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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.

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