Speakers & Performers

ALLEN LUCAS   Allen Lucas is a Master's student in the Arts Management program at Columbia College Chicago. He completed his undergraduate degree in Comedy Writing and Performance in the spring of 2019. He works in Chicago as a comedian and music director and is the host for this year's TEDxColumbiaCollegeChicago event.

ALLEN LUCAS

Allen Lucas is a Master's student in the Arts Management program at Columbia College Chicago. He completed his undergraduate degree in Comedy Writing and Performance in the spring of 2019. He works in Chicago as a comedian and music director and is the host for this year's TEDxColumbiaCollegeChicago event.

CO CO HONG   Co Co Hong, born February 24, 1998 is a Chinese-Burmese creative, born in Muse, Shan State of Myanmar. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May of 2019 with a bachelor's degree in filmmaking with a directing focus. She is an amateur pole dancer, musician, youtuber, and filmmaker, an okay daughter, and a great friend. She will be releasing her first EP this December. Her talk will explore the different ways Youtube and pole dancing has shaped her life, the importance of documentation and experimentation, and her struggles with trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder. Some of her ambitions are: to be financially independent, be happy, be a lifelong learner, and to elicit positive change.

CO CO HONG

Co Co Hong, born February 24, 1998 is a Chinese-Burmese creative, born in Muse, Shan State of Myanmar. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May of 2019 with a bachelor's degree in filmmaking with a directing focus. She is an amateur pole dancer, musician, youtuber, and filmmaker, an okay daughter, and a great friend. She will be releasing her first EP this December. Her talk will explore the different ways Youtube and pole dancing has shaped her life, the importance of documentation and experimentation, and her struggles with trichotillomania, a hair-pulling disorder. Some of her ambitions are: to be financially independent, be happy, be a lifelong learner, and to elicit positive change.

JOE JANES   Joe Janes is an Emmy Award winning writer who teaches comedy writing and improv at The Second City and Columbia College. His previously produced plays include Our Christian Nation, Metaluna and the Amazing Science of the Mind Revue, and A Hard Day's Journey into Night. His collaborations include Senioritis: The Musical, The Edward Hopper Project, and The Greatest Theatrical Event...EVER! He has a few books of collected works that you can find on Amazon. You can find out more about Joe atwww.joejanes.netand you can read his weekly satirical column The Minutes of Our Last Meeting at www.literateape.com. He acts, directs, and improvises, too.

JOE JANES

Joe Janes is an Emmy Award winning writer who teaches comedy writing and improv at The Second City and Columbia College. His previously produced plays include Our Christian Nation, Metaluna and the Amazing Science of the Mind Revue, and A Hard Day's Journey into Night. His collaborations include Senioritis: The Musical, The Edward Hopper Project, and The Greatest Theatrical Event...EVER! He has a few books of collected works that you can find on Amazon. You can find out more about Joe atwww.joejanes.netand you can read his weekly satirical column The Minutes of Our Last Meeting at www.literateape.com. He acts, directs, and improvises, too.

TOMAS TESFALDET   Tomás Tesfaldet is an artist from Lorton, Virginia and recent music business graduate from Columbia College Chicago. He is a brand partner, and music industry affiliate for many, and he is an independent singer-songwriter focused on unraveling communication and understanding for all. His speech touches on the essence of people, and all things living. He expands on methods of understanding essence by breaking down topics like astrology, cultural conditioning, and others forms of social hierarchy all by bringing a unique insight to the way in which he has learned how to deprogram.

TOMAS TESFALDET

Tomás Tesfaldet is an artist from Lorton, Virginia and recent music business graduate from Columbia College Chicago. He is a brand partner, and music industry affiliate for many, and he is an independent singer-songwriter focused on unraveling communication and understanding for all. His speech touches on the essence of people, and all things living. He expands on methods of understanding essence by breaking down topics like astrology, cultural conditioning, and others forms of social hierarchy all by bringing a unique insight to the way in which he has learned how to deprogram.


SAVANA NIX   Savana Nix is a costume designer with an interdisciplinary background in fashion, theater, and film. Her work in costume design has taken her from drag shows to artificial intelligence to the inside of the lungs. She is passionate about serving the diverse needs of her community and runs her own business which is focused on plus size, vintage-inspired fashion. She also moderates one the largest online resources for queer Chicagoans, currently over 20,000 people strong. Her work inspires many and she has been honored at the Take One Film Festival and for her work in films. In her spare time Savana enjoys exploring Chicago and watching movies with her cat, Kitzi.

SAVANA NIX

Savana Nix is a costume designer with an interdisciplinary background in fashion, theater, and film. Her work in costume design has taken her from drag shows to artificial intelligence to the inside of the lungs. She is passionate about serving the diverse needs of her community and runs her own business which is focused on plus size, vintage-inspired fashion. She also moderates one the largest online resources for queer Chicagoans, currently over 20,000 people strong. Her work inspires many and she has been honored at the Take One Film Festival and for her work in films. In her spare time Savana enjoys exploring Chicago and watching movies with her cat, Kitzi.

BOB RASKEY   Bob Raskey is a United Airlines Captain and Check Airman on the B-737 in New York. He has served on UAL’s “We Care-Employee Assistance Fund” Board Directors and was a Director for the “United 4 Veterans” Business Resource Group. A retired USAF Lt Col, he has flown over 20 years in the military to include combat flight operations in Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bob is a supporting member of several charitable foundations to include; “Vision of Flight”; and the “The Orlando Aviation Youth Center”. He currently serves on the national AOPA (Airplane Owners and Pilots Association) STEM Education steering committee and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

BOB RASKEY

Bob Raskey is a United Airlines Captain and Check Airman on the B-737 in New York. He has served on UAL’s “We Care-Employee Assistance Fund” Board Directors and was a Director for the “United 4 Veterans” Business Resource Group. A retired USAF Lt Col, he has flown over 20 years in the military to include combat flight operations in Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bob is a supporting member of several charitable foundations to include; “Vision of Flight”; and the “The Orlando Aviation Youth Center”. He currently serves on the national AOPA (Airplane Owners and Pilots Association) STEM Education steering committee and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

ALLISON FRIEDMAN   Allison Friedman is an educator, advocate, and artist who was raised in northern Illinois. She is always looking for projects that fuel her creativity. She currently teaches American Sign Language at a high school in Virginia. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in public relations and Gallaudet with a master's degree in ASL education. She advocates for language acquisition in Deaf children. She is involved with LEADK, a national movement that focuses on language acquisition to be Kindergarten ready. She is also an actor. Her passion is to show the world that ASL is a language just like every other language. She will present about how ASL is the essence of human connection.

ALLISON FRIEDMAN

Allison Friedman is an educator, advocate, and artist who was raised in northern Illinois. She is always looking for projects that fuel her creativity. She currently teaches American Sign Language at a high school in Virginia. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in public relations and Gallaudet with a master's degree in ASL education. She advocates for language acquisition in Deaf children. She is involved with LEADK, a national movement that focuses on language acquisition to be Kindergarten ready. She is also an actor. Her passion is to show the world that ASL is a language just like every other language. She will present about how ASL is the essence of human connection.

KRISTEN GLOVER  Madame Kristen Glover, a Chicago native, is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she received her BFA in Dance Performance. At Northern, Madame Kristen trained extensively in Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance. It was during her collegiate career where her passion for advocating for Black representation in the Arts continued to blossom and emerge. Kristen will be advancing her education by receiving her Masters in Accounting and then attending Law School. She is also the reigning “Ms. Northwestern US American Elegance 2019”. One of her biggest passions is using her platform to encourage Black youth to embrace their unique beauty and to achieve greatness in all that they aspire to do. Madame Kristen Glover continues to serve as a Chicago-land and South Suburban community partner while advocating for causes that are dear to her heart and those that affect the Black community.

KRISTEN GLOVER

Madame Kristen Glover, a Chicago native, is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she received her BFA in Dance Performance. At Northern, Madame Kristen trained extensively in Ballet, Modern and Jazz dance. It was during her collegiate career where her passion for advocating for Black representation in the Arts continued to blossom and emerge. Kristen will be advancing her education by receiving her Masters in Accounting and then attending Law School. She is also the reigning “Ms. Northwestern US American Elegance 2019”. One of her biggest passions is using her platform to encourage Black youth to embrace their unique beauty and to achieve greatness in all that they aspire to do. Madame Kristen Glover continues to serve as a Chicago-land and South Suburban community partner while advocating for causes that are dear to her heart and those that affect the Black community.

CHILLING SPREE   Based in Chicago and formed for this TED event, Chilling Spree consists of all current Columbia students, with Jett Lucas on guitar, Dale Guernsey on bass, vocals, and guitar, Matt Whoriskey on guitar, vocals, and bass, Colin Mitchell on drums, and Declan Hammond on the keyboards. Ranging from Freshman to Senior, Chilling Spree has members from around the country with different musical backgrounds ranging from metal to jazz to gospel and everything in between. While Chilling Spree was formed specifically for this Ted event, they hope to continue playing and start writing together for long after the event. Chilling Spree’s set for the TED event consists of covers chosen to show the bands essence. Since they all grew up in different places and come from different backgrounds, Chilling Spree chose songs that overlap their different backgrounds to help paint the clearest picture of what Chilling Spree is.

CHILLING SPREE

Based in Chicago and formed for this TED event, Chilling Spree consists of all current Columbia students, with Jett Lucas on guitar, Dale Guernsey on bass, vocals, and guitar, Matt Whoriskey on guitar, vocals, and bass, Colin Mitchell on drums, and Declan Hammond on the keyboards. Ranging from Freshman to Senior, Chilling Spree has members from around the country with different musical backgrounds ranging from metal to jazz to gospel and everything in between. While Chilling Spree was formed specifically for this Ted event, they hope to continue playing and start writing together for long after the event. Chilling Spree’s set for the TED event consists of covers chosen to show the bands essence. Since they all grew up in different places and come from different backgrounds, Chilling Spree chose songs that overlap their different backgrounds to help paint the clearest picture of what Chilling Spree is.


T STAR   Tandrea Hawkins p.k.a as T Star Verse has been in love with all things entertainment since the age of two years old. She started out in pageants which is where the love for fashion began, then dance and acting soon followed. Around twelve, she started her music career as a rapper. One of her single’s entitled "Trendz" won her a Chicago Music Awards for "Most Talented Teen". She started booking shows at a very rapid pace from there. Her live performances sparked a crazy word of mouth campaign, and she's done everything from the Arie Crown Theater to the Hunger Walk for Chicago's food depository where thousands more were exposed to her music. But she desired to be more than an artist. She wanted to really affect the culture and be a mogul in her own right. This is where the T Star collection was born. She will be performing songs from her debut EP "From This Point On" , which in her opinion is a great introduction of who she is as an artist and what she plans on accomplishing in the near future. She will incorporate a lot of dance pieces throughout her show that would have a theme around the essence of being a woman that she would hope to convey.

T STAR

Tandrea Hawkins p.k.a as T Star Verse has been in love with all things entertainment since the age of two years old. She started out in pageants which is where the love for fashion began, then dance and acting soon followed. Around twelve, she started her music career as a rapper. One of her single’s entitled "Trendz" won her a Chicago Music Awards for "Most Talented Teen". She started booking shows at a very rapid pace from there. Her live performances sparked a crazy word of mouth campaign, and she's done everything from the Arie Crown Theater to the Hunger Walk for Chicago's food depository where thousands more were exposed to her music. But she desired to be more than an artist. She wanted to really affect the culture and be a mogul in her own right. This is where the T Star collection was born. She will be performing songs from her debut EP "From This Point On" , which in her opinion is a great introduction of who she is as an artist and what she plans on accomplishing in the near future. She will incorporate a lot of dance pieces throughout her show that would have a theme around the essence of being a woman that she would hope to convey.


 
SHAPEARL WELLS   Shapearl Wells 46 year old stay at home mother of 6, from Cicero, Il . Vice President of the Courtney Copeland Memorial Foundation where we work with the community to reduce violence, strengthen education and build rapport between the community and police. Shapearl’s TedX theme will be “You Don’t Know Your Own Strength”. How Faith is the essence of your strength and gives you the ability to overcome tribulations.

SHAPEARL WELLS

Shapearl Wells 46 year old stay at home mother of 6, from Cicero, Il . Vice President of the Courtney Copeland Memorial Foundation where we work with the community to reduce violence, strengthen education and build rapport between the community and police. Shapearl’s TedX theme will be “You Don’t Know Your Own Strength”. How Faith is the essence of your strength and gives you the ability to overcome tribulations.

SARAH PERRY   Sarah Perry is a Chicago-based comedian/writer whose fearless delivery and subject matter is highly relatable and resoundingly funny. Sarah graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2016 with a degree in Comedy Writing and Performance and has also completed The Comedy Studies program and graduated from The Conservatory at The Second City, as well as the improv program at iO Theatre. Sarah Perry will be performing a comedic stand up set based around the theme of essence. To her, essence is who you are, where you come from, and how you got to be the person that you are. Sarah owes a lot of her success to her family, their belief in her, dreams, as well as the city of Chicago and comedy as an art form- all of which she will be touching on. There have been many obstacles for Sarah along the way. Finding her true self, what she was meant to be doing, and what hurdles helped her find the essence which makes her the honest, funny, direct woman she is today. She will be sharing many stories. Some good, some bad, but all hilarious.

SARAH PERRY

Sarah Perry is a Chicago-based comedian/writer whose fearless delivery and subject matter is highly relatable and resoundingly funny. Sarah graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2016 with a degree in Comedy Writing and Performance and has also completed The Comedy Studies program and graduated from The Conservatory at The Second City, as well as the improv program at iO Theatre. Sarah Perry will be performing a comedic stand up set based around the theme of essence. To her, essence is who you are, where you come from, and how you got to be the person that you are. Sarah owes a lot of her success to her family, their belief in her, dreams, as well as the city of Chicago and comedy as an art form- all of which she will be touching on. There have been many obstacles for Sarah along the way. Finding her true self, what she was meant to be doing, and what hurdles helped her find the essence which makes her the honest, funny, direct woman she is today. She will be sharing many stories. Some good, some bad, but all hilarious.


INDIGO FLOOD   Indigo Flood is a blues rock band consisting of Columbia College Chicago Sophomore’s Hannah Pope on guitar and vocals, Tiago Ribiero on guitar, Josh Freehill on drums, Chris Rohner on bass, and Deven Duphare on saxophone. The band formed in January of 2019 and has been gigging around the Chicago area ever since. Indigo Flood writes original songs and hopes to release music in the upcoming months. Indigo Flood’s performance is about combining the old and new styles of blues and rock and roll to create a new sound while still being rooted in the essential music influences of the past. The essence of the band’s music is derived from the passion put into the process of writing, practicing, and performing. Indigo Flood hopes that whoever hears their music can feel the heart and soul that radiates from the power of music.

INDIGO FLOOD

Indigo Flood is a blues rock band consisting of Columbia College Chicago Sophomore’s Hannah Pope on guitar and vocals, Tiago Ribiero on guitar, Josh Freehill on drums, Chris Rohner on bass, and Deven Duphare on saxophone. The band formed in January of 2019 and has been gigging around the Chicago area ever since. Indigo Flood writes original songs and hopes to release music in the upcoming months. Indigo Flood’s performance is about combining the old and new styles of blues and rock and roll to create a new sound while still being rooted in the essential music influences of the past. The essence of the band’s music is derived from the passion put into the process of writing, practicing, and performing. Indigo Flood hopes that whoever hears their music can feel the heart and soul that radiates from the power of music.