• TEDxRushU

    A Platform for the Brightest Minds to Converge and Inspire


    Upcoming event:


    "CROSSING PATHS: The Power of Connection & Collaboration"


    February 24th, 2023


    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.

  • 2023 Speakers


    Ricky Ditzel Jr.

    Ricky is a US Army Special Operations Veteran, neurodegenerative disease researcher, and advocate, and is starting medical school in the fall. Ricky believes strongly in service to others and has taken on multiple roles to increase opportunity and equity amongst diverse populations. Ricky received his Bachelor of Science in Disaster Management from George Washington University. He is currently a board member-at-large for the Special Operations Medical Association, a board of directors’ member for the Neuroacanthocytosis Advocacy USA, and a co-host and producer for the R-Rated Science podcast. to describe your values, show more info, summarize a topic, or tell a story.

    Simeon Henderson

    From growing up on the westside of Chicago in one of its toughest neighborhoods, overcoming bullying, Abuse, Violence and A learning disability. To becoming an on air TV personality for WCIU CHICAGO, Talk Show host, Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Actor and Author. Simeon has also been the key note speaker at numerous commencement ceremonies, team building workshops and motivational seminars. Simeon was determined to prove people wrong. Simeon has been featured in the Crescent Magazine for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. with Civil rights activist and former United States Representative John R. Lewis for his work as a community leader. Simeon has also Starred and Co-Starred in major TV series like Chicago PD, Chicago Fire and Empire, movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, TUBI and BET. Simeon is determined to leave a positive impact on this world and all those that he comes in contact with. Simeon's Moto is always BESIMBOLIC which means "Simply Your Best".

    Janice Z. Gassam Asare, Ph.D.

    Janice Z. Gassam Asare, Ph.D. is the founder of BWG Business Solutions, an award-winning DEI consultancy designed to help organizations create cultures built on racial equity. Dr. Janice facilitates workshops, provides guidance, delivers keynote speeches and “Awareness Talks” to spark important dialogue about racial equity in the workplace. Dr. Janice has had the opportunity to collaborate with Google, Amazon, Yale University, Nordstrom, H&M, and Paypal/Venmo among many others. Dr. Janice is the author of two best-selling books, Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All and The Pink Elephant: A Practical Guide to Creating an Anti-racist Organization and one forthcoming book, Decentering Whiteness in the Workplace, which will be released through Berrett-Koehler publishers in 2023. She is a senior contributing writer for Forbes having authored over 350 articles. In 2022, Dr. Janice was recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Racial Equity. Dr. Janice is a Ph.D.-trained Industrial Organizational Psychologist and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business. She is the host of the Dirty Diversity podcast where she discusses all things diversity, equity, inclusion.

    Tim Breider

    Tim Breider is a second-year medical student at Rush Medical College originally hailing from Rochester, MN. Prior to matriculation, he spent gap years working at Mayo Clinic and as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps. During his Peace Corps service, he worked as a healthy schools volunteer in Totonicapán, Guatemala, and served on the national project advisory council. He had opportunities to work with stakeholders at the local, regional, and national level in order to improve health education and environments for families in the highlands. In addition to his medical studies, Tim enjoys learning about languages and the different ways that groups of people communicate the things that make us human.

    Laura B. Vater, MD, MPH

    Laura B. Vater, MD, MPH, is a writer, advocate for clinician health, and an oncologist at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. She believes that patients deserve to be treated as whole human beings, and that clinicians deserve the same. In 2022, her writing was featured in Pulitzer-Prize winning author Anna Quindlen’s book, Write for your Life. She is also a member of the Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford University and has published a number of narrative medicine essays. In 2017, she developed a tool to help patients and clinicians prioritize their health (The SMILE ScaleTM). This tool is being used in clinics and classrooms across the world. Dr. Vater earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Oncology at Indiana University. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2018 and is a member of the IU School of Medicine Honor Roll. In 2022, she was awarded the American Medical Women’s Association Charlotte Edwards Maguire, MD Outstanding Resident Mentor Award.

    Ismael El-Amin

    Ismael is a father of four who utilized his software engineering background to revolutionize the parent carpool.

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  • 2022-2023 COMMITTEE

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

    Sarah Basharkhah


    Sarah is a medical student at Rush Medical College. When asked what TedXRushU means to her, she stated "I can't remember the first TED talk I listened to, but I can remember the way it made me feel: passionate, energized and empowered. TedXRushU allows us to bring this excitement to our own community and invites our community members to the discussion." In her free time, Sarah likes to seek out coffee shops and restaurants around the city, do HIIT classes, hiking and cooking new recipes!

    Omar Khan


    Omar is in the Health Systems Management program at Rush. When asked what TedXRushU means to him, he stated "It is a great way to educate and involve the people around us while discussing subject material that is truly important. The ability to do this in a fun, energetic, and collaborative way is what makes this platform unique and special!" In his free time, Omar enjoys playing basketball, watching TV shows and traveling.

    Lindsay Moore

    Sub-committee Liasion

    Lindsay is in the Speech Language Pathology program at Rush. When asked what TedXRushU means to her, she stated "It has been a dream of mine to present a TED talk of my own someday!" In her free time, you can catch Lindsay running, playing soccer, playing violin, traveling or reading.

    Zach McCluskey

    Speaker Co-Chair

    Zach is in the Nurse Anesthesia program at Rush. When asked what TedXRushU means to him, he stated "I think learning can be fun, exciting, and entertaining. I believe that learning new things about the world, others and ourselves makes us better humans." In his free time, Zach enjoys running and playing music.

    Raj Singh

    Speaker Co-Chair

    Raj Is a medical student at Rush Medical College. When asked what TedXRushU means to him, he stated "It's the perfect avenue to bring about massive change through inspirational, educational, and paradigm shifting speeches. Also, because I'm a professional public speaker and have a long fascination for communication, I can help fulfill these thirst passions of mine by being deeply invested in TedXRushU!" In his free time, Raj enjoys playing ping pong, chess, and riding scary rollercoasters!

    Shreya Patel

    Finance Director

    Shreya is a PhD candidate in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program at Rush. When asked what TedXRushU means to her, she stated "I love the way that some people can really develop a passionate as well as tangibly communicated momentum. They deliver some fascinating thoughts in an entertaining and sometimes even amusing way." In her free time, you can find Shreya trekking, hiking or traveling.

    Monica Sheinin

    Social Media Director

    Monica is a PhD candidate in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program at Rush. When asked what TedXRushU means to her, she stated "I would like to make science more mainstream, connect though speaking and bring common scientific knowledge to the public as a storyteller." In her free time, Monica enjoys traveling, tennis, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

    Malia Gasteier

    Marketing Director

    Malia is an MS candidate in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program at Rush. When asked what TedXRushU means to her, she stated "I believe there is currently a large communication gap between the science world and the public, so I am excited to engage our communities with new ideas and advancements with TedXRushU!" In her free time, you can find Malia cooking, exercising, traveling and reading.

    Jen Bapton

    Sponsorship Director

    Jen is a PhD candidate in the College of Health Sciences at Rush. When asked what TedXRushU means to her, she stated "It's a unique blend of brand, platforms, network, vision, talent and energy." In her free time, Jen enjoys biking, swimming, painting and crafting with her three daughters.


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  • Previous 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


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

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    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!

    Minor Setback / Major Comeback

    Feb 10, 2022

    Virtual Event (Zoom)


    Susan Torres -


    Changing Your Intergenerational Story


    Geoffrey Mount Varner -


    27 Different Emotions and the One You MUST Master


    Diandra Gordon -


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


    La Toya Jackson -


    The Entrepreneur Journey: The Comeback is Greater Than The Setbacks


    Erica Battle -


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


    Ashley Bryant -


    Gains in Loss


    Constantine Kanakis -


    An MD with MD




    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



    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



    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