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Theme: Make No Little Plans

This event occurred on
April 19, 2014
10:00am - 5:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Chicago, IL
United States

TEDxUChicago 2014: Make No Little Plans was held at Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus on Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 10am to 5pm. Doors opened at 9 am. 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 man'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.

Our conference was emceed by keynote speaker, communication expert, and executive mentor Stacey Hanke of Stacey Hanke Inc.

The event at the 830-seat Mandel Hall was sold-out.

Mandel Hall
1131 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL, 60637
United States
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Jeremy Bird

National Field Director for Obama 2012 | Founding Partner at 270 Strategies | Senior Adviser, Battleground Texas

Rich "Ace" Franklin

Former UFC Middleweight Champion | Former IFC Light Heavyweight Champion | Founder, ZeLin Juice Bars

Ryan Holiday

'WSJ' Bestselling author, 'Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator' and forthcoming 'The Obstacle Is the Way' | Director of Marketing, American Apparel | Editor at Large, Betabeat

Khadija Mustafa

Global Business Leader at Microsoft

Borris Powell

Luxury Fashion Designer | Winner, Oscars Designer Challenge 2011 | Founder, Borris Powell Designs

Susan Messing

Forefront Teacher of Improvised Comedy | Alumna, iO Theater and Second City's Mainstage, Founding Member, Annoyance Theater | "Funniest Woman in Chicago 2008," Chicago Magazine

Sabina Shaikh

Economics Lecturer, University of Chicago | Director, Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group at the University of Chicago | Adviser, Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition

Kristin Swanson

Founder and Director, Swanson Lab at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine | Pioneer in burgeoning field of Mathematical Neuro-oncology | Vice Chair of Research, NBTI Department of Neurological Surgery

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.

Dr. 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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Chicago, IL, United States