2017 Team

Jessica Lederhausen  Executive Producer

Jessica Lederhausen
Executive Producer

Mother of 4 young adults. Married to a wonderful and amazing person, Mats. Played professional golf. Trained and worked as a dentist in Sweden before moving to Chicago. Co-founded Stockholm Objects. Love being active outside and in the kitchen. Very excited about TEDxChicago.


Rachel Axelrod  Executive Producer

Rachel Axelrod
Executive Producer

Recovering 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. Youth hockey team manager. Enthusiastic co-organizer of TEDxChicago.

Kristina Taheri  Project Manager

Kristina Taheri
Project Manager

Professional creator of amazingly fantastic special events and party goer! Individual melting pot of Texan, Persian, and Swedish heritage. Soccer and tennis competitor and fan. Family focus strategist. 

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  Valdiserri  Registration Manager

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.

Suzanne Muchin  Emcee for the event

Suzanne Muchin Emcee for the event

Co-founder and Principal of Mind + Matter Studio, a communication and strategy firm for social purpose brands.  With her long-time business partner (and M+MS co-founder), Rachel Bellow, Suzanne is also the host of the podcast The Big Payoff and hosts a weekly segment on Women & Business on the WGN Business Noon Hour.  Suzanne teaches at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and mentors entrepreneurs at a number of Chicago tech hubs and incubators. She is an impact investor and an LP in MATH Venture partners, is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (1871), and Piece & Co, LLC.

Mimi Weisberg                                    Volunteer                              

Mimi Weisberg                                   Volunteer                              

Mimi Weisberg joined the staff of Anshe Emet Synagogue in 2014 as the Director of Development. She has been a dedicated volunteer for the fundraising efforts for many non-profit organizations, including as a consultant for the city of Detroit. Mimi is passionate about connecting people to their past through genealogy. She is a native of Toledo, Ohio and is married to Bob Weisberg. She is the proud mother of Allison (Ari Pescovitz), Kelsey (Joe Shulan), Emilie and grandmother of Maya Pescovitz. She is honored to be part of the committee for TedxChicago!

Michelle Buzby                               Volunteer Manager

Michelle Buzby                            Volunteer Manager

Chicago native who raised two kids in the city. Former elementary school teacher. Passionate reading tutor for kids at a Humboldt Park school. Excited to be part of the first TEDxChicago and to be part of spreading good through sharing good ideas.

Jon Milonas                                          Volunteer   

Jon Milonas                                         Volunteer   

Jon is most passionate about getting to know people, listening to their stories, and empowering them towards meaningful change.  He believes that people want to be heard and known.  Jon’s real estate consulting team has advised some of Chicago’s fastest growing companies in the tech, media, consulting, and legal industries.  His first book, “Kicking Off Your Office Lease”, was published in May of 2016, and he released his original music album “Harmonies of Hope” in September 2017.

Marc Landsberg    Sponsor Liaison

Marc Landsberg

Sponsor Liaison

CEO of several big advertising and marketing agencies. Worked on some of the biggest brands in the world.  Speaks on any topic at the drop of a hat. Loves hot sauce. Swims outside everyday, no matter what the temperature is in Chicago. Has 3 amazing children, a dog and two cats.

Patti Frazier  Volunteer

Patti Frazier


A recent transplant from Deerfield, Patti and her husband are enjoying life in the city. Proud mom of 2 married kids; avid reader, yogi and spinning enthusiast. Passionate fundraiser for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

Sagar Sheth                                         Volunteer

Sagar Sheth                                        Volunteer

Sagar Sheth is currently the Co-Head of US Institutional Sales for MKM Partners.  He is responsible for growing MKM’s market share in the US by broadening distribution into strategic segments, developing new and existing client relationships, and leading the national sales team located in seven different offices across the country.  Mr Sheth started at MKM Partners in 2014 as a Managing Director and Head of Midwest Equities, where he started the firm’s first Chicago office.  .......

Mookie Lee                                            Volunteer

Mookie Lee                                           Volunteer

Korean born, Connecticut raised, Chicago is home. Mookie (yes, that's his actual name) is passionate about the limitless opportunities that life has to offer; whether it's being on reality TV, traveling the world or boxing in a ring.  This passion and drive translates to his love for entrepreneurship, which started early on in his career, and continues today with his restaurant group.  

Amir Sayed                            Volunteer

Amir Sayed                           Volunteer

Amir Syed has over 10+ years of mortgage banking experience. Has consistently been recognized as a top performer at Perl and has gained tremendous respect and recognition within local real estate community.