• TEDxRushU

    A Platform for the Brightest Minds to Converge and Inspire


    Hindsight 20/20

    March 11, 2021

    6:00 - 9:00 PM CST


    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.


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  • TEDxRushU 2021

    March 11, 2021

    6:00 - 9:00 PM CST

    Hindsight 20/20

    A year in reflection - the lessons learned and the path forged forward.



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    Speaker Information:

    TEDxRushU 2021

    Hindsight 20/20

    Serita Love

    The Success of Trauma: How Challenges Makes Champions

    Serita Love is a Chicago (Englewood) native, mom, author, and Personal Brand Strategist who educates by combining "book and street" smarts. As the founder of Success Junkie™, she provides tools and resources that inspire excellence. She is a Relational, Group, and Organizational professional who has worked on countless experiential marketing and guerrilla marketing campaigns for many Fortune 500 Brands.


    Serita pushes most people beyond their own personal barriers, so they can get out into the world and become the person they deserve to be. By implementing personal branding, marketing and success strategies, she ensures achievement to anyone committed to win in life.

    Dr. Toya Webb

    Dismantling Microaggressions Through the Power of Connection

    Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Dr. Toya Webb is a systems’ disrupter, status quo killer and social justice advocate. In her recently published study on racial microaggressions, Dr. Webb explores the impact of commonly held stereotypes while amplifying the voices of African-American women in leadership. A fervent speaker and certified professional life coach, Dr. Webb is a recipient of numerous awards including a YWCA leadership award in Communications and Technology; she has been named one of the Best Under 40 by the Kane County Chronicle and is recognized as a mover and shaker (40 under 40) by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. With a combined passion for higher education and storytelling, Dr. Webb, a former news reporter, serves as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at an Illinois community college and is a member of the Diversity and Equity Committee with the Public Relations Society of America. Dr. Webb has a zeal for reaching the most vulnerable populations, enjoys being a mentor, and is dedicated to helping others find their purpose. She is married to her high school sweetheart and is a proud mom to three sons.

    Christopher “CJ” Gross

    What's Your Zip Code Story? Understanding Class Bias

    Christopher “CJ” Gross is an international Organizational Development Consultant specializing in diversity & inclusion with 18 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, local and national nonprofits, and government agencies. CJ utilizes his background in engineering and his unique ability to deeply engage with his clients to uncover and resolve cultural as well as system issues that hinder employee performance and efficiency. He also serves as a Business Management, Adjunct Faculty for the Community College of Baltimore County.

    Kristen Evans

    Closing The Wellness Gap: What 80 Years of Black Women Taught Me About Generational Wellness

    Kristen Evans is an award-winning insights researcher and strategist, championing the voice of the consumer in product innovation companies, social institution businesses, and marketing, advertising and media.

    Tahaji Felder

    What Fog Can Teach Us

    From Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Tahaji Felder had no plans on becoming a social entrepreneur. Equipped with a Master’s in International Business under her arm, a love for design, and empowering youth, she made a conscious decision to go beyond the status quo, say yes to her dream, & launch Goose & Gander Brand in 2015. She launched the brand after a career in finance and getting laid off from jobs as an accountant. Her life’s passion is to empower others to tap into their own and live their purpose. Along with the brand, she now works for the nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. With no formal entrepreneurial experience, she has used persistence to fuel her journey. She believes: “Life is too short not to go the unpaved route!”

    Edward G. Young III

    Turning Privilege Into Purpose

    Edward G. Young III is a poet, author, and internationally acclaimed public speaker originally hailing from the gritty, blue-collar town of Gary, Indiana. From an early age, Edward has understood the power of words and allowed himself to harness their strength via both the page and the stage.

    Having survived a near fatal broken neck injury, Edward also practices mindfulness and inner-strength techniques, which have helped him to develop the mindset necessary to breakthrough and overcome any difficult situations he has faced. As a further means of therapy, Edward turned toward sharing his story with the world and connecting with individuals from all walks of life. He is fueled by his desire to inspire, while also encouraging others to openly embrace and overcome the many challenges life brings. You can follow Edward @E3Motivates on Instagram and Twitter or visit www.edwardgyoungiii.com.

    Brittany Sherell

    Visionary Leadership: How to Leverage Disruption to Develop Leaders

    Brittany is a Power-Packed Corporate Leadership Trainer, Coach and Author who helps Corporate Leaders Live with More Meaning and Lead with More Confidence. Brittany is known for her high-energy, engaging approach to learning and development. Her practical approaches to achieving results are easy to incorporate without ever getting overwhelmed. Beyond her business, Brittany spends time loving on her close-knit family, two fur babies, and trying new coffee blends.


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    Tooka Zokaie

    Elephant in the Dark: Preparing for the Next Pandemic with Population Health

    What is population health? While there are multiple definitions, it often includes elements of eliminating disease and health disparities by intersecting the overlapping factors that influence health. Tooka Zokaie is a Certified Public Health Professional and the Manager for Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities at the American Dental Association. Her work includes educating and collaborating with community leaders on public health topics including community water fluoridation, tobacco cessation, school-based oral health, interprofessional collaboration, and nutrition. Her work integrates the importance of oral health when addressing total health questions. Her advocacy extends to the larger idea of “Health in All Policies” in order to empower intersectional leaders to make decisions with the lens of population health. Ms. Zokaie is a liaison to the CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force, completed her Masters in Public Health at University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and is a current Masters in Population Health Management Candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.


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

    Mitch Cooper


    Mitch graduated from the Rush University Master of Health Systems Management program in 2019 and is currently employed in the Rush University Cancer Center. He continues to remain involved in the HSM department through the work surrounding the TEDxRushU annual event. Mitch is looking forward to the TEDx event this year and is excited to learn from the amazing speakers we have lined up.

    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.

    Andrew Garman


    Through my work supporting TEDxRushU, I hope to help build community across Rush's extended family to celebrate the life, vision and values of 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


    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!


    October 24, 2019

    Malcolm X College Auditorium


    Steven Rothschild, MD - Professor & Chair, Department of Family Medicine

    Reimagine Primary Care



    Shikha Jain, MD, FACP - Physician, Speaker, Writer, Director of Media Cancer Center

    A Moonshot for Gender Equity


    Ashley Kirkwood - Lawyer, Speaker, & Diversity Trainer

    Feelings Over Figures: Why We Need to Reimagine the Diversity Conversation


    Antesa Jensen - Speaker & Transformational Teacher

    The Body's Language & its Undeniable Impact


    Seena Jacob - Non-Profit Founder & CEO

    Can Cinderella Heal Children of Trauma?


    Leah Goodman, OTD, OTR/L - Visiting Clinical Instructor, Occupational Therapist, & Yoga Instructor

    Reimagining, Redefining, & Rebuilding Higher Education


    Terrance McMahon - Author & Business Strategist

    Broken to Beautiful: An Algorithm to Recreate Yourself



    Performance by: InterChorus a Cappella


    Event Organizers: Advisors: Allison Parker, Jack VanOverloop, Michelle Murphy

    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


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