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An Evening With Berry Gordy


An Evening With Berry Gordy was a must see, live-to-tape one-on-one interview with Berry Gordy conducted by award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill. Taped in November 2012 before a live audience at The Art Institute of Chicago, Ifill and Gordy began their journey in Detroit where Gordy founded Motown Records in 1959 and grew the company into the most successful African American-owned enterprise in the United States. Ifill’s interview led the audience through Gordy’s celebrated life as entrepreneur, songwriter, record producer, movie director and producer.

The program included performances by Valerie Simpson, KEM, and Janelle Monae as well as Brandon Dixon and Valisia Lekae from Motown: The Musical. Gordy’s son, Stefan Gordy, known to the music world as Redfoo, one-half of the hip-hop musical group, LMFAO, was in attendance.


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  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Aon Hewitt
  • Clarence Avant
  • Bad Boy Entertainment
  • Best Portion Foundation
  • BuckleySandler LLP
  • Toni Cook Bush & Dwight Bush
  • Cigna Foundation
  • ComEd
  • Gary & Denise Gardner
  • GE Healthcare
  • Grosvenor Capital Management, LP
  • Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Northern Trust Company
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Schiff-Hardin LLP
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP (John Branca)


  • Ariel Investments, LLC
  • Larry Bailey & Loleta Thomas Bailey
  • Black Entertainment Television
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Citigroup
  • Michelle Lynn Collins
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • DLA Piper
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Brenda Gaines
  • Patricia L. Glaser, Esq. & Sam Mudie
  • Lionel Hampton Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • Nicor Gas
  • Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Al & Cheri Reid
  • Sidley Austin LLP

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson



  • Suzanne de Passe 
  • Charles Randolph-Wright

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Michelle Boone
  • Suzanne de Passe
  • Lucian Grainge
  • Christie Hefner
  • Steven McKeever
  • Richard Parsons
  • Walter and Shirley Massey


Event Co-Chairs

  • Clarence Avant
  • Kelly McNamara Corley
  • Michele Coleman Mayes
  • Carol H. Williams

Benefit Committee

  • James Andrews
  • Katéy Assem
  • Larry Bailey & Loleta Thomas Bailey
  • Al Bell
  • Alonzo Byrd
  • Ricki Fairley Brown
  • Toni Cook Bush & Dwight Bush
  • Vivian Scott Chew
  • Almeta Cooper
  • Risa Davis
  • David Day
  • Timothy Francis
  • Brenda Gaines
  • Denise & Gary Gardner
  • Karen & Kerry Gordy
  • Deborah Gray-Young
  • Ethiopia Habtemariam
  • Carmen & Courtney Hollowell
  • Patricia Brown Holmes
  • Janice Hutchinson
  • Thomas Leavens
  • Connie Lindsey
  • Sandy Matthews
  • Kimberly McCullough
  • Cheryl Mayberry McKissack
  • Sharon Morrow
  • Joel & Wanda Pelz
  • Al & Cheri Reid
  • Helen Hammond Redding
  • Chanda Rice
  • Dee Robinson Reid
  • Michele Rogers
  • Brenda Russell
  • Tim Russell
  • Carol Sagers
  • Helen Hammond Redding

Date and Time

Saturday, November 17, 2012


The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
United States