• 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.


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  • TEDxRushU 2018

    October 25: Rush University Medical Center

    Charting the Unknown:



    No matter how much individuals try to prepare for the future, uncertainty is an inevitable challenge. In life we have personal uncertainties, social uncertainties, and medical uncertainties. The TEDx RushU 2018 talk will allow individuals to share their experiences in charting the unknown and how they have dealt with all types of uncertainty in life.

    The absence of certainty and the chance to listen to how others have charted their unknown is why we wish to host the TEDxRushU talk around the topic of uncertainty. There are several instances where individuals are faced with doubt, and our talk will garner thoughts and ideas of how to deal with, and overcome uncertainty through discussion. Rush University is a leading teaching hospital and aspects of uncertainty are seen everyday in the hallways of our institution. Though, our Rush community is accustomed to dealing with medical uncertainty, the unknown can take many forms. Whether it be a social, personal, or medical uncertainty the goal of our talk is to share the experiences of our speakers on how they charted the unknown.


    Purchase your tickets below!

    Event begins at 5:30PM at Rush University Medical Center: Searle Conference Center: 1725 W Harrison Street. Tickets are $10 for all students.


    See below for more information about our speakers! (Click on the title of the talk to see the video)

    Jimmy Choi

    Jimmy Choi, a member of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Patient Council, was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease at age 27. After his diagnosis in 2003, Jimmy lived in denial and tried to avoid the disease by remaining inactive. By 2010, he weighed 240 pounds and walked with a cane. After a bad fall, he had no choice but to confront the disease head-on and regain control of his life. The rest is history. Come hear his story on October 25th!


    Find out more about Jimmy's story Here

    Steve Brown

    Stephen Brown, MSW LCSW, is a faculty member and Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health).


    He earned his first degree in business marketing in 1984 from Northern Illinois University. During the next 13 years, he worked at Motorola’s Computer Systems Division as systems engineer, account executive, and product marketing manager. In 1998, he went on sabbatical to complete a second undergraduate degree in psychology at Northwestern University and a Master of social work at Loyola University.


    Stephen came to UI Health’s Department of Emergency Medicine in 2011 to establish a program to identify and manage healthcare super-utilizers. He is the Program Director for Better Health Through Housing, a demonstration pilot that is raising awareness in Chicago for the need to recognize homelessness as a dangerous social condition and to scale the nationally-validated Housing First model. The program transitions patients who are chronically homeless into permanent supportive housing.

    Jamila M. Trimuel

    From the south side of Chicago, Jamila Trimuel is a results-driven leader and encourages others to pursue purpose at all costs. She is the Founder of Ladies of Virtue, an award winning mentoring program that has empowered over 1,000 girls to become confident and purpose-driven leaders.​


    As a mentor, social entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Jamila Trimuel has over ten years of experience in strategic planning and community engagement for nonprofit organizations. Jamila is a Broad Residency alum, a highly competitive leadership program that places participants in high-level managerial positions to help transform our public school systems.


    Find out More about Jamila Here

    Wayne Lerner

    Wayne M. Lerner, DrPH, FACHE, is a veteran executive with over 30 years experience in healthcare administration, public policy, and education, and one of the leaders of the evolution of healthcare in the City of Chicago and the country as a whole. Currently, Dr. Lerner is an active board member for Sinai Health System. Previously, Dr. Lerner was a Director of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System and active member of the System Governing Board, Quality and Patient Safety Committee and Chair, Managed Care/County Care Committee.


    In October, 2006, Dr. Lerner was asked to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer for not-for-profit, Holy Cross Hospital, an inner city, 331 bed faith-based disproportionate share hospital serving over 450,000 residents as their sole community provider on the Southwest side of Chicago. In April, 2007 he assumed the role full time to focus on stabilizing the hospital's precarious financial situation while addressing the health disparities extent in its primary service area.

    Angela Moss

    Dr. Moss is Assistant Dean of Faculty Practice and Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She has over 18 years’ experience as an nurse educator and clinician. She currently oversees more than 30 faculty practice community partnerships, teaches and advises DNP and HSM students, and practices one day/week as a nurse practitioner for formerly incarcerated men and women. But her real full time job and greatest joy is raising her three small boys with her husband.


    Dr. David Ansell

    Bio: Dr. Ansell began his medical career in 1978 at County, Chicago's public hospital, where he worked as an attending physician for almost two decades. His social history of the hospital, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital, details his own time on the wards — and examines health care in America from the perspective of the uninsured. Dr. Ansell has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health and has written extensively about health disparities. Dr. Ansell lives in Oak Park, IL, with his wife of 36 years, Dr. Paula Grabler, who also trained at Cook County Hospital. They have two grown children. During his scarce leisure time, he enjoys reading, exercising and gardening.​

    Performance by: Erin Rachelle Duguay


    Erin Rachelle Duguay is from Brunswick, Maine. Erin's passion for singing started with her participation in school musicals. With the support of her parents, she attended Midcoast School of Music in Portland, Maine where she focused on her vocal performance through voice lessons and a variety of ensembles. This training solidified her decision to pursue music as a career. Erin’s sound is influenced by Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Norah Jones. Erin studied Vocal Performance at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. During this time she performed with High and Mighty, a corporate cover band located out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Erin also performed at Flow Fest 2018 in Puna, Hawaii. She is currently studying Vocal Performance in Chicago at Columbia College Chicago.


    Find out more about Erin Here


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

    Mitch Cooper

    TEDxRushU Co-Lead Director

    Mitch is a second 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.

    Angad Ravanam

    TEDxRushU Co-Lead Director

    Angad Is a second-year Health Systems Management student at Rush University. Angad Is currently working at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and has a passion for care transformation and operations within healthcare. Angad is heavily interested in photography and in his free time takes professional pictures for his non-for profit, PB&J Productions.

    Aaushi Ghelani

    TEDxRushU Director of Marketing

    Aaushi is a second 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.”

    Gwen Ledford

    TEDxRushU Director of Recruitment

    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.

    Michael Rizzo

    TEDxRushU Director of Finance

    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.

    Nicholas Garland

    TEDxRushU Director of Operations

    Nick is a second year Health Systems Management student at Rush and currently works in the International Health Program at Northwestern Medicine. Nick interned in the Department of Surgery at Rush for his first year and enjoys applying the concepts and skills he learns from the program coursework directly to the projects that he completes within his internships. Nick grew up around Chicago and loves to meet new people and try out new restaurants whenever he can.

    Sydney Johnson

    TEDxRushU Director of Sponsorship

    Sydney is a second year Health Systems Management student at Rush while interning in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UI Health. She aspires to make meaningful change within clinical operations and provide support for clinicians to practice efficiently and effectively. In her free time, Sydney enjoys exploring Chicago and eating her way through the new places she visits.

    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 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.

    Allison Parker

    Faculty Advisor

    Allison graduated from the Rush University Master of Health Systems Management program in 2017 and has been employed as the Project Manager in the Rush University Children’s Hospital since graduation. In this role Allison is responsible for managing various departmental initiatives and the oversight of three graduate level interns. Allison has remained involved in the HSM department through TEDxRushU and as a course assistant. In her free time Allison enjoys baking and travel.

    Jack VanOverloop

    Faculty Advisor

    Jack has been an avid TED consumer since the early 2000's, but really caught the bug after attending TEDFest in April 2018. He graduated from the Health Systems Management program at Rush University in 2017 and is currently the Clinic Director for Urology at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Jack is an avid traveler and believes learning from other cultures is the key to breaking down barriers and solving global problems. His goal is to visit every continent by age 35.


    In honor of Mayur Patel, an alumnus of Rush University’s Health Systems Management program, who unexpectedly passed away in 2011, an individual who cherished the power of ideas and embraced the principalsTEDx stands for.

    Click the links to watch the TEDxRushU talks!

    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

    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.

    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

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    The Soulful Brand


    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


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