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.
2019 Keynote: Cokie Roberts
Political Commentator, ABC News and NPR
Regular Guest on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski
Former Co-Anchor, This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts
Renowned journalist, Cokie Roberts, named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress (2008), is one of the most esteemed and brilliant broadcast journalists of our time. A New York Times bestselling author, trusted historian on women in America and a sought-after political commentator, Cokie continues to be one of the most popular speakers on the lecture circuit today. In addition to her award-winning political reporting, Cokie serves on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including the National Archives Foundation, the Mayo Clinic, and Save the Children, with whom she has traveled the world and seen the devastation of children living in poverty. She can provide poignant, first-hand accounts on these global issues and on the humanitarian and development efforts of both the private sector and the U.S. government. She is a true champion of causes for women and children around the world and offers presentations that are well researched, thoughtful and truly inspiring.
† Saint Mary's University mourns the loss of this pioneer journalist and political commentator, accomplished author, and witty speaker. We are forever grateful we were able to hear her phenomenal presentation during our 2019 Hendrickson Forum. Her message continues to inspire us all to do more.
2019 Weaving the Social Safety Net at Home and Around the World
Renowned journalist, Cokie Roberts, named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress (2008), is one of the most esteemed and brilliant broadcast journalists of our time.
2018 Innovation Culture: Dare to risk more, fail faster, and seize opportunities
International best-selling author and global consultant Jackie Freiberg is dedicated to helping companies and organizations foster work environments where innovation is a product of risk taking, facing failures and seizing opportunities, all while empowering employees to do their best work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership
Brad Hewitt, former CEO of Thrivent Financial
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 Brad Hewitt, former CEO of Thrivent Financial.
Hewitt joined Thrivent Financial in 2003, was named COO in 2008 and CEO in 2010. Hewitt retired in 2018. In retirement, Hewitt has still found ways to give back to his community. He currently serves as vice chair of the board for Habitat for Humanity International and volunteers as chair of the Itasca Project, an employer-led, cross-sector collaborative group that works to improve the quality of life for all in the Twin Cities. Hewitt also gives his time to Christian nonprofit UpWorks, volunteering as a Life Advocate and helping men who are coming out of addiction or prison get back into society using their God-given talents.
Rhoda Olsen, Vice chair of the Great Clips, Inc. Board of Directors
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
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 2019 Hendrickson Forum, please contact Senior Development Director Annette Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-728-5199.