Thank you for making our Sixth Annual Make Room for Debate Luncheon a success!
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.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 14, 2017
Thanks to our Event Leadership
The event was 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
Thank you to our Make Room for Debate Sponsors
Special thanks to Dan Stein of Mark Vend Co.
For information about how to sponsor or support the 2018 Make Room for Debate luncheon contact Willa Voss at email@example.com or by phone at 312.300.3441.
Photos from the 2016 Make Room for Debate Luncheon