BRIL BARRETT is a dedicated tap dancer, whose mission is to preserve and promote tap dance as a percussive art form, foster respect and admiration for the history and creators of tap, and continuously create opportunities for the art form and its practitioners.
Deborah Siegel, PhD is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (Palgrave Macmillan), co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child (Harmony/Random House), creator of the group blog Girl w/Pen, and a founding partner of SheWrites.com.
Dennis Manarchy grew a love for photography at an early age. He studied fine arts at Rochester Institute of Technology and apprenticed for the legendary photographer, Irving Penn. He is consistently rated in the top 100 photographers internationally, including recognition as top photographer twice and top commercial director once.
Elise is founder and executive director of Rebuilding Exchange, a social enterprise with a mission to transform the waste paradigm; turning would-be liabilities into assets, creating new markets, living wage jobs for people with barriers to employment and forging a sustainable local economy.
Victor is a dreamer. He blames it on cartoons, video games, and his mother’s cooking.
A year ago, he became interested in business school programs around social enterprise. After researching typical MBA routes and realizing the prices and the options didn’t fit, he decided to create his own education around design, business, and social change by establishing 12 experiences/apprenticeships in 12 months.
Since January, his ‘classroom’ has been a myriad of office spaces, conferences, conversations, and volunteer experiences. The project has developed into a small community of people taking risks to create change in their own lives and communities. People have shared an array of inspiring acts — all of which are being compiled into an end-of-project book.
As a graphic facilitator, Brandy creates conceptual maps of conversations. She loves getting clients’ ideas out of their heads and onto paper – so they can see what the heck they are saying. Spatial superstar, her strength is seeing connections between thoughts and organizing them into the bigger picture.
Kellen Alexander and Seth Dodson (of sethandkellen.com) are the creators of this comedic mini-conference that is at Chicago’s best bar, the Hideout, sporadically. In the style of TEDtalks our speakers aim not to smarten you up but to dumb you down and present speeches, powerpoints, pie charts and shoebox dioramas on topics such as “Protecting Your Brain from Hypnotism” and “How to Make the Color Green more Green”. Representing NEDTalks at this esteemed series are Chicago comedians Christina Boucher and Seth Dodson. Our mission is to take the tension out of pretension and have a good old fashioned laugh without having to really learn anything.
Christopher Knowlton is a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at University of Illinois at Chicago and researches joint replacements at Rush University Medical Center. In his off hours, creates dance works as artistic director of The Dance Team. He also freelances as a dancer/choreographer, having worked with independent Chicago artists including Rachel Thorne Germond, Synapse Arts, Erica Mott, atom-r (Mark Jeffery & Judd Morrissey), We Stand Sideways, Monica Thomas, Katie Graves, Nadia Oussenko, Jyl Fehrenkamp, Steve May and Stephen West. Most recently, his dance film was a finalist in Science Magazine’s international Dance Your PhD 2012 contest. As both a scientist and an artist, Chris’s work investigates how movement can convey intrinsic and extrinsic factual information. Chris looks forward to the challenge of representing the talks of TEDxWindyCity 2013: CONTRAST in live performance, as well as finding deep connections between the disparate ideas and promoting continued inquiry on their themes.
Anna Lee Normann
Katie and Andrew explain how they plan on confronting some of the world's biggest problems by literally starting small.
Essie is a poet, artist and activist born and raised in Chicago. Her work is centered around the LGBT community. She currently attends Columbia College. Young Chicago Authors
Chinwe is the cofounder of FundWell, the Match.com for small business financing.
Kush Thompson, an abyssopelagic poet, has performed with John Legend for the First Lady Michelle Obama and is an emerging teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors
Redfin CEO + Plumtree Software co-founder
Malcolm London, called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is a young Chicago poet, performer, activist and educator.