Our Team

We are a team of talented individuals from Chicago connected by a noble purpose – to share ideas worth spreading, inspire creative thinking and expand minds.

Jessica Lederhausen

Executive Producer and Curator

Lived in Sweden before moving to Chicago with her husband and children. Played professional golf in Europe. Worked as a dentist in Stockholm. Founded retail store Stockholm Objects in Hinsdale. Passionate advocate for Sustainable Healthy Habits.

Rachel Axelrod

Executive Producer and Curator

Former commercial litigation attorney. Obsessed with to do lists and organizing everything. Connector of people from all walks of life. Overscheduled mom of two boys.  Almond milk latte and yoga lover.  Enthusiastic Executive Producer and Curator of TEDxChicago.

Linda Stehno

Design consultant

Emmy-nominated art director, digital and motion designer. Master professional working in high-pressure environments with limited budgets and tight deadlines. Best known for her 15 years of art direction, design and animation for The Oprah Winfrey show.

Teresa Aguilera

Stage Manager

Teresa Aguilera is owner and CEO of Standby and Go Productions, Inc. She is a Producer, Stage Manager/Show Caller and Assistant Stage/Deck Manager primarily for live corporate events, television and has over 13 years of television experience having worked at The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Suzanne Muchin

HOST - TEDxChicago

Suzanne is the co-founder of Mind and Matter Studio, a communication and strategy firm. She also teaches entrepreneurship and communicaiton at Kellogg School of Business, is a commentator on women and business on WGN, and is the co-host of The Big Payoff podcast.

Devin Soule

Digital SPonsor - Everest

Spent his career launching, advising and growing startups, designing technology, and building brands. Founder of Everest, a UX design agency. Most passionate about using design innovation and emerging technologies to create measurable social and political impact.

Andrea Sidorow

Volunteer Manager

Dynamic nonprofit professional with fundraising, event planning, data management, and special projects experience. Committed community leader, innovative program organizer, and effective volunteer coordinator.

Annika Valdiserri

Registration Manager

Calls Chicago home since first setting foot here from Goteborg, Sweden. Raised two kids with dogs and cats in Wilmette. Works 24/7 as a realtor with @Properties. Passionate about her job. Loves yoga, books and dark Netflix shows.

Jenny Beightol


Jenny Beigthol is a storyteller. For the last 8 years, she's helped tech startups across Chicago create their brand voice, values and identity. She's passionate about words and driving social change.

Amy Lee Segami


Entrepreneur, consultant, and speaker. Applies the science of fluid dynamics to mastering the arts of business and life. Engineer turned artist revived and transformed suminagashi - Painting On Water. TEDx Speaker, Founder and Executive Producer of TEDxIIT.

Neelima Joshi


Healthcare entrepreneur seeking ways to use innovation and technology to lower diabetes incidence rates.  Former mergers/acquisitions and corporate finance banker.  Loves to meet and connect people, create conversational communities to drive change, and seek ways to promote diversity.  Excited to work with this fabulous team to create TEDxChicago.

Trusted Advisors

Suzanne Muchin
Mats Lederhausen
Dana Reinglass-Brooks
Jessica Droste-Yagan
Kareem Wells

Attend TEDxChicago 2019

Attending a live TEDx event is an interactive, engaging, and exciting experience with other TED-loving people.

APPLY TO SPEAKapply to speak
Venue SIX10, 610 Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
May 1st, 2019
2 pm - 6 pm