Sheila Bair, former head of the FDIC, current chair of the Systemic Risk Council and an author, is the featured speaker for the 2014 Hendrickson Forum on April 8, 2014 at the Twin Cities Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Bair will deliver the address “Main Street vs. Wall Street and the New Financial Paradigm” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s University Center. Tickets are available at

From her unique perspective as the former head of the FDIC from 2006 to 2011, Bair will discuss if the U.S. has successfully navigated the financial storm or if the nation’s finances are back in troubled waters, as well as other 21st century economic issues.

Bair was one of a handful of national fiscal leaders who was tasked with finding solutions to the catastrophic sub-prime mortgage failures. During the crisis, she navigated the politics of Beltway negotiations while asserting the interests of taxpayers, especially depositors and homeowners.

Lauded for her efforts, Bair has received numerous honors, including the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award and Forbes magazine’s second most powerful woman in the world distinction. In 2011, she was named by Harvard University and the Washington Post Magazine as one of America’s Top Leaders.

Hendrickson Medal Recipient
In addition to Bair’s address, Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, will be awarded the 2014 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership for his significant contributions to the Twin Cities’ community. An advocate for hunger relief and agricultural empowerment, Land O’Lakes has helped more than 223,000 Asian and African rural families under Policinski’s leadership by teaching them how to develop cooperatives and by providing nutrition and health education to create self-sustaining communities. Policinski promotes an inclusive culture and supports corporate philanthropy by giving a percentage of company profits back to the community.

Hendrickson Seminar
Prior to the Hendrickson Forum, a seminar on “Managing Risk in an Interconnected World” will be held at 9:30 a.m. April 8 in the University Center. Join four local international trade experts as they analyze the balancing of risk and consequences among financial institutions, companies, investors and consumers.

The 2014 Hendrickson Seminar panelists are:

  • Curtis L. Hanson, Principal, Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd.
  • Mary Henehan, Vice President, US Bank Foreign Exchange
  • Patricia Pelzer, Chief Financial Officer, United States Distilled Products, Co./Phillips Distilling Co.
  • Timm Reifschneider, Export Manager, Rosenbauer America

Both the Hendrickson Forum and the Hendrickson Seminar are open to the public. For more information or to register, visit or call 612-238-4517. Individuals are invited to attend either event or both events.

About the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership
The Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership is an educational enterprise of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and serves as a transformational resource to the community. Founded in 1994, the institute serves current and emerging leaders. As part of its mission, the institute strives to provide programs that encourage and develop ethical, globally oriented leaders, offer integrative leadership models, promote ethical principles that are practical and infuse leaders with an appreciation of spirituality and free enterprise. The Hendrickson Institute is located at the Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities campus, 2500 Park Avenue, Minneapolis. For additional information, visit

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (established in 1912) is a private, Lasallian Catholic institution offering comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,400 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate College at the Winona campus. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, which offers certificate, bachelor’s-degree completion, master’s degree, specialist and doctoral degree programs in business and technology, education and health and human services. The university delivers education to its adult learners through campuses in Minneapolis and Winona; centers in Apple Valley, Oakdale and Rochester; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as online and in Jamaica and Kenya. Saint Mary’s is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, For additional information, visit

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