Organizers are high-level volunteers who provide extensive time and energy to building TEDxNaperville to be the Chicago area’s premier ideas conference. Their tireless contributions ensure our attendees, partners, and other volunteers have the best possible experience. Below are this year’s organizers.

ARTHUR ZARDS
Founder, Curator & Executive Director


Arthur is the President and Co-founder of XNet, a data center services company based in Lisle. He founded TEDxNaperville to share his passion for powerful ideas and to re-brand the Chicago area beyond its perception as a flyover region.

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JAMES CHESTERFIELD
Director
Visual Design


James specializes in taking complex ideas and making them beautifully simple. He’s passionate about the creativity TED inspires and has been working as the conference’s producer and lead visual designer since 2011, designing everything from badges to the theme.

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NADIA KOLIGMAN
Director
Experience Design


Nadia is the founder of Dreamnautics Media, a company that creates and publishes self-help tools for life design and personal development. She brings her expertise to creating engaging experiences for TEDxNaperville attendees and designing our venue.

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LIZ KARSTEN
Director
Project Management


When Liz isn’t working as a Heathcare IT recruiter, she’s listening to podcasts and online talks. As a newcomer to the Naperville-area, she’s excited to immerse herself in the community and to contribute her passion to this year’s conference.

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GAIL STRINE
Director
Partnerships


Gail is the Business Development Manager for Waident Technology Solutions, specializing in relationship-building and networking. Gail brings her passion for connection to TEDxNaperville this year as our partnership director.

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MANALI SHAH
Director
Community Development


Manali brings experience in building and organizing communities. She hopes to align goals and engage volunteers to create successful events at TEDxNaperville. Other than being an avid listener of TED Talks, she is also a literary enthusiast.

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FABIO BRANCATI
Director
Partnerships


Fabio was RE/MAX Northern Illinois’ Rookie of the Year in 2015, specializing in technology for the real estate sector. He brings his enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to TEDxNaperville to help grow its community.

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MARGE HILSON
Director
Adventures


Marge is an SAP manager and brings her previous board experience and passion to introduce different perspectives and views through running and expanding the TEDxNaperville Adventure program.

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