Meet the Team

Matthew Eitel

President

Matthew is a senior majoring in Policy Analysis, minoring in International Studies, and pursuing a Certificate in Applied Research and Inquiry. He joined TEDxIndianaUniversity his freshman year as a member of the Curation team, a position that allowed him to assist Dr. Terri Francis and Dr. Kelli Morgan in crafting their talks for the Entropy (2019) and When A Tree Falls (2021) conferences, respectively. Outside of TEDxIU, Matthew is a lover of all things live music, IU basketball, and his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. 

What he loves most about TEDx: The chance to work alongside his TEDx family to empower and magnify voices that may not otherwise be heard. 

Nicole Stark

Director of Marketing

Nicole is a junior majoring in Marketing and Tech Management. She joined TEDxIndianaUniversity’s Marketing Team her freshman year after attending the Entropy Conference and falling in love with the energy of the event and team. She is also involved in the American Marketing Association as a consultant. In her free time, she loves to oil paint, read, take walks and make hummus!

 

What she loves most about TEDx: The amazing hard-working and inspiring people she is grateful to have learned from and worked with to share stories and ideas.

Suki Sasic

Director of Curation

Suki is a junior studying Human Biology and History on the pre-medical track. She joined TEDxIU in her freshman year as a member of the Operations team. Outside of TEDx, she works in the Tracey research lab and is involved other organizations such as the American Medical Women's Association. In her free time, she loves caring for her frankly excessive number of plants, attempting to skateboard, and reading.

 

What she loves most about TEDx:  The opportunity to create something wonderfully unique and put it out into the world for everyone to experience.

Ryan Chao

Director of Production

Ryan is a senior majoring in Percussion Performance and pursuing two minors in Music Theory and French. This is his second year with TEDxIndianaUniversity, working alongside the Production team through both terms. As an artist, he is passionate about discovering new sounds while advocating for accessible and inclusive spaces. Outside of music, his hobbies include baking, embroidery, graphic design, and the occasional Twitter scroll. 

What he loves most about TEDx: Being able to collaborate with a diverse group of talented individuals in order to accomplish a similar passion for spreading new ideas. 

Molly Carpenter

Director of Operations

Molly is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in French and International Studies. Outside of TEDxIndianaUniversity, Molly works with the IU Auditorium and plays the cello in the All-Campus Orchestra. In her free time she enjoys reading, embroidering, hiking, trying new foods, and listening to music.

 

What she loves most about TEDx: Working with other amazing students to spread inspiration and joy.

Russ Hensley

Director of Membership

Russ is a junior studying Mathematics, International Law and Institutions, and Advanced Chinese Language and Culture. During his freshman year, Russ joined TEDx as an intern for the Curation team. Outside of TEDx, Russ is an opinion writer for the Indiana Daily Student, a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee on IU Student Government, and an ambassador to the Hamilton Lugar School. Russ plans on attending law school after graduation to pursue a career in international human rights law, combining his interests in human rights and advocacy! Additionally, Russ enjoys listening to SZA with his twin brother, Ryan.

What he loves most about TEDx: Being able to bring creative ideas to life and allowing others to share their unique stories to the Bloomington community.

Lucy Lippman

Director of Finance

Lucy is a junior studying math, economics, and geography. She joined TEDxIU as a freshman and has since been on the finance team. She spends her free time crocheting, hiking, and playing tennis.

 

What she loves most about TEDx: Meeting such creative and wonderful people and spending the year working alongside them