TedxWilmette Speaker

Speakers 2021

Inspiration is here, with every reason to CONNECT to each other, for each other.

TedxWilmette 2021 Speakers

TEDxWilmette enthusiastically presents our five speakers for April 2021:

Susan Abrams, Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Topic: “Use Virtual Reality to Transform the Future”

Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD, Chief Medical Officer of NorthShore University Health System

Topic: “Sharing Data for More Common Good”

Sharon KristjansonPrincipal at SVK Intercultural LLC

Topic: “Engaging Across Differences for Real Impact”

Dorri McWhorter, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Topic: “Imagine the World Without Racism”

Kim Oster Holstein, Co-Founder, Chief Alchemy Officer, Twisted Alchemy

Topic: “Harness Your Inner Entrepreneur”

These accomplished women from our community work hard to CONNECT and are excited to share their vision with you. 

TEDxWilmette 2021 Speaker Bios

Susan Abrams


Susan Abrams is CEO of the 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


Dr. Halasyamani is the Chief Medical Officer of NorthShore University Health System. 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. 


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 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.

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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.

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.