After hosting a TEDx-style speaker series in the 2017-2018 school year, a small group of students saw potential. We thought that TEDxMarquetteU events could become consistent features of the Marquette and Milwaukee communities.

In the fall of 2018, we grew our team, giving us the talent and capacity to consistently execute TEDx events that leave attendees thinking, that was incredible!

We're proud to be entirely student-run, with team members representing every college at Marquette, ranging from freshmen to second-year graduate students. To get involved, connect with us and check back here for opportunities to join the team.


Our Team

Louis (1)
Louis Finney

Director and Co-founder
B.S. Electrical Engineering '20
Would give a TEDTalk about what he learned from heart disease. Recommends Simon Sinek's "How Great Leaders Inspire Action."

Kyle (2)
Kyle Hagge

Associate Director and Co-founder
M.A. Political Science '19
Would give a TEDTalk called "Kanye West: A Modern-Day Icarus." Recommends Angela Duckworth's "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance."

Quinten Gerharz

Associate Director and Co-founder
Electrical Engineering '19
Would give a TED Talk on the characteristics of a good leader. Recommends Simon Sinek's "How Great Leaders Inspire Action."


Parker (1)
Parker Dow

Student Advisor and Co-founder
B.S. Mechanical Engineering '20
Would give his TEDTalk on triplet identity. Recommends Scott Tillema's "The Secrets of Hostage Negotiators."

Megan 2 (1)
Megan Socha

Community Development
B.S. Biomedical Engineering '20
Would give a TEDTalk on why social justice matters. Recommends Simon Sinek's "How Great Leaders Inspire Action."

Chris King

Community Development
B.A. Business Administration '22
Would give a TED Talk about the effect of media on childhood development.   Recommends Brene Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability."

Michael (1)
Michael Chitko

Events and Logistics
B.B.A Operations and Supply Chain Management '19
Would give a TEDTalk called "The Core of Happiness." Recommends Justin Baldoni's "Why I'm Done Trying to be Man Enough."

Drew Koetting

Speaker Coordination
Electrical Engineering '19
Would give a TED Talk on the myth of the "tortured artist." Recommends OK Go's "How to Find a Wonderful Idea."

Yasmeen (1)
Yasmeen Atta

Speaker Coordination
B.S. Nursing '21
Would give a TED Talk on how Palestinian children are impacted under the current occupation. Recommends Amal Kassir's "The Muslim on the Airplane."

Elizabeth (1)
Elizabeth McLaren

Web Design and Marketing
M.A. Communication '20
Would give a TED Talk on using TED Talks in the ELA classroom. Recommends Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "The Danger of a Single Story."

Veronica (1)
Veronica Maniak

Biomedical Sciences ‘21
Would give a TED Talk on social media’s affect on human connection. Recommends Tim Urban's "Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator."

Katherine (1)
Katherine Reis

B.A. Marketing & International Business '20
Would give a TED Talk about why everyone should care about environmental conservation & climate change. Recommends Mel Robbins's "How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over."

Alex Malitas

Finance and Business Analytics ‘21
Would give a TEDTalk on the impact of individual and group culture on success. Recommends Steven Kotler's "How to Open up the Next Level of Human Performance."

Kelsey (1)
Kelsey Otero

Faculty Advisor
Associate Director, Social Innovation at Marquette's 707 Hub

Speakers Committee

Jackson Neal Alexis Ramirez - Cierra Griffin Nathan Gregg

The Speakers Committee works hard year-round to select and prepare speakers for the TEDxMaruqetteU stage. They consistently go above and beyond to ensure every event exceeds expectations, dealing with endless curveballs along the way.