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, Saint Mary’s University’s annual Hendrickson Forum is a venue for thought-provoking information and discussion. Also at the forum, a local leader receives the Hendrickson Institute Medal for Ethical Leadership and speaks briefly about their professional experiences.

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2022 Keynote: Jonathan Haidt


Registration for the Saint Mary’s 2022 Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership Forum has closed.

Date: April 7 - 11 a.m., Registration and Networking; noon to 1:30 p.m., lunch with keynote speaker
Location: Saint Mary's Event Center, 2540 Park Ave.
Parking: Complimentary valet parking is available, and free nearby parking is available off of Oakland Avenue.


Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of morality, will specifically address the ethics of capitalism, which requires that we first understand why the left and the right disagree so sharply about what it is and what its effects are. It’s Haidt’s hope that in the 21st century, we may come to understand capitalism and the human person well enough to better control our own destiny and that “we may attain forms of capitalism that exemplify dynamism with decency.”  

Drawing on extensive research surrounding the book he is currently writing — “Three Stories about Capitalism: The moral psychology of economic life” — Haidt will help people think about capitalism, business, prosperity, and ethics, not just in North America and Europe, but in the world’s many rapidly developing countries, where he’s found great interest in understanding the relationships between morality, prosperity, and society. Any country that gets capitalism right will prosper; the costs of getting it wrong are immense. 

About Jonathan Haidt

Haidt has excelled as a teacher and public speaker. He won three teaching awards from the University of Virginia, and one from the governor of Virginia. His four TED talks have been viewed more than 7 million times. He has presented his work at the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the British Academy, and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts. He was named a “Top 100 Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine in 2012, and one of the 65 “World Thinkers of 2013” by Prospect magazine. 

Haidt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1985 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He then did postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago and in Orissa, India. He was a professor in the department of Psychology at the University of Virginia from 1995 until 2011, when he joined the NYU Stern School of Business. 
He is the author of more than 100 academic articles and four books. Haidt is the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion; The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived, and The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

2020 Virtual Keynote: Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., MPH


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.

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

2022 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership

Tony Sanneh

Each year, the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership is presented to an individual who is an exemplary ethical leader. Saint Mary’s is pleased to announce that decorated professional soccer player and local nonprofit founder, Tony Sanneh, will receive the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership. 

Sanneh played soccer professionally for 15 years and was a member of the U.S. team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. After a career in soccer, he founded The Sanneh Foundation, an organization that serves the holistic youth development needs of the increasingly diverse state of Minnesota and seeks to unite communities by advancing diversity and equity. The organization's signature program, “Dreamline,” is an academic intervention program serving low-income, under-performing students in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Saint Cloud, North St. Paul, and Burnsville to increase academic performance, improve school connectedness, and develop ethical leadership skills. 

The Sanneh Foundation has partnered with Saint Mary’s to establish the Teacher Pathway program to create a supportive, accessible way for Dreamline coaches to earn a college degree. 


Mary Jane Melendez, Chief sustainability and social impact officer for General Mills President of the General Mills Foundation.


Brad Hewitt, former CEO of Thrivent Financial


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

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 2022 Hendrickson Forum, please contact Kevin Ebben, director for strategic partnerships, at 612-238-4573 or kebben@smumn.edu.