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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!

MAY-MAY CHEN, Co-Organizer

May-May Chen is a third year economics major at the College and is the Curator for this year’s conference. Though born and raised in Taiwan, May-May has lived in a number of countries before, including Belize, St..Kitts, and now the United States. At school, May-May is also involved in the Taiwanese American Student Association and serves as the National Finance Director of the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Student Association. She enjoys baking granola during her free time, watching TED talks while folding her laundry, and eating all types of summer fruits. She can be reached at tsaiweichen@uchicago.edu


CHAILLE BIDDLE, Speakers Chair

Chaillé is a third year majoring in Public Policy. She was introduced to the TEDxUChicago conference during her second year, when she attended The Incredible Unknown. She is an editor for The Gate and a member of the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. She is eternally grateful for snail mail, podcasts, and strong-brewed chai. She loves company, which she attains by baiting people with fresh-baked cookies. A Brooklyn native, she has high standards for bagels, socks, and absurdity. If she were a kitchen utensil, she would be a spatula.

JENNY WANG, Logistics Chair

Jenny is a second year in the college who plans to major in Economics. Hailing from the deepest of the deep South, she harbors a deep appreciation for warm mittens and oversized sweaters.  Aside from TEDxUchicago, Jenny is also involved in the Taiwanese-American Student Association and plays on the women’s club Ultimate Frisbee team. She enjoys running along the Lakeshore Trail, chocolate ice cream in chocolate-covered waffle cones, and, of course, TED talks of all genres. 


KATHY ZHOU, User Experience Chair

Kathy is a second-year in the College majoring in Biology or Chemistry. Raised across Vancouver, San Francisco, Beijing, and now Chicago, she is authentically international and loves exploring new places. Beyond the world of inspirational talks and giant red Xs, Kathy is a freelance graphic designer and photographer. On campus, she is a researcher in the Human Genetics department, a board member of the Festival of the Arts, a crisis director for ChoMUN, and an aspiring film-maker with Fire Escape Films. Formerly a speakers chair, Kathy is the User Experience Chair & Creative Chair for this year’s conference. Kathy can be found taking delight in the small things in life - plucking a beetle out of a bush, exploring rooftops and abandoned buildings, writing short prose, or doing yoga while eating a plate of cheesecake. She is excited to see you at this years conference!

PUTTER THEPKANJANA, Student Speaker/ Salons Chair

Putter is a second year economics and public policy major at The College. She was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. On campus, she is the Co-President of the Thai Student Association and a member of the Council on University Programming (COUP) and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. This past summer, she worked as a Strategy and Operation Intern at ABeam Consulting in Thailand. When she is not in Mansueto (where she can always be found) and attending meetings, Putter enjoys watching TED talks and cooking videos, eating cereal in Bartlett dining hall, cycling, following news about space discoveries, and attending events on campus. She encourages everyone to attend TEDxSalons and main conference this year!




FREDDY TSAO, Co-Organizer

Freddy is a fourth-year at the University of Chicago majoring in Public Policy and Cinema & 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 listening to way too much TED Radio Hour (or NPR in general), he can be found crisis-directing for ChoMUN, dancing for the Chicago Raas team, making short films in Fire Escape Films, or threading film in the projection booth at Doc Films on campus. Freddy first found out about the TED and TEDx conferences through his UChicago interviewer, and having served on the TEDxUChicago executive board for the past three years, he is ecstatic about having another go! He can be reached at ftsao@uchicago.edu.

BUDING QU, Finance Chair

Born and raised in China, Buding Qu is a third-year Economics major. She joined the organization as a volunteer in her first year and was the Logistics Chair in her second year. Buding worked at an Investment company in Beijing as an intern over the summer, and gained a lot of experiences in finance management. Besides TEDxUChicago, Buding was a member of Women in Business in her first and second year, and is in the UChicago Career in Business Program. She is also a great fan of films and photography, and plans to pursue a Cinema and Media Studies minor.

JOSEPH CHOU, Sponsorship Chair

Joseph is a second year Public Policy major at the College. Having a background in Policy Debate, he looks forward to exploring the world of business and politics and hopes to build a career in management consulting. Outside of working with TEDxUChicago and PRISM Consulting Group, Joseph enjoys cooking, running, and wondering what his pet corgi is doing back home in Southern Californi


MAYA NGUEN, User Experience Chair

Maya is a second-year at The University of Chicago, currently majoring in Philosophy and exploring the fields of Economics. She defines herself as a “citizen of the world”  - of Vietnamese origin, born and raised in Moscow, and educated in England. Now finding herself in Chicago, she loves to spend her days reading, seeing friends for coffee on all parts of campus, doing yoga, and (occasionally) engaging in schoolwork. Aside from serving as the User Experience Chair at TEDxUChicago, she is deeply involved in Amnesty International, International Students Advisory Committee (ISAC), and is part of Moot Court and Undergraduate Women in Philosophy. Her friends would describe her as bold-spirited, adventurous, and prone to go into rants about anything and everything. She hopes that this year’s conference will get discourse flowing and engage exciting new ideas and projects!

SAHIBA BORISUTH, Student Speaker/ Salons Chair

Sahiba Borisuth is a second year at the college majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Human Rights. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, she returned there for her gap year to intern with UNAIDS while taking advantage of the chance to travel and explore new places. Though she’s thankful for the experience of living out of a suitcase for a year, she considers the Quad Cities, a quaint town on the border of IL and IA her home. She was introduced to TEDxUChicago after attending The Incredible Unknown and is very excited to join the board this year as Student Speaker/Salons Chair. Sahiba is also involved in GlobeMed and Peer Health Exchange. She enjoys singing and playing her guitar, all types of chocolate and sipping tea while binging on ted talks. 

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Jessica is a third-year studying Economics and Environmental Studies. A long-time fan of all things TED, she is thrilled to be Speakers Director this year. On campus, Jessica leads the Women in Business consulting group, advocates for campus sustainability with Phoenix Energy Initiative, and dances on the UChicago Bhangra team. She loves photography (especially when it results in candid pictures of her friends), chilled watermelon, and her hometown Austin, TX, and she is forever thankful for her friends and family.


DYLAN WELLS, Marketing Chair

Dylan Wells is a first-year in the College, and a prospective Global Studies or Political Science Major. During high school, Dylan organized TEDxYouth@Portland and worked with TEDxPortland, experiences that led her to join TEDxUChicago. A huge fan of TED and a social media addict, she is excited to be this year’s Marketing Chair. As a first-year, Dylan is still figuring out her RSOs, but is an Institute of Politics Events Ambassador, a member of The Gate, and involved with CHOMUN. Dylan enjoys traveling , photography, going to concerts, and baking fancy foreign pastries. 

JOSHUA KRAMER, Speakers Chair

Josh Kramer is a second-year at the University of Chicago, double majoring in Philosophy and Law, Letters, and Society with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. When away from the bookstacks of the Regenstein Library, he explores the Art Institute, enjoys engaging conversation with friends, tries to finish Infinite Jest, or travels back to his hometown, Milwaukee, WI. On campus, he has served as a board member for Queers United in Power, exercised his drawing skills in Outside the Lines, and danced for the University Ballet. This year, he will be a research assistant in the Art History department. He especially enjoys gardening as a platform for thought and deliberation. As a speakers chair, he hopes the conference’s seeds of thought will fertilize your garden of ideas


Maya is a first year in the College who plans to major in Statistics. Having participated in speech and debate for four years, she loves hearing people speak and share their experiences and can’t wait to see all the amazing speakers and storytellers that participate in TEDxUChicago. Outside of TEDxUChicago, Maya is a writer for the Maroon newspaper and a member of PSAC. She also enjoys baking, crossword puzzles and, as a New York native, has a great appreciation for bagels and thin crust pizza.  


SORETI TESHOME, Logistics Chair

Soreti Teshome is a second year in the college majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. In high school, Soreti worked for the TEDxYouth event in her home city of Lincoln, Nebraska. She’s excited about continuing to work with TED as a logistics chair for TEDxUChicago. On campus, Soreti is a community conversation facilitator with OMSA’s Emerging Minds Project, as well as a member of the Independent Review Committee for the University of Chicago Police Department. This past summer, Soreti was a member of the UCSC’s Summer Links program and interned with the North Lawndale Employment Network, a nonprofit organization working to remove barriers individuals with felony backgrounds face when searching for employment. When she’s not sending emails or doing schoolwork, Soreti can be found eating ice cream, talking with friends, or watching crime drama shows on Netflix.