2018 TEDxOPW COMMITTEE
TEDxOakParkWomen is a completely volunteer-run movement.
A HUGE thank you to our 2018 volunteers: we could not make this happen without YOU.
Interested in volunteering with the TEDxOakParkWomen? Contact us below to help us share "ideas worth spreading" in our communities.
2018 TEDxOPW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Janna Fiester: Co-Organizer | License Holder | Curator | Creative Lead | Event Experience Lead
Vice President of UX and Brand Innovation at Sandstorm Design, Janna is a design-thinker and user-advocate. Always striving to make client work better, she sees the possibility in everything and takes nuggets of good ideas and nurtures them into strategically driven and unique unexpected executions. Janna honed this skill while earning her MFA and teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Throughout her 20 years of experience, Janna’s work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and showcased in several design publications as well as winning industry awards. If Janna, a long-time resident of Oak Park, has any free time after work and family (a hubby, two kids), you can find her listening to the latest TED Talk or on the stage performing Flamenco.
Meridian Herman, Co-Organizer | Curator | Marketing | Outreach | Partnership Support
Meridian is thrilled to serve alongside Janna as Co-Organizer and a leader of the dynamic TEDxOakParkWomen committee! She brings a wealth of marketing and event coordination experience to the TEDx table, including a dozen years as an independent marketing consultant. When not embracing all things TED, she spends most of her days as the Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager for The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Divisional HQ. Outside of the workplace, she is a board member of AmeriCorps Alumni Chicago. She is a proud member of NextGen Leaders in Philanthropy, a giving group of the OPRF Community Foundation. A lifelong active Oak Parker, Meridian is proud to help share "ideas worth spreading" throughout Oak Park and our surrounding communities.
Michelle Donat: Partnership Lead
Michelle is fascinated by the interconnection of Body, Mind & Spirit. She enjoys the wide range of topics available through TED Talks, but was especially fascinated by Jill Bolte Taylor’s “Stroke of Insight.” The idea that Jill could observe herself having a stroke is amazing, but to recover enough to share her insights is truly incredible! Michelle is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Energy Worker who sees clients in her Oak Park office, Relaxation Plantation. She grew up in Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. She and her husband have resided in Oak Park for 30 years, raising two amazing young adult daughters who are both OPRFHS grads.
Naila Towne: Finance Lead | Event Support | Partnership Support
Naila Towne is an accounting consultant for a boutique firm specializing in affordable housing development and financing. In this role, Naila directs the construction draw process, leading the efforts of the general contractor, lender, tax credit syndicators, title companies, and federal and state agencies.
Naila received a Master of Accounting & Financial Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management, and earned the CPA designation in 2007. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and also serves as a volunteer for her daughter's Girl Scout troop.
When she isn’t volunteering, enjoying one of her two sons' sporting events, or spending time with her husband, Naila enjoys reading, genealogical research and binge-watching her favorite shows.
2018 TEDxOPW COMMITTEE
Rowena Abrahams | Elizabeth Adams | Abby Baric | Sheila Berleman | Silvia Brito-Todd | Margaret Combs | Tim Fiester | Amy Fenton | Janien Hammonds | Meg Herman | Kim Johnson | Kate Kaplan | Joyce Lewis | Brenda Massaroni | Vi Nedd-Jackman | Suze Solari | Tracey Studivant | Mark Walden | Cheryl Wisniewski
Tania Haigh: TEDxOakParkWomen Founder
Founder & CEO of Chicago-based Magnolia Insights, a marketing services company that specializes in women and mom consumers, Tania is a women’s empowerment leader. Not only is she the TEDxOakParkWomen Founder, she is a presenter and panelist at events that include: Marketing to Women, Marketing to Moms, Naperville Lean In Circle, Women in Wireless Chicago, and Mujeres de Hace. Tania has been featured in Advertising Age, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chief Marketer Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. She is also a contributor to Chicago Woman magazine and Franchising USA magazine. Tania has been an Oak Park resident for more than ten years with her husband, David, and daughter, Vivian. We thank her for her vision and passion that led to the first TEDxOakParkWomen event in 2015, our leader 2015-2017, and inspiration of the local TEDx movement that continues today.