About Cynthia


Cindy is an entrepreneurial lawyer, co-founder of the Seattle Metro chapter of Women In Bio, a member of the board of directors of CRAB (Cancer Research And Biostatistics), a non-profit endeavor dedicated to helping cure cancer and other diseases through the application of biostatistical principles and innovative data-management methods, and co-founder of RespectMedina, a community non-profit focused on the preservation of Medina's parks and natural areas for today and future generations. She has been practicing law for over 20 years. She founded Adkins, Plant, Elvins & Black, LLP, a life sciences and technology law firm, in 2003, and she loves it. "My clients are passionate about their goals of curing and treating human disease and commercializing important new technologies -- I get to help them make a difference in people's lives." Cindy attended the first TEDWomen in 2010, organized TEDxWomen events in Seattle in 2011 and 2012, and co-hosted TEDxChange events in Seattle in spring 2012 and 2013, and she continues to be thrilled to bring the passion, spirit and energy that is TEDx to the Seattle metro area.



TED Conferences

TEDWomen 2015, TEDGlobal 2011, TEDWomen 2010, TEDGlobal 2010, TEDGlobal 2009

Areas of Expertise

practical legal advice and strategic negotiations

An idea worth spreading

The power of optimism, and the power of community. Together, we can make an important difference. Start where you are, and go!

I'm passionate about

Being the change and inspiring others to be the change. Neurology. Technology. The environment. Local customs. Beekeeping, gardening, partner dancing, chocolate.

Talk to me about

What's one thing each of us can do, today, to make the world a better place? What's the next big thing in tech? What is your idea of perfect happiness? What is your greatest extravagance?

People don't know I'm good at

Opening doors with my toes.

My TED story

My motto is, "Be prepared, and then show up and have fun." I believe that home should be a soft place to return to at the end of a hard day. I try to avoid the 4 horsemen (criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling). I am thankful for all of the abundance in my life. Something I’ve done once that I never need to do again: La Tomatina. (I am enthusiastic about local customs, but I have learned that in some cases (e.g., La Tomatina), once is enough -- and, in a limited number of cases (e.g., the running of the bulls), never is okay, too.) Things to note: (1) if you find yourself covered in tomato juice, tomato pulp, etc., rinse off as soon as possible or your skin will start to itch and burn, and (2) throw out your tomato-soaked clothes at the first opportunity -- nothing will remove the smell of over-ripe tomatoes.