Speakers and Performers @ TEDxSanDiego 2019

TED Women Bold & Brilliant

This inaugural event featured six curated talks from the national TEDWomen event held Palm Springs and live, two in-person talks as well as breakouts and activities.

Natasha Watley

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Natasha Watley

Natasha’s talk, Reinvention: Life After Olympic Gold is a powerful story about starting over. After a lifetime focused on the singular goal of winning an Olympic Gold Medal, Natasha was lost when it was all over and she realized that the Olympic Committee provided no guidance or support and she had no idea what her “next” would be. A powerful and inspirational story about starting over and doing good.

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Julie Collens

Julie uses stories of personal and scientific challenges to demonstrate that hard things can be achieved.  When that mentality is focused on society’s greatest needs, we make progress.  To date, greater than 150 Alzheimer’s drugs have failed, and the disease continues to decimate our aging population, indicating how challenging this problem is.

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Speakers and Performers @ TEDxYouth@SanDiego 2019


The decisions that each of us make determines the trajectory that our life will take, and collectively, our decisions will determine the trajectory of our society.

Stephanie Lee

Shouldn’t all kids enjoy a safe and happy childhood, develop their identity in a positive way, and not have to reject a part of themselves just to avoid assault? How do we stop bullying that leads to humiliation, desperation, even taking your own life?

It’s up to each of us to create a new reality that does not include bullying. The problem starts and ends with us, and it’s time that it ends.

Luis Ramirez

When two people with completely different backgrounds, cultures, or native country get together and solve a problem, they each bring their own unique ideas and perspectives.

He believes that if obstacles such as a lack of income, student mentorship, and educational programs can be overcome, we could achieve greater ethnic diversity in science, which would result in a change in the social narrative.

Ava Marie Bunn

Typecast as the perfect, well-rounded American teen, Ava Marie Bunn added shock-value to the mix and adopted the acronym BALLS (Believe, Achieve, Listen, Learn, Support) to pursue her big dream of a career in comedy.

Her advice is to stop developing a Plan B as it’s putting energy in the wrong direction. Rather than having something to fall back on, fail forward and pursue your big dream.

Emily Bobryk-Ozaki

Gen Z teenagers often feel that they need to do everything as they prepare for their future – always doing, going, getting, and having. As a result, Gen Z’s mental wellness is being challenged.

Teens are so focused on the outside that they forget to focus on themselves too. In her view, Gen Z teenagers need to realize that it’s okay to be still, to take breaks, mental health naps, and most importantly, to just be.

Rosalie Stovell

As a high school senior Rosalie felt pressured to figure out what she wanted to do – what to major in and what career to pursue – but she was interested in so many different things. At one point she asked herself, “How can I know myself if I don’t even know what it is I want to do?”

But she came to realize that it’s okay to not know what you want to do, as long as you know who you truly are.

Seham Nuur

Seham shares her belief that we are not judged for what has happened to us, but what we decide to become, and that we should put our differences aside and work to help those who came here escaping poverty and violence and simply want to build a better future.

Be that one person who makes a change in an immigrant’s life, an act that has the power to change all immigrants and benefit society as a whole.

Keilly Santos

It is our responsibility to develop the next generation of well-rounded leaders, and one of the best ways to do that is by embracing diversity, especially in STEM education.

By being inclusive we allow everyone to contribute their creativity, their ideas, and their experiences.

Christian Yoon

By saying no to new opportunities we’re giving up the valuable experiences that those opportunities will open up.

Saying no to best friends, jobs, and memories that will last a lifetime, and in doing so, limiting our real potential. Simply by raising our hand we welcome all that life has to offer.

Huda Ahmed

While growing up African American, female and Muslim often resulted in judgement, discrimination and exclusion, Huda has found strength, unity and empowerment in these three traits, and overcame preconceived ideas based on how she dresses, her ethnicity, or her gender.

She also believes that we can change what holds us back and morph it into something that we can thrive from, making us stronger and more powerful individuals.

Athena Amanatidis

Many high school students struggle with tests. They may have high GPAs but end up with lower than hoped for SAT scores, which limits their ability to get into a college of their choice.

But if more universities became test optional, this would allow such students to be accepted into a wider range of colleges, and would also result in more diverse college campuses.

Tatiana Howell
Endiya Griffin

Code-switching is the practice of alternating between two or more languages or varieties of language in conversation. The ability to authentically express ourselves through code-switching is extremely beneficial, allowing us to exist in many different spaces and interact with a variety of people. But it can also become detrimental to one’s health when people feel like they have to suppress their cultural and physical identity.

Myron Benn

Fashion plays a large role in our personal life, as well as the global economy, and it’s supposed to make us feel good, but it doesn’t always leave everybody feeling good as the industry contributes to air and water pollution and often ignores worker’s rights. Some brands have decided to change their practices and be more sustainable by reducing pollution and improving the lives of workers. In addition, each of us has the power to change how our clothes are made by paying attention to where and how our clothes are made.

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