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DuPage Children’s Museum will host annual Innovation Event


Above / DuPage Children’s Museum will Fourth Annual Innovation Event, “Leading UP: Building Blocks for Future Leaders,” at Noah’s, just off the Corporate Corridor.

Leadership Expert Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. Keynote Speaker

dcmDuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) invites business and community leaders to join leadership expert and consultant Harry Jansen Kraemer, Jr., as well as a panel of experts, for a lively evening on how creative thinking, problem solving, and risk taking are all important attributes of effective leadership. The event, Leading UP: Building Blocks for Future Leaders, takes place from 5:30 to 7:30PM on Thurs., Oct. 22, 2015, with networking and reception immediately following, at Noah’s, 119 Shuman Blvd.

“Quality learning experiences for young children have a direct impact on the level of success they will experience later in life, so it is a natural extension for DuPage Children’s Museum to host this event about leadership,” said Sarah Orleans, President & CEO, DuPage Children’s Museum. “Our previous business-focused innovation events have been hugely successful and we are thrilled to partner with the business community for another thought-provoking gathering.”

Featured Panelists

Harry Jansen Kraemer, Jr. is professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. Additionally, he is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), where he consults with CEOs and other senior executives of companies in MDP’s extensive portfolio. Kraemer is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a multi-billion-dollar global healthcare company. He was voted by students at Kellogg as the Professor of the Year in 2008 and was a finalist for the award in 2014.

Leaders participating in the panel discussion include:

Terry Franke, Owner, Franke Associates, Northfield, IL. Terry Franke is a strategic consultant, certified executive coach, and consultant/trainer with expertise within the not-for-profit world as well as large corporations. He started his career at Lawrence University, worked as a commercial banker for Continental Bank, and spent most of his career at Hewitt Associates, a top human resources consulting firm, where he was a senior partner.

In his current role at Franke Associates, Franke navigates complex environments and challenges by identifying key issues, managing relationships for results and closing the gap between strategy and implementation. He helps organizations create visions of the future and map strategy to realize those visions. An accomplished curriculum developer and executive-level trainer, Franke created and hosted the Hewitt Associates monthly talk show and has been a guest expert on broadcast interview shows. He is the author of the article “Needed: A New Style of Leader for the New Era,” that appeared in the 2014 March/April edition of Trusteeship Magazine.

His leadership and management talents have led to numerous board appointments. He served under three presidents on the Lawrence University Board of Trustees for 16 years, including as board chairman from 2011-2015, helping lead the university’s search for a new president in 2013.

Franke has conducted extensive research on university and board leadership, transition and board governance. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the Client Advisory Council of investment consulting firm Hewitt Ennis/Knupp. Other board service includes American Hospital Association Mutual Funds, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Boy Scouts of America Chicago Chapter.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Lawrence in 1968, Franke earned an MBA in finance from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust, Chicago, IL. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies. In addition, Ms. Lindsey provides oversight and leadership to the firm’s response to environmental matters as well as social issues, within the marketplace, workplace, and community.

Lindsey has been profiled on national television on PBS’ 30GoodMinutes and ABC’s Heart and Soul. She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Award, YWCA Outstanding Leader Award in Community Leadership, National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, Ebony Magazine’s 2009 Power 150, Alpha Kappa Alpha Women Changing the World Award, Life Directions-Guiding Light Award, and the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award. In 2011 Ms. Lindsey was honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by Loretto Hospital Foundation. She was the first woman to receive the award in its eight year history. The recognition established the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago. She is an Inroads, Inc. Alumna and has been inducted into the Inroads Alumni Hall of Fame.

Renee Kosiarek J.D., North Central College, Naperville, IL, has extensive experience teaching creativity, conflict resolution, and leadership at the graduate and undergraduate levels, having taught at North Central College, DePaul University, DePaul University Chicago School of Law, and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She recently wrote the teaching notes for the case studies in Peter Northouse’s acclaimed book, Leadership: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition, and is working on a book on creativity and leadership that will be published in 2016 by Business Expert Press. Renee has been faculty advisor for several student groups, has led women’s leadership retreats, and has facilitated dozens of leadership seminars. She is an expert in creativity, leadership, and change and hopes to help others become more authentic, connected, brave, creative leaders.

Kosiarek has also designed and implemented assessment plans for both the M.L.D. program, and the leadership and conflict resolution minors at North Central. Kosiarek has clerked for a justice of Illinois Appellate Court and worked as an attorney at a law firm of more than 200 attorneys. She has been published in the American Bar Association’s The Young Lawyer , is faculty advisor for North Central College’s Blue Honor Society, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for lung cancer research and awareness. Kosiarek has taught Conflict Resolution, The Ethical Challenges of Leadership and Theories and Models of Leadership, and has been an advisor for a master’s project for the M.L.D. program.

Kimberly Stull, Director of Exhibits and Operations, DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville, IL.  Stull is an operational strategist with over 20 years of museum experience. She recently led the effort to renovate over 20,000 square feet of the Museum building and exhibits in eight months after a pipe burst in the building. Ms. Stull has worked at DuPage Children’s Museum since July 2001 in successive growth positions and has been a part of the leadership team through many transitions. Very active in the museum community, Ms. Stull recently completed several terms on the Illinois Association of Museums’ Board of Directors including a term as Vice President. She previously worked for Midway Village Museum, Lake County Discovery Museum, Selinda Research Associates, Michigan State University Museum, and Turner-Dodge House. She received an M.A. from Michigan State University in American Studies and Museum Studies, and a B.A. from Heidelberg College in History, German and International Studies.

DuPage Children’s Museum is excited to welcome Kraemer and these esteemed panelists for a program on Leading UP: Building Blocks for Future Leaders. In his presentation, Mr. Kraemer will focus on becoming an innovative leader. Following his presentation, he will moderate a panel discussion on leadership today and what will be needed in leaders of tomorrow. After the panel discussion, the audience is invited to ask questions and engage in thought-provoking conversations.

The event is generously sponsored by Chicago Innovation Foundation, Magnetrol®, Northern Trust, PNC Bank, and by in-kind sponsor Chef By Request.

Register in advance

Register for the fourth annual Innovation Event to find the building blocks to answer the question, “How will I lead differently tomorrow?”

The cost to attend is $25. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. To learn more and to register online, visit dupagechildrensmuseum.org/innovation.

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