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What Happened When Redditors Took On Wall Street

As the founder of Social Capital, Palihapitiya focuses on investments in breakthrough companies in healthcare, education, enterprise software, and financial services with the mission of “advancing humanity by solving the world’s hardest problems.” He previously served as the longest tenured original member of Facebook’s Senior Management team and held leading roles in The Mayfield Fund, AOL, Winamp, and He is also a minority owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, chairman of Virgin Galactic, and host of the podcast “All In.”

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

As chief financial minister for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sunak has garnered international attention for his economic competence and poise in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. First elected to Parliament in 2014, Sunak has proven a staunch supporter of Brexit, fiscal discipline, and educational opportunity. Of Indian origin and a practicing Hindu, he is lauded as a politician who is representative of modern multiracial Britain and is well-known for his social media presence.

Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman)

Only the second female White House Press Secretary in history, Perino served as the 24th press secretary from 2007 to 2009. She joined the Bush Administration following the September 11 terror attacks and worked as a spokesperson at the Department of Justice. President Obama nominated Perino to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Perino’s authorship includes national bestsellers And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side and Let Me Tell You About Jasper…: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog. Her latest work, Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman) offers guidance and reassurance to readers, ranging topics such as relationship advice, jumping up the career ladder, and navigating the job industry as a woman.

Washington Post reporter Robert Costa

What Does Freedom Mean to You?

May 24, 2021

Defund or Reform the Police?

Apr 26, 2021

Join the IOP as we welcome the following panelists to discuss the Defund the Police movement, its genesis, its goals, the challenges it has met, and the changes its supporters seek to enact.

Josie Duffy Rice, President of The Appeal

Roberto Villasenor, former Tucson police chief

Quinton Lucas, mayor of Kansas City

Adam Harris, staff writer at The Atlantic, will moderate the discussion.

Meet the Spring Quarter 2021 Pritzker Fellows

Mar 31, 2021

Join IOP director David Axelrod as we welcome the spring quarter’s cohort of Pritzker Fellows:

– Justin Amash, U.S. Representative from Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District (2011-2021)

– Nathan Law, activist, Founder, and former Chairman of Demosistō, former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong

– Cecile Richards, Co-Founder of Supermajority, former President of Planned Parenthood (2006-2018)

– Heather McTeer Toney, Climate Justice Liaison at the Environmental Defense Fund and Senior Advisor to Moms Clean Air Force, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA (2014-2017)

– Sally Yates, Deputy U.S. Attorney General (2015-2017), Acting U.S. Attorney General (Jan. 20-30, 2017)

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