Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr., former chief executive officer of the multibillion-dollar global health care company Baxter International, joins President Jill Beck in opening Lawrenceâ€™s 163rd academic year and 2011-12 convocation series Thursday, Sept. 15 with the annual matriculation address.Â The theme for this yearâ€™s convocation series is â€śLiberal Arts and the Life of the Mind.â€ť
A 1977 Lawrence University graduate, Kraemer presents â€śBecoming a Values-Based Leaderâ€ť at 11:10 a.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.Â The convocation is free and open to the public.
The address is based on his 2011 book â€śFrom Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership.â€ť Kraemer has generously donated 500 copies of the book for distribution to the Lawrence community.
In the book, Kraemer draws upon his own professional experiences to provide a values-based framework for leaders to create organizations that do the right thing, not just do things right. Leaders, according to Kraemer, should be guided by four critical principles: self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence and genuine humility.
â€śHarry has spent a great deal of time in recent years looking inward, reflecting on who he is and what it is that he most believes in,â€ť said Beck.Â â€śIn doing so, heâ€™s identified keys to a style of leadership that is values-based and driven by success that is not defined in dollars, or in owning sprawling mansions and luxury cars, or by the title that is on an office door.â€ť
Past chairman of the Lawrence Board of Trustees, Kraemer is an executive partner at Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity investment firm based in Chicago. He also serves as an adjunct professor of management and strategy at Northwestern Universityâ€™s Kellogg School of Management, where he was recognized with the schoolâ€™s 2008 â€śProfessor of the Yearâ€ť award.
Other speakers on Lawrenceâ€™s 2011-12 convocation series include:
â€˘ Nov. 3, 2011 â€”Â Alex Ross, author and music critic for The New Yorker, â€śThe Lamento Connection: Bass Lines of Music History.â€ť
â€˘ Feb. 2, 2012 â€”Â Frans de Waal, primatologist and professor of primate behavior at Emory University, â€śMorality Before Religion: Empathy, Fairness and Prosocial Primates.â€ť
â€˘ April 19, 2012 â€”Â William Deresiewicz, essayist, literary and cultural critic, and former associate professor of English at Yale University, â€śThrough the Vale of Soul-Making: the Journey of the Liberal Arts.â€ť
â€˘Â May 31, 2012 â€”Â Jerald Podair, professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence, â€śThe Only Life: Liberal Arts and the Life of the Mind at Lawrence.â€ť
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a world-class conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. Ranked among Americaâ€™s best colleges, it was selected for inclusion in the book â€śColleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.â€ť Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,520 students from 44 states and 56 countries.Tags: Baxter International, Convocation Series, Harry Jansen Kraemer, Jill Beck, Lawrence University