Don’t Miss! Jim Hackett Talks Faith and Leadership

Want to be inspired by a successful life built on great values?

If your answer is yes, please join me on Friday, December 4 at Kenilworth Union Church at 7 a.m. to hear Jim Hackett speak on “Faith And Leadership.”

maureen and jim hackett

Maureen and Jim Hackett. Image courtesy of Inside IUPUI.

Hackett grew up in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1972. He married his high school sweetheart, Maureen. Her influence kept their life together focused on serving others, even as they raised four children and Hackett charged through Harvard Business School and a spectacular career with a series of energy companies.

Most recently, Hackett served as Executive Chairman of the Board and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. He also is the former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, a board member and/or adjunct faculty member of multiple colleges, a board member of two Fortune 500 companies and a partner in the private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC. 

That’s impressive success indeed.

But what most intrigues me about Hackett are four other facts:

  1. He stepped back from the pinnacle of corporate success in order to pursue a Master of Divinity at Harvard University.
  2. He cites two high school English teachers as life changing.
  3. He calls Maureen the more inspiring member of their marriage.
  4. With Maureen, he endowed the Women’s Philanthropy Center at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

This is a powerful man living by powerfully good values.

The Hacketts live in Houston.  But they returned to the North Shore in 2013 when he was inducted into the New Trier Alumni Hall Of Honor.

Hackett proved to be an engaging speaker that night. So I’m delighted that he’s returning to discuss faith & leadership, confident that his message will inspire you and honored to be able to introduce him.

Please join me and be inspired too.  It’s a great way to start your day.


Smart With Heart Women, Like Kate Attea and You

Harvard MBA and venture philanthropy expert Kate Attea is perfectly poised to do the most good in the Chicago while juggling all the balls of a mother with 4 young children.

She’s a “smart with heart” Wilmette woman working part time for the venture philanthropy nonprofit, A Better Chicago.

Kate Attea

See the Make It Better article here.

Kate describes her work at A Better Chicago as “supporting cradle to career best practices.”

Cradle to career best practices — isn’t that what every mother works hard to accomplish for her own kids and others too?

We can all learn from Kate, and we would love to do so because she is just as lovely to talk to and be with as she looks in this photo.

Go Kate! Go mothers!

Good Sibling Relationships – A Building Block Of Success

Want a better world?  Nurture a better family.

During our conversation yesterday, Harvard psychologist and professor Howard Gardner declared that one of the most common traits of highly successful individuals is good sibling relationships.

So, if you want to raise a future leader, the best thing you can do is make sure your child knows how to get along with his or her brothers and sisters.

How sweet is this? A win for your family also equals a win for the world.

The Best Answer to Rampant Cheating at Harvard & New Trier

Renowned Harvard Professor & MacArthur Genius, Howard Gardner

My kids tell me that “everyone at New Trier cheats” – except them and their friends, of course. Recently Harvard University disclosed that more than 50% of their students cheated too.

Harvard’s iconic psychologist and educator, Howard Gardner, encourages parents and schools to teach children that the best reason not to cheat is because it’s far better to live in a culture based on truth and trust, than in one in which cheating is the norm.

“Our biggest mistake is that we don’t take enough time to examine—to think about—why it’s not good to live in a society where people cheat.” Gardner explains, “People shouldn’t believe that the worst possible consequence of cheating is getting caught and punished. Rather, they should prefer to live and work in a community where they give each other common respect and avoid cheating because of their regard for others and for the health of the community.”

Learn more about this and developing other forms of excellence in our children:

Hear Gardner speak on “Truth, Beauty and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter” this Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in New Trier High School Northfield’s Gaffney Auditorium.