TedxWilmette Speaker

Speakers 2022



The third annual TEDxWilmette event will feature the following inspiring speakers who are All In for creating positive change in ourselves and in our community.

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Lindsay Avner

Lindsay Avner Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Bright Pink, a non-profit venture philanthropy fund focused on high-impact breast/ovarian health education for young women. Through Bright Pink, Lindsay has shifted the national conversation from one focused on breast and ovarian cancer awareness to one centered on tangible, life-saving action and helped more than 1.8 million women understand their personal cancer risk and develop a customized prevention plan. 

IDEA: Adopt a mindset shift that your health is something you proactively tend to every day.

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Laura Coy

Laura is the Head of Philanthropy Strategy and ESG Integration at William Blair, where she built the firm’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives to meet the growing need for social and environmental change and multigenerational purpose. Laura also leads William Blair’s community engagement teams and the William Blair & Company Foundation, aimed to inspire the next generation of philanthropists through its employee-centered matching and global signature grants programs.


IDEA: When all capital has impact, all resources are activated for positive change.

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Jennifer Fondrevay

Jennifer Fondrevay is the Founder/Chief Humanity Officer of Day1 Ready™, a consultancy that leads forward-thinking business owners and executives through the people challenges of business transitions, particularly Mergers & Acquisitions.  Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 by Northshore Women in Business, Jennifer is the bestselling author of “NOW WHAT? A Survivor’s Guide for Thriving Through M&A” and a frequent keynote speaker and contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Inc., Forbes and Thrive Global.


IDEA: Embrace uncertainty and the opportunity it brings.

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Natasha Miller Williams

Natasha Miller Williams is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Ferrara and is responsible for implementing and monitoring programs to promote diversity and foster an open and inclusive work environment.  Recognized as one of Crain’s Notable DE&I Executives and Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Executive Leaders and Top 100 Women of Influence, Natasha is a key thought leader.

IDEA: Value yourself without relying on the systems around you to dictate your worth.

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Arielle Nobile

Arielle Nobile is the Founder of Legacy Connection Films where she produces broadcast-quality documentary films for families throughout the world. Arielle won Best Documentary 2019 at the Borderscene Film Festival in New Mexico for her documentary film, “Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty”, and was named to The Independent Magazine’s “10 Filmmakers to Watch” and won a Hugo Television award for her 6-part public television series, “Belonging in Boulder: Unexpected Stories from Your Neighbors.”

IDEA: Revolutionary listening breeds radical empathy which can heal the world.

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Foram Sheth

Foram Sheth is the Chief Coaching Officer & Co-founder of Ama La Vida, an innovative career, leadership, life, and health coaching company.  She has been featured in publications such as CNN, CNBC, and The Chicago Tribune, where she shares her vision of making coaching accessible to people of all ages and socioeconomic statuses.

IDEA: When life doesn't open the door you need to break down the wall.

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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.