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Theme: Bold and Brilliant

This event occurred on
December 15, 2019
La Jolla, California
United States

We're excited to organize the first TEDxSanDiegoWomen event in San Diego! We'll feature video from the TEDWomen conference, live local speakers, activations and an afternoon of cool down activities including Yoga, tastings, journal writing and music. A light lunch will be served, drinks available and you'll get a day pass to access all the features of the resort.

Estancia Hotel
9700 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, California, 92037
United States
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Dixie Maxwell

Dixie Maxwell is a singer/songwriter from San Diego, CA. She is accessible yet intriguing, as she inspires all to search for the deeper meaning, and leads listeners by example through her genuinely personal and creative songwriting. Driven by her desire to create art that's an uncompromisingly honest form of self-expression, she boldly embodies the archetypal dreamer seeking to share her special gift with others. Dixie spent her early years surrounded by a musical family, teaching herself guitar at age 15, and poems she wrote at a young age evolved into songs. In May 2013, she released her first EP of 5 songs which can be found on iTunes. She is currently releasing singles on all streaming services. A sought-after songwriter, Dixie has co-written on other artist's EPs, one which made it into the top 3 albums under the singer/songwriter category in iTunes. She also co-wrote the rock song, "Monster," performed by Catrien Maxwell, which became the title track to Lionsgate thriller movie, "Killer Holiday.

Julie Collens

Julie Collens, PhD, is CEO and founder of Vivid Genomics. By applying machine learning to biology and genomics, Vivid Genomics is developing assays to help Alzheimer’s drug developers to identify patient variation that affects clinical trials, and to design and analyze more informed trials to increase the probability of identifying a drug response and getting a drug approved. Julie holds a BSc from the University of Calgary, and PhD in evolutionary population genetics from the University of Chicago. Her career has been motivated by the real-world application of genomics, as a sell-side equity analyst covering life science tools and molecular diagnostics companies at Robert W Baird, and in senior marketing strategy roles at Illumina to accelerate the clinical application of genomics in complex diseases. At Vivid Genomics, she is leveraging a combined experience in genomics, finance, business development, strategy, and commercialization to identify efficient approaches to implementing precision medicine and improving neurodegenerative disease drug development.

Natasha Watley

Natasha Watley is a two–time Olympic Medalist, three-time World Champion, and the driving force behind the Natasha Watley Foundation, a community service nonprofit dedicated to introducing softball to the girls of the nation’s inner cities. More than simply teaching young women how to play the sport, her organization provides a positive alternative to the daily struggles faced by many girls in low-income households. As a Four-time All American, Natasha joined the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame after leading the Bruins to four straight Women’s College World Series and the NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship title in 2003. In 2004, Natasha played with America’s Olympic team, taking home a gold medal. In 2008, she competed again, winning a silver medal. When softball was removed from the Olympics after the 2008 games, she competed professionally with USSSA Pride and moved to Japan to continue competing. In her 8 years in Japan, she won 5 championships as a member of the Toyota Women’s Softball Team, a part of the Japan Softball League. Now in her 12th season, she is currently a coach for Team Toyota and an MLB softball Ambassador. Currently, Miss.Watley is also a public speaker/trainer on team dynamics and leadership for corporate organizations.

Organizing team


Sunset Cliffs, CA, United States
  • Annmarie Houghtailing
  • Bobbi Cecio
  • Heidi Holmes
  • Jenna Novotny
  • Krishna Kabra
  • Mary Gross