The speakers for the 2014 Kellogg Women’s Leadership Workshop include some of the Kellogg School of Management’s
Professor Hennessy has been a regular recipient of teaching awards at the Kellogg School. In 2007, she received the Lawrence G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, Kellogg’s top award for teaching quality and impact, as voted by the Kellogg graduating class. Professor Hennessy has also been recognized by her academic department, winning the Marketing Department’s Core Course Teaching award in 2007, 2005, 2002 and 2000. Professor Hennessy’s writing concentrates on cases for classroom use. Recent cases that she has written include studies of TiVo, Apple iPod, Invisalign Orthodontics, and Biaxin and Zithromax in the antibiotics market.
In addition to teaching at Kellogg, Mr. Kraemer actively engages in business, education and civic affairs. He is an Executive Partner with Madison Dearborn, a private equity firm based in Chicago, and the former Chairman and CEO of Baxter International Inc., a $9 billion global healthcare company. He serves on the board of directors of Science Applications International Corporation and Sirona Dental Systems GmbH, and on the board of trustees of Lawrence University, Northwestern University, the Conference Board and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, the Dean’s Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Advisory Board of LEK Consulting. He is a member of the Business Council, the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Executives Club of Chicago and the Economics Club of Chicago. Mr. Kraemer enjoys jogging, tennis, skiing and reading, especially world civilization. He and his wife Julie live in Wilmette, IL with their five children.
Dr. Nicholas A. Pearce is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations and faculty director of the Russell Fellows Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. His research examines leadership, values, collaboration, and change in organizational contexts ranging from Fortune 500 corporations, to national governments, to America’s megachurches. As a professor, executive adviser, and leadership coach, he has served several of the world’s premier for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Boston Scientific, Chicago Urban League, Jones Lang LaSalle, KIPP Foundation, Novartis, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, United States Olympic Committee, and WomenHeart.
Dr. Pearce also serves as Assistant Pastor of the historic Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side. He is a nationally sought-after speaker and is the youngest assistant pastor to serve Apostolic since the church’s founding in 1932. He is emerging as a trusted and influential voice whose ministry has already impacted tens of thousands of lives across cultural, generational, and denominational boundaries.
Dr. Pearce has been honored for excellence and promise as a scholar, leader, and minister by several organizations, including the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Mustard Seed Foundation, N’Digo Foundation, National Black MBA Association, and Union League Club of Chicago Engineers’ Foundation. He has been named one of Chicago’s 40 Game Changers (under 40) by Ariel Investments/WVON Urban Business Roundtable, a Galbraith Scholar of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a Public Voices Faculty Fellow with The OpEd Project. He and his work have been featured in global media outlets including BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, and UrbanFaith.com.
Dr. Pearce holds the Ph.D. in Management & Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the S.B. in Chemical Engineering & Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a Religious Studies concentration earned in conjunction with the Harvard Divinity School.
Professor Thompson teaches in the part-time, full-time, doctoral and executive programs at Kellogg and in executive programs for corporate clients. Her teaching and consulting work has brought her in contact with executives and leadership from American Bar Association, AT&T, Caterpillar, Chevron Texaco, Chicago Office of Tourism, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Compaq, Fleet Financial, Fresh Express, MacLean-Fogg, Microsoft, Novartis, Premier Healthcare, Sears Holdings, UBS Asset Management and the University of Kansas. In her free time, Professor Thompson is an avid competitive cyclist.