TEDxForestRidgeSchool Speakers are Innovators

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Six Puget Sound-area women will lead the discussion on Innovation at the TEDxForestRidgeSchool event Friday, March 8, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, WA

The logo for the 2013 TEDxForestRidgeSchool event

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, WA, will present TEDxForestRidgeSchool - Innovate! on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The event will be live-streamed beginning at 9:00 a.m. (PST). Click here for the streaming site: http://www.tedxforestridgeschool.com/#!streaming-video/c1y4c

The event will feature six great speakers who embody the event’s theme: Innovate!

TRISH DZIKO

Dziko founded the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) in 1996 after spending 15 years as a developer, designer and manager in the high tech industry. A native of New Jersey who attended Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) on a basketball scholarship, she graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science in 1979 at a time when few people of color and few women were entering the field. Her successful career brought her to Microsoft in the mid-1980s, just as the pioneering software company was set to become a worldwide brand. More information about TAF is available at http://www.techaccess.org.

REBECCA LOVELL

Lovell spent a decade in the corporate world in management, operations and business development roles, in the logistics, software, recruiting and legal industries. She went on to serve as the director of the Alliance of Angels program, executive director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, and most recently Chief Business Officer of GeekWire. Rebecca teaches a class on Venture Capital in the University of Washington’s MBA program, serves as a mentor for TechStars and the Founder Institute, and is on the employer advisory board for the UW Foster School of Business and the board of directors of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network. She also sits on the advisory boards for LikeBright and Fresh Consulting, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College and Dean's Scholar, MBA program at the UW’s Foster School of Business.

JESSICA MARKOWITZ

Jessica Markowitz is a 17-year-old senior at Seattle’s Garfield High School. She founded Richard’s Rwanda-IMPUHWE in October of 2006 and designed the organization to empower women, develop friendships and connect cultures across the globe. The organization’s focus is to support educational opportunities for Rwandan girls and a "never again" genocide awareness campaign in the U.S. She is a leader and role model through her commitment to civic responsibility and community involvement.
Markowitz has traveled to Rwanda six times and in summer 2012, led the third annual cross-cultural service learning trip to Rwanda. Some 27 students from across the United States joined Jessica to teach English and deepen the "girl to girl" bonds with the students in the rural village of Nyamata, Rwanda.

MAGGIE ORTH

Maggie Orth is an artist and technologist who designs and invents interactive textiles in Seattle, WA. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of International Fashion Machines, Inc. Orth received her Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab in June 2001. Her academic work at the Media Lab (1997-2001) included patents, research, publications and design in new physical interfaces, wearable computing, electronic textiles, and interactive textile musical instruments. In 2007, she was named a USA Target Fellow. She is one of 50 recipients of the United States Artists unrestricted grants of $50,000 in recognition of their creative work. Her work has been widely exhibited at the Museum of Science, Boston, MA, NTT ICC, InterCommuncication Center, Japan, The National Textile Museum, Washington DC, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The DeCordova Museum, MA, SIGGRAPH, and Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.

CHANEL SUMMERS

Chanel Summers began her career as a pioneering designer and producer of video games, developing innovative products ranging from high-performance 3D vehicle simulations, to action/arcade platform games, to hardware peripherals while working at early industry-leading companies such as Mindscape, Velocity and Mattel Media. With the inception of Microsoft's Xbox game system in 2000, Summers was tapped to help design and promote the audio capabilities of the new hardware and to create the industry's first support team for content creators: a team of graphic artists, sound designers, composers and game designers who would work with the development community, coaching game creators to take advantage of the capabilities presented by Xbox. As a result, Summers became a widely recognized figure in leading industry organizations, as well as the published author of a number of articles and technical white papers After leaving Microsoft, Summers co-founded Syndicate 17, an audio production house based in Seattle and Los Angeles that specializes in writing and producing original scores, cues, and sound effects for everything from films and television shows to video games and web sites. In addition, Chanel is also a highly sought-after professional drummer, recording with and performing frequently in a number of nationally touring bands, working alongside such bands as Missing Persons, The Dreaming, Smile Empty Soul, The Last Vegas, Endless Hallway, and Vast, and showcasing in festivals ranging from CMJ to SXSW.

MARITZA TAVAREZ-BROWN

“Dr. T.” has taught physics and mathematics in the high school at Forest Ridge since 2005. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Yale University, and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She earned her doctorate in astronomy from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Ralph B. Baldwin Prize in Astrophysics and Space Sciences Dissertation. Her dissertation title was Dark Matter Halo Properties of Nearby, Late-Type Galaxies. In 2006, Dr. T. was an astronomy lecturer for the Upward Bound Program at the University of Washington. She serves on the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Board of Trustees as Faculty Liaison to the Board. Martiza’s daughter is a busy and involved middle school student at Forest Ridge.

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