CEO & Senior Executive Roundtables for Values-Based Leader Development

Power of Purpose III: Measuring the Economics of Purpose

An Initiative in Partnership with the International Leadership Association

Business wisdom says we manage what we measure; therefore, we want to measure what matters: purpose.

Previous Power of Purpose (POP) summits defined purpose and determined how it is enacted in our organizations. Now we want to know how to measure the results. In 2021, the International Leadership Association and Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership will host two POP events that will culminate with the publication of a book, designed as a guide for practitioners who want to establish meaningful metrics for measuring the impact of purpose in their organization.

The initiative consists of three primary events:

April 9, 2021

Half-day online event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Bob Quinn, leading scholar and author of The Economics of Higher Purpose, and a panel of executives. Quinn will help participants draw a straight line from his research to your organization’s practices.

$79/ILA member & CVDL alumni; $99 non-member

Registration link takes you to the ILA website.

September 10, 2021

Full-day, in-person workshop, gathering business leaders from across the globe to define the metrics of purpose for their role.

Registration coming soon.


Measuring the Economics of Purpose, a practitioner-oriented book, drawn from the insights of the summit participants, is published.

Special thanks to our Power of Purpose sponsor:

About the Senior Executive Roundtables

The Center for Values-Driven Leadership hosts regular Senior Executive Roundtables; they 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.

Our next scheduled Roundtable will be April 9, 2021.

To learn more about this event, please use the form on the left to stay connected with the Center. You'll receive an invitation to the next Roundtable, along with information about other events and activities.

Three Ways to Engage

Attend as an individual

This special online event is free to attend.

Bring Your Team

Encourage your colleagues to join you at the next Roundtable, and receive a special registration rate for tables of 6.

Sponsor the Event

Support the work of values-driven leadership, show your organization's support for diversity and inclusion through event sponsorship. Email for sponsorship opportunities.

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

Bernie Banks, Brigadier General Bernie Banks, Ph.D. (U.S. Army, retired),  Associate Dean for Leadership Development at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

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

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

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

Phyllis Brady, vice president of human assets and public affairs, Ariel Investments

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

Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, global lead partner, KPMG (retired)

JoAnn Jackson, Vision Realization Officer, Integrated Project Management

Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future

Stefanie Johnson, associate professor, University of Colorado Boulder

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.