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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.

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