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March 31, 2017

Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate & Compete in the Knowledge Economy

Amy Edmondson | Harvard | Teaming

Teaming is a verb – and it’s the action word your company needs to compete in today’s knowledge economy.

In complex business environments, companies win or lose by creating wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts. Individuals working as a team are more innovative, more strategic, and more effective than individuals working a part.

Join us at the next Senior Executive Roundtable, where Harvard Business School professor Dr. Amy Edmondson, the leading global expert on teaming, will show us how to drive results through teams. Spoiler alert: it’s not the organizational structure that makes teams effective.

Move past org charts and hierarchies, and discover how teams are today’s most powerful organizing structure for any company. Learn the mindset and practices of teamwork that make exceptional coordination and collaboration possible. Discover how to accelerate your learning so you can bring fresh ideas to market faster than ever before. Find new ways to work across functional divides and geographic boundaries to exceed expectations and earn the strategic results your company needs.

Friday, March 31, 2017
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Benedictine University – Lisle, IL
$175/pp | group discounts available (contact


About Our Speaker

Amy C. Edmondson

Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management
Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community

Dr. Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society.

Edmondson is a global thought leader on the topic of management, culture, and teams. Her articles have been published in Harvard Business Review and many leading academic journals. Her books explore teamwork in dynamic, unpredictable work environments. In recognition of her contribution, Edmondson was named to the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers, teaches and writers on leadership, teams and organizational learning in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Her most recent books include Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy and Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2012, 2103); and Building the future: Big teaming for audacious innovation (Berrett-Koehler, 2016).

Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors:

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Clarke Magnetrol International

About the Senior Executive Roundtables

The Senior Executive Roundtables are an ongoing series designed to inform and inspire senior executives who are committed to leading at the intersection of ethics, sustainability and business results.

These invitation-only events are for senior executives – Presidents, CEOs, C-level Executives, and others – who are committed to strategic, values-driven leadership. They are ‘roll-up your sleeves’ learning experiences that utilize a dynamic mix of presentation and interaction, giving you and your senior team a new perspective on the leadership and direction of your company.

Previous Events

Find a photo gallery of our most recent event at this link.

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Register for March 31, 2017


Contact Amber Johnson at to learn about group discount rates and event sponsorship.

Bring Your Leadership Team

The CVDL’s Roundtables are specifically designed to accommodate leadership teams. By bringing your senior team, your organization will:

  • Gain access to top name thinkers and authors at a fraction of the cost of hosting the speaker on your own;
  • Start conversations and spark innovation organization-wide;
  • Quickly identify transferable concepts and leave the Roundtable with action steps in place;
  • Meet and exchange ideas with executives from other companies while still having time for deep-diving into valuable conversations with your team.

“Bringing my leadership team to the Roundtable was like a one-day intensive retreat: we left with new ideas we were ready to implement as a team.”

– Jeff Swallow, CEO, Magnetrol

Unable to bring a team? No problem. The CVDL will place you at a table of your peers, ensuring exceptional networking opportunities and vibrant conversation in a hands-on learning environment.

Previous Speakers


The Center for Values-Driven Leadership brings the world’s leading experts together with top executives to create a dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Previous speakers at the Senior Executive Roundtables include:

Kevin Ashton, MIT-technologist, serial entrepreneur, and best-selling author of How to Fly a Horse

Bruce Avolio, Mark Pigott Chair in Business Strategic Leadership and the Executive Director of the Foster Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington

Maureen Beal, CEO of National Van Lines, one of the U.S.’s largest woman-owned businesses

Mike Birck, Chairman and founder of telecommunications firm Tellabs

Frank Barrett, associate professor of management and organizational behavior at the Naval Post Graduate Academy

Richard Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University and author of Resonant Leadership and Primal Leadership

Julie Brautigam, director of sustainability, ethics and compliance at Baxter International

Jacqueline Cambata, President, StarPort Aviation

Abby Cheesman, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Skill Scout

Kim Cameron, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan

John Coyle, senior vice president and innovation-catalyst at Maddock Douglas

Stu Hart, SC Johnson Chair for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University and founder of Enterprise for a Sustainable World.

JoAnn Jackson, Vision Realization Officer, Integrated Project Management

Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future

Jason Kolb, Chief Technology Officer, Uptake

Jim Kouzes, leadership expert and bestselling author of “Credibility”

Harry Kraemer, former CEO of Baxter International and bestselling author

Bill Pasmore, Visiting Profressor of Social-Organizational Psychology at Columbia University

Bill Pollard, former CEO of ServiceMaster and a best-selling author

David Small, VP of global learning for McDonald’s Corporation

Raj Sisodia, F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and the Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College

Paul Spiegelman, CEO of BerylHealth and Inc. magazine columnist

Julie Reiter, VP of HR at Clarke

Tom Walter, CEO and co-founder of Tasty Catering, and author of It’s My Company Too!

David Ziegler, chair of the board of directors for Ace Hardware Corporation

Roundtable Participants*


CEOs and other senior leaders from the following organizations have participated in previous Roundtables: 

  • Accenture
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Baxter International
  • Benedictine University
  • Bison Gear & Engineering
  • Clarke – former event sponsor
  • Elkay Manufacturing
  • Equity Group Investments LLC
  • EW Scripps Company
  • Fairwyn Investments
  • First Alert – former event sponsor
  • Forsythe Technology, Inc.
  • Integrated Project Management
  • Interface
  • Italian Trade Commission
  • Jarden Branded Consumables
  • Jones Lang LaSalle – former event sponsor
  • JKB Capital
  • John B Sanfilippo & Son
  • Magnetrol – former event sponsor
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Molex Inc.
  • National Van Lines
  • NES Rentals Holdings, INC
  • Performance Trust Investment Advisers, LLC
  • Pritzker Realty Group
  • RBS Citizens, NA
  • Spraying Systems Co. – former event sponsor
  • Tata Services
  • Tellabs
  • Texas Health Resources
  • The Financial Group
  • Tru Vue, Inc.
  • US Cellular
  • USG
  • Vaya Group

*Mention in this list does not guarantee attendance at future events.



Show your company’s commitment to values-driven, sustainable leadership by sponsoring a senior executive roundtable. Sponsorships are affordable ways to raise your company’s profile while also supporting the work of the Center.

Learn more about sponsorship by contacting Amber Johnson at or visit to see other opportunities for partnering with the Center for Values-Driven Leadership.

Previous Sponsors Include: