Mitch Albom

Best-selling Author, Journalist & Philanthropist

There’s a point in Tuesdays With Morrie when Mitch notices Morrie’s visitors struggling, not knowing how to talk to a dying person. They’d start with an awkward joke or a story, trying to cheer him up. Morrie would ask about their lives and the conversation would shift. Talking about themselves—their marriages or jobs or families—they’d start to relax into the conversation.


Sid Bala

CEO, alligatortek

I get fired up by being around people who are constantly growing and reaching their potential. I look for opportunities where I’m able to tie a person’s unique ability to his or her role or provide an outlet to discover true professional passion. I love knowing that I helped them get to the next level.


Kate Bensen

CEO, The Chicago Network

[Being a leader] is really like being an orchestra conductor: you have all these incredibly talented musicians sitting here, anyone of whom could be a soloist. The beauty is figuring out how to bring all that talent together, harness it, and leverage it for the greater good: cultivating the next generation of women leaders. - See more at:



Partners, BridgeWorks, Generational Puzzle Solvers

After years of working together and constantly butting heads, David and Lynn Lancaster had an insight that sparked a new business venture: Their challenge wasn’t styles or personalities, it was context. And they weren’t alone.


John Canning

Founder & Chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners

Prior to co-founding MDP, Mr. Canning spent 24 years with First Chicago Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago and President of First Chicago Venture Capital.


Al Carey

CEO, PepsiCo Americas Beverages

There are few business leaders out there today who have seen more than Al Carey. After 30 years spanning the company, across brands and through various functions, in 2011, Al became the CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages. In assuming the role, he brought his own unique vantage point on leadership.


Rob Clark

VP of Global Communications, Medtronic

Medtronic has had a longstanding Mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life for people around the world through the development of medical technologies, and we are three years into executing a three-part strategy to raise our value proposition to health care systems around the world.


Bridget Coffing

Former Chief Communications Officer, McDonald’s Corporation

Leading is the ability to develop a vision and articulate it in a way that your team can understand, embrace and act upon. Leadership is in many ways about how you inspire and motivate. Managing is the way you empower your people to help bring your vision to life.


Carol Coletta

Leading Urban Thinker, Community Builder & President, ArtPlace

Carol’s the quintessential “city gal” – she’s smart, stylish, sophisticated, and most of all fearless. You get all of that from her walking into the room. Talk to Carol and the term “city gal” takes on a whole new meaning.Carol’s made it her life’s work to develop our cities, tackling the toughest issues facing urban communities through creativity and innovation.


Jay Conger

Prolific Writer, Educator & Leadership Guru

Spend five minutes with Jay and you know—he is one of those rare leaders who effortlessly embodies paradox. He is the professor and the practitioner. He is the expert and the student. He is the visionary and the pragmatist.

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