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How to Change the World - TEDx Midwest

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Barack Ferrazzano partner Shermin Kruse was a featured speaker at the Tedx Midwest event held on June 12, 2017, at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. In her talk, titled "How to Change the World," Shermin shares her life experiences and explores the traits and skills necessary for every-day people to become global change makers. She challenges the audience to realize the full scope of their power to affect change, and with that power, she asks that they stand up and help push forward for a better tomorrow.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

Shermin Kruse is a partner at the law firm of Barack Ferrazzano. She spent her childhood in Iran dodging rockets and the morality police, immigrated with her family carrying little more than a few suitcases. She is an accomplished negotiator, facilitator, and mediator, the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel Butterfly Stitching, a contributor to the Huffington Post, a director of the ACLU of Illinois, co-founder and director of the peace organization, Pasfarda Arts and Culture Exchange, and a director of the international refugee center Heshima Kenya. Kruse was named nationally by BizWomen Magazine as one of the nation’s top 100 “Women to Watch,” one of Chicago’s most influential women by Chicago Business Journal, and one of Chicago’s Women of Inspiration by Today’s Chicago Magazine. She is also the mother of four children.

Click here to view Shermin's Tedx talk.


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