Forum Archive Past Speakers 2015 Speaker: Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, and former U.S. European Commander Hendrickson Medal Recipient: Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners+ More Admiral James Stavridis, United States Navy (Retired) is the former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, and former U.S. European Commander, overseeing operations on three continents (2009-2013). He provides top-level information and strategies to leaders and citizens who must address critical challenges: Cybersecurity: Cyber criminals know no boundaries and are fundamentally changing the world. How does this impact business, personal life, and the global marketplace? “Smart power”: What alliances and coalitions do we need to create a secure nation, government, and business community? A highly decorated Navy admiral and the longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military, James Stavridis is widely recognized for his expertise in strategy, tactics, diplomacy, national security, and strategic communications. Stavridis is now the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He provides regular global affairs and security commentary in a variety of publications, ranging from The Washington Post and Foreign Policy to The Atlantic. He is also author of The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO (October 2014). He holds numerous honors, including nearly 40 U.S. and international medals. From The Accidental Admiral: “The world is a diverse and complex place, and single-point ‘silver bullet’ solutions for its problems will almost always fail. Unilateral action is usually a disappointment; alliances, friendships and partnerships are everything. We must apply international, inter-agency, and public-private connections in creating security in the 21st Century.” 2014 Speaker: Sheila Bair, Chair of the Systemic Risk Council Hendrickson Medal Recipient: Chris Policinski+ More Bair is former head of the FDIC, current chair of the Systemic Risk Council and author of Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself. Sheila C. Bair served as the 19th Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for a 5-year term, June 2006-June 2011. As FDIC Chair, Bair presided over a tumultuous period in the nation’s financial sector, working to bolster public confidence and system stability. Determined not to turn to taxpayer borrowing during the crisis, the FDIC managed its losses and liquidity needs entirely through its traditional industry-funded resources. In response to the financial crisis, she developed innovative and stabilizing programs that provided temporary liquidity guarantees to unfreeze credit markets and increased deposit insurance limits. In 2007, she was a singular – and prescient – advocate for systematic loan modifications to stem the coming tidal wave of foreclosures. Bair also led FDIC resolution strategies to sell failing banks to healthier institutions while providing credit support of future losses from failed banks’ troubled loans. That strategy saved the Deposit Insurance Fund $40 billion over losses it would have incurred if the FDIC had liquidated those banks. She continues her work on financial policy issues as a Senior Advisor to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Bair also chairs the Systemic Risk Council (SRC) a public interest group of prominent former government officials and leading financial experts which monitors implementation of financial reforms. Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership Recipient The 2014 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership was awarded to Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O'Lakes, Inc. Chris has over 30 years of experience in the food industry, and joined Land O’Lakes in 1997, and was appointed President and CEO in 2005. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes, Chris held leadership positions with Kraft General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squib and The Pillsbury Company. Chris is a member of the board of Xcel Energy and Hormel Foods. He is also a member of Board of Directors of several industry associations (Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and U.S. Global Leadership Coalition), is involved in local community boards (Greater Twin Cities United Way and Trustee of University of Minnesota Foundation) and others. Chris earned his M.B.A. degree from New York University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. 2013 Speaker: Dr. Ian Bremmer, president, Eurasia Group Hendrickson Medal Recipient: Doug Baker, Jr.+ More At the 2013 Hendrickson Forum, "Rocking the World Order: How Changing Politics, Economics and Geography Impact Us," Dr. Ian Bremmer studied the loss of leadership, especially as we’ve defined it since World War II. He and his staff analyzed global political risk, noting disparate changes in international affairs and pulled them into a coherent narrative. The Eurasia Group provides information to international government and corporate leaders, as well as via national news media. Bremmer’s most recent book is Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World. The Forum on Twin Cities Public Television “New Abnormal” Globalist Ian Bremmer looks at how changing politics, economics and geography are creating global uncertainty not seen since the end of WWII. It's not the new normal, Bremmer says, it's the new abnormal. No longer is the world ordered by a G-7 or even G-20. The world order is a G-Zero, with numerous countries of wide disparities in wealth, economic systems and priorities, which the U.S. has diminishing wherewithal--or even interest--to influence. China's rise is seminal but there are many other countries that cannot be ignored. Businesses must find their success somewhere on the continuum of "The World is Flat" ubiquity of a Coca-Cola and the "Too Big to Fail" laser focus of a Lockheed. Why should I watch? hear what top leaders are learning about changes in the world order put global events into a context that’s not covered by major news sources Bremmer makes “geopolitical risk analysis” incredibly entertaining Produced by Twin Cities Public Television at the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership: Forum 2013 at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership Recipient Doug Baker, Jr., is chairman and chief executive officer of Ecolab. He has strengthened the company’s ability to achieve its purpose: making the world cleaner, safer and healthier – protecting people and vital resources. Mr. Baker has represented Ecolab at the World Economic Forum. Ecolab was listed as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Most Important Companies.” Because of his leadership commitment to core values, Ecolab has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies for the past seven years by the Ethisphere Institute. Mr. Baker is an active member of the community and, among many activities, has chaired the Greater MSP Partnership and the 2012 Twin Cities United Way fundraising campaign. 2012 Speaker: Sue Gardner, Executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation Hendrickson Medal Recipient: Yvonne Cheung Ho+ More At the 2012 Hendrickson Forum, "Why Wikipedia Matters," Sue Gardner discussed a variety of topics: Business model - How does a free service go from start-up in 2001 to one of the most accessed sites in the world in 10 years? And what's the next level? How are you planning for the next ten years? What lessons can private-sector businesses learn from Wikipedia? Access to information - What role does Wikipedia play in educating people? Is there a time/place where you foresee Wikipedia going from "resource" to "replacing the classroom"? Radicalization of information - As Wikipedia expands to more languages and greater coverage of more countries, how does it address opposing viewpoints and "revisionist" history? How does it manage to provide information under repressive regimes? What are the risks and benefits of providing unlimited access to information? Wikipedia is the only encyclopedia ever written by ordinary people. It's free of censorship and bias, and it's not trying to sell you anything. It's the largest collection of collaboratively-created content ever and, with nearly half a billion readers, it's the most popular encyclopedia in human history. Sue Gardner is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, which manages Wikipedia, one of the world's 10-most-popular sites. Since her arrival at Wikipedia, Gardner has introduced major initiatives focused on organizational maturity, long-term sustainability, and increased participation, reach, and quality of the Foundation's free-knowledge projects. Ms. Gardner was formerly head of CBC.CA, the internet platform for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's radio, TV, and new media public broadcaster and the nation's largest journalistic organization. Under her leadership, CBC.CA experienced a historic audience surge and launched many new major multimedia technologies, including podcasting, breaking news alerts, live event blogging, and many forms of user interaction. Since beginning her career in 1990 at the now-classic radio program As It Happens, Ms. Gardner has worked in all forms of media to create high-quality, award-winning programming. As a journalist, she specialized in pop culture, social issues and media analysis, covering stories such as manipulation of the news media during the first Gulf War, the rise of gated communities in California, the racial implications of the return of the death penalty to New York, the dawn of interactive media, and the rise and fall of rave culture in the UK. Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership Recipient Yvonne Cheung Ho is president and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA). She is a humble and collaborative leader devoted to strengthening MEDA as it nourishes a strong, multi-cultural business community, with particular support for entrepreneurs of color. An acknowledged expert who provides timely information and gives voice to sometimes under-represented viewpoints, she is involved in groups such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Small Business and Labor Committee, and the Governor’s Task Force on Small Business Capital Formation. Ms. Cheung Ho is an active volunteer and board member. She serves as an inspirational role model for emerging leaders, especially young women. 2011 Speaker: Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund and author of The Blue Sweater Hendrickson Medal Recipient: Richard Davis+ More Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. For her work with Acumen, Ms. Novogratz was named a TIME magazine "Responsibility Pioneer," recognized for her work in changing the world for the better. The Daily Beast named her one of the "25 Smartest People of the Decade" and Foreign Policy recognized her as one of the world's "Top 100 Global Thinkers." Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership Recipient Richard Davis, chairman, president and CEO of U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, was the 2011 recipient of the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership. His conservative and ethical approach to banking principles was a cornerstone of stability for the company during turbulent times. As the wisdom of his decisions became evident, he has been recognized within the national banking industry as an ethical leader who has wisdom to offer. Mr. Davis engages others to contribute and participate, from the United Way to building homes to supporting the arts, and especially to giving young people opportunities through his advocacy of summer employment programs. 2010 Speaker: Dr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, University Professor of Globalization & Education at New York University Hendrickson Medal Recipient: Dr. Eric J. Jolly+ More Dr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco is a distinguished scholar and lecturer on immigration, globalization and education. He is the co-founder of the Harvard Immigration Projects and is currently the Richard Fisher Membership Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University. Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership Recipient Dr. Eric J. Jolly is president of the Science Museum of Minnesota, where he works to increase the museum’s impact among diverse cultural communities and families. He initiated “RACE: Are We so Different?,” the first nationally traveling exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural and historical points of view; and has inspired hundreds of Racial Healing Talking Circles. Dr. Jolly is a dedicated mentor and inspires achievement in science education while publishing numerous articles, books, and curricula; and lecturing around the world on the importance of science learning in contemporary societies. He also enjoys sharing his grandmother’s story about basket making while weaving a basket in the Cherokee tradition. 2009 Speaker: John Howard, Former Prime Minister of Australia Hendrickson Medal Recipient: Charles Denny+ More As the Prime Minister of Australia from March 1996 until December 2007, the Honorable John Winston Howard served a distinctively Western role in the Asian-Pacific Rim. Mr. Howard approached his responsibilities from a global viewpoint, providing economic vision and security strategies that raised Australia's profile and impact around the world as well as improving economic stability at home. During Mr. Howard's tenure: Ten of the 12 annual budgets produced by the Howard government were in surplus and $96 billion of federal government debt was repaid. Economic growth averaged 3.6 percent per annum and the unemployment rate sank to a 33-year low of 4.3 percent. Extensive trade expansion with the nations of Asia created new markets, particularly the development of the relationship with China, which is now Australia's largest export market. Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership Recipient Charles Denny was the Chair and CEO of ADC Telecommunications, Inc. Committed to equity and justice, he provided jobs through Project for Pride in Living Industries and decades of volunteer work in the non-profit sector. He has served on the board of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Humphrey Institute Dean’s Advisory Council, the Caux Round Table, the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union Foundation and the Mayo Clinic Regional Council. An insightful writer, he helped generate a legacy of written ethical guidelines for corporations, including the “Minnesota Principles,” as well as through his research and writing as a recipient of the Louis W. Hill, Jr. Fellowship. 2008 Speaker: John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist Hendrickson Medal Recipients: Warren & Mary Lynn Staley+ More John Micklethwait is one of the world's foremost authorities on globalization – how it works and where it's headed – and a leading proponent of its positive impact and potential. He is the coauthor/coeditor of two books on globalization: A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization and Globalisation: Making sense of an integrating world. Mr. Micklethwait is also an expert on American business and culture, and on American politics and American foreign and defense policy. He was head of the magazine's U.S. section from 1999 to 2006. He is the coauthor, with Adrian Wooldridge, of The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America.Mr. Micklethwait is currently editor-in-chief of The Economist, the world's leading business and current affairs weekly. He is a winner of the Wincott Award, Britain's leading prize for financial journalism.He has appeared on television and radio throughout the world and written op-ed articles for the world's premier print news journals. His book, The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, was named one of the ten best books of 2003 by BusinessWeek. Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership Recipients Together and individually, Warren and Mary Lynn Staley have made significant contributions to the Twin Cities area. Mary Lynn Staley is an active participant in numerous philanthropic efforts, including co-chairing the 2002 campaign for the Greater Twin Cities United Way; serving on the board of governors of KARE-TV’s Eleven Who Care; on the board of advisors of Opportunity International, one of the world’s leading microfinance organizations; and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Durban, South Africa, and Vera Cruz, Mexico. A former teacher, Ms. Staley remains committed to organizations that serve children. Warren Staley is the former chief executive officer of Cargill, Inc. He employed ethical approaches that are innovative and creative, as exemplified by his passion for developing leaders: by championing the Leadership Academy at Cargill, Inc., he was able to influence the culture throughout the corporation, often using his own leadership as an example. Mr. Staley has volunteered with Mary Lynn and in additional organizations, including long-term support of Junior Achievement and as chairman of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation.