Speakers. Networking. Connections

What do we mean when we say, Bold + Brilliant =  Badass?  To be Bold, means you are willing to speak out for the issues that mean the most to you.  To be Brilliant, means you have the experience, knowledge, and passion needed to advocate for your idea. When you combine Bold + Brilliant, the results is a Badass. Being a Badass means that, despite your fear, any potential backlash/criticism, or how unpopular your idea maybe to some, you will still push forward to share your truth.   


Bold + Brilliant = Badass is our Mantra! 


Are you ready to be a part of a network and connect with individuals who are Bold, Brilliant and Badass?  



Welcome to the TEDxUStreetWomen Official website!  A local TEDx event celebrating the U Street Corridor community. We are excited that you decided to visit our portal of bold, brilliant and badass ideas from some of the most eloquent speakers around the nation.  Visit us often to see our featured speaker, performer and other recommended TEDTalks that will surely change the way you see the world.  

Throughout your journey of our website, you will experience who we are and why we chose the U Street Corridor in Washington DC as the community we want to highlight.  ​Let's start with the community of U Street.  U Street was once truly the heart of black culture in America, attracting locals and visitors for an unparalleled music and nightlife scene. Perhaps not coincidentally, it’s also the birthplace of celebrated DC hero, jazz musician Duke Ellington. Today, this section of the city is as vibrant as ever, anchored by the lively 14th Street corridor to the west and the refurbished Howard Theatre bordering the Shaw neighborhood to the east, where a towering sculpture in reverence to Ellington stands.

Known as Washington’s cultural center at the turn of the century, U Street has long been a backbone of the city’s homegrown jazz, arts, and civil rights movements. Once bearing the scars of riots and protests, today it has regained its rightful place as the street to showcase DC’s vibrant cultural life, from music and food to activism and art. U Street has historically brought Washingtonians together to the sound of its homegrown music, from jazz and blues to rock and go-go. Today its renovated clubs, new restaurants and shops are once again the center of DC’s humming nightlife. U Street is home for those who want to march to their own beat.  

It’s both historic and colorful, boasting some of the richest culture of the city and full of bars, restaurants, and boutiques – as well as plenty of DC locals who come to enjoy the culture and the people-watching.


Featured TEDxUStreetSalon &
Recommended TED Talks


Ideas Worth Spreading

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 TEDxUStreetWomen, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUStreetWomen 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.


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