The Clough Colloquium was established through the generosity of Charles I. Clough ’64 and Gloria L. Clough, MDiv’90, MS’96. Chuck’s vision for the Colloquium was to introduce members of the BC Community to persons of high ethical standards who had become leaders in their respective fields. Through these speaking programs students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff would be exposed to first-hand knowledge of what it means to truly lead. Our goal is to offer these opportunities twice yearly, pulling leaders from all fields and backgrounds at both the national and international levels. Prominent Clough Colloquium guests have included Gov. Jon Hunstman; Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia; and Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian activist and lawyer.
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Thursday, September 27, 2018
4:00 PM | The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
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 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.
Doors open at 3:30 PM | Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.