The Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series...
The Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series of the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement (excerpt).
2-25-08 Speech inaugurating the Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series, McCarthy, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN USA
"My generation's journey of carrying the torch is closer to its end than to its beginning. The day when we pass the torch to your generation is dawning. You will be called upon to confront challenges that are, at the same time, new and unique, but also rooted in the age old struggle between freedom and tyranny.
To meet these challenges you must understand them and the fundamental disagreements you will face. As you're well aware, there remain very different points of view about America's role in the world. Some question our values, some question the means we use to promote them, some question both.
In many ways, it's the basic disagreement between two Johnnies, Eugene McCarthy and Mark Kennedy. We are both perhaps best known for bold stands on foreign policy that, though absolutely the opposite of each other, represent sincerely held beliefs. McCarthy captured the imagination of the country by championing an anti-Viet Nam war message. For my strong advocacy of advancing Freedom's Frontier, Britt Hume from Fox News called me the most honest Republican in the 2006 election because I stood up for what I believed in even though it was politically unpopular and damaging electorally.
The goal for the Frontiers of Freedom lecture series is to add real intellectual diversity to the McCarthy Center, to ensure that you hear both sides, so you can critically evaluate the challenges we face. My earnest desire is that the McCarthy Center becomes known first and foremost for promoting standing for the courage of your convictions."
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The Honorable Mark Kennedy leads George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), the world's first and foremost school of applied politics. GSPM's premier position and global partnerships ideally position it to help democracy work!
Kennedy equips leaders to succeed by sharing insights that fuse the perspectives he has gained from:
Academics - head of the world's first and foremost school of applied politics and teaches at leading business schools around the world.
Politics - United States Congressman from 2001 to 2007, and presidentially appointed trade advisor to both President Bush and President Obama.
Business - Fortune 100 senior executive (Macy's) and more
Global Engagement - three decades of extensive speaking and involvement with foreign business leaders and goverment ministers across 40 countries.
Kennedy has acquired a unique combination of perspectives from his experiences leading in C-suites, serving in the halls of Congress, and traveling across the world to engage in business, political, and civi leaders in nearly 40 countries. In his speeches and lectures, Kennedy shares insights taken from his broad experiences that overturn conventional business wisdom.
Professor Kennedy leads George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. Previously, Kennedy led as a Senior Vice President and Treasurer of a Fortune 100 company (Macy's); helped Pillsbury acquire Haagen Dazs and spread it around the globe; served three terms in the U.S. Congress (2001-7), and then returned to the private sector in a global role with accenture (a leading consulting firm) while continuing public service as a presidential appointee to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy (under both President Bush and President Obama).
Today, Kennedy speaks to audiences across the globe on success as a Business in a Political Age. Kennedy shows how businesses can effectively engage with political, regulatory, media, and activist-group forces to simultaneously advance their market strategies and benefit society.
Kennedy has lectured or led research projects at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, NYU, Maryland, Minnesota, London Business School, HEC-Paris, Mannheim, National University of Singapore and Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo).
Kennedy also serves as Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota (www.ecomn.org).
Kennedy has a record of effective collaboration. While a Republican Congressman, he partnered with twenty Democrats to introduce and lead several pieces of legislation; more than half of the Democrats in the U.S. House co-sponsored one of his bills.
A graduate of St. John's University, Kennedy received a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from the University of Michigan.
Mark and Debbie, his wife of 31 years, are the proud parents of four successful young adult children. When they are not traveling, they split their time between Washington, DC and Minnesota.
Excerpt from www.markkennedy.com