Fireside Chats

Each quarter of the academic year, first and second-year Austin scholars at Kellogg are invited to join the Austin advisor for a ‘Fireside Chat’ with an esteemed business or civic leader. The Austins, the advisor, and the guest gather in an informal space (often the Northwestern University Alumni Center), where the group engages in a conversation about leadership. Below is a sampling of recent ‘Fireside’ guests.

Mary Dillon, CEO of ULTA Beauty and board member of Starbucks, former McDonalds CMO and US Cellular CEO

John Edwardson, former Chairman and CEO of CDW and former United Airlines President and COO, currently on the boards of FedEx, Chubb and Rockwell Collins. Francesca Edwardson, the former CEO of American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and United Airlines General Counsel

Betsy and Arthur Holden, former Co-CEO of Kraft Foods, Founder and Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Biomedical Research Consortium, respectively

Pat Eilers, Managing Partner at Madison Dearborn, and a former all-American Football player at Notre Dame and the NFL

Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, Chicago's entrepreneurial hub for digital start-ups

Diana Rauner, President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and Illinois' First Lady

Betsy and Arthur Holden, former Co-CEO of Kraft Foods, and Founder and Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Biomedical Research Consortium, respectively

Jai Shekhawat, CEO and Founder of Fieldglass (now part of SAP), entrepreneur

Byron Trott, chairman and CEO of BDT Capital Partners, former vice chairman of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs

Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871 Chicago, Managing Partner of G2T3V, LLC, and the Managing Partner of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners LLC

Tony Vernon, former CEO of Kraft Foods

Pamela Lieberman, former President and CEO of TruServ Corporation (now True Value Company)

Arthur Mollenhauer, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Amy and Prasad Ravi, entrepreneurs

Hank Paulson, former US Secretary of Treasury and Chairman and CEO Goldman Sachs

Carter Cast, Kellogg professor and former President and CEO of
Betsy and Arthur Holden, former co-CEO of Kraft and entrepreneur, respectively
Harry Kraemer and Wally Scott, Kellogg professors and former CEOs of Baxter International and Ameriprise, respectively

2010 - 2011
Jim Farrell, CEO of Illinois Toolworks

Andy Code, founder of CHS Capital, President of the Code Family Foundation, founder of the Chicago Fellowship.

Sally Blount, current Dean of the Kellogg School of Management

2009 - 2010
Gordon and Carole Segal, co-founders and current executives of Crate and Barrel.

Greg White, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Kellogg School of Management and current President & CEO of LEARN Charter School Network.

Leslie White, Director of Portfolio Management at ShoreCap International, a private fund that provides investment capital to regulated microfinance and small business banks in Africa and Asia.

Beth Houle (KSM '95), Chief of Staff, Opportunity International. Managing $600 million in assets, Opportunity International serves poor families in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America with micro-loans, savings, insurance and training.

David Pope (KSM '94), President, Village of Oak Park, IL. The Village of Oak Park is a diverse community of 55,000 residents just west of Chicago. David brings to the role his professional background in management consulting, having served as a Principal with Price Waterhouse's Strategy Consulting Practice prior to founding his own firm.

2008 - 2009
Betsy Holden (KSM), Current Senior Advisor to McKinsey, Former CEO of Kraft. Also involved with the
Kellogg Innovation Network.

Charles Lewis, Member of the National Finance Committee for the Obama Presidential
Campaign & Penny Sebring, Founding Co-Director of the Consortium on Chicago School
Research (CCSR) at the Urban Education Institute.

Kevin Connelly, Chairman of Spencer Stuart. Within the firm, he is the elected representative
of the partners, chairs the board and partners' meetings and is responsible for providing strategic
perspective to the firm's business and finances. He is also an active search professional,
consulting with clients on executive leadership succession and board projects.

2007 - 2008
Brenda Barnes, Chairman and CEO of Sara Lee

Mike Ivers, President of Goodcity

2006 - 2007

2005 - 2006
Beth Houle & David Pope, Exec VP, Opportunity International & Mayor, Oak Park

Deborah L. DeHaas, Vice Chair & Regional Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche USA
LLP Midwest Region

Philip M. Condit, former Chairman, CEO & President, Boeing

2004 - 2005
Jim Lowry, Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Betsy & Arthur Holden, former Co-CEO, Kraft Foods & entrepreneur

Bruce & Diana Rauner, Chairman, GTCR Golder Rauner & Chair, Board of Trustees,
National Louis University

2003 - 2004
Harry Kraemer, President and CEO, Baxter International

Samuel Skinner, CEO USF, Former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of

Janet Knupp, President, Chicago Public Education Fund

2002 - 2003
Brenda Barnes, Former CEO, Pepsi - North America, now CEO, Sara Lee

Dennis Bakke, CEO, AES, now CEO, Imagine Schools

Greg White, Senior Partner, Chicago Venture Partners

2001 - 2002
Mike Koldyke, Chairman, Frontac Capital

Gordon Segal, CEO and founder, Crate & Barrel

Pat Cafferata, CEO, Young & Rubicam Chicago

2000 - 2001
Bud Ogle, CEO, Good News Partners

Jerry Markbreit, NFL Super Bowl referee, counter trade expert for 3M

Sheli Rosenberg, CEO, Equity Group Investments

1999 - 2000
Steve Zucker, leading sports agent

Janet Knupp, President, Chicago Public Education Fund

Mike Koldyke, CEO, Frontenac Capital

1998 - 1999
Gary Mecklenburg, CEO, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Judy Sprieser, - CEO, Transora, former Exec VP, Sara Lee

Ira Harris, Senior Partner, Salomon Brothers, advisor to Pritzker family

1997 - 1998
Bruce Rauner, CEO, GTCR Venture Capital

Bob Morrison, CEO, Quaker Oats

Dick & Janet Morrow, former CEO, Amoco & CEO of a nonprofit

1996 - 1997
Raj Gupta, Managing Partner, McKinsey

John McCarter, CEO, Field Museum

Bud Ipema, CEO, MidAmerica Leadership Foundation

1995 - 1996
John Edwardson, President, UAL, now CEO, CDW

Pete Wilmott, former CEO, Maytag, Carson Pirie Scott, venture capitalist

Steve Zucker, leading sports agent, Deion Sanders

1994 - 1995
John Madigan, CEO, Tribune Companies