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Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership

The Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership honors an outstanding individual who, through his/her work, has demonstrated the principles of ethical leadership. The award is presented at the annual Hendrickson Forum.

2014 Award Recipient

The 2014 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership will be awarded to Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O'Lakes, Inc., the second largest cooperative in the nation which does business in the U.S. and more than 50 countries and has sales of over $14 billion.

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.

Award Criteria

Nominees for the Award will be ethical leaders that reflect and have demonstrated the following principles noted in Doing Right in a Shrinking World by Brother Louis DeThomasis and Neal St. Anthony:

  • an attitude that embraces diversity, differences and ambiguity
  • an appreciation for the gift of globally diverse cultures including our own
  • a creative imagination that leads not to change, but to transformation
  • the language of stewardship and abundance that transcends ideology
  • an acceptance of and enthusiasm for the positive integration of faith and finance;
  • an unwavering commitment to do good and to give more, and
  • faith that the outcome of giving more is that we receive more for ourselves, and for all of humankind.

Nominees should demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Makes a significant contribution to the community
  • Employs ethical approaches that are innovative or creative, whether for a business or the community
  • Provides an example of an ethical decision that was in some way transformational for others (employees, customers, volunteers, the community) and the resources and influence used to accomplish this
  • Serves as a role model for young and emerging ethical leaders


The medal may be presented to any individual who is an ethical business leader and lives in the 11-county Twin Cities area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties) or the three-county Winona area (Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties).

Those not eligible for this award include employees, current students and those involved in governance, on a paid or volunteer basis, of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.