Batavia, IL | Journalism & Entrepreneurship
I'm a senior from Batavia, Illinois, and this is my third year working with TEDxNorthwesternU . Outside of TEDx, I run a film production company in the greater Chicago area and work as an editor and occasional aerial videographer for Spirit Juice Studios. I'm also a high school cross country coach, and on campus, I'm the former President of the Catholic Students Association.
Portland, OR | Communication Studies
In addition to TEDx Northwestern, I am involved in Form and Function marketing, ISBE (Institute for Student Business Education), and Club Tennis. I love listening to podcasts and am passionate about learning more about market trends, specifically in the Health and Wellness industry. If not found doing one of these activities, trying new restaurants in Chicago, or reading blogs, I am most likely in a spin class.
Lake Forest, IL | Chemical Engineering & Economics
I grew up in Chicago Illinois, and lived most of my life in Lake Forest Illinois. I lived in Singapore for three years, and that inspired my love of cultural exchange, travel, and food. I am an amateur golfer, and love to learn. On campus I am involved with the Investment Management Group, Greek Life, Model United Nations, and Club Golf. I am also both a Chemical Engineering and Economics Double Major here at Northwestern. I am excited for my first year at TEDxNorthwesternU
Zionsville, IN | Neuroscience
I am a sophomore from Zionsville, Indiana studying Neuroscience as a pre-med student. Outside of TEDxNorthwesternU, I am involved in the Young Research Group and Phi Delta as the philanthropy chair. I enjoy swimming, going to concerts, and eating Chipotle.
Manila, Philippines | Economics & BIP & Design Innovation
I'm Sam, a second-year student at Northwestern studying Economics, Business Institutions and Design Innovation. I'm from Manila, Philippines - a good 16-hour flight away from campus. I've been an artist since as long as I can remember, so naturally, I've always been interested in creating both powerful and meaningful visual effects. Now, I'm also curious about the intersection between art and economics, that is, applying strategy to design. Outside of TEDxNorthwesternU, I'm involved with Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO), a Sales Manager for Student Holdings, and occasionally you'll see me walking backward as one of Northwestern's Campus Tour Guides. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, listening to podcasts, and exploring Chicago.
St. Louis, MO | Neuroscience, Global Health Studies
Tejas Sekhar is a sophomore from St. Louis pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Global Health Studies at Northwestern. Outside of TEDxNorthwesternU, Tejas serves as the Executive Director of TejHospitality, his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides toys and arts and crafts to children at St. Louis area hospitals. He is also involved with two dance groups on campus, Northwestern Bhangra and the Ahana Dance Project. In his free time, Tejas enjoys playing tennis or riding his bicycle.
Media / Marketing
Akron, OH | Journalism
I am a journalism major from Akron, Ohio. I also study psychology and integrated marketing communications. Along with TEDxNorthwesternU, I am also involved in Global Project Hope and North By Northwestern. As a journalism major, I am an enthusiastic advocate for storytelling and giving individuals the platform to tell their stories. This is also why I love helping with TEDx, since I am helping to give people that platform and opportunity. Outside of Northwestern, I can usually be found traveling, photographing or drinking coffee and enjoying a new book!
Tokyo, Japan | Computer Science
I am a computer science major from Tokyo, Japan. Starting from TEDxYouth@Tokyo, I have been involved in the TED community since 2014. This is my second year with TEDxNorthwesternU. Besides TED, I am involved in Ryugaku Fellowship, a non-profit that supports high school students in Japan study abroad. I enjoy playing soccer and cooking in my free time.
Haskovo, Bulgaria | Biomedical Engineering & BIP
I was raised in Chicago after moving from Bulgaria at the age of 2. I am on the executive board of Biology Student Association and am involved with a Launch group in the Garage. In my free time, I tutor engineering analysis and eat dried mangos.