Speaker and Author Jackie Freiberg to Give Keynote Address at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's 2018 Hendrickson Forum

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Innovation and how organizations can foster a culture of disruption is the topic of this year's 11th annual forum.

Jackie Freiberg

Dr. Jackie Freiberg

Dr. Freiberg's approach to guiding companies to build a culture that results in innovation is the kind of action-oriented strategy that organizations need to succeed and lead.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (http://www.smumn.edu) announced today that its 2018 Hendrickson Forum will feature Jackie Freiberg, bestselling author, business owner, and renowned leadership speaker. The Tuesday, April 24, 2018, event, "Innovation Culture" is presented by Saint Mary's Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

"Innovation is a word that has been very prevalent in business for quite some time now," said Audrey Kintzi, Saint Mary's vice president for development and alumni relations who leads the Hendrickson Forum. "Dr. Freiberg's approach to guiding companies to build a culture that results in innovation is the kind of action-oriented strategy that organizations need to succeed and lead."

Recognized as one of the Top 30 Minds on Leadership by Leadership Excellence Magazine, Freiberg helps companies foster work environments where their employees can do their best work.

Freiberg is the co-author of seven award-winning books, including NUTS!, the international bestseller describing Southwest Airlines' leadership, culture, and profitability; GUTS!; BOOM!; NANOVATION!; Do Something Now!; and Be a Person of Impact!; and most recently, CAUSE! A Business Strategy for Standing Out in A Sea of Sameness. Her articles and interviews on leadership, innovation, engagement, and the SheEconomy have been published in the The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Investor's Business Daily, Dubai's CapitalME, India's Management Next, India's Business Standard, India's Economic Times, and India's Financial Times.

Freiberg earned a doctorate in leadership from the University of San Diego, a master's degree in communication from San Diego State University, and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Hampshire.

At the Hendrickson Forum, Freiberg will discuss how organizations can harness innovation in a new way. Focusing on three critical roles for organizational success (notice, lead, and disrupt), Freiberg's keynote will empower attendees to take on these roles and begin taking advantage of opportunities to transform new ideas into real solutions.

The Hendrickson Forum is a luncheon event, held this year on Tuesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with check-in and networking beginning at 11 a.m., at the 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 $50 per person, which includes lunch. Advance registration is required. More information and online registration is available at: http://www.smumn.edu/HendricksonForum.

The program also includes a presentation of the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership. The recipient of that award, given by the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, will be announced at a later date.

Freiberg will join a distinguished roster of former speakers: Zanny Minton Beddoes, Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., Admiral James Stavridis, Sheila Bair, Ian Bremmer, Sue Gardner, Jacqueline Novogratz, Dr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Prime Minister John Howard, and John Micklethwait. While the topics have varied by year, themes have centered on ethical business leadership in our increasingly global economy.

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.

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, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates and specialist designations. Learn more at http://www.smumn.edu.

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