Penn Club of Chicago Presents: Making Creative Ambitions A Reality

Date and Time
Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00pm— 9:00pm
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Making Creative Ambitions a Reality - Perspectives from Architecture, Law, and Entrepreneurship

Thursday, September 26 at 6:00p.m.

Join Penn Club Chicago and the Penn alumni community for an informative and robust discussion about finding creative ways to overcome career obstacles, with perspectives from distinguished alumni in entrepreneurship, architecture, and civic law.

We are thrilled to welcome Eddie, Mike, Jim, and Paul for this incredible panel discussion. Don't miss this exciting event!

Ticket Pricing: PCOC members and their guests: $5 | Non-PCOC members: $15
*Registration closes on September 13.


Event Timeline:
- 6:00 PM : Registration/Networking, with hors d'ouevres & non-alcoholic beverages
- 7:00 PM : Presentation
- 8:00 PM : Post Reception

Location: Perkins & Will, top of Wrigley Building, 410 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 1600 Chicago, Illinois 60611



Michael Palmer, Principal, Architect at Perkins & Will

Michael is an architect and principal with Perkins and Will in Chicago. He is widely recognized for his expertise in leading the design teams of large, complex projects, including office, mixed-use and educational facilities. Mike’s completed and awarded projects include the waterfront Northwestern University Ryan/Walter Athletics Center, the all-women Princess Nora University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Chicago’s Block 37 office tower and high-rise Jones High School. Continue reading...


James T. Derico, Jr., Cook County Circuit Court Judge

James is currently a Circuit Court Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County. Prior to taking the bench, Jim was the owner and founding partner of Derico & Associates, PC, where he has worked for over 25 years. In his previous work, Mr. Derico was an Associate Attorney at Gardner, Carton & Douglas, in-house Corporate Attorney for the BorgWarner Corporation, and Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. Continue reading...


Eduardo Cisneros, Founder, Inspírate

Eduardo Cisneros is the founder of “Inspírate,” or “Inspire Yourself,” an independent coaching and corporate training practice. Prior to becoming a certified Executive Coach, his career included leadership roles at multiple Fortune 500s including GE, UnitedHealth Group and, most recently, as a Vice President at DaVita. He was also part of two startups, one of which he co-founded and both of which were focused on improving the healthcare system. Continue reading...


Paul Preissner, Architect and Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture

Paul Preissner is an Adjunct Associate Professor who runs Paul Preissner Architects, which is located in Chicago and is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture. He has written a few essays about architecture for publications including Volume, Clog, PLOT, and NewCity. Preissner’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Buenos Aires International Biennale of Architecture, and the Rotterdam Biennale, and is a part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.