TEDxUofIChicago will foster a sense of community and engagement through ideas that will ignite passions which in turn can lead to a creation of progress in our community.
Daniel Swartzman is an Associate Professor Emeritus in Health Policy and Administration at the UIC School of Public Health, where he continues to teach, lecture and write in the areas of public health ethics, law and policy, and public administration.
Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish heritage language program. She earned her Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Nick Scarpino is a Senior Account Planner at Google, where he works with data to uncover consumer insights within the travel industry. He has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. Over the last 10 years, Nick has had the opportunity to work in marketing at startups, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.
Sally Nuamah is a Scholar, Advocate and Filmmaker. Born of Ghanaian parents, but raised in the inner city of Chicago, she has embraced her diverse background and has made it her mantra to encourage others to as well. In 2007, she was awarded the Princeton Prize by Princeton University Alumni for her work in improving race relations. That same year she was also selected amongst thousands of students for the National Coca-Cola scholarship and the Gates Millennium scholarship. In the fall of 2008, Sally had the great opportunity to work for former Senator, now President, Barack Obama in his Washington D.C office.
Sam Killermann is a comedian and social justice advocate, and the guy behind It’s Pronounced Metrosexual, a one-man comedy show and blog about snap judgments, identity, and oppression (but in a totally funny way) (fan page). He travels the country performing the show at colleges and universities, and writes articles about social justice, gender, and sexuality when he’s not on the road. If you’ve ever seen the Genderbread Person, you’ve sees Sam’s work.
Toby Chow is a leader in SOUL and IIRON, local community organizations working for social justice. Through these organizations, he has been active in campaigns for corporate accountability concerning workers’ rights and Wall Street abuses, as well as campaigns for greater investment in the common good and against budget cuts at the state and federal level.