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Chicago Ideas is a nonprofit platform built on one core belief

When audiences of every background have the same access to thought leaders and innovative ideas – people have the power to spark change in the world.

Who are our thought leaders? We thought you'd never ask.
Paul "DJ White Shadow" Blair
Luis Ahn
Fawzia Mirza
Ramesh Srinivasan
Margaret Gould Stewart
Tim Ferriss
Shradha Agarwal
Bashir Salahuddin
Radha Agrawal
Edward Norton
Nick Kokonas
Massimo Lepore
Shannon Watts
Colin Powell
Shane Battier
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Dick Costolo
LeVar Burton
Charlamagne Tha God
Jose Antonio Vargas
Janet Comenos
Jamie Metzl
Brandon Boyd
Hillary Sale
Francoise Baylis
Emily Bear
Rahm Emanuel
Helene Gayle
Cedric Alexander
Bing Gordon
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson PhD
Liz Phair
Brian Wallach
Yusef Salaam
David Lynch
Cameron Esposito
Alec Baldwin
Bryan Cranston
Questlove
S.E. Cupp

Chicago Ideas is a nonprofit platform built on one core belief:

When audiences of every background have the same access to thought leaders and innovative ideas – people have the power to spark change in the world.

Who are our thought leaders? We thought you’d never ask.

Desiree Rogers
Felicia Lawrence
Mellody Hobson
Jessica Grose
Kate  Grossman
Richard Stengel
Sonny  Garg
Charles Jenkins
Nick  Turner
Ali  Velshi
Chuck Salter
Kate Sullivan
Charles Duhigg
Ben Johnson
Linda Lutton
Barbara Starr
David Gregory
Neil Stevenson
Andee Harris
Peggy  Kusinski
Soledad O'Brien
Molly Wood
Jamil Smith
Carol Coletta
Campbell Brown
Mick Dumke
Anil Dash
Laura  Washington
Padma Lakshmi
Jessica Yellin
David Brancaccio
Janet Bodnar
Geoff Brigham
Steve Edwards
Eve Ewing
Jessica  Malkin
Jessica Clemons
Karen  Jordan
Val Warner
Louisa Chu
Jane Harman
Bob Morgan
Amanda  Seales
Robin  Givhan
Keisha Howard
Myra Greene
Valerie Lies
Eddie  Aruzza
Cheryl Corley
Michal Lev-Ram
Anne Munition
Adam Benforado
Dave  Holmes
Bethany McLean
Brian Babylon
Tom Brokaw
Paris Schutz
Heidi Stevens
Kavita Shukla
Kevin Pang
Phylicia Rashad
Eric Becker
Jon Greenberg
Mats Lederhausen
Andrew Barber
Dan Abrams
Poppy Harlow
Jay Smooth
Lola Wright
Terri Hemmert
Jessica Wohl
Dorri McWhorter
Brandis Friedman
Stephanie  Gosk
Debbie Millman
Jenan Mohajir
Mark Caro
Cindy Mori
Odette Yousef
Gigi  Pritzker
Bobby Ghosh
Ana Belaval
Deborah Douglas
Michael Arndt
Dustin Yellin
Anne Thompson
Rachel Bronson
Touré
Francis Slakey
Katherine Lanpher
Michael Slaby
Meredith Stricker
Lin Brehmer
Ted  Fishman
Celeste Headlee
Cal Fussman
Gretchen Carlson
Jud Snyder
Laura Desmond
Ji Suk Yi
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