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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.

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