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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.

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