Welcome to TEDxYouth@IMSA 2020! For those unfamiliar with what a TEDx event is, “it is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and performances are shared with the community.” What makes these events so unique, is that they are full day experiences filled with brilliant speakers, thought provoking video, and mind blowing conversations; and this is exactly the kind of experience we’re curating with TEDxYouth@IMSA. We are crafting experiences that unleash new ideas, inspire, and inform. With our first event premiering last year (recapture the experience on Digital Commons or on YouTube!), we are gearing up and getting ready for round two with our 2020 event theme: Forté. Read on to find more about our history and event plans!

2020 Event

TEDxYouth@IMSA is comprised of an 18 student led Organizational Team, 1 Student Curator, Senior Krisha Patel, and 1 Adult Lead Organizer, LaDonna Hawthorne. We have 6 speakers lined up (look on our social media to discover more about them!): 3 Students, 2 Alumni, and 1 Staff Member. Our event is open to the public, so be sure to follow us on our social media pages to stay updated!
Student Speakers
  • Ariela Asllani
  • Annemarie Bacon
  • Chandra Gangavarapu
Alumni and Staff Speakers
  • Shawon Jackson (alumni)
  • Shailushi Baxi Ritchie (alumni)
  • Dr. Anita White (staff)
A creative, innovative, and captivating day where original ideas that spark curiosity and passion are shared with the local community!
November 14, 2020 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Register here to receive the link to be a part of TEDxYouth@IMSA
YouTube live steam link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx7qq7zmzvM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3Mnw0f11glBAoZUl_h3Qegi9wDlS2W1hZPedHHfc6_yFVW4XImxAvkM54
We could describe in detail just how powerful our event is, but it is something best discovered live. See you on November 14!


Our story began with a sophomore trip led by Lead Organizer, LaDonna Hawthorne, to TEDxNaperville 2018. After a full day of hearing riveting talks and participating in interactive experiences, the trip left Student Krisha Patel wowed at what she had seen, and inspired to bring some of that wonder back to IMSA. Krisha shared her idea of running a TEDx with the Center for Innovation and Inquiry where her idea was celebrated; and not soon after, she applied for a TEDxYouth license (with the help of the newly formulated TEDxYouth@IMSA Administrative Team). The application was quickly approved and as they say, the rest is history.

TEDxYouth@IMSA hosted its first event November 19th, 2019. With the theme of, “Creating Space”, TEDxYouth@IMSA curated a full day event experience of inspiring talks and interactive stations that allowed students their own space to share “ideas worth spreading”. With TEDxYouth@IMSA’s first event, we were able to host approximately 100 attendees (the max allowed per TED’s guidelines), accumulate 4,000+ views on the TEDx official YouTube channel, and have the student talks downloaded internationally over 50 times. As our 2020 event approaches, we are excited to see what greatness is in store as our six speakers showcase their forte in the form of creative ideas worth spreading.