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Theme: To Gather Together

This event occurred on
October 14, 2021
Chicago, Illinois
United States

After a long time of being apart we are now looking forward to gather together sharing ideas worth spreading from the stage at Venue SIX10. We have decided to follow policies that multiple entertainment venues in Chicago have laid out. Therefore, everyone at the event must be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Everone attending the event must show proof of vaccination at time of entry (either through electronic copy, photo copy, or photo) along with photo ID. We will run the event at 50% capacity and require everyone present to wear face masks.
We may adjust our requirements as the nature of the pandemic changes in the Fall.

Venue SIX10 at Spertus Institute
610 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60605
United States
Event type:
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Anders Olsson

Trainer + Author + Inventor
Anders has helped tens of thousands of people improve their sleep, asthma, physical fitness, ability to concentrate and reduce their stress, by doing something as simple as improving the way they move air in and out of their lungs.

Angus Deaton

Nobelist + Scholar + Writer
Prof. Sir Angus Stewart Deaton, British American economist who received the 2015 Nobel Prize for Economics. Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Visionary + Generous + Passionate
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America and is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. She also served as the Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position.

Ashlee Piper

Environmentalist + Author + Optimist
Ashlee Piper is a former political strategiist-turned-sustainability expert, author & media personality focused on making transitioning to personal eco-friendly habits warm, welcoming & fun.

Bela Gandhi

Optimstic + Love + Guide
Bela Gandhi has been helping people find love since she was in college. She is a media expert on dating and relationships and has spoken on the topic on local and national news and talk shows.

Eboo Patel

Founder and Executive Director at Interfaith Youth Core
Eboo Patel is the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, the nation's largest interfaith organization, and has consulted with multiple White House administrations on interfaith and bridge building initiatives.

Elizabeth Pieroth

Director of Concussion Care at Rush at Rush University Medical Center
Is a neuropsychologist who has spent her career dedicated to the assessment and treatment of individuals who suffer concussions. She works with individuals ranging from children to professional athletes

Fatima Sancheznieto

Researcher + Advocate + Facilitator
A University of Wisconsin researcher in the biomedical sciences and current president of the advocacy nonprofit, Future of Research.

Funkadesi Funkadesi

Performers + Educators + Healers
Funkadesi blends Indian music — bhangra, Bollywood, Indian folk — with reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The band hails from Chicago, proudly representing the diverse multi-ethnic communities within the city

Kristen Donnelly

Keynote Speaker | Empathy Enthusiast | COO | Unapologetic Nerd
Dr Kristen Donnelly is a social worker who has studied trauma for nearly twenty years, including studying conflict zones in Rwanda, Colombia, South Africa, and Northern Ireland.

Melinda Ring

Integrative + Medicine + Innovator
Melinda Ring serves as Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University and has spent over two decades witnessing the transformative power of food as medicine.

Pam Johnson Davis

Award-Winning Author | Certified Student Coach | Genre-Defying Performance Artist
Pam R. Johnson Davis is an historian, poet, and singer who believes there is powerful poetry in all of us, if we just allow ourselves to release it.

Organizing team


Chicago, IL, United States
  • Chris Cherek
  • Joan Christopher
    Team member
  • Laurie Ly
  • Linda Stehno
  • Naomi Wexler
  • Neelima Joshi