Northwestern Mutual CEO to speak at Business Leaders Forum


September 14, 2012

Schlifske’s address, ‘For All Economic Seasons,’ will be Oct. 3

John Schlifske, chairman and chief executive officer of Northwestern Mutual, will deliver the keynote speech at Marquette University College of Business Administration’s annual Business Leaders Forum luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. Schlifske’s presentation is open to the public. Registration is available online. The cost of the luncheon is $40 per person. Corporate tables of eight are available for $600.

“We’re delighted to have Mr. Schlifske speak at this year’s Business Leaders Forum,” said Mark Eppli, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration. “His experience as a successful corporate leader, coupled with his commitment to philanthropy, makes him an ideal model for our students.”

Schlifske, who has been chairman and CEO of Northwestern Mutual since 2010, previously served as president of the 155-year-old company and was interim president and CEO of its subsidiary, Russell Investment Co. He 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. He is also co-chair of Milwaukee Succeeds, a long-range civic initiative focused on educational success for Milwaukee children. Schlifske 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.

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; James J. Mulva, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips; Angela Braly, chairwoman, CEO and president of WellPoint Inc.; and Jeff Joerres, chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup.
The Kathleen and Frank Thometz Foundation has made the Business Leaders Forum speaker series possible through a special endowment.