Professor Kraemer currently serves as an executive partner for Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Kraemer is also a current professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to his current roles, Kraemer was the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International, a $12 billion global healthcare company. During his 20 plus years at Baxter, Kraemer worked in both domestic and international operations, assuming the position of CEO in 1999.
In addition to his highly distinguished career in both academia and business, Kraemer has received numerous accolades in recent years. Shortly after arriving at Kellogg, he was awarded "Best Professor of the Year" in 2008 and was a finalist in 2014 as well. Kraemer is also the author of two bestselling books on leadership: From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership as well as Becoming The Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership.
This year’s Leighton Lecture featured Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust. The lecture titled “A Conversation of Consequence” was presented on Wednesday, November 7 at 6pm and 7pm. read article | watch video
This year’s Leighton Lecture featured Olivia N. Graham, Ethics Advisor for the International Monetary Fund and former military attorney, who delivered her speech “An Ethics Road Map: The Role of the Ethics Office in International Organizations.” watch video | watch video
The 2017 Leighton Lecture was featured in the International Monetary Fund’s Ethics Office Annual Report, on page 12, which can be found here.
“In most cases, it is not a company-wide problem that causes an ethical issue, it is the activity of a few individuals,” explains Bart Schwartz, chairman and CEO of SolutionPoint International, LLC, and recent speaker at the ILLINOIS Leighton Lecture on Ethics and Leadership.
This year’s Leighton Lecture featured Andy Milnes, head of supply and trading for BP America who delivered his talk on “Ethical Leadership as a Competitive Advantage.” In his presentation, he spoke from personal experience, detailing a compliance issue at BP and the company’s actions and recovery.
Rita Kahle (’78) returned to the University of Illinois as part of the Leighton Lecture Series that was co-sponsored by the College of Business and the Center. Richard (’49) and Grace (’50) Leighton, the generous sponsors of this series, attended Kahle’s lecture and were recognized for their foresight in creating the ethics-based format. read article
During her lecture on March 26, 2008, alumna Mary Kay Haben of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company left her audience with a strong message to take with them: leadership and ethics constitute reputation and there is nothing more important than how people perceive your character. read article