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November 11, 2016

Values-Based Leadership | World-Class Organizations

Building the Best: How Values-Based Leaders Create World-Class Organizations

No one wants to settle for good enough.

We want to be the best possible leader, guiding the most effective team; we want our company to be the best partner for our customers and clients, and the best investment for our shareholders. When we think of our own legacy, we hope to make our best possible contribution to society.

So how do we become the best?

Author, prValues Based Leadership | Harry Kraemerofessor, and former Baxter CEO Harry Kraemer Jr. draws from research and his extensive leadership background to identify the principles of world-class, values-based organizations. His findings show that becoming the best starts with the mindset of the individual leader, and expands from there.

Join Kraemer at our next Senior Executive Roundtable for a powerful session designed to help you build exceptional, world-class organizations – starting with your role as a values-based leader. Our interactive, executive-level session will help you master the principles of values-based leadership, so you can build a thriving organization where people flourish and together achieve extraordinary results.


Friday, November 11
1 pm to 4:30 pm
Benedictine University – Lisle, IL
$175/pp | group discounts available

Harry Kraemer, Jr. is professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. Additionally, he is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), one of the largest private equity firms in the United States where he consults with CEOs and other senior executives of companies in MDP’s extensive portfolio. Harry is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a multi-billion-dollar global healthcare company.

Kraemer is the author of two best-selling books:

CEO Panel

We’ll put values-based leadership to the test in conversations with two top executives. Our CEO Panel will explore “The Leader’s Role in Values-Based Leadership.” Panelists are:

Joe Kanfer | GOJO Industries

Kate Bensen | The Chicago Network

Joe Kanfer
CEO, GOJO Industries

Kanfer leads GOJO Industries, the inventors of Purell and other leading hygiene and skin care products. Kanfer also leads Startvest Partners, which develops biotech startups in Israel, and HeadSense, a company focused on measuring inter-cranial pressure and concussion.

Kate Benson
CEO, The Chicago Network

Bensen leads The Chicago Network, an association of the city’s leading professional women. Previously, Bensen led the nonprofit capacity building practice for Conlon Public Strategies and was a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, specializing in corporate and public finance.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors:

Event Sponsor | Spraying Systems Event Sponsor | Magnetrol
Spraying Systems Co. 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.

Upcoming Dates

Previous Events

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Register for November 11, 2016

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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”

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: