On April 11, 2024, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Institute for Public Policy will be hosting a visit from John W. Rogers Jr., a leading business executive in Chicago. Rogers, a highly respected entrepreneur, will discuss his career in business, public service and philanthropy during a “fireside chat” with institute director John Shaw. The event will be held at 5 p.m. in the Faculty of Law SIU Auditorium, Room 120, with a reception planned from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Faculty of Law Ballroom.

Rogers is the founder and co-CEO of Ariel Investments, the first black-owned asset management company in the United States, with nearly $15 billion in assets under management. Shaw expressed his desire to hear about Rogers’ successful career and his contributions to the community. The talk will focus on Ariel Investments’ pioneering concepts of active patience, independent thinking, focused expertise and courageous teamwork. In addition, Rogers will offer suggestions for SIU students preparing for their professional careers.

The event is open to all attendees and registration is recommended but not required to attend the lecture. Attendees can submit questions for Rogers through the registration form or by email at paulsimoninstitute@siu.edu. More information about upcoming events and previous institute speakers is available on Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s website.

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