The first TEDxElmhurstUniversity will be held on April 23

As part of Elmhurst University’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the first TEDxElmhurstUniversity will be held on campus on Saturday, April 23.

TEDxElmhurstUniversity aims to educate and enlighten in the spirit of TED’s overall mission – to seek out and discover “ideas worth spreading”. Featuring a number of speakers from Elmhurst University and the community, this year’s event is themed “The Sky’s Not the Limit”.

This year’s speakers are:

  • Wes Bectonexecutive coach and administrator of Elmhurst University since 2007. His subject is to be curious and not judgmental.
  • Mallory Burke’22, aspiring doctor and owner of GrillGirlz LLC, a grill cleaning service. His subject – the more you know, the less you grow.
  • count fields, self-care advocate and entrepreneur. Her topic is self-care as an underutilized strategy for daily living – her talk will highlight its importance and “bring it to consciousness”.
  • Susan Frick ’85, a social worker at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago. His speech is titled “Loneliness, Alzheimer’s Disease and the Need for a National Conversation.”
  • Kim Graf ’24, who goes to school full time while working full time as an EMT. Her subject is about how the strength and power the mind has over pain, happiness, and life in general can help you succeed.
  • Jacob Hill, MBA ’12librarian and associate professor at Elmhurst University, will talk about small-scale organizational changes and better ways to ensure compliance beyond mandates and sanctions.
  • Zoya Khan, MBA ’22production controller at Target Upstream Distribution Center, will share his journey from college to breakthrough leadership in the supply chain industry.
  • Kortney Peagram, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business and Economics at Elmhurst University. Her presentation is “Emotional Literacy and Managing Emotions: How to Regulate Yourself to Establish Healthy Professional and Personal Relationships”.
  • Shahnaz Sakkaria ’23, majoring in biology at Elmhurst, will tell a personal story to illustrate the challenges of suffering from a mental health disorder in an environment of stigma in India.
  • Soni Simpson, associate professor of business (brand innovation and change leadership) at Elmhurst, and president and founder of Lanus Khepri, LLC. His topic is “Discovering the Antidote to No It Can’t Be Done” and introducing the NEW SIPO Sweet Spot Model, which presents four conditions that inhibit or promote creative and productive problem solving at the within an organization.

TEDxElmhurstUniversity will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Due to high demand for tickets, a remote viewing location will be available at Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall. Free tickets are available on Eventbrite. For more information, visit

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