Pritzker: Elle’s Luminary, Gucci’s Guest

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is among the nation’s leaders glamming it up for Elle’s April issue, in which the fashion glossy pays tribute to “Washington luminaries.”

“How you present yourself from a physical standpoint matters a lot, ” Pritzker tells the magazine, posing in a modest wool sheath dress (by the high-priced designer, J. Mendel) and heels. “But at the same time you have to work your tail off. You have to bring it every day.”

According to the feature, on newsstands next week, at 16, Pritzker convinced her grandfather to let her have a seat at the table of the all-male family hotel business. Today, the Chicago woman who led the president’s campaign fundraising has Obama’s ear on women in the workforce.

“We need to make sure more women are on a track that leads to the C-suite.” she says. “This isn’t just a nice thing; this is good business. The decision about where to spend around 73 cents of every dollar is made by a woman.”

She admits: “I’m not afraid to be surrounded by people who are smarter and better than I am.”

The other “luminaries” in Elle’s lineup are Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Democrat, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, Cheryl Mills, former chief of staff to Hillary Clinton, Cathy Lanier, chief of Washington, D.C., police, Kim Kingsley, chief operating officer of Politico, Capricia Penavic Marshall, former chief of protocol, and Dana Bash, CNN correspondent.

The honorees will be feted at the home of Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero with a seated dinner next week sponsored by luxury retailer Gucci.


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