About the Event:
Please join us for a conversation with Valerie Jarrett and John Rogers. The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m., with lunch service at noon and conversation at 12:20. Books will be provided by The Book Stall for purchase and book signing will occur before and after the program. For tickets, you can go to Eventbrite, or call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880. The price is $50 per person inclusive and if you or your guest have a food allergy or a dietary restriction, please contact Club Services at 800-443-0578 and let them know.
The Union League Club adheres to a no denim or athletic wear dress code. Please share with your guests.
Can't make it to the event? Give The Book Stall a call at 847-446-8880, and we can arrange to get you an autographed copy of Finding My Voice.
About the Author: Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before joining the White House, she served as the chief executive officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of Planning and Development, and deputy chief of staff for Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley. Jarrett has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including Time's "100 Most Influential People." She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981. She is currently a senior adviser to the Obama Foundation and a senior distinguished fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.
Ms. Jarrett will be in conversation with John Rogers, an investor, philanthropist, and founder of Ariel Investments. He is chairman and CEO of the company, which is the United States' largest minority-run mutual fund firm. He has been a regular contributor to Forbes magazine for most of the last decade. Active in the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, Rogers was a co-chairman of the 2009 Inauguration committee.
About the The Book: Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward
"The ultimate Obama insider" and longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and leader in government at a historic moment in America. When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson in July 1991 for a job in Chicago city government, neither knew that it was the first step on a path that would end in the White House. Jarrett soon became Michelle and Barack Obama's trusted personal adviser and family confidante; in the White House, she was known as the one who "got" him and helped him engage his public life.
Jarrett joined the White House team on January 20, 2009 and departed with the First Family on January 20, 2017, and she was in the room--in the Oval Office, on Air Force One, and everywhere else--when it all happened. No one has as intimate a view of the Obama Years, nor one that reaches back as many decades, as Jarrett shares in Finding My Voice. From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to the real stories behind some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the twenty-first century, inspiring readers to lift their own voices.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work"
"Valerie has been one of Barack and my closest confidantes for decades... the world would feel a lot better if there were more people like Valerie blazing the trail for the rest of us."--Michelle Obama