Crain’s Chicago Business, in partnership with RelSci, recently announced its list of the 100 most connected Chicago business people. We’re proud that JLL Chairman Sheila Penrose ranked 11th on that list, and caught up with her to learn more about who she connects with and why.
Why is it so important to connect?
Penrose: As business professionals, we benefit from the communities in which we live and work. Trying to contribute to those communities—whether it’s by volunteering, donating or serving on community boards—is a win for everyone. As a mentor of mine said years ago, “Don’t give until it hurts, give until it feels good.” It’s a way of saying that by getting engaged in our communities, we get more than we give.
What have been some of your most meaningful connections in the Chicago community and beyond?
Penrose: JLL is a global company meeting the needs of our clients around the world. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs brings international leaders to Chicago and creates connections, as we do in the firm. Thinking beyond business, inspiring and educating the next generation is an investment in our future. Seeing children engage in tomorrow’s world at the Museum of Science and Industry gives me confidence that we’ll thrive in an age of robotics, artificial intelligence and gene sequencing!