2017 Hendrickson Forum

Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership Forum

Once a year, an internationally recognized speaker comes to the Twin Cities to engage Saint Mary’s faculty, staff, and students, and the local business community in conversation. From global migration to microfinance, world-altering events to the new world order, the Hendrickson Forum is a venue for thought-provoking information. Also at the Forum, a local leader receives the Hendrickson Institute Medal for Ethical Leadership and speaks briefly about their professional experiences.

Hendrickson Forum 2017

What's Next? Making Sense of a Global Economy
with Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
11 a.m. Registration and Networking
11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch, Program, Q&A

Saint Mary's University Center
2540 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Cost and Registration:
$50 General Admission
$25 Saint Mary's Alumni and Employees
$10 Students

Advance registration is required for this luncheon event, please register online.

Questions may be directed to Sabrina Kelly at skelly@smumn.edu or 612-238-4507.

Keynote Address

Zanny Minton Beddoes, the first female editor-in-chief of The Economist, will share her perspective on the global economy Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis for the 10th annual Hendrickson Forum. The Hendrickson Forum is sponsored by Saint Mary’s Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

This year marks the 10th annual Hendrickson Forum event—one of the university’s premier events. Minton Beddoes will join a distinguished roster of former speakers: Jon Huntsman, Jr., James Stavridis, Sheila Bair, Ian Bremmer, Sue Gardner, Jacqueline Novogratz, Dr. Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, John Howard, and John Micklethwait. While the topics have varied by year, themes have centered on ethical business leadership in our increasingly global economy.

More about the Speaker:


As The Economist’s editor-in-chief and former Washington editor, economics editor, and business affairs editor, Zanny Minton Beddoes delivers unmatched insights and global perspective on the various economic elements at work in presentations that are constantly evolving along with global economic conditions and circumstances.

Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 as an emerging-markets correspondent before becoming business editor, and then editor-in-chief. Previously, she spent two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and prior to that worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland.

Her work has earned two of the highest journalist honors obtainable—a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for economic journalism and Journalist of the Year, awarded by the Wincott Foundation for financial journalism. She has also been published in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, has testified before Congress on the introduction of the euro, and is a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Committee for Economic Development and a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

A frequent TV and radio commentator, Minton Beddoes is a contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, and To the Point with Warren Olney. She has also appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher, Charlie Rose, PBS NewsHour, and Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.

At the Hendrickson Forum, Minton Beddoes will discuss the interplay of democracy, demography, technology, energy, and government policies as the ultimate drivers of economic change. Her presentation will outline her prospects for further economic recovery, how the economy and policy will evolve, and points to why shale gas, cheap energy, and big data will be significant players.

2016 Global Leadership: Our Future with China

Jon Huntsman, Jr., former Governor of Utah (2005–2009) and former United States Ambassador to China (2009–2011) presented "Global Leadership: Our Future with China." Huntsman shared his keen insights behind modern news headlines—from China and the economy to business abroad, as well as intellectual property protection.


Our Future with China: Question-and-Answer Session

2015 The Ethics of Cyber Security

James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and Retired U.S. Navy Admiral,  presented "The Ethics of Cyber Security." He brought to light how in our increasingly connected world, we digitally share more and more of our personal information, the security risks that brings, and what can be done at the business, national, and international levels to ensure our data security.


2014 Main Street Versus Wall Street

Sheila Bair, former chair of the FDIC, presented "Main Street vs. Wall Street and the New Financial Paradigm." Named second most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, Bair challenged “too big to fail” institutions on behalf of “Main Street.” Bair addressed turning short-term gratification into long-term economic stability, producing value to generate meaningful economic gains, and looking toward global challenges.


2013 Rocking the World Order

Dr. Ian Bremmer, president, of Eurasia Group, presented "Rocking the World Order: How Changing Politics, Economics, and Geography Impact Us." He addressed the seismic shifts taking place in the world order that affect the global economy and rise (and fall) of nations. He shared what experts track and also precautions people can take.


2012 Why Wikipedia Matters

Sue Gardner, executive director of Wikimedia Foundation, presented "Why Wikipedia Matters." With nearly half a billion readers at the time, Wikipedia’s regarded as the most popular encyclopedia in human history. Gardner discussed how Wikipedia has changed access to information and what the future might hold.


Why Wikipedia Matters: Question-and-Answer Session

2011 Social Capitalism

Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund, presented "Social Capitalism: An ‘App’ to Fight Poverty." Novogratz reported on Acumen’s progress in addressing practical health, food, and business issues based on her extensive international experience. Her empowering approach brought about change in global aid and development in the U.S. and abroad.


Social Capitalism: Question-and-Answer Session

2010 Global Migration

Dr. Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, professor of globalization and education at New York University, presented "Global Migration: Best Practices for Business and Society in a Changing World." At the time, one in every 35 people traveling via plane were working, living, or moving across national borders. Suarez-Orozco discussed modern migration and the profound implications for individuals, businesses, and society.


Global Migration: Question-and-Answer Session

2009 Leadership in a Global Economy

John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia, presented "Leadership in a Global Economy." Howard discussed the role of world leaders in a new century, events addressing the growing concerns of globalization and global economics, the environment, and threats to international security. He explained ways and the degrees to which China, India, and the Pacific Rim may participate.


Leadership in a Global Economy: Question-and-Answer Session

2008 Globalization and the Economy of the Future

John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief of The Economist, presented "Globalization and the Economy of the Future." He provided a briefing on the world’s economy with commentary on globalization, where it’s headed, and opportunities for positive impact.


Globalization and the Economy of the Future: Question-and-Answer Session

Medal for Ethical Leadership

During 2017, the 10th anniversary of the Hendrickson Forum at Saint Mary's, we're celebrating and honoring the previous years’ recipients.


Inge Thulin, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of 3M


Mary Brainerd, president and CEO, HealthPartners


Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes


Doug Baker, Jr., chair and CEO of Ecolab, Inc.


Yvonne Cheung Ho, CEO of MEDA (retired)


Richard Davis, president of U.S. Bancorp


Dr. Eric J. Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota


Charles Denny, president and CEO of ADC Telecommunications (retired)


Warren and Mary Lynn Staley, CEO of Cargill (retired) and philanthropists

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 metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, or Wright counties) or the three-county Winona area (Olmsted, Wabasha, or 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.

About the Hendrickson Institute

The Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership is a center for excellence at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for the formation of ethical leadership skills in our students and our community. By providing a forum for the exploration of ethical issues, the institute supports the university’s mission to "awaken, nurture, and empower learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.”

Through intense inquiry on issues of ethical leadership and by fostering personal relationships, the institute is a resource for our students and our communities to explore, examine, and discover the truths in the world around us and the character within each of us.

Hendrickson Forum Sponsors:

For information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 Hendrickson Forum, please contact Senior Development Director Annette Roth at aroth@smumn.edu or 612-728-5199.