Our mission is to build a network of leaders who seek to broaden their understanding of self, culture and the world, for themselves and generations of Chicagoans to come. We’re connecting promising high school graduates–many of whom are first generation college students–with local professionals who can inspire our future leaders with integrity, intention and purpose.
Anneke Lisberg earned her MS in Entomology and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches and works with undergraduate researchers studying chemical communication in dogs. She co-founded the STEM Boot Camp, a bridge program to support underrepresented minority students entering STEM fields, in 2012, and continues to run the program annuallyCaitlin V Neal is a sex and relationship coach and nationally-recognized expert on sexual assault at music festivals. In her day job, she helps people discover the joys of sexuality. On weekends, she helps festivals prevent assaults through the provision of dedicated “safe spaces". And at night, she helps assault survivors to reclaim their sense of wholeness and safety in the midst of a uniquely challenging environment. You can find her on YouTube.com/CaitlinV, in her organization Lights On, or at Shambhala Music Festival in BC.Christopher Mallette is the Director of Community Relations and Engagement, the Athletic Director and the Head Football Coach at Chicago Hope Academy. He is also a management consultant and strategic advisor. He is the former Executive Director of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy and the former City of Chicago Director of Community Safety Initiatives where he worked to dramatically reduce group and gang violence in the City of Chicago. ..More..Born in Minneapolis and currently located in Chicago, Connor O'Keefe (he/him) is a documentary filmmaker invested in telling stories revolving around identity, social justice, and life on the margins. Learning about his own identity as a transman at a young age, he quickly began to explore gender and the world around him through filmmaking. He graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Documentary in 2019. His most recent film, OUR TRANSITION, tells his own coming out story through the perspective of his parents and provides a message of hope for other families going through similar journeys.
Jason Patera is the Head of School at the iconic Chicago Academy for the Arts*, an independent high school for passionate, elite-level filmmakers, musicians, actors, dancers, writers, animators, and visual artists from throughout Chicagoland. A fierce advocate for the arts and arts education, Patera has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and was named a 2018 Golden Apple Leader of Distinction. ..More..Joe Martin is a Chicago-based designer with a love for making things simple. As the CEO of Martin Creative, he has spent the last 18 years gaining experience in business, marketing, and leadership. A seasoned entrepreneur, all of Joe's projects are rooted in his passion for building real-world communities. His book, 6-Week Cycles, pushes for a better work environment which allows employees to work for six weeks and take off for two weeks. An international speaker, his thoughts on culture, productivity, and design have been a part of Fox News, WCIU, and WGN Radio.Joel Braunold serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, a coalition of over 100 different organizations working in every sector of society building relationships between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. A contributor for Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post, his work has been published in numerous national and international publications including the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Hill and the Daily Beast. ...More...Judy Torres has graced the airways on NY's WKTU for 20 years, performed her hits nationwide at famous arenas, and recently wrote & starred in her sold out One Woman Off Broadway show, No Reason to Cry. Now a certified master life coach, Judy continues to encourage, empower and inspire. In her TEDx talk, she explains that you are valuable, and reminds you that you are NOT on clearance!
First generation Nigerian-American, speaker, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur Nosa Eguae has coupled a life of service, with professional and athletic success. Nosa remains the only athlete in Auburn University history to start in two National Championship games. After a purpose awakened transition from sport, Nosa began his work to confront the disease of low expectation in athletes and young people. ...More...Sawyer is a 2019 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was a proud member of Douglas Drama Troupe 4879. Along with MSD drama Garrity has been a part of various outside theater companies such as, Barclay Performing Arts and Broadway Bound. She has attended French Woods Festival of The Performing Arts since she was eight years old. Music and musical theater have always been a strong constant in Garrity’s life. ... More ...After a getting a Chem E degree from Northwestern and working for Goodyear out of school, Stuart Kruse got his MBA from Kellogg in Finance and Game Theory. He cut his teeth in the investment industry with Lehmann Brothers in New York and Chicago and then Bear Stearns (1999-2007) where he became a CFA charterholder in 2005. He then founded Kruse Asset Management in 2007 in the desperate attempt to hold the investment industry to a higher standard. ...More...
FaceMePorFavor is a free artistic platform that develops portraiture as a tool to celebrate difference, nurture community, and share stories with the goal of connecting residents to each other. Their goal is to celebrate and promote the stories and communities that structure each city. Face Me For Favor is about bridging connections with the various locations and areas of different cities and uniting them around a common these: the human experience. For the TEDx Youth Wrigleyville event, an impressive mural installation was created featuring portraits of speakers, performers and curators.
Emcee WreckshopYoung Chicago Authors exposes young people to hip-hop realist portraiture and teaches them how to create their own authentic narratives through a variety of arts education programs both in and out of the classroom. These programs include free Education Partnerships for qualifying Chicago schools, free weekly writing workshops and open mics for young poets, journalists, and emcees, and Louder Than A Bomb, the largest youth poetry slam in the country.
As a YCA program, Emcee Wreckshop brings together rappers from all over the city. Sessions begin with a workshop taught by local rappers Add-2 and Defcee, in which students study an exemplary work, write new material, and finally, exchange pens for microphones, taking to YCA’s stage in a performative cypher.
Crooks CrewCrooks crew is an american dance crew originating from Chicago, IL. Founded in 2009 Crooks crew has traveled, competed, and won many dance competitions around the United States. Not only do they compete but perform as well. Crooks member’s have performed with such Celebrities as Chance The Rapper and Common. Next time your at a Chicago Bulls basketball game be sure to check them out as they perform at the halftime show.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are all self-organized.
TEDxYouthWrigleyville is an independently organized day-long TED event, operated under an exclusive license from TED worldwide.
The centralized theme of the event, “Youth, American Style” focused on exploring various aspects of youth identity.
Our mission is to build a network of leaders who seek to broaden their understanding of self, culture and the world, for themselves and generations of Chicagoans to come. Presenters will share tips and tools to foster resilience and create a safe and successful future. We’re connecting promising high school graduates–many of whom are first generation college students–with local professionals who can inspire our future leaders with integrity, intention and purpose.
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