TEDxChicagoWomen 2018

Park West, Chicago
December 4, 2018
2 PM to 5:30 PM

Tickets will go on sale October 15, 2018

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2018 Speakers & Performers

David Ansell

Physician, Social Epidemiologist, Human Rights Activist

David Ansell, MD, MPH is a physician, epidemiologist, health activist and writer. He is the author of two books that highlight these inequities: County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital and The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills.

Paige Leigh Baker-Braxton

Feminist, Psychologist, Humanitarian

Paige Leigh Baker-Braxton Psy.D. was hired by Howard Brown Health to spearhead the development, implementation, and evaluation of the first LGBTQ-specific sexual assault response program in the nation: in.power*. In addition, Dr. Baker-Braxton is also a Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Chicago specializing in LGBT mental health and trauma.

Bill Bucklew

Innovator, Adventure Athlete, Charitable Entrepreneur

Bill is the Vice President of Product for The Pampered Chef where he leads the innovation and development of their consumer solutions. Bill recently formed the Not for Profit UnCorked Adventures who’s first event had Bill walking coast to coast across America in 67 days (40 miles per day) to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease, where he did over 40 television/media interviews. Both Bill and his father are living with Parkinson’s disease.

Candi Carter

Executive Producer, Creative

Candi Carter is currently an Executive Producer for the iconic daytime TV show, The View on ABC. She spent 15 years producing award-winning television at The Oprah Winfrey Show. She volunteers her time working with the special needs community.

Moran Cerf

neuroscientist, hacker

Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business (Kellogg), and a Sloan screenwriting Professor (American Film Institute). Prior, he worked as a hacker and cybersecurity expert. His hacking background led him to investigate the brain using unique methods. Notably, working with patients undergoing brain-surgery to study behavior, emotion, decisions and dreams. In addition to his academic career, professor Cerf is a science consultant for Hollywood films and TV. Recently, he was named one of the "40 leading professors below 40”.

Francie Arenson Dickman

Author. Analyzer. Essayist

Francie Arenson Dickman has been using her family as the source of writing material her whole life. Her personal essays have appeared in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Today Parents, Motherwell Magazine, Brain Child Magazine, among others. She lives in the same suburb of Chicago in which she grew up, with her husband, twin daughters and dog, Pickles. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law. Her first novel, Chuckerman Makes a Movie, will be published by SheWrites Press in October.

Kyla Guru

Security-Supergirl, STEMinist, Change-Maker

Kyla Guru is a 15-year-old high schooler and the founder/CEO of Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education. She aspires to be a catalyst for global change, being a 2018 Global Teen Leader, NCWIT AiC National Winner, & Stanford University #include fellow.

Jennifer Holmgren

Scientist, Disruptor, Dog-lover

When anyone has said something can’t be done, Jennifer has said “watch me”. From establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation fuels and now recycled carbon to products, Dr. Holmgren’s compassion and leadership inspires the Bioeconomy Sector to scale and succeed.

Mark Hyman

Physician, activist, teacher

Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, a 11-time New York Times bestselling author, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He is the Pritzker Foundation Chair in Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, medical editor of The Huffington Post, and a regular medical contributor in the media for CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, and more.

The JuJu Exchange

musicians,advocates, friends

The JuJu Exchange is a groundbreaking quartet led by Nico Segal - Grammy-winning trumpeter for Chance the Rapper and others. The JuJu Exchange is a musical partnership of childhood friends who came up through CPS music programs. Nico, Julian & Everett Reid, and Lane Beckstrom use The JuJu Exchange to build off their past experiences to create a genre-bending style of music that looks to the future while addressing current problems. They draw from hip-hop, jazz, classical and pop music.  Their explosive live show is a joyous exchange between band members and the audience.

Tracy Palandjian

Builder, connector, and change-maker

An accidental entrepreneur, Tracy Palandijan left the private sector to co-found Social Finance. The nonprofit is building a new model to finance social change, enlisting private capital and rallying uncommon partners around a common cause: results for our most vulnerable communities.​

Jason Saul

 Evaluator, Social entrepreneur

Jason Saul is one of the nation’s leading experts on measuring social impact. Founder and CEO of Mission Measurement, he advises governments, corporations, foundations and nonprofits on how to maximize the return on their social initiatives. He is the author of numerous books and articles on social strategy and measurement. He was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service and was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. In 2008,h he was recognized as one of “40 under 40” business leaders by Crain’s Chicago Business . In 2010, he was named Nation’s 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek.

Rick Smolan

CEO, Photographer

CEO of Against All Odds Productions is a New York Times best-selling author with more than five million copies of his books in print.  A former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, Smolan is best known as the co-creator of the "Day in the Life" book series.  His global photography projects, which feature the work of hundreds of the worlds leading photographers and combine creative storytelling with state-of- the-art technology, are regularly featured on the covers of prestigious publications around the globe including Fortune, Time, and GEO.

Rendel Solomon

Westsider, Community builder, Ownership advocate

Engineer turned MBA turned Private equity investor.  Founded One Stock One Future NFP to fulfill a mission to create one million youth shareholders and instill a sense of Hope, Inspiration, Empowerment, and Opportunity through stock ownership.

Ashley Slim Stevenson

singer songwriter, guitarist, street performer

Sandria Washington combines healing practices such as writing, yoga, walking and art making to transform communities, with a particular passion for empowering Black women and girls. Sandria finds inspiration in good books, concerts, and solo field trips.

Ashley Slim Stevenson, also known as Slim Freedom, is a singer songwriter, guitarist, and street performer based in Chicago. For years she has displayed her talent in the subways of Chicago to support herself. Recently, her performances have gotten the attention of YouTubers who have filmed her songs in “The Tunnels,” as Ashley refers to them. Many of these videos have reached tens of thousands of views. Her cover of “Landslide” received 15 million views since its release two years ago. Now with a team behind her, Slim Freedom will soon release a series of professional recordings of her covers and originals as she prepares her debut album.

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TEDXChicagoWomen 2018
Chicago, IL
Tuesday, December 4th 2018
2-5:30 PM