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Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman

August 11, 2021

Co-founder / LinkedIn

Reid Hoffman will speak to The Economic Club of Chicago on August 11, 2021.

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Jane Fraser

Jane Fraser

May 11, 2021

Chief Executive Officer/ Citi 

Jane Fraser, CEO, Citi, addressed The Economic Club of Chicago on May 11, 2021. The conversation was moderated by Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman & CEO, Ventas, Inc., and Chair, The Economic Club of Chicago. Audience questions were posed by David Snyder, President & CEO, The Economic Club of Chicago.

They are going to be part of the menu going forward – but don’t underestimate the need for guard rails.

Jane Fraser on the role of cryptocurrency in banking.

JANE FRASER

SPEAKER

Chief Executive Officer/ Citi

Jane Fraser is the Chief Executive Officer of Citi, the world’s most global bank, serving millions of consumers, businesses and institutions across 160 countries and jurisdictions. She is the first female CEO in the firm’s history.

Jane has deep experience across Citi’s consumer and institutional businesses and, in many ways, she helped shape Citi into the company it is today. Before becoming CEO in February 2021, she was President of Citi and CEO of the Global Consumer Bank, responsible for all of Citi’s Consumer businesses, including Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Credit Cards, Mortgage and Operations and Technology in 19 markets.

Before that, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Latin America from 2015 to 2019. From 2013 to 2015, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking and CitiMortgage. From 2009 to 2013, Jane served as the Chief Executive Officer of Citi’s Global Private Bank. Prior, Jane was the Global Head of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions for Citi from 2007 to 2009. She joined Citi in 2004 in the Corporate and Investment Banking division.

Before joining Citi, Jane was a Partner at McKinsey & Company. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in London and then worked for Asesores Bursátiles in Madrid, Spain.

She is Vice Chair for Partnership for New York City and a member of the Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Stanford Global Advisory Board, the Economic Club of New York and the Council on Foreign Relations. Jane has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.A. in economics from Cambridge University. She is married with two children.


Debra A. Cafaro

MODERATOR

Chairman of the Board & CEO/ Ventas, Inc.

Debra A. Cafaro has been Venta’s Inc., Chief Executive Officer and a director since 1999 and Chairman of its Board of Directors since 2003. She also served as our President from 1999 to November 2010. In addition to her work at Ventas, Cafaro is broadly engaged across the business, public policy, arts, academic, sports and non-profit sectors. She serves on the Board of Directors of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., a bank holding company and financial services corporation (NYSE: PNC). Additionally, Cafaro is the Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable, a public policy organization that brings together leaders of the nation’s top real estate firms to address key national policy issues relating to real estate; the Ex-Officio of the Executive Committee and a Member of the Board of Directors of The Economic Club of Chicago, whose mission is to foster meaningful connections among the city’s leaders on important economic and social issues; a member of the Business Council, a private association of chief executive officers; serves on the Boards of Trustees for the University of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to successive terms on the Board of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (2015 to 2019). Prior to joining Ventas, Cafaro was President and a director of an NYSE-listed multi-family REIT, a practicing lawyer for 13 years and a judicial clerk for the Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Cafaro earned her B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was named its 2011 Distinguished Alumna.

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Senators Amy Klobuchar & Mitt Romney

Senators Amy Klobuchar & Mitt Romney

JANUARY 26, 2021

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah joined The Economic Club of Chicago on January 26 to discuss “Governing from the Middle” and how to heal our American democracy. The conversation was moderated by David Axelrod, political analyst and director of The University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

There was a moment on the night of January 6 where 93 senators voted the same.

Senator Amy Klobuchar on how compromise and bipartisan efforts are possible. 

Amy Klobuchar

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U.S. Senator/ Minnesota

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service, Senator Klobuchar has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandfather worked 1500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Northern Minnesota. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman, and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who continued teaching until she was 70.

Senator Klobuchar has built a reputation of putting partisanship aside to help strengthen the economy and support families, workers, and businesses. In 2019, an analysis by Vanderbilt University ranked her as the “most effective” Democratic senator in the 115th Congress.

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Mitt Romney

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U.S. Senator/ Utah

Senator Mitt Romney was sworn in as Utah’s newest senator on January 3, 2019. He currently
serves on the Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Homeland Security &
Government Affairs; and Small Business & Entrepreneurship committees. He is chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.
Senator Romney is also a member of the Senate National Security Working Group.

Before entering public service, he led a successful business career as the co-founder of Bain
Capital, a leading investment company, and the turnaround CEO of Bain & Company, an
international management consulting firm.

Prior to serving as the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, Senator Romney led the
2002 Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics and, with a team of volunteers
and managers, helped turn the struggling Games into a Utah success story. He was a candidate
for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination and Republican nominee for president in 2012.
Senator Romney earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his JD/MBA
from Harvard University. He is the proud husband to Ann, father to five sons, and grandfather to
25 grandchildren.

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David Axelrod

MODERATOR

Founding Director/ University of Chicago Institute of Politics & Senior Political Commentator/ CNN

David Axelrod is a preeminent American political strategist and commentator and the former chief
strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Axelrod currently serves as the founding
director of the University of Chicago’s nonpartisan Institute of Politics and as a senior political
commentator for CNN. He is the host of The Axe Files, a top-rated podcast featuring in depth
conversations with public figures across the political spectrum. A former political writer for the
Chicago Tribune, Axelrod produced media strategy and advertising for 150 campaigns across the
U.S., culminating in President Obama’s historic elections. Axelrod is also the author of The New
York Times best-selling memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

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Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

OCTOBER 3, 2018

Chief Executive Officer/ Microsoft Corporation

Satya Nadella spoke to The Economic Club of Chicago at the First Dinner Meeting of the 2018-2019 Program Year. Nadella participated in a Q&A session moderated by Club Chair Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments.

I fundamentally believe, like any human being, companies have an identity, have a soul.

Satya Nadella on company culture.

SATYA NADELLA

SPEAKER

Chief Executive Officer/ Microsoft Corporation

Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.

Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.

Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

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MELLODY HOBSON

MODERATOR

Co-CEO & President/ Ariel investments

As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation, and is the incoming Chairman of Starbucks, effective March 2021.

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