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Theme: Lift

This event occurred on
November 7, 2023
1:30pm - 6:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Kirkland, Washington
United States

TEDxBellevueWomen is excited to announce its presentation of Lift, a community-based event dedicated to the exchange of “ideas worth sharing." We are thrilled to present a curated slate of live speakers, each of whom has inspired us with ideas born from lived experiences. In a variety of personal and/or professional ways, they have lifted themselves, and in turn, lifted others.

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, Washington, 98033
United States
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Cailin Bracken

Mental Health Advocate + Writer
Cailin Bracken is a mental health advocate, writer, public speaker, and podcast host. She is a member of Vanderbilt University's class of 2024 where she played on the school's Division 1 women's lacrosse team. By age 16 Cailin was ranked by Inside Lacrosse as a top 20 lacrosse recruit in the US making her entrance to college sports highly anticipated. Carrying this pressure, Cailin gained notoriety after penning an impassioned piece called "A Letter to College Sports" where she shared her mental health challenges as a student-athlete. She appeared on Good Morning America and was featured in Politico, The Associated Press, NBC, and Global Sport Matters. Cailin hosts a podcast focused on mental health, personal growth and wellness. Cailin also joined Colton Underwood and Legacy Foundation to create a docuseries about the mental health crisis of student-athletes and to advocate for US federal legislation to protect the mental health of student-athletes through a bill called the TEAMS act.

Chezik Tsunoda

Filmmaker + Advocate
Filmmaker Chezik Tsunoda emerged as an impassioned water safety advocate after her 3-year-old son Yori’s tragic drowning in 2018. Having experienced the drowning epidemic’s deadly consequences firsthand, Tsunoda channeled her knowledge into founding No More Under, a nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through increasing equitable access to swimming lessons and tools. She directed Drowning in Silence, a documentary that chronicles her quest for answers and healing. In recognition of her efforts to close systemic water safety gaps and create a world where no child drowns, Tsunoda has won several awards relating to her work around equity in aquatics. She worked to pass House Bill 1750 in Washington State, also known as Yori’s Law, and continues to advocate for more access, awareness, tools, and training. Along with her water safety work, Tsunoda heads Visually Inspired Productions, which creates social impact films that help shift the narratives of systematically excluded communities.

Cindi Williams

Education Advocate + Researcher
Cindi Williams is the co-founder of Learning Heroes – a leading education nonprofit researching parent and educator mindsets, providing solutions for meaningful parent engagement at the state, district, and school levels - and the CEO of Waypoint Education Partners. As a mom and evangelist for the power of meaningful parent engagement, Cindi works to ensure each parent has an accurate picture of their child's academic progress to fully engage as an informed advocate for their child's learning. Mrs. Williams’ insights are grounded in decades of experience in research, advocacy, and communications as a senior official in the White House, US Department of Education, US House of Representatives, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a leading public policy firm, HCM Strategists. At Learning Heroes and Waypoint Education Partners, she and her partners work alongside leading nonprofits and state leaders to make our public education system more effective and equitable.

Julie Pham

Advocate + Author + Scholar
Dr. Julie Pham is the founder and CEO of CuriosityBased, which helps people practice curiosity in the world. She is the author of the #1 Amazon New Release and Bestseller 7 Forms of Respect: A Guide to Transforming Your Communication and Relationships at Work (2022). Dr. Pham was born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to the US with her parents as boat people in 1979. Her parents founded a Vietnamese newspaper in the Pacific Northwest, where she got her "real life MBA" by running it during the Great Recession. She has been recognized with many awards for her community leadership, including Female Founders Alliance Champions Award in Advocate category, Harvard Business School's Young American Leaders Program, German Marshall Memorial Fellow, and Puget Sound Business Journal ’40 under 40’ honoree. Dr. Pham earned her PhD in history at Cambridge University as a Gates Cambridge Scholar in 2008 and graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Berkeley as a Haas Scholar in 2001.

Susan Lieu

Author + Playwright + Performer + Activist
Susan Lieu is a nationally-acclaimed Vietnamese American author, playwright, and performer who tells stories that refuse to be forgotten. A daughter of nail salon workers, she took her autobiographical solo theatre show 140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother on a national tour with sold out premieres and accolades from L.A. Times, NPR, and American Theatre. Eight months pregnant, she premiered her sequel Over 140 LBS at ACT Theatre. Within one year, she gave 60 performances to over 7,000 people. Her award-winning work has been featured at Bumbershoot, Wing Luke Museum, The Moth Mainstage, On The Boards, and more than a dozen universities. She has developed new work at numerous residencies including Hedgebrook, Vashon Artist Residency, Mineral School, and Millay Arts. Susan is co-host of The Model Minority Moms podcast. She is an alumnus of Harvard College, Yale School of Management, and Coro. Her forthcoming memoir, The Manicurist’s Daughter (Celadon) is her first book.

Organizing team


Kirkland, WA, United States


  • Kelly Suter