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Co-Executive Director

Boulder, CO | English Literature, History, Linguistics

This is my third year in TEDx and first year as executive director! On campus, I'm also involved in childhood literacy volunteering with the Center for Civic Engagement. In my free time, you can find me reading, writing, and listening to my favorite podcasts!


Co-Executive Director

Nashville, TN | Economics & LOC

​I’m Yoshi, a current junior from Nashville, Tennessee studying Economics and LOC. I am passionate about consulting, marketing and using business as a driver to promote social change. I’m also interested in psychology and understanding the intersection between business and human behavior. Aside from TEDx, I am involved in consulting at ISBE Analytics (Institute for Students in Business Education) and a member of a business fraternity on campus. I am also an amateur cook and love to try new recipes!


Curation Co-Chair

Bay Area, CA | Journalism & Economics 

i! I'm Janya, and I'm from the Bay Area. I'm studying journalism and economics. In addition to TedX Northwestern, I am a staff writer for the Daily Northwestern. In my free time, I enjoy running by the lake, drinking too much Philz coffee, and thrifting. 


Curation  Co-Chair

Boca Raton, FL | Journalism 

My name is Ari Bernick. I am a second-year studying Journalism and Legal Studies from South Florida. I am the co-head of the Curation board this year. Aside from TEDx, I am involved with the Wnur News, am a tour guide, and am in charge of the TikTok content for NU Admissions. I am very excited about the event this year!

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Media/Marketing Chair

Milwaukee, WI | Psychology, CSD, & Data Science

I am a third year studying Human Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology, with a minor in Data Science.  Outside of Tedx, you can find me working as a research assistant in the ATLAS lab and serving as the Development and Alumni Relations co-chair  of NUDM. I am so excited to be a part of TedxNU and begin working towards a successful conference this year!


Logistics Co-Chair

Portland, OR | Biological Sciences & Data Science 

I am a second-year from Portland, Oregon studying Biology and Data Science. I'm a huge fan of how TED has the power to uplift really interesting stories from people I'd be unlikely to meet otherwise, and am excited to continue this work in my second year with TEDxNU! I am also involved with Chinatown Health Initiative and serve as a Physics tutor for Academic Support and Learning Advancement. Away from school, I love exploring cafés and spending my free time learning to dance.


Logistics Co-Chair

Durham, NC | Anthropology & Biology  

I am a third-year student from Durham, North Carolina studying anthropology and biology. Outside of TEDxNorthwesternU, I work with a qualitative research lab and am an RA on campus! In my free time, I love watching movies, hanging out at local coffee shops, and baking.


Curation and Social Chair 

Evanston, IL | Material Science & Engineering 

I’m a second year student currently studying Material Science and Engineering. I’m actually from Evanston- actually fairly near campus! I’m very excited for my first year on the curation committee and the opportunity to help people share their unique stories. In my free time I love drawing, painting, writing poetry, and playing tennis!



Bay Area, CA | Computer Science & Design Engineering

Hi, I'm Mia Cheng, a sophomore studying CS and Manufacturing and Design. I love movies, music, and all things food and coffee. When I'm not coding or designing, I like cooking, thrifting, reading, and lifting. I'm super excited to work with Tedx this year and help create talk to impact and inspire!

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Chapel Hill, NC | Social Policy, Legal Studies, Civic Engagement

I am so excited for my third year on TEDxNorthwesternU! On campus, aside from TEDx, I am involved with Associated Student Government, Hillel, and NU College Democrats. When I am not running late to a meeting or completing one of my many daily treks to Annenberg, I can be found hiking, camping, or at a local coffee shop drinking anything but coffee (although I have a newfound love for cold brew - so stay tuned!).



Boston, MA | Political Science & Economics

My name is Sarine Meguerditchian and I am a freshman from the Boston area. I love everything New England-related, and outside of TEDX, I am part of the University Singers choir, play on the Ultimate Frisbee team, and am a part of the Armenian Students' Association. In my free time, you can find me thrifting, baking, or trying out the cute little coffee shops Evanston has to offer!



Tokyo, Japan | Political Science & Social Policy

I'm a sophomore majoring in social policy, political science, and pursuing the Integrated Marketing Communications certificate. Marketing has always been a passion of mine, and I'm excited to be involved with TEDx helping to make the event a success! Outside of TED, I'm involved with campus publications like The Daily Northwestern and InsideNU, and can also be found at Blom on Tuesdays and Thursdays participating in the Badminton Club.

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Boston, MA | Psychology, Economics, Global Health

I'm Alex, a sophomore from Boston, Massachusetts studying economics, psychology, and integrated marketing communications here at NU! I joined TEDx because I have always found the videos extremely interesting, and I thought hosting a conference would be such an exciting endeavor to be a part of! In my free time, I am a sports fanatic, love to go to the gym, and can almost always be found with a pair of headphones on or a speaker listening to music!



Mission Hills, KS | Journalism and International Studies

I'm a sophomore majoring in journalism and international studies, and I am so excited to be a part of TEDx! Aside from TEDx, I am involved with NUDM (Dance Marathon) and the Spoon Publication. In my free time you can find me reading by the lakefill, exploring the Evanston restaurant scene, and checking out new movies.



Paris, France | Statistics, Communication, Data Science 

I am a junior studying Statistics, Communication, and Data Science, and I have loved being a part of TEDx as a Logistics Committee member thus far! In my free time on campus, you can find me bird-watching on the Lakefill.

Yejin Sohn


Chandler, Arizona | Economics, Psychology

Hi, I’m a sophomore from Chandler, Arizona studying Economics and Psychology. In addition to Tedx, I am a part of NU TKD and also work for the City of Evanston! When I’m not busy, I can be found at one of the local coffee shops drinking tea instead of coffee. 

Nayeli Rey


Los Angeles, California | Psychology

I'm Nayeli Rey and I'm from Los Angeles, CA. I am a first-year student studying Psychology. Aside from TedXNorthwestern, I spend my time Lifeguarding and volunteering as a Research Assistant for a Social Psychology Lab. I am very excited to be a part of TedXNorthwestern, and I am looking forward to the event this year!

Riva Lakkadi


Hoffman Estates, Illinois | Computer Science, Business Institutions

I am a sophomore from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, studying Computer Science with a minor in Business Institutions. I am beyond excited for my second year with the TEDx team! Outside of TEDx, I am a part of the Society of Women Engineers and WildHacks. In my free time, I love trying out new restaurants, watching movies, and exploring coffee shops in the area!

Sam Swire


San Francisco, California | Data Science, Economics

Outside of academics and TEDx, I am co-captain of the NU squash team and help out on the occasional film set with Applause for a Cause. In my free time I like to try new restaurants in Chicago, play my favorite piano jazz pieces, and go to movie releases with friends!

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