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Penny Pritzker Joins Eisenberg Fundraiser as Second Keynote Speaker

The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation has named Penny Pritzker as a second REAL Bright Night keynote speaker on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Sam Zell, who will be interviewed by Collete English Dixon, was previously announced as a keynote speaker for the premier all-industry segment of the Foundation’s REAL Bright Summit: Building the Future of Real Estate, Jan. 25-29, presented by Old Second National Bank.

The evening will feature interviews with Zell and Pritzker, along with cameos from board members, sponsors, and the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation executive director, Katie Hurley Wales and president, Peter Eisenberg.

“Securing Penny Pritzker and Sam Zell as part of our incredible lineup of speakers for REAL Bright Night is a testament to the generosity of these leaders and the stature the Foundation has achieved through the dedicated effort and hard work of so many,” said Wales. “We look forward to their insights and perspectives.”

The week-long Summit will combine what traditionally have been two annual events: the Foundation’s Annual Dinner and its Annual Career Day. Proceeds from the Summit will benefit the Foundation’s two-pronged mission of educating young people and advancing gastrointestinal cancer research.


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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