Business Leaders Forum
2012-2013 Business Leaders Forum
"For All Economic Seasons"
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Mutual
October 3, 2012
John E. Schlifske has been chairman and CEO of Northwestern Mutual since 2010. He previously served as president of the 155-year-old company and was interim president and CEO of its subsidiary, Russell Investment Co.
Schlifske serves on the boards of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Health, Kohl's Corp., Russell Investment Co. and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. A member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, he also is co-chair of Milwaukee Succeeds, a civic initiative focused on educational successes.
Schlifske and his wife, Kim, established a foundation through Children's Hospital's Center for Childhood Development, which assists families of children with language disorders.
He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Carleton College and a master's degree in finance and accounting from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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.
- Jeff Joerres, chairman and chief executive officer, ManpowerGroup, 2011-12 (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