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34018 TEDx OP Women 2018

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.



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.


Margaret Combs: Volunteer Lead | 2016 TEDxOPW Speaker

Margaret has been a Montessori educator for almost 20 years, currently serving as the Director of Education at Spark Montessori in Chicago.  She has served as a classroom teacher, consultant, teacher trainer and administrator.  She is also a visual artist, receiving her BFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and her MFA from the University of North Texas. 

Margaret is an active member in many professional organizations such as the American Montessori Society, the International Montessori Foundation as well as the American Craft Society.  Margaret is passionate about bringing the ideas of charity and giving to children, even presenting a TEDx talk on the subject in 2016.  



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 | Naila Towne | Mark Walden | Cheryl Wisniewski

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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.