• TEDxRushU

    A Platform for the Brightest Minds to Converge and Inspire

     

    Minor Setback, Major Comeback

    February 10, 2022

    6-8PM

  • ABOUT US

    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 2022

    Spring 2022

    Minor Setback / Major Comeback

    How Our Obstacles Inspire Resilience to Build a Better Tomorrow

     

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  • Speaker Information:

    TEDxRushU 2022

    Minor Setback / Major Comeback

    Susan Torres

    Changing Your Intergenerational Story 

    Susan Torres is a native New Yorker, mother, teacher, mentor, and author. Her tenacious spirit and determination has inspired her to share her story of breaking free from the toxic family cycle that she was born into. Susan was featured in the New York Times, termed “Single Mother, Creator of Miracles” by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Mike Winerip. She is the recipient of several Professional Toastmaster Annual Club Awards and the author of Living on Three Spoons, a chronicle of the lessons she learned and applied to inspire her life and her four children as a single parent.

     

    Throughout her career, Susan has taught and mentored children in New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, the United Arab Emirates, and New Delhi, India. She has dedicated her life to empowering youth, providing academic support to inner city children and homeless families, and mentoring parents caught in the crux of parenthood and life. Her vision is to teach women and youth that overcoming hardships is the difference between their fate and their destiny.  

    Geoffrey Mount Varner

    27 Different Emotions and the One You MUST Master

    Your pain is your gold - your truth finder. It is your superpower. Geoffrey Mount Varner is an ER doctor who has practiced and led in trauma settings and healing environments for over 25 years. In his many years of treating patients in critical life and death situations he has learned this to be true: “pain or setbacks will happen to us all. In fact, they are required lessons for a successful life.” Additionally, he understands that “managing this one emotion allows your ‘setback’ to become your shield.” The setup for your comeback. In his talks, he shares how you can learn to never fail.

     

    In addition to his work as an ER physician, Dr. Geoffrey, is a multi-bestselling author, executive and a split-second decisions expert. His executive leadership includes international crisis work on Ebola, Hurricane Katrina, Chief of a large urban Level One trauma center, and working on the frontlines of Covid- 19 both in hospitals with COVID patients and serving on several governmental committees. Dr. Geoffrey, holds degrees and medical training from Harvard, Hampton, Wayne State, George Washington, University of Maryland – Shock Trauma, and John’s Hopkins Universities. He is the author of the bestsellers, Training Your Mind for Split-second Decisions (2020), and Home Alive: 11 Steps for Surviving Police Encounters (2017 and 2019).

    Diandra Gordon

    From a Dream Deterred to a Dream Deferred: Having the H.E.A.R.T. to Succeed

    Diandra R. Gordon, Ph.D., J.D., is a visionary, advocate, creative and servant-leader from Columbus, Ohio, who believes in the power of centering humanity to achieve equity. Through her propriety, H.E.A.R.T.™ Framework, Dr. Gordon helps leaders and organizations bridge the gap between dreams and reality through cultural change, merging research, policy, and people. Her ultimate goal is to create sustainable change and inform policy to build an equitable society for people of color.

    La Toya Jackson

    The Entrepreneur Journey: The Comeback is Greater Than The Setbacks

    La Toya Jackson, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from The Ohio State University in 2004 with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. With her marketing experience, she brings 16 years of business-to-business sales with Fortune 500 companies such as Philip Morris and Michelin Tire Company. In addition, her experience in the real estate industry included $1,400,000 in real estate sales. After relocating to Chicago, La Toya began to invest in real estate to include Fix and Flips, Rentals, Mixed-Use Commercial, Wholesale deals and Airbnb.

     

    It was at this time that she realized the need to secure funding. This journey then led to the emergence of Excel Capital Group. La Toya is the founder and CEO of Excel Capital Group which provides business credit and funding solutions for entrepreneurs looking for capital to start, grow and scale their business.

    Erica Battle

    Own Your Story: How Disappointments and Rejection Help Fuel Your Success

    Erica Battle is a thought partner to leaders in education offering strategies of impact propelling communities forward. The author of Who Are You? A Guide to Help Adolescents Navigate Through the Social and Emotional Issues of Life, she understands that the growth of schools, communities, cities, and nations begins with one person that becomes radically aware of who they are. She is a conversational, witty, and gritty leader who transforms big picture problems into solution focused action items for implementation in the real world.

     

    Erica understands that the challenges that schools face are both unique and yet familiar and she pushes educators to examine their own bias and stereotypes that may be stifling positive outcomes. She utilizes discussions of equity, trauma informed practices and academic data chats to build a blueprint for sustainable success. A featured speaker both nationally and internationally, Erica encourages all to make bold moves by evaluating the now while acting to impact their next.

    Ashley Bryant

    Gains in Loss

    With over a decade of experience working as a psychotherapist, Dr. Ashley Bryant has worked with several individuals to help them navigate grief, trauma, and other mental health challenges. Dr. Bryant has also served many years as a rehabilitation counselor where she worked with individuals with disabilities to help them identify and eliminate employment barriers. Dr. Bryant now uses her experience in mental health and disability services to help organizations promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Mental Wellness in the workplace. Through keynote speaking and consulting, Dr. Bryant facilitates transformative experiences for leaders and organizations seeking to make sustainable impact. Dr. Bryant has been featured nationally on TLC’s My 600lb Life, NPR, Black New Channel, and on many local news stations across the country. Dr. Bryant is an HBCU Alum who received a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Langston University in Langston, OK. She is also a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) where she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Workforce and Adult Education. Dr. Bryant is married to her wonderful husband, BJ, and is the dog mom to one fur baby named Tulip.

    Constantine Kanakis

    An MD with MD

    Constantine Kanakis is a Chicago native and a resident physician at Loyola University Medical Center's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He is Rush University Graduate College of Health Sciences alum and a board-certified medical laboratory scientist; he is a published writer, patient advocate, and physician-scientist. With a career focus on hematopathology, transfusion medicine, and public health/equity, he has received recognition internationally for his efforts to combat Zika virus in the Caribbean and for being an early voice for accurate, equitable, and reliable COVID-19 testing in the US. From the American Society for Clinical Pathology, he is a 2017 Top 40 Under Forty Award, was named to the 2020 Global Pathologist Power-List, and sits on several committees with ASCP including the Commission for Continuing Education, the Social Media Committee, and Patient Champions Committee. His other committee appointments include the American Association of Blood Banks Education and Accreditation Committee and the Greater Chicagoland Area American Red Cross Auxiliary Board. A TEDx alum, he delivered a 2019 talk about the incredible changes to medical education and practice called "Unrecognizable Medicine."

     

    As an experienced public speaker, patient advocate, and laboratory medicine educator, Dr. Kanakis hopes to break down interdisciplinary barriers in medicine, crush stereotypes, and re-normalize compassion in new ways. From the bench to the bedside, laboratory medicine provides a unique perspective on communication, education, and what it really means to be an advocate. Follow him on social media at @CEKanakisMD

  • COMMITTEE

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

    Mitch Cooper

    Advisor

    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

    Advisor

    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

    Co-founder

    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.

  • SPONSORS

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

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    Rush University:

    Office of Student Life & Engagement

     

     

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

  • PAST EVENTS

    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!

    Reimagine

    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

    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

    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

    Telestroke

     

    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

    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

    Poem

     

    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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