About Us

Business Leaders Forum

"A Perspective on Monetary Policy"
Dr. Charles L. Evans
President & CEO - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Charles L. Evans is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, one of 12 regional reserve banks across the country that composes our nation's central bank. In that capacity, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve System's monetary policymaking body.

As head of the Chicago Fed, Evans oversees the work of about 1,400 employees who conduct economic research, supervise financial institutions, and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government.

Previously, Evans was director of research and senior vice president, supervising the bank's research on monetary policy, banking, financial markets and regional economic conditions. He taught at the University of Chicago, University of Michigan and University of South Carolina and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in economics from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

About the Business Leaders Forum

Established in 1999, the Business Leaders Forum is a speaker series sponsored by Marquette University’s College of Business Administration. The forum provides a setting for nationally recognized business leaders to engage in discussions and interact with students, faculty and local business leaders. The program enables Marquette to build practical knowledge into its rigorous business curriculum, exploring current trends, issues and practices in business.

Marquette University has attracted leaders at the top of their respective professions to speak at the Business Leaders Forum, including Herbert V. Kohler, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Kohler Co.; Richard M. Schulze, founder and chairman of Best Buy; and James J. Mulva, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips.

The Kathleen and Frank Thometz Foundation has made the Business Leaders Forum speaker series possible through a special endowment.

Previous Speakers

  • Thomas J. Falk, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Kimberly-Clark, "The Sustainable Enterprise" 2014 (video) 
  • Thomas C. Werner, Chairman, Boston Red Sox, and Chairman, Liverpool Football Club, 2013 (video) (interview)
  •  John Schlifske, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Mutual, 2012 (video)
  • Jeff Joerres, chairman and chief executive officer, ManpowerGroup, 2011 (video)
  • Angela F. Braly, President and CEO, WellPoint, Inc., 2009 (video)

  • James J. Mulva, Chair and CEO, ConocoPhillips, 2008
  • Richard M. Schulze, Founder and Chair, Best Buy, 2007

  • Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Chair, CEO and President, Kohler, Co., 2006

  • Alexander M. (Sandy) Cutler, Chair and CEO, Eaton Corp., 2005

  • Kathy Hudson, Chair, CNH Global NV, 2005

  • Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric, 2004

  • John Morgridge, Chair, Cisco Systems, 2003

  • Don H. Davis, Jr., CEO, Rockwell Automation, 2002

  • Dick Burke, Chair, Trek Bicycle Corp., 2001

  • Wayne Sanders, CEO, Kimberly-Clark Corp., 2000