While Covid-19 immerses us in loss, it also shines a light on the systemic fractures that were already in place. Acting as disasters do, this pandemic has widened our chasms, highlighted our flaws, and exacerbated our inequalities. It is devastating. And it is also an opportunity to reimagine better societal systems in healthcare, education, government, nutrition, and everything in between. TEDxWrigleyville’s October 2020 program will highlight some of the leaders rising from the ashes of these malfunctions to bridge the widened divide, innovating the vision of our very humanity.
State Representative and Dissenter
“From Bronzeville to the Gold Coast – Local Leadership Amidst Disasters”
Kam Buckner is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 26th district. ...More...Female Founder / Equity Consultant
“Why Crisis Present Opportunities for Gender Equity”
Caroline is a founding partner of Have Her Back Consulting (HHB), a female-owned business backed by IPG. ...More...Food System Re-Designer / Global Agriculture Strategist
“Where did all the Flour Go? Supply Chains and Covid”
Sasha Duchnowski is a partner based in Bain & Company’s Chicago office. He is an expert in the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility and Strategy practices. ...More...Film & Theatre Artist / Educator
“It’s Not the End, It’s Just an Intermission"
Cara Greene Epstein is not a doctor, but she has played one on TV. An award-winning actor, writer, and theatre arts educator, Cara uses heart and humor to explore challenging inter-personal dynamics and societal issues. ...More...
Educator / Instigator / Parent
“What We Learn When Schools Can't Stop”
Nora Flanagan has been teaching high school English in the Chicago Public Schools for over 20 years. ...More...Chief Investor and Economic Systems Innovator
“The People Within Economies”
Rodrigo Garcia, CTP®, AIF® is the deputy state treasurer and chief investment officer for Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs. ...More...Body Language Expert
"Digital Body Language: Conquering Online Meetings"
With over two decades of training and teaching movement, Alison has developed proven strategies for improving body language signals you give to others and for reading body language signals others give to you. ...More...Lawyer and Political Philosopher
“Democracy and the Pandemic"
Joshua Kleinfeld is a professor of law and philosophy at Northwestern University. His work focuses on the theory and practice of democracy, particularly in criminal law... ...More...
Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Traumatologist
“Disaster, Recovery, and Hope”
Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, trained in International Social Work and Disaster Mental Health, and have about 8 professional lives happening simultaneously, including a small counseling practice in Chicago......More...Activist / Dancer / Founder of Healthy Hood Chicago
"Activating Communities During Crisis "
Forged in the heart of Chicago, Tanya Lozano is an activist, health advocate and community architect battling the many challenges affecting black and brown communities. ...More...Doctor / Cellist / Founder of Refugee Clinic
“Motivating Health Education With Music”
Dr. Benjamin Levy is Division Head of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai and Holy Cross Hospitals in Chicago where he provides medical care and colonoscopy screenings for underserved patient populations. ...More...Doctor / Disability Advocate
“Double Dose of Disparity: Identity and Inclusion during COVID-19″”
Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Director of Adaptive Sports in Michigan Center for Human Athletic Medicine... ...More...
Clinical Psychologist / Group Practice Founder / Teaching Faculty
"Navigating in Darkness: Stories of Resilience"
Dr. Adelman is the founder and Clinical Director of Chicago Psychotherapy, LLC, a private therapy practice specializing in evidence-based treatment of anxiety, OCD, mood disorders, trauma and adjustment-related concerns across the lifespan. ...More...SNL Writer / Performer / Television Producer
“How to Laugh During a Pandemic”
Katie Rich attended Northwestern University before joining Chicago’s Second City where she wrote and performed three Mainstage reviews... ...More...Diplomat / Big Thinker
“What’s my Government Ever Done for me?”
Cécile Shea is President of Wakaru Consulting LLC and is a Non-resident Senior Fellow on Security and Diplomacy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. ...More...Entrepreneur / Innovator
"An Entrepreneur's Guide In Times of Crisis"
Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau is an entrepreneur and a citizen of the world. He owns and operates Dimo’s Pizza, a local favorite in Chicago, Illinois. ...More...
Nurse Practitioner / Communication Activist
“Connected Isolation and Health”
Megan Cairns Tress, MSN, FNP-C, RN is a Family Nurse Practitioner at PCC Community Wellness Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center network on Chicago’s West Side. ...More...
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are all self-organized.
TEDxWrigleyville is an independently organized day-long virtually aired and live-streamed TED event, operated under an exclusive license from TED worldwide.
The central theme of the event, “Humanity in Crisis Leadership,” is focused on highlighting some of the remarkable leaders who have responded to the horrors of this pandemic with innovation, compassion, and transformative ideas.
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