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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.

Lola Wright
Kelly Rizzo
Melissa Clark
Michael Arndt
Phylicia Rashad
Ji Suk Yi
Bobby Ghosh
Campbell Brown
Kelly  Leonard
Ben Johnson
Debbie Millman
Cindy Mori
Robin  Givhan
Monica Eng
Janet Bodnar
Shannon Heffernan
David Gregory
Brian Babylon
Padma Lakshmi
Soledad O'Brien
Geoff Brigham
Andee Harris
Odette Yousef
Cal Fussman
Kelly Grier
Jud Snyder
Amanda  Seales
Jay Smooth
Kate Sullivan
Gigi  Pritzker
Heidi Stevens
Jenan Mohajir
Bethany McLean
Michal Lev-Ram
Valerie Lies
Ali  Velshi
Jessica Wohl
Michael Slaby
Rachel Bronson
Nick  Turner
Richard Stengel
Jessica Clemons
Keisha Howard
Ted  Fishman
Karen  Jordan
Sonny  Garg
Adam Benforado
Jessica Yellin
Mark Caro
Jessica  Malkin
Eric Becker
Ana Belaval
Carolina  Sarassa
Lin Brehmer
Neil Stevenson
Louisa Chu
Dorri McWhorter
Eve Ewing
Anil Dash
Desiree Rogers
Stephanie  Gosk
Touré
Jamil Smith
Myra Greene
Gretchen Carlson
Jason  Henrichs
Chuck Salter
Kevin Pang
Mellody Hobson
Cheryl Corley
Felicia Lawrence
Celeste Headlee
Linda Lutton
Laura Desmond
Dustin Yellin
Jon Greenberg
Paris Schutz
Katherine Lanpher
Deborah Douglas
Andrew Barber
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Tricia Eck
Dave  Holmes
Dan Abrams
Poppy Harlow
Sandee Kastrul
Kavita Shukla
Francis Slakey
Ally Love
Maryam Saleh
Jane Harman
Eddie  Aruzza
Linda Cohn
Charles Duhigg
Mats Lederhausen
Tom Brokaw
Peggy  Kusinski
Barbara Starr
Laura  Washington
Meredith Stricker
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