TEDx Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

Join Virginia Wright of MAPS at TEDx Santa Cruz on March 8, 2014 for her presentation about the connection between drug policy and medical research.

From the events website:

From the spark of inspiration to the act of realization, TEDxSantaCruz: Activate will feature speakers and performers whose ideas sparked experiences, projects, work, or creativity that is setting in motion a new reality, igniting new connections, or energizing communities. Be part of a growing community of change-makers and thought leaders who will activate Santa Cruz on March 8, 2014, from 9 am to 5 pm and the Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $50 for students with a valid student ID. Admission includes the full-day conference, lunch, breaks, and a no-host reception at Solaire after the event.

We invite you to join the TEDx SantaCruz community for a full day of exhilarating live talks, TED videos, and delicious lunch served poolside at the fabulous Hotel Paradox. Speakers, organizers and attendees will download at a celebratory after-party reception where we can all share our inspirations, comments and feedback. One thing’s certain: expect to leave ACTIVATED.

Virginia Wright has been working as a director for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS) since October 2011. Prior to her work with MAPS, Virginia was the Principal of Wright & Associates, a firm that provided strategic planning, marketing and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. Virginia served as the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and the Development Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, and KUSP radio. Virginia was an early employee of the Global Fund for Women, and co-founded the Soviet American Performing Arts Exchange. She has participated in two international movements that have helped change the world: citizen diplomacy and the woman’s movement. She believes that ending the drug war, and basing drug policy on science, not fear, is one of the next big shifts in thinking that will bring healing and freedom to millions of people. Virginia received her MBA from Santa Clara University, and her BA from SFSU in International Relations and Russian Studies. She danced professionally in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and currently dances for joy.