• 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.

  • Ready For Anything?

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    1-5 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.)
    Malcolm X College Auditorium
    1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


    Refreshments will be served.



    Tickets are $30 general admission, $10 for students


    Learn about our amazing speakers!

    Marlon Haywood

    TEDxRushU Talk - Redefining the Urban Male: A Focus on Chicago

    Marlon was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Englewood area. Never one to let his environment dictate his future, he attended Northern Illinois University (NIU). Marlon received his Master’s Degree in Adult & Higher Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from NIU. Currently, Marlon is a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Roosevelt University.


    Marlon’s life’s mission is to be a positive source of change in the lives of young people, in particular young minority men. His professional resume is one deeply rooted in service. While serving as a Transition Specialist, he noticed the completion rate for African American males that receives their GED was low. To serve as an intervention, he co-developed the male mentoring program Urban Male Initiative, a program that provides academic support to first generation and minority male students at Malcolm X College. Within the City Colleges of Chicago, he served as adjunct faculty for the all-male College Success course sections at Malcolm-X and Kennedy-King College. Marlon has expanded his work to include elementary and high schools, where he started Urban Male Network, a non-profit organization to work with teenage male youth in Chicago.


    Additionally, Marlon’s active in leadership with Mentor Teacher Brother, Inc. (MTB), a non-profit organization that mentors young African American male high school students in the Roseland community. MTB is the national philanthropy program for Phi Rho Eta Fraternity, Inc, in which he is a proud member.


    Moreover, Marlon served as a Health Disparities Research Fellow for three years at Rush University Medical Center working on the BMO Harris Bank grant project in partnership with Malcolm X College and the Medical Home Network. There he did research, designed curriculum and other initiatives to address the socioeconomic and health disparity issues in low-income communities in Chicago. Currently, Marlon serves as Project Manager for Community Engagement at Rush University Medical Center.


    Still, even with all the work he does with the aforementioned organizations, Marlon felt there was more he could do. He founded Marlon Speaks, LLC, a platform that allows him to use his voice and experiences to promote social change as a motivational speaker.

    Harold Green

    TEDxRushU Talk - When I Grow Up

    Memorable Spoken Word Artist… Captivating Lyricist… Compelling Motivational Speaker… Inspirational Playwright…Thrilling Actor…New Age Poet…Modern day RENAISSANCE MAN……all describe the unique talents of Harold Green III. Endowed with an array of gifts, Harold is one of the most versatile artists this generation has seen. Harold Green is forever evolving as an artist, and refuses to be placed in a box. Green’s ability to speak cogently, in great detail, and with such passion further defines him as a uniquely chosen vessel – one totally engulfed in his lyrics and transforms them into undeniable masterpieces!


    Green has appeared on many major blogs such as: FakeShore Drive, 2DopeBoyz, The Ellen Show Blog, and Black America Web (Tom Joyner). He co-hosts a popular open mic in the south loop of Chicago called “SoulSpeak” with Lawrence “Binkey” Tolfree. Green has performed at universities across the nation including, but not limited to: Grambling State University, Quincy University, Howard University, Iowa University, Nicholls State University, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Green has written four full-length plays, and starred in over a dozen. His first book is entitled “From Englewood, With Love”. He has been apart of innovative groups such as Black Orchard, Fatboy Skinny, and a collaboration with his songstress wife, Charisma Sweat-Green, HNIC – Harold N’ the Incredible Charisma.


    The most important thing is that Harold Green is a creator, a constant creator. He is a visionary that brings ideas to life. His words will bear hug you and force you to make eye contact. Once you get hooked on Harold Green’s art it won’t let you go, because he won’t give you that chance.

    Dr. Dino Rumoro

    TEDxRushU Talk - How Clinical Analytics Will Resuscitate the Doctor/Patient Relationship

    Dino P. Rumoro, DO, MPH, FACEP completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at Cook County Hospital where he was named the Chief Resident in his senior year. Upon graduation he became a practicing attending emergency physician at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago where he helped develop and establish an emergency medicine residency training program that graduates 12 emergency physicians per year. After serving as the Associate Program Director for five years, Dr. Rumoro was hired at Rush in July of 2001 as the Clinical Chairman for the newly established Department of Emergency Medicine and was subsequently named Academic Chairman in 2010. In addition to growing the emergency department to one of the busiest in the city, Dr. Rumoro developed the Advanced Trauma Training Program which focuses on pre-deployment advanced medical training for the military. In 2005, Dr. Rumoro was named to Rush’s Office of Transformation as a Clinical Transformation Officer to assist with the planning and building of the Tower and a state-of-the-art emergency department appropriately named the Center for Advanced Emergency Response partially funded by the McCormick Tribune Foundation. The “Center” was designed to be the first chemical, biological and radio-nuclear civilian-based response facility to augment the existing trauma system. Dr. Rumoro also serves as the President of the 1,300 member Medical Staff of Rush University Medical Center and is the acting Vice Dean for the Office of Integrated Education and Clinical Faculty Operations.

    Terry Peterson

    TEDxRushU Talk - The Importance of Service

    Terry Peterson is the vice president of corporate and external affairs at Rush University Medical Center and the chairperson of Rush’s Diversity Leadership Council. Mr. Peterson’s primary responsibilities include leading, developing and implementing federal, state and local government relations initiatives for Rush. He is also tasked with exploring health disparities and works with providers, government and community leadership to address inequities in healthcare delivery in Chicago and Cook County.


    Mr. Peterson also serves as Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board. He was appointed to that position in October 2009 by Mayor Richard M. Daley and retained by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mr. Peterson oversees the business of the Chicago Transit Authority and works closely with CTA’s day-to-day senior leadership.


    Mr. Peterson’s other professional accomplishments include:

    • Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Housing Authority, 2000‐2006. Mr. Peterson led the organization’s $1.5 billion program to transform Chicago’s public housing from unsafe, high‐density developments to safe, low‐rise mixed‐income communities. 
    • Alderman, Chicago, Illinois’ 17th Ward, 1996‐2000. Mr. Peterson generated more than $200 million in development for the Auburn‐Gresham and Englewood communities. 
    • Mr. Peterson also served as executive assistant to Mayor Daley and as assistant commissioner of the City’s Department of Planning and Development. 

    Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chicago State University and a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate.


    Mr. Peterson currently serves on the board of Chicago Transit Authority, Urban Partnership Bank, Roosevelt University, Navy Pier, Leadership Greater Chicago, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), City of Chicago Plan Commission, and is a member of the Executives’ Club and the Economic Club of Chicago.

    Susan Swider, PhD

    TEDxRushU Talk - Ready for Anything: Government, Civil Society and Community Engagement

    Susan Swider, PhD, APHN-BC, FAAN is a Professor in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University in Chicago. Dr. Swider has practiced in acute care, home health care and public health settings over the past thirty years. Her research has focused on program development and evaluation of community health workers, and engaging urban communities in health promotion, and health policy to support health promotion efforts. She has also taught public health nursing at the pre-licensure and graduate/specialty level at several universities, and co-directed 10 years of HRSA supported work to develop an on line doctoral program in Advanced Public Health Nursing, ensuring that it met the Quad Council competencies for Public Health Nursing practice. She is a member of a number of public health and public health nursing organizations, and is a past president of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE). In her role with ACHNE, she served on the Quad Council for Public Health Nursing organizations, and was a member of the Task Force that revised the Competencies for Public Health Nursing (2010-2012). In 2011, Dr. Swider was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, a group designed to advise on the development and implementation of the National Prevention Strategy. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. In 2016, she was appointed to serve on the Community Preventive Services Task Force of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Swider strives daily to be an engaged and informed mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, nurse, teacher and citizen. Some days it works better than others!

    Jeff Mumford

    TEDxRushU Talk - Building Your Super Hero Squad

    Jeff Mumford is Owner and CEO of Mumfurious Movement. He has made it his life's mission and journey to help people move and live as healthy of a life as possible. Jeff specializes in dietary coaching, personal training, and mobility coaching all the while instructing and professionally dancing West Coast Swing. Taking his knowledge of the body, he has married that to his knowledge of West Coast Swing. His lessons and workshops about improving movement and dance are equally about the “WHY” as it is the “HOW”. Often the “WHY” is due to being in a physically deconditioned state or having poor mobility and flexibility. Once people are made aware of the "WHY", which is often being in a state of poor conditioning or mobility/flexibility, they are able to take greater strides incorporating the "HOW" to overcome their challenges. Staying true to his passion of health and fitness, when he is not at work or instructing clients you can often find him working on his own fitness Dog House Crossfit box.


    Jeff’s day-to-day work and life’s mission stem from the idea of giving back to people not just in his immediate community, but also around the country and world. Be it talking offline for several hours to help someone fix issues they are having, traveling around the U.S. to different events to share his expertise, or heading to Nicaragua for a few weeks to train medical staff about increasing their patients’ mobility, flexibility, and physical fitness, you can always find him finding ways to give back.

    Dr. James Conners

    TEDxRushU Talk - Telestroke: Bringing Expert Stroke Care to the Patient to Improve Access and Outcomes

    James J. Conners, MD, MS, is an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. He received his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a Master of Science degree in neuroscience from Loyola University, where his research focused on neuronal regeneration. Dr. Conners then completed a medical internship, neurology residency and vascular neurology fellowship at Northwestern University. At Rush, he is currently Head of the Section of Cerebrovascular Disease, as well as the medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Program, Rush’s Telestroke program and the Mobile Stroke Unit program. The Rush Telestroke program is the largest in the Chicagoland area and the Mobile Stroke Unit is one of only a handful in the country and the first in Cook County.

    Grace Wethor

    TEDxRushU Talk - The Day That Changed My Life Forever

    Grace Wethor is a 15 year-old actress and model based in Los Angeles, CA. When Grace isn’t working on set, she is busy with schoolwork; Grace is currently a freshman and is homeschooled. Outside of acting and modeling, Grace is an advocate for pediatric brain tumors; after being diagnosed at age 13. At such a young age, Grace has developed a unique eye and authentic style which has led her to be very creative and work hard at perfecting her craft.
    In addition, Grace is a Teen Vogue It Girl, a Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation spokesperson, and has recently teamed up with The Project For Girls; a platform to empower young girls to be their true selves. With a great passion and dedication to her work, she has inspired many other adolescents to pursue their individual dreams in spite of perceived setbacks.


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

    Allison Parker

    Chair for Talent and Marketing

    Allison is a second year Health Systems Management student at Rush. She is passionate about applying macro-level solutions to the problems that affect different sectors of the healthcare industry. In addition to following her family's golden retriever on Instragram, she enjoys baking and sharing her leftovers with classmates.

    Jack VanOverloop

    Chair for Finance and Logistics

    Jack is a second year Health Systems Management student at Rush interning in Perioperative Services. He is passionate about engaging multi-disciplinary teams in healthcare and excited to play a leadership role in this year's event. He is energized by traveling and learning from people who approach the world differently.

    Ben Wetzker

    Logistics Team

    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.

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    Logistics Team

    Alvin Chackungal: Graduate Nursing Student

    Hailey Mulliner: Health Systems Management Student

    Hasan Rashid: Medical Student

    Shelly Shelton

    Marketing Team

    Shelly is a second year Health Systems Management student at Rush. She works in the perioperative services at Rush and will be moving to San Diego in June to pursue an Administrative Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Shelly loves candy and taking pictures of dogs she spots on the street.

    Beth Aguila

    Marketing Team

    Beth is a fourth year medical student at Rush Medical College. Her passions include neuroscience, music, volunteering, and rehabilitation, and she is always seeking ways to merge them in her life.

    Mario Cuartas

    Talent Team

    Mario is a native of Bogota, Colombia. A graduate of Weber State University, Mario is currently a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Health Systems Management (HSM) at Rush. Mario has worked for Ogden Regional Medical Center , Rush University Medical Center Vizient, Inc. Mario currently works in the Rush University Children’s Hospital. Mario and his family will be moving to Arizona in July, 2017, to begin his role as an Administrative Fellow at the Mayo Clinic. He is passionate about improving the cost, quality, and access of healthcare services for all patients. In his spare time, Mario enjoys spending time with his wife and son, fishing, sports, traveling, and delicious foods.

    Linnea Karlson

    Talent Team

    Linnea is a first 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

    Talent Team

    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.

    Barukh Brian Schwadron

    Talent Team

    Barukh is a MSN candidate at Rush University. He has extensive experience in alternative education systems, village building, and cultural medicine. He worked in pediatric surgery in Peru, and community empowerment in 14 countries. He was once told "he could bake a cake out of a pine cone," but that is almost entirely untrue. He does, however, love cooking and pine trees.

    Henna Yaqub

    Talent Team

    Henna is a first-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.

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    Talent Team

    Kelsey Swyter: Graduate Nursing 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 in the Bronx 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 this year and hopes it’s a positive 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!

    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.