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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.

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Kate  Grossman
Sandee Kastrul
Michael Slaby
Myra Greene
Anne Munition
Tom Brokaw
Mark Caro
Campbell Brown
Carol Coletta
Meredith Stricker
Kelly  Leonard
Shannon Heffernan
Debbie Millman
Keisha Howard
Phylicia Rashad
Heidi Stevens
Laura Desmond
Michal Lev-Ram
Steve Edwards
Carolina  Sarassa
Celeste Headlee
Monica Eng
Karen  Jordan
Geoff Brigham
Paris Schutz
Jessica Grose
Bobby Ghosh
Louisa Chu
Soledad O'Brien
Jamil Smith
Kelly Grier
Charles Jenkins
Charles Duhigg
Linda Lutton
Maryam Saleh
David Brancaccio
Francis Slakey
Chuck Salter
Cindy Mori
Ali  Velshi
Ana Belaval
Jay Smooth
Jane Harman
Odette Yousef
Sonny  Garg
Stephanie  Gosk
Padma Lakshmi
Laura  Washington
Michael Arndt
Kate Sullivan
Lin Brehmer
Anne Thompson
Val Warner
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Brian Babylon
Molly Wood
Kevin Pang
Ally Love
Rachel Bronson
Jud Snyder
Cheryl Corley
Gigi  Pritzker
Janet Bodnar
Dave  Holmes
Kelly Rizzo
Dorri McWhorter
Jon Greenberg
Bob Morgan
Deborah Douglas
Barbara Starr
David Gregory
Richard Stengel
Jessica Yellin
Gretchen Carlson
Nick  Turner
Andee Harris
Tricia Eck
Eric Becker
Bethany McLean
Poppy Harlow
Amanda  Seales
Jenan Mohajir
Andrew Barber
Mellody Hobson
Dustin Yellin
Ted  Fishman
Mick Dumke
Jessica Wohl
Eddie  Aruzza
Ji Suk Yi
Peggy  Kusinski
Mats Lederhausen
Valerie Lies
Robin  Givhan
Ben Johnson
Anil Dash
Dan Abrams
Linda Cohn
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