Cindy is an entrepreneurial technology and business lawyer, co-founder and co-chair of the Seattle Metro chapter of Women In Bio, and a member of The Heroines Quest Advisory Board. She has been practicing law for over 20 years. She co-founded Adkins, Plant, Elvins & Black, PLLC, 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 organized a TEDxWomen event in Seattle in 2011, and co-hosted a TEDxChange event in Seattle in spring 2012, and she continues to be thrilled to bring the passion, spirit and energy that is TEDx to the Seattle metro area.
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.
I'm passionate about
Life. People (what an interesting species we are). Neurology. The environment. Local customs. Beekeeping, gardening, cooking, partner dancing, cashmere.
Talk to me about
Tell me what you think we can do, today, to make the world a better place. Also, what's the next big thing? 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.