Olympian & Innovation Catalyst to Join Ace Hardware Global Chair at Cultivating a Culture of Innovation

Amber Johnson Press Release

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Executive Event is a Partnership between Chicago Conscious Capitalism Chapter and Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership



CHICAGO:  Olympic silver medalist John Coyle, now a senior vice president with innovation agency Maddock Douglas, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at an April 4th event designed for senior leaders. Coyle will be joined by David Ziegler, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ace Hardware Corporation.

The event is the first partnership between the Chicago Chapter of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University.

Coyle will help attendees explore the characteristics of organizations that excel in fast-changing environments and the role culture plays in being able to respond to the market place in innovative products and services. As a leader with Maddock Douglas, Coyle and his colleagues have helped over 25 percent of the Fortune 100 innovate for success.

Ziegler will share how innovative responses to economic challenges and competition led Ace Hardware through the recession to find a growth path that defies expectations.

WHAT               Purpose, Values, Resilience, Results: Cultivating a Culture of Innovation

WHEN              Friday, April 4th  |   1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  |  $115/pp

WHERE            Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago

“Leaders today face seemingly intractable challenges and know they need constant innovation to conquer new markets and shape a positive future,” says Dr. Jim Ludema, director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership. “This event will offer powerful ideas for driving innovation and equipping companies to thrive.”

Finding the capacity to thrive is grounded in a company’s higher purpose, says Thea Polancic, chair of the Conscious Capitalism Chapter of Chicago, “We know purpose, values, and resilience shape a company’s ability to innovate and unlock potential. Together we’ll explore how these connections are made.”

More information available at www.cvdl.org/innovation or www.consciouscapitalism.org.

Contact Amber Johnson at amberjohnson@ben.edu for more information or to register for this event.


About Conscious Capitalism

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Conscious Capitalism is an idea, a movement, an approach to conducting business and an organization dedicated to advancing all of these. Conscious Capitalism exists to elevate humanity. For more information about the Chicago Chapter visit www.facebook.com/ChiConscCap.


About the Center for Values-Driven Leadership

PrintThe Center for Values-Driven Leadership offers research, education, and outreach opportunities to help business leaders forge new paths to profitability. It is a gathering place where top executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders come together to innovate at the forefront of values-driven business practice. More information about the Center can be found at www.cvdl.org or by calling 630-829-6225.

About Benedictine University

Founded in 1887, Benedictine University is a Catholic University in the Benedictine tradition providing a values-centered education designed to prepare people from diverse backgrounds for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible leaders in the world community.

The University offers a wide array of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through its five colleges: the College of Business, the College of Education and Health Services, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science, and the Margaret and Harold Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. More information about Benedictine University can be found at www.ben.edu.

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