Lineup for third TEDxJHU focuses on unconventional success stories

Seven presenters scheduled for March 26 event at JHU's Mudd Hall

TEDxJHU presents *Instructions Not Included featuring unconventional success stories. The conference will be held on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, March 26, 2016.

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TEDxJHU at Johns Hopkins University will explore unconventional success stories. Titled "Instructions Not Included," the event will take place in Mudd Hall on Saturday, March 26 from 1-5 p.m.

TEDxJHU, an independently organized TED event first held in 2014, challenges thought leaders in the fields of technology, education, and design to deliver the "talk of their lives" in 18 minutes or less. Student organizers bring in speakers from Baltimore and beyond for a main event each spring and for smaller salon events held in the fall.

This year, organizers put together a lineup of speakers that combat the notion that there is a single path or predetermined set of instructions for success.

"Our hope is simply that students who come to our event will leave with a greater sense of possibility of how they can choose to steer their own careers and lives," says organizer Eric Chen, a senior international studies major.

The speakers will deliver talks in two sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the speakers during the intermission. There will be a showcase of student groups including JHU Ideal, JHU Spoon U, and the JHU Magic Club. A panel of students will share their research in the field of medicine.

This year's speaker lineup features:

  • Sonia Sarkar, the chief policy and engagement officer at the Baltimore City Health Department, who will deliver a talk on her experiences in Baltimore working in public health and the importance of having access to the right resources.

  • Jean Fan, the founder of, will discuss her passion for encouraging girls to engage in STEM education. Her talk, tentatively titled "Do Science Like an Art, Do Art Like a Science," will explore the advantages of borrowing approaches from arts and sciences.

  • Youseph Yazdi, executive director of the Hopkins Center for Bioengineering and Design, will discuss how the design process for projects like the Ebola protective suit, developed over the course of one intensive weekend, requires designers to think outside of conventional framework.

  • Materials Science and Engineering PhD candidate Jennifer Dailey will discuss how self-evaluation can be a useful tool, particularly in her experience designing and teaching her first Materials Science course on chocolate.

  • Nicholas Perrett, who founded an event and artist management agency and a men's lifestyle brand, will discuss the role luck plays in our lives.

  • Adrianne Todman, executive director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority, will explain how stable housing can change your life.

  • David Fakunle, a Baltimore native and PhD candidate in Mental Health Studies, will talk about embracing one's inner self and how we can translate our gifts into action. He will address how his own gift for storytelling led him to approach public health issues differently.

Tickets to the event are available now.