Richard Davis, CEO of Make-A-Wish America

At the conclusion of the 2019 Fall Good Leadership Breakfast Series, we will have completed 10 years of programming. So naturally, I was searching with eagerness to find just the right speaker for the 80th meeting, November 15. Today, there is no more mystery…our good friend and mentor Richard Davis accepted our invitation. He’s the former CEO of US Bank – whom I wrote about in both the What Really Works, and How Goodness Pays books – and is now the CEO of Make-A-Wish America. He’s a one-of-a-kind speaker whose natural energy for life and passion for goodness will provide the cherry on top of a very satisfying 10 years of spreading goodness with the breakfast series.

This morning, my colleague Kathy informed me that series tickets are selling faster than ever before.

Young Leaders Breakfast

Alvin Abraham is a charismatic University of St. Thomas professor whose natural passion inspires young leaders.

The fall series will begin with our annual tribute to young leaders on August 16. This year TCF presents the Master Alliance Young Leaders episode of the Good Leadership Breakfast with a dynamo speaker, Alvin Abraham.  Alvin is the founding dean of the Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas, a two-year college as part of the university’s mission to advance the common good, which welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2017. He also serves on The Collective’s National Advisory Board at Teach For America, the board of directors at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Teach For America Twin Cities, and Great MN Schools. We chose Alvin for his ability and experience with inspiring goodness in young leaders.

Julie Kae is the global sustainability leader for a Swedish-owned global data intelligence firm, Qlik.

Global Sustainability Through Big Data

September 20, we will introduce you to Julie Kae, the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Executive Director of Qlik Foundation. Qlik is a Swedish-owned global data intelligence company. Julie leads the global sustainability strategy, empowering nonprofits to effectively serve our planet and vulnerable populations. This includes managing strategic partnerships with the United Nations, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Private Sector Roundtable, and other organizations. Qlik has received numerous awards for corporate responsibility under her leadership.

Girls & Women in Sports

Nicole Lavoi is a former NCAA athlete and nationally-acclaimed educator and researcher on women in sports.

On October 18, we will introduce you to public scholar, educator, and author Nicole Lavoi, PhD. Nicole is a former NCAA athlete whose life today impacts student athletes across the USA. She is a Senior Lecturer in the area of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and the Co-Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Through her multidisciplinary research she answers critical questions that can make a difference in the lives of sport stakeholders.

By the time Richard Davis speaks at the Good Leadership Breakfast on November 15, we will have hosted more than 19,000 guests, contributed more than $300,000 to local charities and shared the stories of how goodness pays from 78 speakers. We do this in service to the idea that goodness pays, when goodness grows. We ask you to continue to help spread goodness through your good leadership – because goodness pays.

Series tickets are on sale now.