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St. Norbert College CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series Lineup Announced

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From St. Norbert College, August 7, 2019
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College’s 22nd CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series has a new twist. Two late-afternoon national speakers will be a part of the 2019-20 lineup.

Now under the auspices of the college’s Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics, kicking off the series will be national speaker Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry­-Wehmiller. Chapman will speak on “Planting the Seeds of Change” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Walter Theatre of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at St. Norbert College. A special reception with Chapman in Michael Commons on campus will follow his presentation.
You may register for each event individually or for the entire season. The cost is $60 per session, with the exception of the two national speaker sessions, which cost is $75 per session. It’s $575 for the entire season, including the national speakers. Space is limited; you can register at, by email at or phone at 920-403-3440.

Recently named the No. 3 CEO in the world in an Inc. magazine article, Chapman is very intentional about using his platform as a business leader to build a better world.
Chapman is chairman and CEO of St. Louis, MO-based Barry-Wehmiller, a $2.5 billion global manufacturing business with 11,000 team members. The company began as a small pasteurizing and bottle-washer business in 1885 and, through acquisition and organic growth, has grown into 12 business units (10 in the U.S.) serving primarily the packaging, paper-converting, sheeting and corrugating industries. Chapman became the senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80-year-old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 40 years in leading Barry-Wehmiller through almost 90 successful acquisitions.
Chapman shares his leadership journey and the story of Barry-Wehmiller whenever he can as an example of the way businesses and organizations should be: focused on creating value for all stakeholders �" team members, customers, communities and shareholders. Not only is it good for business, it leads to meaningful work and fulfillment for team members.

The CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for local business people to meet face-to-face with some of the most respected leaders in the business community and to network with other leaders in the region. Speakers will share their unique strategies for facing specific business challenges. Topics are selected by the speakers, and their comments are candid, insightful and not likely to be heard in public elsewhere. Seating is unassigned and questions are accepted from the audience at the end of each presentation.
Of the eight presentations, five will be held at St. Norbert College and three will be in Appleton at the Butte des Morts Country Club. The two afternoon sessions featuring national speakers will be held on the St. Norbert campus.

The second late-afternoon speaker will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the entire lineup:

Sept. 24, from 3:30-to 5 p.m.
“Planting the Seeds of Change” �" National Speaker
Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO, Barry Wehmiller
Presentation: Walter Theatre, Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts, St. Norbert College
Reception: Michels Ballroom, Michels Commons, St. Norbert College, following his presentation

Oct. 9, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
“You’re in a Turnaround Whether You Know It or Not”
Tom Ealy, President and CEO, Ameriprise
F.K. Bemis International Conference Center, St. Norbert College

Nov. 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
“Medicare for All”
Chris Woleske, CEO, Bellin Health Systems Inc.
F. K. Bemis International Conference Center, St. Norbert College
Sponsored by J.P. Morgan
Dec. 10, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
“Grow Your Business Through Open Innovation Partnerships: A Case Study”
Mary Goggans, President, Encapsys
Butte des Morts Country Club, Appleton
Sponsored by Aegis Financial in Oshkosh

Jan. 14, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
“Purpose and Compassion at Kwik Trip”
John McHugh, Director of Corporate Communications, Leadership Development and Training, Kwik Trip
F. K. Bemis International Conference Center, St. Norbert College
Sponsored by WPS Health Solutions
Feb. 4, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
“Designing a Collaborative Innovation Process Within an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”
Craig Dickman, Managing Director, TitletownTech
F. K. Bemis International Conference Center, St. Norbert College
Sponsored by Bank First

March 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
“‘Be the Real MVP’ … Focus on What Matters”
Chris Hess, President and CEO, Goodwill NCW
Butte des Morts Country Club, Appleton
Sponsored by American National Bank
April 9, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
“Surviving the Great Recession: A Story of Business Reinvention”
Greg Linnemanstons, President, Weidert Group
F. K. Bemis International Conference Center, St. Norbert College
Sponsored by VerHalen Inc.

May 6, 7:30- 8:30 a.m.
“The Culver’s Story”
Craig Culver, Co-Founder, Board Chairman and Brand Ambassador, Culver’s
Butte des Morts Country Club, Appleton
Sponsored by Investors Community Bank
The presenting sponsor for the CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series is Miron Construction; the title sponsors are Davis/Kuelthau Attorneys at Law, Johnson Financial Group and Insight Publications.
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