• TEDxRushU

    platform for the brightest minds to converge and inspire

    TEDxRushU 2019: October 24th 2019: Start Time: 6:00PM

    Malcolm X College: Large Auditorium

    1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612


    TEDxRushU will provide a platform for the brightest minds to converge and inspire. We are committed to creating an event where participants are challenged to communicate their passions in an exciting and engaging dialogue. Speakers will present their forward-thinking ideas and all participants will leave the conference inspired and empowered to create positive change.


    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED 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 TEDxRushU, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxRushU event, TEDTalks 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.



    TED is an annual event where innovative, interesting, and motivated individuals are invited to share their insights and passions. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our future. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and a “journey into the future.” Ted events draw a wide array of speakers along with diverse audiences. Notable TED speakers include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, and Bono.


    The postings on this site are our own and do not necessarily represent Rush’s positions, strategies or opinions.

  • TEDxRushU 2019

    October 24, 2019

    Malcolm X College



    This year’s TEDx event will take place on Thursday, October 24th and the theme will be Reimagine.


    Reimagine: verb. To imagine again or anew; to form a new conception of: recreate.

    Join us at TEDxRushU to hear from an incredible line-up of speakers and Reimagine your surroundings, your relationships, and your conceptions.

    #TEDxRushU #Reimagine


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    Speaker Information:



    Steven Rothschild, MD

    Reimagine Primary Care

    Professor & Chair, Department of Family Medicine

    Dr. Steven Rothschild's idea worth spreading is focused on “Reimaging Primary Care” where we will explore a humanistic approach to healthcare delivery, integrating new technologies with traditional approaches. Research shows that the more primary care clinicians are available, the better the health of the community, with more equitable outcomes. At the same time, there are many signs that our current model of primary care isn't working well for patients and their families, or for clinicians. Dr. Steven Rothschild is the Chair of Family Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, and a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine in the Medical College of Rush University. A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency in Cleveland at the MetroHealth county hospital system, affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

    Shikha Jain, MD, FACP

    A Moonshot for Gender Equity

    Physician, Speaker, Writer, Director of Media Cancer Center

    Join TedXRushU with Shikha Jain, MD, FACP as she reimagines gender equity through “The Gender Moonshot”. Gender equity is a systemic problem and in order to achieve parity in healthcare, we must approach the problem the way we approach a systemic illness. First, we research and diagnose the problem, we then determine treatments and implement them. The Gender Moonshot reimagines how we approach gender equity at a systemic level. Dr. Jain is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of Hematology, Oncology, and Cell Therapy at Rush University Cancer Center, the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Rush Center for the Advancement of Women in Healthcare, and the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution of Empowerment.

    Lawyer, Speaker, & Diversity Trainer

    Join TedXRushU on October 24 to hear Ashley’s way to reimagine. Diversity has been a hot topic for decades. However, most of the discussion revolves around statistics and figures. In her presentation, “Feelings Matter Figures Don’t”, Ashley Kirkwood will propose that we reimagine the diversity conversation to be people-centric. Specifically, she will propose that we approach these conversations with L.O.V.E. Ashley Kirkwood left her corporate legal career to start Mobile General Counsel PLLC, where she serves as a corporate keynote speaker, Intellectual Property Attorney, and consultant. She takes pride in understanding her clients’ needs and crafts custom training and consulting packages that transform organizational culture.

    Antesa Jensen

    The Body's Language & its Undeniable Impact

    Speaker & Transformational Teacher

    Join TedXRushU on October 24, 2019 to hear Antesa Jensen’s idea worth spreading: “The Body’s Language and Its Undeniable Impact”. When we walk into a room, we are speaking a nonverbal language that has far reaching impact. Our body’s language and the energy we emit speaks to our colleagues, our partners, our children. It’s our responsibility to learn the language of our bodies, so that our communication can become conscious and in turn create a deeper awareness directly affecting humanity. Antesa Jensen is an emotional intelligence and human-centric innovation expert, specializing in evoking and conjuring the genius in others, potentiating personal and cultural entropy in organizations, and teaching leaders how to create brilliant teams through keynote speeches, bespoke transformational experiences, and 1:1 coaching.


    Her Instagram handle is @antesajensen

    Non-Profit Founder & CEO

    Seena Jacob, Bookwallah Founder & CEO has an idea worth spreading: “Can Cinderella Heal Children of Trauma”. Seena Jacob has over 20 years of experience in the corporate and start-up world with a

    strong focus on bringing abstract ideas to life. In late 2010, she decided to leave the corporate world to found and focus on Bookwallah. After realizing how books helped her get through hardships in her own life, she knew she had to share the same power and magic of storybooks with orphans and children of trauma. Reading these storybooks and fairytales – and helping children – especially who’ve experienced trauma – inspires children to believe and reimagine new possibilities for themselves.

    Visiting Clinical Instructor, Occupational Therapist, & Yoga Instructor

    Students today have inherited substantial social, financial, and mental health stressors, and educational institutions have inherited the responsibility of changing the system to build a better future. Join TedXRushU on October 24, 2019 to hear Dr. Leah Goodman as she talks about “Reimagining, Redefining, and Rebuilding Higher Education” Dr. Goodman is an educator, occupational therapist, yoga teacher, and dancer in Chicago. She developed and teaches "Promoting Wellbeing", a credit-bearing course at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) that aims to support wellness and academic success for college students. Leah is interested in exploring the ways we define and provide student support, and seeks to develop initiatives that promote wellbeing, inclusion, health, equity, and student success.

    Author & Business Strategist

    In 2016, Terrance McMahon was the recipient of a life-saving liver transplant. On October 24, 2019, he is reimagining personal transformation in his presentation “How To Go From Broken to Beautiful: An algorithm to Re-Create Yourself.” Terrance attended the University of Massachusetts-Lowell on a baseball scholarship. Following college, with a new wife and baby on the way, he worked as a door-to-door (life) insurance salesman, ultimately finding his niche as a managing Partner. Following his liver transplant, he has now become the author of two books, an inspirational speaker and business strategist. He currently resides in Florida and is an advocate for Organ Donor Awareness.


    InterChorus a Cappella

    DePaul University

    DePaul's oldest mixed a cappella group, providing a familial space for like-minded students to create music since 2011.


    Get to know the awesome group of students that work together to make the TEDxRushU events a reality!

    Allison Parker


    Allison graduated from the Rush University Master of Health Systems Management program in 2017 and has been employed as the Project Manager in the Rush University Children’s Hospital since graduation. In this role Allison is responsible for managing various departmental initiatives and the oversight of three graduate level interns. Allison has remained involved in the HSM department through TEDxRushU and as a course assistant. In her free time Allison enjoys baking and travel.

    Michelle Murphy


    Originally from New York City, the idea of inspiring change began for Michelle in education, where she taught before moving to Chicago. She continues to mentor students in her free time, still believing in that mission. She is looking forward to the TEDx event and hopes it’s a positive learning experience for those that attend.

    Jack VanOverloop


    Jack has been an avid TED consumer since the early 2000's, but really caught the bug after attending TEDFest in April 2018. He graduated from the Health Systems Management program at Rush University in 2017 and is currently the Clinic Director for Urology at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Jack is an avid traveler and believes learning from other cultures is the key to breaking down barriers and solving global problems. His goal is to visit every continent by age 35.

    Andrew Garman


    Through my work with TEDxRushU, I hope to help build community within Rush students, alumni, and faculty, and to celebrate the life, vision and values of HSM alum and faculty member Mayur Patel. He was a cherished colleague taken from us far too young, but his passing reminds me regularly just how precious each day and each friend is.


    Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this event possible!

    Rush Recruitment: jobsatrush.com


    DePaul University: InterChorus a Cappella

    Rush University:

    Office of Student Life & Engagement



    Email us at TEDxRushU@gmail.com for more information on Sponsorship Opportunities.


    In honor of Mayur Patel, an alumnus of Rush University’s Health Systems Management program, who unexpectedly passed away in 2011, an individual who cherished the power of ideas and embraced the principalsTEDx stands for.

    Click the links to watch the TEDxRushU talks!

    Charting the Unknown

    October 25, 2018

    Searle Conference Center

    Rush Professional Building, 5th floor

    1725 W. Harrison St.

    Chicago, Illinois


    Jimmy Choi

    Title of Talk: The Impact of Parkinson's and the Unknown


    Steve Brown

    Title of Talk: Health Equity: Housing is Health


    Jamila Trimuel

    Make Today Your Saturday


    Wayne Lerner

    Charting the Unknown: Uncertainties in Healthcare


    Angela Moss

    Creating a Proactive Healthcare System is Not Rocket Science​


    David Ansell

    If You Are Going to Be a Bear, Be a Grizzly


    Performance by: Erin Rachelle Duguay​


    Event Organizers: Angad Ravanam, Mitch Cooper, Aaushi Ghelani, Nick Garland, Michael Rizzo, Sydney Johnson, Gwen Ledford. Advisors: Allison Parker, Jack VanOverloop, Michelle Murphy

    Ready for Anything?

    April 22, 2017

    Malcolm X College Auditorium


    Marlon Haywood - Project Manager, Community Engagement,

    Rush University Medical Center

    Redefining the Urban Male: A Focus on Chicago


    Grace Wethor - Actress, Model, High School Student

    The Day That Changed My Life Forever


    James Conners, MD - Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center



    Jeff Mumford - CEO, Mumfurious Movement

    Building Your Own Superhero Squad


    Susan Swider- Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University Medical Center

    Ready for Anything: Government, Civil Society and Community Engagement


    Terry Peterson - Vice President of Corporate and External Affairs,

    Rush University Medical Center

    The Importance of Service


    Dino Rumoro – Chairman, Emergency Medicine

    Rush University Medical Center

    How Clinical Analytics Will Resuscitate the Doctor/Patient Relationship


    Harold Green – Spoken Word Poet and Artist

    When I Grow Up​


    Event Organizers: Allison Parker, Jack VanOverloop, Alena Shelton, Mario Cuartas, Hailey Muliner, Michelle Murphy, Andy Garman, Linnea Karlson, Benjamin Wetzker, Aayush Mittal, Jessican Molnar, Alvin Chackungal, Hasan Rashid, Henna Yaqub

    Seize the Future

    April 30, 2016

    Searle Conference Center

    Rush Professional Building, 5th floor

    1725 W. Harrison St.

    Chicago, Illinois


    Brian Cole, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

    Sparing the Scalpel: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedic Medicine


    Robert Colangelo - Founding Farmer/CEO of Green Sense Farms

    The Future of Farming: Making Nature Better!


    George Fitchett - Director of Research in the Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center

    The Futures of Religion


    Jacob Goldsmith, PhD - Associate Clinical Director of the Epstein Center for the Study of Psychotherapy Change, at The Family Institute at Northwestern University

    Embracing Pluralism: The Future of Relationships


    Tom Bassett-Dilley - AIA, CPHC

    Beyond Passive House: The Nature Connection


    Roy Smythe, MD - Chief Medical Officer for Valence Health

    Rebuilding Stonehenge


    Rebecca Goudarzi - Second-year Health Systems Management student

    Performing her original songs: "Phoenix", "Her Waltz", "Beware"


    Event Organizers: Nicole Powell, Allison Parker, Jack VanOverloop, Amber Smith, Michelle Murphy, Andy Garman

    We Only Have What We Give

    June 5, 2015

    Searle Conference Center

    Rush Professional Building, 5th floor

    1725 W. Harrison St.

    Chicago, Illinois


    Gregg Steinberg, PhD - Professor of Human Performance at Austin Peay State University

    How Adversity is your Superpower


    Jenni Rook - MT-BC, LCPC, Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow

    Moved by Music


    Raj Shah, MD - Associate Professor in Family Medicine and the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center

    Nothing About Us Without Us: The Promise of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research


    Jeremy Chapman-Gould - Founder and Executive Director, videoPEACH

    Awesome Ways to Use Video with Kids in the Hospital!


    Tricia N. Martinez - Founder and CEO of Shift

    Empowering 2 Billion People through a Mobile Phone


    Fatimah Asghar - Poet, Performer, Educator

    We Own All the Language in the World



    Event Organizers: Beth Aguila, Kevin Contorno, Nicole Powell, Andrew Garman, Michelle Murphy, Rebecca Goudarzi, Anthony Bernas, Lisa Patel, Christopher Kuo, Juliette Soelberg, Ann Marie Finley

    May 17, 2014

    Searle Conference Center
    Rush Professional Building, 5th floor
    1725 W. Harrison St.
    Chicago, Illinois


    Lori Schneider - International speaker, author, teacher of 20 years, Everest and “Seven Summits” mountaineer, adventurer, and global advocate for those living with neurological disorders and disabilities

    Climbing Beyond Our Limits


    Rajiv Nathan - Co-founder of Idea Lemon, helping people master The Art of Awesome, a rapper named Fenetik, sales consultant for marketing firm HelloWorld, and guru of both Seinfeld and WWE trivia.

    How to become an expert in vulnerability


    Chicago Q Ensemble - String trio committed to innovative collaborations, community engagement, and the work of living composers

    Solving Classical Music's Empowerment Problem


    {She Crew} - a journaling to performance, empowerment arts program for girls.

    Write. Recite. Ignite. Evolve.


    Jordan Berg - Co-founder of Questus

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    The Soulful Brand


    Event Organizers: Beth Aguila, Kevin Contorno, Andrew Garman, Christopher Kuo, Matthew Perkins, Sabrina Prodhan, Anooja Ragnekar, Juliette Soelberg, Matthew Stern

    Seizing A Day: How can we improve life expectancy globally by one day?

    October 26, 2012

    Rush University Medical Center


    The TEDxRushU event was in honor of Mayur Patel, an alumnus of Rush University’s Health Systems Management program, who died unexpectedly in 2011. Mayur was loved and respected by those who had the honor of working with him. His passion for improving the environment and healthcare on a global level serves as the basis for our theme, “Seizing A Day,” and our goal is to have discussions centered around the idea of enhancing life, both through time and experience, to help carry on the passion and spirit of Mayur.


    Robert Macauley, MD - Medical Director of Clinical Ethics, Fletcher Allen Health Care & Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine

    Dying Well


    Suzy Yehl Marta - Founder and President, Rainbows For All Children

    Seizing a Hand When the Bough Breaks


    Lucian Newman, III, MD - Founder & Chief Medical Officer, ComplyMD

    The Joy of Doing What People Say you Can’t


    Sarah Elizabeth Ippel - Founder and Executive Director, Academy for Global Citizenship

    Creating the Future We Envision through the People who will Lead it


    Laura Landy - Trustee, President & CEO, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation

    How can we re-think health?


    Wrenetha Julion, PhD, RN - Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Rush University Medical Center

    Supporting Fatherhood


    Richard Wallace – Poet



    Event Organizers: Matt Anderson, Mary Casey, Renee Durack, Natasa Djukic, Cara Gallagher, Andrew Garman, Rod Hart, Katelyn Hunter, Tricia Johnson, Matthew Stern, Joyce Anne Waini


    You're awesome. Let's talk. #TEDxRushU #Reimagine