The Paul Simon Institute at SIU welcomes prominent business executive from Chicago

John W. Rogers Jr., a leading Chicago business executive, will visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on April 11 for a “fireside conversation” with institute director John Shaw. On Thursday, April 3, 2024, the event will take place at 5 p.m. in the SIU School of Law Auditorium, Room 120, with a reception planned from 4 to 5 p.m. in the law school’s formal lounge. Registration is not required to attend the lecture but is recommended.

Rogers is the founder and co-CEO of Ariel Investments, the first Black-owned asset management firm in the United States, managing nearly $15 billion in assets. Shaw expressed eagerness to hear about Rogers’ successful career and his contributions to the community. The conversation will focus on Ariel Investments’ pioneering concepts such as active patience, independent thinking, focused expertise, and bold teamwork. Additionally, Rogers will offer suggestions for SIU students preparing for their professional careers.

Rogers was originally from Hyde Park and graduated from Princeton University before founding Ariel Investments in 1983. Attendees can submit questions for Rogers through the registration form or via email to More information on upcoming events and past speakers at the institute is available.[/

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