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Speakers 2021

TedXWilmette 2021 is excited to announce our dynamic "Connect" speaker line-up.

TEDxWilmette 2021 Speaker Bios

Susan Abrams

SUSAN ABRAMS

Susan Abrams is CEO of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Under Susan’s leadership, the Museum was awarded the National Medal by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the highest honor for a museum. . Susan believes that storytelling combined with interactive technology turns the lessons of history into experiences that build empathy, a quality vital to standing up against injustice.

Lakshmi Halasyamani

LAKSHMI HALASYAMANI, MD

Dr. Halasyamani is the Chief Medical Officer of NorthShore University Health Systems. Throughout her career, she has led patient-centered, team-based, and data-driven initiatives to improve the quality of care within hospitals and across hospital systems. She will talk about big data and how communities have the power to reimagine the purpose of data to create a greater good for all who participate. 

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KIM HOLSTEIN

Kim Oster-Holstein is the Co-Founder and Chief Alchemy Officer of Twisted Alchemy, with a mission to elevate spirits. Previously, Kim was the Co-Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Kim & Scott’s Pretzels. A passionate serial entrepreneur, she will share how to discover your personal alchemy and impact your community and world in the process.

SHARON KRISTJANSON

Sharon Kristjanson is the founder and owner of SVK Intercultural, a consulting firm that helps clients foster more collaborative and productive discussions — particularly when different perspectives are involved. Clients gain new skills for mining difference as a building block rather than seeing it as an obstacle to overcome.

DORRI MCWHORTER

Dorri McWhorter is the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, transforming the organization into a 21st-century social enterprise. Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader and is committed to creating an inclusive marketplace by leveraging a multi-sector approach across business, civic and community organizations.

At TEDxWilmette, we’re shining a spotlight on dazzling ideas from extraordinary risk-takers and innovators to pioneers and brilliant people who are just getting started.