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.


Living Their Faith

Living their faith leads Family Empowerment Center’s staff to make the greatest difference.

“Our job is not to come and do for people, but rather to live life with our neighbors and point them to avenues of empowerment for themselves” – Susan DeLano, Family Empowerment Centers

Photo courtesy of Family Empowerment Centers and Make It Better Media

Their faith calls Family Empowerment Centers (FEC) staff – like DeLano and her husband – to not just work at the Rogers Park nonprofit, but also to live in and be of the poor urban community it serves too.

In other words, FEC staff not only teach others to fish, they share the hardships that force a hungry person to go fishing too.

Learn more here.

Better Travel, Great Community, Best Resort

Better Travel, Great Community, Best Resort – Lake Shore Travel, Virtuoso, Grand Del Mar

References from people you trust are the best resources for planning a great vacation, right?

When the person making the reference also works at a good local business, like Glencoe’s Lake Shore Travel and is part of the Virtuoso network, you receive not only great advice, but also access to exclusive travel offers which you can’t get on your own or online.

So your trip is sure to include the best accommodations with extra perks for a great price.

My weekend with my daughter at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego:

Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego
video tour.

The women’s lounge at Grand Del Mar Spa – elegant zen with a fireplace.

Our mother/daughter week-end was simply spectacular! The Grand Del Mar is an architectural wonder and exquisitely run. Privately owned. Gorgeous. The best service we’ve experienced in the United States. And thanks to Lake Shore Travel, a lovely experience for a better price than I could have believed possible.

Another Win/Win/Win

Win = Support a good local business, Lake Shore Travel
Win = Stay in a resort masterpiece, with exquisite service, for a great price
Win = Ideal mother/daughter weekend