Join us for our Sixth Annual Make Room for Debate Luncheon!
Our sixth annual Make Room for Debate luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Standard Club of Chicago where we will honor our 2017 Champion of Debate, David Axelrod.
For information about how to sponsor or support the Make Room for Debate luncheon contact Willa Voss, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our 2017 Champion of Debate, David Axelrod
David Axelrod is a veteran of American politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. He currently serves as director of the University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics; senior political commentator for CNN; and host of The Axe Files, a top-rated podcast jointly produced by CNN and his institute. Axelrod, a former political writer for the Chicago Tribune and, later, media strategist for 150 state, local and national political campaigns, is also the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.
Meet our Leadership
The event will be led by Event Co-chairs: Kesner Bienvenu (General Counsel, Illinois Medical District) and Marguerite Dixen (President and CEO of Third Coast Underwriters).
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
U. of C. President Robert Zimmer
Susana Mendoza, State Comptroller
Kwame Raoul, State Senator
Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board
Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney
Janice Glenn, Director, Illinois Department of Human Rights
Richard Berg, CEO, Performance Trust
Rick Godfrey, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Susie Lees, General Counsel, Allstate Insurance Company
Ed Wehmer, CEO, Wintrust
Amanda Amert, Partner, Jenner & Block
Chris Townsend, Partner, Clark Hill
Meet our Make Room for Debate Sponsors
Photos from the 2016 Make Room for Debate Luncheon