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MAKE NO LITTLE PLANS


TEDxUChicago 2014 took place on Saturday, April 19 in the 830-seat Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus. The event was sold out. 

We sought an unbelievable lineup of speakers and a remarkable audience. We had both — and for that, we can't thank you enough. 

You can check out our event program here — and make sure to check out the videos from the event below!

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MAKE NO LITTLE PLANS


TEDxUChicago 2014 took place on Saturday, April 19 in the 830-seat Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus. The event was sold out. 

We sought an unbelievable lineup of speakers and a remarkable audience. We had both — and for that, we can't thank you enough. 

You can check out our event program here — and make sure to check out the videos from the event below!

THANKS FOR JOINING US

Our conference was held at Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus on Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 10am to 5pm. The event was centered on the theme: "Make No Little Plans," inspired by Daniel Burnham's famous line: 

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized.

In the spirit of Burnham, the chief architect of the 1893 World's Fair, our conference fused the local and universal, the innovative and the neoclassical. Attendees and speakers were able to interact and all, we hope, were driven to creatively improve our collective future.

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SPEAKERS


This year's conference will feature an awesome and diverse range of speakers. Click on their photos to learn more.

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SPEAKERS


This year's conference will feature an awesome and diverse range of speakers. Click on their photos to learn more.

EMCEE

STACEY HANKE
Communication Expert, Keynote Speaker & Executive Coach


JEREMY BIRD
Founding Partner at 270 Strategies & National Field Director for Obama 2012


KHADIJA MUSTAFA
Global Business Leader and General Manager at Microsoft


RYAN HOLIDAY
Bestselling Author, Betabeat Editor at Large & Director of Marketing at American Apparel


KRISTIN SWANSON
Director of Swanson Mathematical Neuro-Oncology Lab at Northwestern University

SUSAN MESSING
Forefront Teacher of Improvised Comedy and Actress at The Annoyance Theatre


BORRIS POWELL
Luxury Fashion Designer & Founder of Borris Powell Designs


SABINA SHAIKH
Economics Lecturer & Director of Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group at UofC


RICH "ACE" FRANKLIN
Mixed Martial Artist & Former 3-Time UFC Middleweight Champion


Student Speakers

Lauren Riensche
Undergraduate Student Speaker

Hungry? Lauren Riensche will grow your supper. As the sixth generation to live and work on her family’s farm in Jesup, Iowa (the Blue Diamond Farming Company), Lauren is deeply passionate about modern agriculture. She is keenly aware of the challenges feeding seven billion people presents and has come to UChicago to trade the pitchfork for the pen to promote a viable and sustainable agriculture for tomorrow. Lauren is a third year Sociology major and is currently working her way towards a career in agricultural marketing.

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Aelaf Worku
Graduate Student Speaker

Dr. Aelaf Worku is a Hospitalist and a Hospitalist Scholar at the University of Chicago Hospital while also pursing his Masters in Health Studies. Previously, through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEFAR), he served as both a quality improvement advisor at Debre Berhan Referral Hospital in Ethiopia and a medical education advisor to the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, helping to launch thirteen medical schools. Aelaf received his medical degree and Internal Medicine residency training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He graduated from Harvard College in economics.

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VIDEOS


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VIDEOS


Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.
— Daniel Burnham
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BOARD


This year's board has been hard at work all year to bring you the most engaging panel of speakers possible. Get to know us!

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BOARD


This year's board has been hard at work all year to bring you the most engaging panel of speakers possible. Get to know us!

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Matt Schaefer

PRESIDENT & CURATOR

Matt is a third-year History major at the University of Chicago. When not busy organizing and curating the conference, Matt spends his time as VP - Alumni of his fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi, and Senior Editor at the school newspaper, the Chicago Maroon. In late 2013, Matt served as a Fall Associate at 270 Strategies, a next-generation grassroots consulting firm. Although born in Indiana, Matt considers himself a full-blown Illinoisan…except when Andrew Luck and the Colts come to town. 

Victoria Wang

FINANCE CHAIR

Victoria is a third year Economics major at the University of Chicago. After attending two thought-provoking TEDxUChicago conferences in her first and second year, Victoria jumped at the opportunity to be part of the board this year. In addition to her role as the Finance Chair for TEDxUChicago, Victoria is also involved in Women in Business on campus. Last summer, Victoria worked at J.P. Morgan as an Equity Research intern, which consolidated her interest in pursuing a career in banking. In her free time, Victoria enjoys traveling, watching cheesy Taiwanese and Korean dramas, devouring Molly’s Cupcakes, and trying out new recipes with her family.

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Leslie Glotzer

SPONSORSHIP CHAIR

Leslie Glotzer is a third year in the College, studying Political Science and Geographical Studies, and is excited to be this year’s Sponsorship Chair. A native New Yorker, Leslie loves all things urban and hopes to work in urban planning or in some form of governance after college. At UChicago, she is also involved in Model United Nations and Alpha Omicron Pi, and is co-founder of UChicaGrow, an urban agriculture initiative. Aside from academics, Leslie is passionate about coffee, cereal, hummus, subways, and the New York Times.

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Freddy Tsao

CO-DIRECTOR

Freddy Tsao is a second-year at the University of Chicago and the Co-Director of TEDxUChicago majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Cinema and Media Studies. When he isn't too busy wondering why he decided to leave the sunny beaches of Southern California for the below-freezing winters of Chicago or longing for amazing Parisian macarons and baguettes from his quarter abroad, he can be found participating in ChoMUN (as chance would have it, crisis-directing the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 committee!) and PSAC on campus. Freddy first found out about the TED and TEDx conferences through his UChicago interviewer, and therefore is extremely excited to be a part of TEDxUChicago for a second year!

 

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Haley Johnson

LOGISTICS CHAIR

Haley is a third-year majoring in Public Policy. She is originally from College Station, Texas, which doesn't sound like a big deal but is, in fact, a very big deal. Among her favorite memories at UChicago are studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico and this one amazing nap she took as a second-year. In addition to being the Logistics Chair for TEDxUChicago, she is the Production Manager and member of the 26th generation of Off-Off Campus and Vice President of Communications for Delta Gamma.

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Ashleigh Richelle

MARKETING CHAIR

Ashleigh is a 4th year Cinema and Media Studies major with a minor in Human Rights. At a summer internship at CBS Interactive, Ashleigh gained valuable experience in and knowledge of social media marketing, which motivated her to apply for the Marketing/Social Media Chair position. Aside from TEDxUChicago, she stays involved on campus as the current president of the Chi Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Multicultural Greek Council. Ashleigh enjoys yoga, dancing, cooking, and meeting new people, though she admits she is an introvert at heart. In the future, Ashleigh plans on becoming a documentary filmmaker and travelling the world while making films (and eating good food) along the way.

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Natalya Samee

SPEAKERS CO-CHAIR

Born in Pakistan and raised in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Natalya is a third year Public Policy major specializing in Educational Infrastructure, and the Speakers Co-Chair for TEDxUChicago. She is also the Marketing Chair of the Major Activities Board, a trainer and cast-member of Off-Off Campus, and part of the Student Alumni Committee and South Asian Students Association. The longest she's lived in any country is three years. She is double-jointed, prone to picking up accents and a huge nerd about improv comedy, rap music, fonts and big cities.

Olivia Myszkowski

SPEAKERS CO-CHAIR

Olivia Myszkowski is a third year in the College studying Public Policy and Human Rights, and is the Speakers Co-Chair for TEDxUChicago. Olivia is passionate about finding innovative solutions to large-scale problems through policy work and otherwise, an interest reflected by her involvement in the University of Chicago Political Union and the Institute of Politics. Outside of the academic arena, Olivia is a news junkie and an avid watcher of quality television (Breaking Bad, Homeland, Girls). She also enjoys running, and is an extremely proud Minnesotan.

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Robbie Minton

SPEAKERS CO-CHAIR

Robbie Minton is a first-year at the University of Chicago pursuing a Public Policy major and an as-yet-undecided Humanities major.  Outside of class, Robbie plays the organ and is active in the “organ scene” (yes, such a scene exists) around campus.  He is also a member of the events planning team in FOTA (Festival of the Arts), which traditionally hosts a weeklong art festival in Spring Quarter and other art-related events throughout the year.  Over the summer, Robbie worked at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, his home town, creating mathematical computer models aimed at optimizing treatment for breast cancer patients.  He feels excited to be involved in TEDxUChicago as part of his first-year experience.


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Paul Sereno

ORGANIZER

Paul Callistus Sereno is a professor of paleontology at the University of Chicago and a National Geographic "explorer-in-residence" who has discovered several new dinosaur species on several continents, including at sites in Inner Mongolia, Argentina, Morocco and Niger. His most widely publicized discovery is that of a nearly complete specimen of Sarcosuchus imperator — popularly known as SuperCroc — at Gadoufaoua in the Tenere desert of Niger. Now he plans on leading his most daring expedition yet — to recover dinosaur bones at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.


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WHAT IS TEDx?


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WHAT IS TEDx?


IN THE SPIRIT OF "IDEAS WORTH SPREADING," TED HAS CREATED A PROGRAM CALLED TEDx.

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TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUChicago, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUChicago event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

http://www.ted.com/tedx