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 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 — 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m

Networking begins at 11 a.m.

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

$50 General Admission
$25 Alumni, Faculty, Staff
$10 Students

Includes Luncheon
Valet Parking $5

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Questions? Contact Sabrina Kelly at skelly@smumn.edu or 612-238-4507

2018 Keynote Speaker


Jackie Freiberg—business owner, renowned leadership speaker, and best-selling author—will share unconventional, business-best practices of globally admired leaders at the 2018 Hendrickson Forum on Tuesday, April 24, at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis. 

Recognized as one of the Top 30 Minds on Leadership by Leadership Excellence Magazine, Freiberg helps companies and organizations foster work environments where their employees can do their best work. 

Her presentation at the Hendrickson Forum will guide companies to build a culture that results in innovation, including valuable advice for those trying to gain momentum in today’s competitive business climate. Freiberg will discuss how organizations can harness innovation in a new way. Focusing on three critical roles for organizational success (notice, lead, and disrupt), Freiberg’s keynote will empower attendees to take on these roles and begin taking advantage of opportunities to transform new ideas into real solutions.

Freiberg is the co-author of seven award-winning books, including:

  • CAUSE! — A Business Strategy for Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness
  • NUTS! — Southwest Airlines’ crazy recipe for business and personal success
  • Be a Person of Impact! — 12 Strategies to be the CEO of Your Future
  • Do Something Now! — Be the One Who Makes Something Happen
  • BOOM! — 7 Choices for Fueling Leadership and Accountability
  • Nanovation — How a Little Car Can Teach the World to Think Big and Act Bold
  • GUTS! — Companies that Blow the Doors Off Business-As-Usual

Her articles and interviews on leadership, innovation, engagement, and the SheEconomy have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Dubai’s CapitalME, India’s Management Next, India’s Business Standard, India’s Economic Times, and India’s Financial Times.

2017 What's Next? Making Sense of a Global Economy

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.

Making Sense of a Global Economy: Question-and-Answer Session

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

2018 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership

Rhoda Olsen, Vice chair of the Great Clips, Inc. Board of Directors

Each year, the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership is presented to an individual who is an exemplary ethical leader. Saint Mary’s University will proudly present this year’s medal to Rhoda Olsen, vice chair of the Great Clips, Inc. Board of Directors. Olsen has demonstrated great commitment to and has been an outstanding leader in the Minneapolis community.

A 100-percent-franchised company with more than 4,100 salons across North America, Great Clips — under Olsen’s leadership — maintained a clear goal: customer-centered service, offering a great haircut at a great price. With extended hours and an innovative mobile app, Olsen made getting quality haircuts even more convenient for her customers.

Olsen joined Great Clips in 1984. She became CEO in 2011 and grew the chain from 1,000 locations to more than 4,000. She also pushed the business to embrace technology such as online check-in for customers. The Business Journal named Olsen its Executive of the Year in 2015. She is a former trustee of the university.


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 2018 Hendrickson Forum, please contact Senior Development Director Annette Roth at aroth@smumn.edu or 612-728-5199.