November 14, 2020

10:00am – 5:00pm PST

(UTC -8hrs)




Anantika Mannby

Kelly Cotter

Anika Lechner 

Our Mission

We are three young women trying to empower our female peers by introducing them to strong women who made Seattle the progressive and forward thinking metropolis it is today. Through this event the greater Seattle area will hear from many women talking about their inspirations and the topics that motivate them to make change, ultimately inspiring the next generation of young women to pave their own way to find their own meaningful path in life.

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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMercerIslandWomen, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxMercerIslandWomen event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Our Team

Three strong passionate females fighting for change…

Kelly Cotter is a sophomore at Mercer Island High School. Before moving to Washington this August Kelly liven in Boston, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. She is passionate about integration between those with and without intellectual disabilities and hopes to work with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the future. Additionally, Kelly is also a climate change activist and is a new member of the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network’s Youth leadership Team.

Kelly Cotter

Anika Lechner Armitage is a current sophomore at Mercer Island High School. She moved to Washington last August from Boise, Idaho. She loves art and dance. Anika is passionate about climate change and mental health. She wants to become an art curator in the future and at the moment is invested in her academic career.

Anika Lechner Armitage

Anantika Mannby is a sophomore at Mercer Island High School. As a woman in the Maker and entrepreneurial space, Anantika is passionate about promoting change in a rapidly changing world. Through programs like Destination Imagination, she has pushed environmental policy, and she is currently working on a project in educational policy. She is constantly working to push boundaries, stereotypes and expectations in her everyday life.

Anantika Mannby

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