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You're Invited to Light up the Night!

On October 4, we will come together to spark insight, creativity, and possibility. Together, we will Light up the Night. 


Join local leaders, philanthropists, lifelong learners, and friends for Opportunity International’s Light up the Night benefit for families living in extreme poverty. 


This extraordinary evening against the backdrop of the Chicago skyline will change your perspective on the progress we have made against extreme poverty, the challenge ahead, and the solutions available to help people living in poverty earn a living, provide for their families, educate their children, and escape poverty forever.


Keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Steven Levitt will join Opportunity’s Chief Executive Officer Atul Tandon to discuss the high stakes of extreme poverty and the power that we have to change the world. 

The Details


Friday, October 4, 2019
6:00 - 9:30 p.m.


Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

A hotel room block will be available for out of town guests.

Event Agenda

Friday, October 4, 2019

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception 

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a stunning gallery space while connecting with other entrepreneurs, philanthropists, thought leaders, and industry experts. Begin challenging your thinking with an inside look at what it means to live in poverty.  

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Dinner and Program

Enjoy a three-course dinner and drinks in Adler’s Skyline Solarium overlooking downtown Chicago skyline as we explore how to apply entrepreneurial risk-taking and creative thinking to some of the world’s most pressing challenges—all while confronting the compelling call to end extreme poverty.  

Opportunity’s Chief Executive Officer Atul Tandon will celebrate the progress that drives our optimism and share how this powerful room is called to be fearless in service to those living in extreme poverty.  

Bestselling co-author of Freakonomics Steven Levitt will bring his captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis to the stage, pushing us to think more productively, creatively, and effectively. Levitt's illuminating approach—driven by data and a healthy dose of creativity—will inspire all of us as we work to end extreme poverty in our lifetime.  

A special guest will invite us to remember that while circumstances divide us, compassion can unite us all.   


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Register before July 31 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.

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The Speakers

Steven Levitt, Economist and Bestselling Author

Steven Levitt

Economist Steven D. Levitt uses simple questions to reach startling conclusions. The Wall Street Journal has said “If Indiana Jones were an economist, he’d be Steven Levitt.” Levitt is best known for his The New York Times bestselling book Freakonomics (co-authored in 2005 with Stephen Dubner), which is spent more than eight years on The New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 7 million copies around the world. Freakonomics led to a book series, podcast, and blog all based around the premise of wry insight, intriguing storytelling, and the idea that asking the right questions can deliver an entirely new way of thinking. He has published 3 additional books with Dubner: SuperFreakonomics (2010), Think Like A Freak (2014), and When To Rob A Bank (2015). Levitt was the 2003 recipient of the American Economic Association’s prestigious John Bates Clark Medal, given to the country’s best economist under 40 and is currently a tenured professor in the University of Chicago.

Atul Tandon, CEO, Opportunity International

Atul Tandon

Atul Tandon is the CEO of Opportunity International, a global microfinance nonprofit, committed to ending extreme poverty in our lifetime. Atul leads Opportunity's efforts to help poor families build sustainable livelihoods and end generational poverty by helping ensure children receive high-quality education. Atul’s successful 37-year career has been marked by directing and scaling consumer banks, nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises in nearly 50 countries. He has served in senior leadership roles at Citibank, World Vision and United Way. Atul also is the founder of the Tandon Institute, a global consulting firm. He earned an MBA from the University of Delhi and a certificate in governance from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife, Birage, have two children and two grandchildren. They live in the Seattle area where they are active members of a local church and several community organizations.

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