WE Local Bellevue Keynote Speakers

WE Local Bellevue Keynote speakers come from varying backgrounds and experiences. Attendees at Keynote sessions are sure to leave feeling inspired, invigorated and energized.

Wake Up, WE Local

Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

WE Local Bellevue Keynote SpeakersJudy Twedt

Judy shares climate science through data-driven music compositions. The climate crisis is unprecedented in human history, and is already affecting our lives. Her soundtracks and infosonics emotionally connect us to the evidence of our rapidly changing planet, to become better stewards of this one Earth we all share.

Judy was raised in Tacoma, a fifth generation Washingtonian in a family of musicians. The Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and the Salish Sea also marked her early years, and her connection to the Pacific Northwest ultimately drew her to study geophysics -- but not right away. After high school, Judy studied history and philosophy at Colorado College, working her way through school in restaurants, bookstores, landscaping, and math tutoring.

To put her training in philosophy and human rights theory into practice after graduation, Judy worked as a fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. She then taught and tutored in Amman, Jordan and Washington DC for three years before ultimately returning to the Pacific Northwest to shift her career toward geophysics.

In preparation for graduate school, Judy studied math and physics as a post-baccalaureate student at Tacoma Community College and at the University of Washington. She also interned in the Pacific Northwest National Lab and NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab. After completing her Masters Degree in Atmospheric Sciences, she designed a new doctoral program to translate and express climate data through music. Her research has been supported by scholarships and fellowships from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and local philanthropic organizations.

Local Power Hour

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 1:00-2:15 p.m.

WE Local Bellevue Keynote SpeakersCeleste Mergens
Founder & CEO, Days for Girls International

Celeste founded Days for Girls after a trip to Kenya in 2008, when she learned that girls in an orphanage were facing huge challenges each month because they lacked access to hygiene options. What first began as an effort to supply disposable pads quickly evolved into a more sustainable solution. Her engineering and sewing experience drove the Days for Girls Kit design, which went through 28 iterations all informed by extensive feedback from women and girls around the world.

Celeste knows what it means to be silenced; to lose power. As a young girl living in extreme poverty, she moved 32 times before the age of 13, then stopped counting. Her family struggled, leaving her childhood filled with frequent abuse and chaos. Yet, through it all, Celeste rose above her circumstances and was determined to not be defined by the conditions surrounding her. Celeste saw a way out of poverty when she was offered grants to MIT and BYU. She understood the value of an education to open doors that had too often been closed and enrolled at BYU.

So it was not a surprise that when Celeste learned that girls all over the world drop out of school due to lack of feminine supplies, she immediately understood the importance of this issue, and felt she had to step up and take action.

Celeste founded Days for Girls at a time when virtually no other organizations were speaking about the global need for menstrual hygiene management solutions. Under her leadership and passion, Days for Girls has developed a global network of more than 1,000 volunteer Chapters and Teams, and social enterprise programs in 14 countries.

WE Achieve Awards Ceremony*

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

WE Local Bellevue Keynote SpeakersTeri Healy
Transformational Speaker and Coach

Teri is a world-renowned expert on personal and professional transformation. Her clients span the globe and all socio-economic tiers. She brings a profound backstory of survival and hope and has a unique talent for easing self-metamorphosis and permanent life shifts in others. Her commitment to helping people create extraordinary lives leads her to contribute to local not-for-profits, and battered women and homeless shelters.

Teri hosts a radio show on WVLP, Extraordinary Transformation, and features guests who are changing the world, one person at a time.

*Requires separate admission.