CEO & Executive Roundtables


Friday, November 9, 2018

1:30 pm to 5 pm

Benedictine University
Lisle, IL

$175 pp, group discounts available

Sponsorship is available for this event.

Contact Amber Johnson,
or 630.829.2173,
for more information. 

Senior Executive Roundtable with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson | Positive Emotions | Broaden & BuildDr. Fredrickson’s pioneering research is clear: positive emotions make you a better leader; they make you smarter, happier, healthier, and more productive at work and at home.  

They also build positive connections in teams and across your organization, which lead to trust, creativity, innovation, commitment, and flourishing organizational cultures.  The results are happier, healthier, more productive people; satisfied customers, and high performance that is sustained over time.

Join us on Friday, November 9th for our Senior Executive Roundtable, Positive Leadership & Lasting Change: How Positive Emotions Make You a Better Leader, Strengthen Relationships, and Create Enduring Cultures of Excellence.  

Led by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, one of the 20 most influential living psychologists and the world’s leading scholar on positive emotions, we’ll learn not only the power of positive emotions, but also how to create them in order to build personal and organizational strengths and ensure enduring change. Dr. Fredrickson will present two sessions drawn from her extensive research:


Session 1:
How Small Interactions Yield Big Results for Positive Relationships That Foster Commitment, Trust, & Flourishing Organizations

Session 2:
Lasting Impact: How Positive Emotions Help People and Organizations Boost Performance and Sustain Strategic Change


10th Anniversary | Center for Values-Driven LeadershipOur Senior Executive Roundtables are exceptionally high-quality learning experiences that blend cutting-edge research, spirited interaction, and practical tools and resources that you can use on Monday morning to elevate your leadership and achieve your strategic goals, at work and at home. This roundtable is part of the Center's 10th Anniversary Celebration. Stay tuned for more on the events related to our anniversary.

About Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., is the Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There she also directs the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory.

Among the most highly cited scholars in psychology, Barbara Fredrickson is most known for her “broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions,” foundational within Positive Psychology for providing a blueprint for how pleasant emotional states, as fleeting as they are, contribute to resilience, wellbeing, and health.

Dr. Fredrickson has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, and her general audience books, Positivity (2009) and Love 2.0 (2013) have been translated for more than 30 foreign markets. Dr. Fredrickson’s research has received funding by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NCI, NIA, NCCIM, NIMH, NINR) and has been recognized with numerous honors, including the 2017 Tang Prize for Achievements in Psychology, awarded to recognize exceptional career contributions to the well-being of humanity.

In 2014, she was identified as the 13th most influential psychologist alive today contributing to counseling psychology. Through her free Coursera course (with 185,000 learners), and her books, her work influences scholars and practitioners worldwide, within education, business, healthcare, the military, and beyond.

Dr. Fredrickson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota (1986). She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University (1990), with a minor in organizational behavior, and post-doctoral training in psychophysiology from the University of California at Berkeley (1990-1992). Prior to joining the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, she held faculty positions at Duke University and the University of Michigan.

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.

For more information contact Amber Johnson at

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

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

Tom Carmazzi, CEO, Tuthill Corporation

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

Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

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

Barbara Kellerman, Harvard University, Kennedy School

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

Robert Quinn, founder, Center for Positive Organizations at University of Michigan

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 Health
  • Baxter International
  • BeFoundOnline – former event sponsor
  • Benedictine University
  • Bison Gear & Engineering
  • Calamos
  • Clarke – former event sponsor
  • Elkay Manufacturing
  • Equity Group Investments LLC
  • EW Scripps Company
  • Fairwyn Investments
  • First Alert – former event sponsor
  • Ford Motor Company
  • 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
  • KPMG
  • Magellan Corporation – former event sponsor
  • 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
  • Stericyle
  • Spraying Systems Co. – former event sponsor
  • SurveyGizmo
  • Tata Services
  • Tellabs
  • Texas Health Resources
  • The Financial Group
  • Tru Vue, Inc.
  • Tuthill Corporation
  • US Cellular
  • USG
  • Vaya Group

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