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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.

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