The Global Economic Landscape: A Look at What’s Ahead
Drawing on over 30 years of experience at top-positions in the private sector as well as her time as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Pritzker illuminates what lies ahead for the global economy and how to develop a strategic plan for economic growth. From anxiety surrounding technology’s impact on the workforce, to the importance of global trade agreements and uncertain tax policies, Pritzker dives into the world’s most pressing and complex economic issues, providing a roadmap for leaders across industries and identifying underlying trends before they are headline news. Serving as the country’s chief commercial advocate at the Department of Commerce—where she facilitated over $23 billion in foreign direct investment to the U.S. and served as the administration’s point person on the digital economy—and as the Founder and Chairman of a global private investment firm, Pritzker tackles the economy from the perspective of both the board room and the situation room, sharing firsthand experience and sharp policy analysis to highlight a path forward.
Business-Building with America’s Top CEO and Entrepreneur
A renowned entrepreneur who has developed a variety of businesses across industries from the ground up and a former chair of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship program, Pritzker reveals top business-building strategies to encourage growth and innovation. Highlighting workforce trends and the latest technological developments, Pritzker takes a pragmatic, solutions-based approach to how businesses can create a strategic plan to proactively grow and stay ahead of the competition.
A Seat at the Table: Female Leadership in Business
Included in Forbes’ list of “100 Most Powerful Women in the World,” Pritzker draws on her experience as a female leader in often male-dominated industries to share impactful lessons on how to foster a more inclusive work environment and how women can advance their careers. A fierce advocate of women’s empowerment, Pritzker shares insights on how businesses with greater diversity are more productive and profitable, highlights how to advance women in corporate leadership and addresses global initiatives that can empower female entrepreneurs worldwide.
Penny Pritzker receives inaugural “Commercial Diplomat of the Year Award”
Penny Pritzker was honored as the inaugural recipient of the “Commercial Diplomat of the Year Award” by Foreign Policy, an award that recognizes business and government leaders who actively promote their country’s interests internationally through both commercial and economic diplomacy. Pritzker embodied the spirit and work of a commercial diplomat throughout her tenure as the Secretary of Commerce, engaging in key negotiations to promote both the United States’ business and foreign policy interests. During her time in office Pritzker visited over 30 countries, meeting with numerous heads of state and thousands of business leaders, consistently seeking and supporting opportunities where the private sector and government could partner in support of strategic policies and reforms. Pritzker was the first Commerce Secretary to travel to Cuba in more than 50 years following the island’s resumed diplomatic relations with the United States, spearheading the economic opening between the two countries and laying a foundation for new economic opportunities; she launched the inaugural bilateral Commercial Dialogue with India; facilitated economic reforms in Ukraine; and led the effort to strengthen America’s trade and economic relationship with Mexico. Pritzker delivered a speech in acceptance of the award, highlighting her work and sharing key insights on the success and progress that can be made, “when and where the interests of business and government overlap.”Watch Penny Pritzker discuss Commercial Diplomacy at the Council on Foreign Relations >>
Penny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Pritzker is the founder and Chairman of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as professional services, real estate, technology, agriculture, industrial services and consumer products. In close partnership with entrepreneurs, PSP Capital’s approach is patient, flexible and solutions oriented. PSP Capital has a profound appreciation for preserving strong cultures and aligning interests with strategic partners to build shareholder value.
From June 2013 through January 2017, Pritzker served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. Pritzker was a core member of President Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts. During her tenure, she launched SelectUSA, the first federal initiative aimed at attracting foreign direct investment to the United States, which facilitated $23 billion in investment to date and created or retained tens of thousands of good paying American jobs. Pritzker also developed the agency’s first comprehensive digital and data agenda, chaired the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program and served as the Administration’s point person on manufacturing. She also developed the first workforce and skills development agenda for the Department, ensuring federal training expenditures are job driven, strengthening regional workforce development efforts and facilitating new research on the value of apprenticeships to employers.
Pritzker previously founded Vi Senior Living (formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt), and co-founded The Parking Spot and Artemis Real Estate Partners. Pritzker is the former chairman of the board of TransUnion and is a past board member of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group and LaSalle Bank Corporation. Pritzker is also a member of board of the Carnegie Endowment, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group and on the advisory council of the Hamilton Project. She was also member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Stanford University, the Harvard University Board of Overseers and founded Skills for America’s Future. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Pritzker and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, co-founded The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that works to foster increased economic opportunity for Chicago’s families.