University to host TEDxQuinnipiacU


he Quinnipiac community is known for its rich ideas, diversity of thought and commitment to enlightened global citizenship, finding solutions to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

As part of Quinnipiac's mission of preparing life-long learners, innovators and explorers, the university is proud to host TEDxQuinnipiacU on April 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Elizabeth Brown, director of academic innovation and effectiveness, and Monique Drucker, vice president and dean of students, are co-chairs of the event.

A TEDx event is a local gathering where short, powerful talks are led around the world. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently. This year’s Quinnipiac’s theme, inspired by President Olian’s University of Your Future initiative, is “Your Future.” Joel Vanner ’19, a communication/media studies major, will host the event.

This year’s speakers include:

  • Laura “Lo” Cantu is a first-year student at our Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. She has been researching critical incident stress interventions for interprofessional use in the emergency department with her mentor, Dr. Listy Thomas. She will challenge the superhero mentality imposed upon physicians.
  • Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, associate professor of legal studies in our College of Arts and Sciences, will explore how Americans have become increasingly cynical about the political system — and how we may return to an understanding of politics as a public good.
  • Anthony Allen ’13, MBA ‘14 earned a bachelor’s in management and economics and an MBA. He will discuss a clear case counter to our nation’s prevailing economic system that he sees as fundamentally flawed — and how a natural systems approach to local economic development is the solution.
  • Kimberly Addon '18, MS '20 will complete a master’s in occupational therapy next spring. She will share funny stories about having a sister with autism before digging into the challenges and sharing a new framework for a solution she hopes to implement throughout her career.

The event is sold out, but will be live-streamed at