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.
Journalist / Cofounder of City Bureau
Bettina Chang is cofounder and editorial director at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab based on Chicago's South Side. Previously she was executive digital editor at Chicago magazine; she also edited at DNAinfo Chicago and Pacific Standard magazine. ...More...Educator, Actor, and Spoken Word Artist
Greg Geffrard is an educator, actor, and spoken word artist. He has been dedicated to decolonizing spaces of art creation and has championed those willing to engage in the immediate conversation about what equity looks like within our institutions since moving to Chicago in 2012. ...More...Conductor - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
A master of American musical style, John Morris Russell has devoted himself to redefining the American orchestral experience. In his tenth year as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the wide-range and diversity of his work as a conductor, collaborator and educator continues to reinvigorate the musical scene throughout Cincinnati and across the continent. ...More...President and CEO, Sinai Health System
An experienced executive, Karen has spent her career in leadership positions with some of the most industry-challenged healthcare delivery organizations. With experience in business development, strategy, turnaround, and community development, Karen is a nationally recognized leader focused on ensuring corporate viability and growth in the health services arena, while building community assets. ...More...
Master of Ceremonies
Marisa Buchheit is an operatic soprano who has performed in critically acclaimed productions around the world. She sings in twelve languages, including those of her own ethnic heritage: Thai, Chinese, and German. ...More...Author / Educator
PJ Caposey is a dynamic speaker and a transformational leader and educator. PJ began his career as an award-winning teacher in the inner-city of Chicago and has subsequently led significant change in every administrative post he has held. PJ became a principal at the tender age of 28 and within three years was able to lead a small-town/rural school historically achieving near the bottom of its county to multiple national recognitions. ...More...Political Strategist
Quentin Fulks is a top political strategist in Illinois, currently serving as the Chairman and Executive Director of Vote Yes For Fairness, a ballot initiative committee leading the fight to pass the Fair Tax in Illinois. ...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.
Sun, October 4, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT