Emerge Fellowship: Meeting Jason Pritzker

By Jakelin Cervantes

Last Friday our Growth Lab was held at the Pritzker Organization. When we walked into the Pritzker office, it was like being in a museum. The office was filled with various art forms, such as sculptures and drawings, that gave the office a very modern look. During one of the breaks during the day, some Fellows and I explored the office, we found the game room and some we played ping pong. The office space was very reflective of Mr. Pritzker’s personality because it was a mix of formal yet creative. 

That morning we had the opportunity to interact with Jason Pritzker. During his presentation, he taught us about the 80/20 principle. This principle focuses on simplifying and prioritizing to achieve the best results. He allowed us an opportunity to see how this principle applies both to business and everyday life.

Mr. Pritzker demonstrated his strategic side through his use of the 80/20 principle in his everyday life when he mentioned that he rearranged his closet so that the clothes he uses the most, the 20%, were at the front while the clothes he rarely uses, the 80%, were in the back of his closet. This saves him time when trying to get ready and kept him organized, maximizing his closet space and time. He then shared that he considers himself a creative person and that he is a kinesthetic learner. After finding this out, I asked him how he balanced his job, filled with meetings and office work, and his creative personality. To this he replied that problems have many solutions, which he tried to resolve with creativity to make his job more suiting to his way of thinking. As a kinesthetic learning, moving around helps him think, so he prefers to present moving around the room.

Mr. Pritzker shared a lot of wisdom with us and shared many tips on how to be successful. In our journey to become leaders, the piece of wisdom that stood out the most to me was that in order to be successful, we must surround ourselves with good people rather than surrounding ourselves with successful people only. This is because the relationships we build with good people will be stronger and help us grow through mutual support.

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