When it comes to hiring women to top posts within Pritzker’s businesses, however, the billionaire is, well, lacking.
A look at some of the upper-echelon positions in Pritzker-run firms shows a complete absence of women.
Pritzker Group Private Capital’s web site lists nine individuals with the titles “managing partner”, “investment partner” or “venture partner.” All are male. The investment team lists 22 people in total. Just one, a paralegal, is female. And of 15 senior advisers listed, just one is a woman.
Pritzker Group Venture Capital’s web site lists eight individuals with the titles “founder,” “managing partner”, “partner” or “venture partner.” Again, all are male. There is one woman listed as vice president and another as senior associate.
Asked about the dearth of women in top jobs at Pritzker firms, a spokeswoman referenced an industry-wide problem.
A study of women in venture capital reported in Techcrunch indicates that women make up just 7 percent of partners in the top 100 firms. That’s a low percentage, but Pritzker’s record of having no female partners still manages to fall below it.
* The Pritzker campaign also pointed to this recent Crain’s Chicago Business article…
When it comes to backing women founders, Chicago venture funds Pritzker Group and Lightbank lead the country.
That’s the word from Jeremy Stanley, the top data scientist at Instacart, who analyzed 700 venture fundings between 2009 and 2013 as reported to the Crunchbase database. Stanley went looking for the firms most supportive of female founders in the wake of a recent scandal in which a San Francisco venture capitalist was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward women founders.
Pritzker Group Venture Capital finished first. The firm, started by J.B. Pritzker and his brother, Tony, has backed companies such as Chicago-based Eved, GiveForward, Built In and Sittercity, as well as Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. in Santa Monica, Calif. […]
Says Matt McCall, a partner at Pritzker Group: You can’t have 43 percent of business school classes be made up of women and have them account for only 10 percent of companies funded. “I’ve been saying for a while that this is the era of the female entrepreneur.”
* On to the next smallish oppo dump…
MMPI under Kennedy had predominantly male leadership, of the 12 people at SVP level or higher in 2010, nine were male.
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