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. 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:
He stepped back from the pinnacle of corporate success in order to pursue a Master of Divinity at Harvard University.
He cites two high school English teachers as life changing.
He calls Maureen the more inspiring member of their marriage.
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.
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.
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.”
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.