Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Will Award 3M’s Inge Thulin 2016 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership at Hendrickson Forum

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3M CEO will be honored on April 20 at the 2016 Hendrickson Forum–“Global Leadership: Our Future With China.”

Inge Thulin

Inge Thulin

Mr. Thulin’s international business background has helped shape him as a leader with a true grasp on global trends.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (http://www.smumn.edu) announced today that its 2016 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership will be awarded to Inge Thulin, chairman, president and CEO of 3M, for his significant contributions to the Twin Cities’ community.

The Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership honors an outstanding individual who, through his or her work, has demonstrated the principles of ethical leadership. The award will be presented to Thulin on Wednesday, April 20, at the 2016 Hendrickson Forum–“Global Leadership: Our Future With China”–presented by Saint Mary’s Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Thulin has proved to be an exceptional leader for 3M and the community. Under his direction 3M continues to invest significantly in research and development, as well as in leadership development programs for the company’s people. Thulin has also strengthened 3M’s commitment to sustainability and to ethical business practices, which includes introducing a revamped Code of Conduct. 3M was recently named to Ethisphere’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third consecutive year.

Thulin sits on the board of the Chevron Corporation and World Childhood Foundation and is a member of the Business Council, Council on Foreign Relations and Business Roundtable. He supports the community as chairman of the Greater Twin Cities United Way Campaign (2015) and through membership in the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

“Mr. Thulin’s dedication to leading 3M with a combination of collaborative teamwork, ethical leadership, and innovation makes him an excellent recipient of the Hendrickson Medal,” said Brother William Mann, FSC, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

A native of Sweden, Thulin joined 3M Europe in 1979 and assumed key roles in marketing, sales and management throughout his career. In 2003 he was appointed head of 3M’s international operations, and in 2011 was named chief operating officer. In less than a year, Thulin was appointed president and CEO, with the subsequent addition of chairman of the board to his duties.

“Mr. Thulin’s international business background has helped shape him as a leader with a true grasp on global trends,” said Scott McMahon executive director, Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership. “This experience surely led to his focus on sustainability and the opportunities for 3M to simultaneously improve the environment and the company’s business performance.”

The 2016 Hendrickson Forum, “Global Leadership: Our Future With China,” will feature former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. The luncheon event will be held Wednesday, April 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., with check-in and networking beginning at 11 a.m., at Saint Mary’s University Center on the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus on Park Avenue in Minneapolis. The event is open to the public and general admission tickets are $40 per person. Advance registration is required. More information and online registration is available at: http://www.smumn.edu/HendricksonForum.

Past recipients of the Hendrickson Medal include Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners; Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Doug Baker, Jr., chairman and CEO of Ecolab; and Yvonne Cheung Ho, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA).

About the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership
The Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership is an educational enterprise of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and serves as an educational and transformational resource to the community. Founded in 1994 and located in Minneapolis on the Twin Cities Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, the institute serves both current and emerging leaders. It is an academic resource for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the community, and a forum for exploration of ethical issues. As part of its mission, the institute strives to provide programs that encourage and develop ethical, globally oriented leaders, offer integrative leadership models, promote ethical principles that are practical, and infuse leaders with an appreciation of spirituality and free enterprise. For additional information, visit http://www.smumn.edu/HendricksonInstitute or call 612-238-4545.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom—whether in person or online—a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at http://www.smumn.edu.

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