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Leadership Programs

Committed to serving society's leaders

The Hendrickson Institute’s mission is to serve current and emerging leaders of society. In addition to traditional scholarships, the Institute has developed a variety of programming on ethical leadership.

Currently the Hendrickson Institute offers programs for businesses, non-profits, the Saint Mary’s community, the Twin Cities and a national audience:

  • Hendrickson Forum for Ethical Leadership
  • Under-Told Stories Project
  • Leadership Breakfast Series
  • Minnesota Trade Office Co-Sponsorships
  • Hendrickson Institute Grants Program

In 2007 the Hendrickson Institute was moved from Winona to Minneapolis, allowing the expansion of programming within the Twin Cities community.

For more information on these and other programs, please see related links, below, or contact Barbara Hall at or (612) 238-4517.

Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership Forum

Once a year, an internationally recognized speaker comes to the Twin Cities to engage us in conversation. From global migration to micro-finance, world-altering events to the new world order, the Hendrickson Forum is a venue for thought-provoking information. Half of the speaker’s time is allocated for questions from the audience, guaranteeing a unique and lively experience. Also at the Forum, a local leader receives the Hendrickson Institute Medal for Ethical Leadership and speaks briefly about their experience. Hendrickson Forum Seminars, held prior to the Forum, address international issues at the local level. The Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership Forum was established by a generous, anonymous donation in 2007. See highlights of past Forums.

Under-Told Stories Project

Go beyond the often-depressing headlines and find out what’s right with the world. The Under-Told Stories Project shares stories from some of the world’s most remote locations through PBS NewsHour and other media organizations. Director Fred de Sam Lazaro and producer Nikki See spotlight people who are making a positive difference. To raise awareness of the local ramifications of global issues, Under-Told Stories reports from around the globe. Focus ranges widely, from education in India to food security in Africa. Use these stories to learn about the world and stimulate discussions in classrooms, conference rooms and living rooms. Watch a story now.

To learn more about specific situations, join us for an Under-Told Stories Project Forum. We engage local and international reporters and experts in a discussion with the audience. Past Forums, held in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, have included “Population in Perspective” featuring Dennis Dimick, the Executive Editor on the Environment for National Geographic Magazine, and “Fragile Nations: The Minnesota Connection” with Jina Moore, a Pulitzer Center journalist who specializes in post-conflict and human rights reporting.

Leadership Breakfast Series

Have you ever been in charge and wondered how you could be more effective? The Leadership Breakfast Series, in partnership with the ROI series at Lurie Besikof Lapidius, LLP, is a monthly breakfast forum to learn and explore a variety of dynamics impacting leadership. Some of the past topics are: "Reducing Conflict in the Workplace – A Different Approach," "Motivate through Leadership" and "Building High Performance Cultures: One Person at a Time." Speakers are experienced, knowledgeable professionals who will engage you through their presentation and open dialogue. Network with like-minded leaders, from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 company staff. For schedule and registration information, visit the Lurie Besikof Lapidius, LLP website, fax your information to (612) 377-1325 or call (612) 381-8768.

Minnesota Trade Office Co-Sponsorship

If you look outside the U.S.A. for business opportunities, join us for educational sessions sponsored through a collaborative effort with the Minnesota Trade Office, the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership and Saint Mary’s University Schools of Business and Technology. Learn about international trade and other business topics. Seminars include “Connecting the Dots on Incoterms: From Contract Negotiation, Through Delivery and Payment” and “The Export Process: An Introduction to Exporting.” The Minnesota Trade Office also supports the Hendrickson Forum Seminar by providing top-notch speakers. Check the Minnesota Trade Office Calendar.

Hendrickson Institute Grants Program

When great ideas or opportunities fall outside of specific academic programs, faculty, staff and students of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs at Saint Mary’s University may apply for the Hendrickson Institute Grants Program. Grants focus on ethical and leadership issues through a variety of projects, such as curriculum development, professional development, publications, research, organizational collaborations, speakers, special events, workshops, and professional meetings.

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