of the Evergrey, a Seattle-based newsletter, where she took risks to remain true to her craft.

Melissa Miranda

Meet Melissa Miranda: Part restaurant owner, part chef, part storyteller, educator and counselor. Through Musang, a Filipino restaurant in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, Melissa not only pays tribute to childhood flavors and memories, she also serves a path to change.

Melissa opened Musang in January 2020—that is right before the COVID pandemic. While some may have written the launch off as bad timing, Melissa chose to embrace change. Through hard work, some smart pivots and her tight-knit community, she pulled her business and all who were counting on her through.

It’s change that got her here in the first place: She embraced it when she moved to Italy to go to culinary school. She later adapted to the fast-paced life of New York City’s culinary scene before returning to Seattle, her hometown, to kick off Musang as a pop-up restaurant.

Part of Musang's perseverance can be attributed to Melissa’s outlook. Ever inspired to create new, better work, she believes that Musang can be more than a restaurant: It’s also a community space, free meal program, and most importantly, a personal tribute to Filipino cuisine and childhood memories. Melissa is also more than a restaurant owner and head chef: She’s a storyteller, educator, and at times even a counselor to her staff, her guests, and the children she teaches at Little Wildcats, Musang’s children’s cooking program. With Melissa’s values at the center of everything she creates, community and resilience remain the driving forces behind Musang.

Marshall Law Band

Meet the Marshall Law Band: a good-vibe-inspiring Seattle-based band delivering messages of peace and resilience during trying times. They’re regarded as the activist soundtrack to the Black Lives Matter movement, and you may find them touring the city on their parade float, the S.S. Jelly Bean, or collaborating at the Collective over some vegan empanadas.

The five-year-old funk-hop six-piece started putting their music together in 2017 after discovering each other’s hidden musical talents by happenstance. The group’s music focuses on individual empowerment and positive community change, using their raw lyrics and talents as a catapult for other people’s voices and passions to speak to the times at hand. As community leaders, the Band has organized and managed events such as Fremont Fridays (which lasted 16 straight sold out weeks and featured over 100 artists), Splash Fest, Emerald City Gala, Culture Fest, and a Hip-Opera (debuting in 2017).

Set to kick off a national tour when the pandemic hit, the Marshall Law Band spent their quarantine the only way they knew how: by moving in together and collaborating daily. Crafting 12 new songs and taking their experiences at CHOP, the Band wrote and recorded their 12th and Pine LP over a two-week span. This became an album, graphic novel, and documentary, produced by Jack Endino and considered for a Pulitzer Prize. They would soon find themselves poised at the forefront of the BLM movement in downtown Seattle, playing a show a night over 11 days, taking breaks to hand out water and food and hold the line at the barricades with other protesters.

Understanding the risk, the Marshall Law Band braved threats of violence, tear gas, and exhaustion to spread their message that everything is going to be alright and that unity will change the world for the better by focusing on the next play and asking: What is the effect you’re trying to cause?

Margaret Levi

Meet Margaret Levi: professor, author, and advocate for democracy who believes the decline of unions creates real problems for our society. She asserts the need for new forms of labor organization appropriate for our times.

Margaret has dedicated much of her career championing the worker’s voice. Born in thepost-World War II era, she grew up living in the shadow of the holocaust and with the existential threat of a nuclear disaster constantly looming around the corner. The McCarthy era, a time when conspiratorial theories ran rampant, coincided with the civil rights movement, Margaret recalls her mother taking her and her sister to civil rights marches at young ages. As a teenager, she joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and listened in awe as Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Having experienced history as it was being written provides Margaret with a unique perspective on how to reconstruct democracy to make it viable for today’s time and age. She wants us to think about how we reconstruct our political economic framework so that it is actually suited to the way the economy works now and the problems people want and need to solve.

Margaret Levi has been a distinguished professor of political science for almost 50 years. She spent most of her career with the University of Washington keeping an eye on the labor movement. As Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University. Margaret Levi is the author of numerous books, ran the Center for Labor Studies, and started The Brand Responsibility Project. She is the winner of the Skytte Prize, considered the Nobel in political science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Lynda Stuart

Meet Lynda Stuart: Deputy Director at the Gates Foundation, a doctor, and a passionate advocate for healthcare as a human right. Through this year’s TEDXSeattle talk, she asks if we realize we’re living through one of mankind’s greatest moral failings when it comes to healthcare.

Dr. Lynda Stuart was born and raised in the Caribbean where she watched her father, also a doctor, care for their poverty-stricken community. Experiencing first-hand how access to quality healthcare and medication is essential to helping people lift themselves from poverty, Lynda became driven by an endless search for impact in the world as she champions the motto “Health is a Human Right.”

She migrated to England when she was 10, focusing her attention on healthcare, she earned a P.h.D. from the University of Edinburgh, M.D. from the University of Cambridge and the University of London. Dr. Stuart has served on the Massachusetts General Hospital Executive Committee for Research and as an affiliate of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

As the Deputy Director for Vaccines & Human Immunology at the Gates Foundation, she leads a team that aims to source novel approaches and accelerate the discovery, development, and translation of new passive and active immunization strategies for foundation priority diseases.

Join Dr. Lynda Stuart at this year’s TEDxSeattle as she explains why we are at an inflection point as a global community. How we choose to behave and what we choose to do as a global world is going to define things for many years to come.