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Luncheon: Edwin Eisendrath, CEO of the Chicago Sun Times & Jesse White, Secretary of State

Edwin Eisendrath and special guest Jesse White

A lifelong Chicagoan, Edwin Eisendrath is a creative leader who gets things done. He has successfully innovated across the public, private, and independent sectors to create value — social value as well as economic.

In 2017, he led the effort to save the Chicago Sun-Times from being purchased by the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and is now CEO of Sun-Times Media.  During his first year at the helm of the company, he led efforts to rebrand the paper, to restructure the business, and to improve company financial performance while investing more in journalism.  Eisendrath brings to that role a lifetime of civic engagement, a deep understanding of the city and a passion to deliver news that matters to the people of Chicago and Illinois. 

Prior to taking the helm at the Sun-Times, Edwin spent many years traveling to the middle east.  As managing partner of StrateSphere LLC and, prior to that as Managing Director at Huron Consulting Group, he pioneered the design and implementation of complex and fit-for-purpose public private partnerships in the areas of education, innovation and economic transformation. 

Previously, Eisendrath was the Federal Administrative Receiver who led the turnaround of several troubled public housing authorities, including right here in Chicago. He has served as regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as a Chicago alderman and as a teacher in Chicago’s schools. Eisendrath also is a member of the Writers Guild of America. 

Education: Master of Arts, Teaching, National College of Education, Chicago, Illinois; Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Eisendrath lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood with his wife, Jennifer Schulze, where they raised their three children.

Jesse White is Illinois' 37th Secretary of State. On November 4, 2014, White was re-elected to a

 record-breaking fifth term, winning another landslide victory by a 2-to-1 margin in which he earned over 2.3 million votes statewide – more than 230,000 votes than any other statewide constitutional candidate. White became Illinois' longest serving Secretary of State on May 30, 2014.


Moderator: Osei David Andrews Hutchinson, Past Governor for Rotary District 6450
Speaker Host: Adam Helman
Higher Thought: Marshall Schmitt
Sargent at Arms: Marga Hewko
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12:10 PM until 1:20 PM
Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL  60604

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