• TEDxRushU

    platform for the brightest minds to converge and inspire


    TEDxRushU will provide a platform for the brightest minds to converge and inspire. We are committed to creating an event where participants are challenged to communicate their passions in an exciting and engaging dialogue. Speakers will present their forward-thinking ideas and all participants will leave the conference inspired and empowered to create positive change.


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



    TED is an annual event where innovative, interesting, and motivated individuals are invited to share their insights and passions. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our future. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and a “journey into the future.” Ted events draw a wide array of speakers along with diverse audiences. Notable TED speakers include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, and Bono.


    The postings on this site are our own and do not necessarily represent Rush’s positions, strategies or opinions.

  • TEDxRushU 2018

    Rush University Medical Center Campus

    2018 Date to be Announced soon!


    Refreshments will be served.



    Tickets are $30 general admission, $10 for students, not yet on sale


    Learn about our amazing speakers! COMING SOON for 2018

    Speaker Name: Coming Soon!

    TEDxRushU Presentation - and Title: Coming Soon!

    TEDxRushU 2018 Speaker BIO: Coming Soon!


    Get to know the awesome group of students that work together to make the TEDxRushU events a reality!

    Linnea Karlson


    Linnea is a second year Health Systems Management student at Rush University. She is a life long learner, and is excited to inspire curiosity in the community through TEDxRushU. In her spare time, Linnea enjoys west coast swing dancing, traveling, and cheering for the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Jessica Molnar


    Jessica is a MSN candidate at Rush University. She is a spirited learner and a regular TED talks viewer. She values education and is devoted to making the world a better place for all. Nursing is her passion and she looks forward to making an impact on all those she cares for. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and covertly loves to sing.

    Ben Wetzker

    TEDxRushU Committee

    Ben is a graduate student at Rush University in Chicago studying Health Systems Management. He love asking thought-provoking questions and exploring the world around him. Ben strives to find innovative solutions to solve difficult problems. Ben thinks the easiest way to do that is by surrounding yourself with great people and learning from them.

    Aaushi Ghelani

    TEDxRushU Committee

    Aaushi is a first year HSM student at Rush University. She believes that inspiration and a thirst for knowledge drives an individual to find their greater self- in which TED talks play an important role. She believes we, as a society, have to work together in order to improve its’ imperfections. Besides that, she is a devoted Chicago Bulls fan, enjoys hiking, and experiencing new cultures.”

    Henna Yaqub

    TEDxRushU Committee

    Henna is a second-year Health Systems Management student at Rush University. She has a strong interest in global community improvement after working with a charity hospital in Pakistan, and believes TED talks have the inspiration needed to be impactful. Her appreciation for global healthcare also stems from her love for traveling the world and experiencing different cultures.

    Ayaat Dahleh

    TEDxRushU Committee

    Ayaat Dahleh is a second-year PhD student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program (Neuroscience Track) at Rush University’s Graduate College. She has a passion for event planning and is therefore very active within the Rush community as the President of the Rush Muslim Student's Association , Vice-Chairman of Rush Student Senate, and a Student Affinity Group Leader. She hopes to not only become a successful scientist but to also continue pushing herself inside and outside the classroom to be the best she can be as she experiences life as a graduate student​.

    Gwen Ledford

    TEDxRushU Committee

    Gwen is a graduate student in Health Systems Management At Rush. She is passionate about innovative approaches to address cost, quality, and access in healthcare and is excited to bring together creative thinkers at the TEDx event. Gwen loves to travel and can often be found running along the lakefront trail in Chicago.

    Madeline Thompson

    TEDxRushU Committee

    Maddie is a second year Health Systems Management student at Rush. She is passionate about analyzing how healthcare systems can better deliver care to the individuals and communities they serve. This is her first year being a part of the TedX committee and she is very excited to bring Ted talks to Rush. In her free time she enjoys running and traveling.

    Michael Rizzo

    TEDxRushU Committee

    Michael is a recent HSM graduate from Loyola University Chicago. He is from Park Ridge, IL, and is currently living in Rogers Park. Michael has worked for a variety of healthcare organizations including Loyola University Medical Center, Vital Rehabilitation, and Presence Health. During the next several months, he will be working in the ENT department as an Admin Project Assistant, and he hopes to land a job in hospital operations management after he obtains his Master’s degree. Outside of the classroom, Michael enjoys playing golf and playing with his dog, Champ.

    Mitch Cooper

    TEDxRushU Committee

    Mitch is a first year Health Systems Management student at Rush interning in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Mitch is excited to use the skills he gains at Rush and apply them toward helping improve our overall population and community health. Mitch loves to travel to other countries and gain an insight into how other cultures differ from ours back home.

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    Logistics Team

    Alvin Chackungal: Graduate Nursing Student

    Hasan Rashid: Medical Student

    Kelsey Swyter: Graduate Nursing Student

    Aayush Mittal: HSM Student

    Andrew Garman

    Faculty Advisor

    Through my work with TEDxRushU, I hope to help build community within Rush students, alumni, and faculty, and to celebrate the life, vision and values of HSM alum and faculty member Mayur Patel. He was a cherished colleague taken from us far too young, but his passing reminds me regularly just how precious each day and each friend is.

    Michelle Murphy

    Faculty Advisor

    Originally from New York City, the idea of inspiring change began for Michelle in education, where she taught before moving to Chicago. She continues to mentor and tutor students in her free time, still believing in that mission. She is looking forward to the TEDx event and hopes it’s a positive learning experience for those that attend.


    In honor of Mayur Patel, an alumnus of Rush University’s Health Systems Management program, who died unexpectedly in 2011, TEDxRushU has held spring TEDx events.

    Click the links to watch the TEDxRushU talks!

    The TEDxRushU event was in honor of Mayur Patel, an alumnus of Rush University’s Health Systems Management program, who died unexpectedly in 2011. Mayur was loved and respected by those who had the honor of working with him. His passion for improving the environment and healthcare on a global level serves as the basis for our theme, “Seizing A Day,” and our goal is to have discussions centered around the idea of enhancing life, both through time and experience, to help carry on the passion and spirit of Mayur.

    Ready for Anything?

    April 22, 2017

    Malcolm X College Auditorium


    Marlon Haywood - Project Manager, Community Engagement,

    Rush University Medical Center

    Redefining the Urban Male: A Focus on Chicago


    Grace Wethor - Actress, Model, High School Student

    The Day That Changed My Life Forever


    James Conners, MD - Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center



    Jeff Mumford - CEO, Mumfurious Movement

    Building Your Own Superhero Squad


    Susan Swider- Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University Medical Center

    Ready for Anything: Government, Civil Society and Community Engagement


    Terry Peterson - Vice President of Corporate and External Affairs,

    Rush University Medical Center

    The Importance of Service


    Dino Rumoro – Chairman, Emergency Medicine

    Rush University Medical Center

    How Clinical Analytics Will Resuscitate the Doctor/Patient Relationship


    Harold Green – Spoken Word Poet and Artist

    When I Grow Up​


    Event Organizers: Allison Parker, Jack VanOverloop, Alena Shelton, Mario Cuartas, Hailey Muliner, Michelle Murphy, Andy Garman, Linnea Karlson, Benjamin Wetzker, Aayush Mittal, Jessican Molnar, Alvin Chackungal, Hasan Rashid, Henna Yaqub

    Seize the Future

    April 30, 2016

    Searle Conference Center

    Rush Professional Building, 5th floor

    1725 W. Harrison St.

    Chicago, Illinois


    Brian Cole, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

    Sparing the Scalpel: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedic Medicine


    Robert Colangelo - Founding Farmer/CEO of Green Sense Farms

    The Future of Farming: Making Nature Better!


    George Fitchett - Director of Research in the Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center

    The Futures of Religion


    Jacob Goldsmith, PhD - Associate Clinical Director of the Epstein Center for the Study of Psychotherapy Change, at The Family Institute at Northwestern University

    Embracing Pluralism: The Future of Relationships


    Tom Bassett-Dilley - AIA, CPHC

    Beyond Passive House: The Nature Connection


    Roy Smythe, MD - Chief Medical Officer for Valence Health

    Rebuilding Stonehenge


    Rebecca Goudarzi - Second-year Health Systems Management student

    Performing her original songs: "Phoenix", "Her Waltz", "Beware"


    Event Organizers: Nicole Powell, Allison Parker, Jack VanOverloop, Amber Smith, Michelle Murphy, Andy Garman

    We Only Have What We Give

    June 5, 2015

    Searle Conference Center

    Rush Professional Building, 5th floor

    1725 W. Harrison St.

    Chicago, Illinois


    Gregg Steinberg, PhD - Professor of Human Performance at Austin Peay State University

    How Adversity is your Superpower


    Jenni Rook - MT-BC, LCPC, Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow

    Moved by Music


    Raj Shah, MD - Associate Professor in Family Medicine and the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center

    Nothing About Us Without Us: The Promise of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research


    Jeremy Chapman-Gould - Founder and Executive Director, videoPEACH

    Awesome Ways to Use Video with Kids in the Hospital!


    Tricia N. Martinez - Founder and CEO of Shift

    Empowering 2 Billion People through a Mobile Phone


    Fatimah Asghar - Poet, Performer, Educator

    We Own All the Language in the World


    Event Organizers: Beth Aguila, Kevin Contorno, Nicole Powell, Andrew Garman, Michelle Murphy, Rebecca Goudarzi, Anthony Bernas, Lisa Patel, Christopher Kuo, Juliette Soelberg, Ann Marie Finley

    May 17, 2014

    Searle Conference Center
    Rush Professional Building, 5th floor
    1725 W. Harrison St.
    Chicago, Illinois


    Lori Schneider - International speaker, author, teacher of 20 years, Everest and “Seven Summits” mountaineer, adventurer, and global advocate for those living with neurological disorders and disabilities

    Lori Schneider on LinkedIn / Facebook

    Climbing Beyond Our Limits


    Rajiv Nathan - Co-founder of Idea Lemon, helping people master The Art of Awesome, a rapper named Fenetik, sales consultant for marketing firm HelloWorld, and guru of both Seinfeld and WWE trivia.

    Twitter and instagram: @RajNATION / LinkedIn

    How to become an expert in vulnerability


    Chicago Q Ensemble - String trio committed to innovative collaborations, community engagement, and the work of living composers

    Solving Classical Music's Empowerment Problem


    {She Crew} - a journaling to performance, empowerment arts program for girls.

    Write. Recite. Ignite. Evolve.


    Jordan Berg - Co-founder of Questus

    For more information please visit: http://www.questus.com/People/JordanBerg

    The Soulful Brand


    Thomas Tsai - Los Angeles-based dance artist

    Website: tomlikesdance.tumblr.com



    Event Organizers: Beth Aguila, Kevin Contorno, Andrew Garman, Christopher Kuo, Matthew Perkins, Sabrina Prodhan, Anooja Ragnekar, Juliette Soelberg, Matthew Stern

    Seizing A Day: How can we improve life expectancy globally by one day?

    October 26, 2012

    Rush University Medical Center


    The TEDxRushU event was in honor of Mayur Patel, an alumnus of Rush University’s Health Systems Management program, who died unexpectedly in 2011. Mayur was loved and respected by those who had the honor of working with him. His passion for improving the environment and healthcare on a global level serves as the basis for our theme, “Seizing A Day,” and our goal is to have discussions centered around the idea of enhancing life, both through time and experience, to help carry on the passion and spirit of Mayur.


    Robert Macauley, MD - Medical Director of Clinical Ethics, Fletcher Allen Health Care & Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine

    Dying Well


    Suzy Yehl Marta - Founder and President, Rainbows For All Children

    Seizing a Hand When the Bough Breaks


    Lucian Newman, III, MD - Founder & Chief Medical Officer, ComplyMD

    The Joy of Doing What People Say you Can’t


    Sarah Elizabeth Ippel - Founder and Executive Director, Academy for Global Citizenship

    Creating the Future We Envision through the People who will Lead it


    Laura Landy - Trustee, President & CEO, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation

    How can we re-think health?


    Wrenetha Julion, PhD, RN - Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Rush University Medical Center

    Supporting Fatherhood


    Richard Wallace – Poet



    Event Organizers: Matt Anderson, Mary Casey, Renee Durack, Natasa Djukic, Cara Gallagher, Andrew Garman, Rod Hart, Katelyn Hunter, Tricia Johnson, Matthew Stern, Joyce Anne Waini


    Interested in helping us plan an amazing TEDxRushU event?


    Email us at TEDxRushU@gmail.com for more information on Sponsorship Opportunities.