Chapman kicks off SNC CEO Series

Posted on Aug 8, 2019 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive
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Bob Chapman will speak Sept. 24 at St. Norbert College.

Two late-afternoon national speakers are joining the lineup for St. Norbert College’s 22nd annual CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series.

Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, kicks off the series on Sept. 24 with a presentation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Walter Theatre of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at St. Norbert College. A special reception with Chapman in Michael Commons will follow.

Organized by the Schneider School of Business, the CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for local businesspeople to meet face-to-face with respected leaders in the business community and to network with other leaders in the region. During the presentations, speakers share their unique strategies for facing specific business challenges in candid, insightful comments.

Details about the second national speaker will be announced at a later date.

The breakfast events run from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and are held at either St. Norbert College’s F.K. Bemis International Conference Center in De Pere or the Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton.

Recently named the No. 3 CEO in the world in an Inc. magazine article, Chapman is intentional about using his platform as a business leader to build a better world. Headquartered in St. Louis, Barry-Wehmiller is a $2.5 billion global manufacturing business with 11,000 employees. Paper Converting Machine Co. and Hudson Sharp Machine Co. of Green Bay are Barry-Wehmiller companies.

Chapman will share his leadership journey and the story of Barry-Wehmiller as an example of the way businesses and organizations should operate: focused on creating value for all stakeholders — team members, customers, communities and shareholders. Not only is it good for business, Chapman says it leads to meaningful work and fulfillment for team members.

Here’s the rest of the lineup for the 2019-20 series:

  • Oct. 9: Tom Ealy, president and CEO of Ameriprise, on “You’re in a Turnaround Whether You Know It or Not,” at St. Norbert.
  • Nov. 5: Chris Woleske, CEO of Bellin Health Systems Inc., on “Medicare for All” at St. Norbert.
  • Dec. 10: Mary Goggans, president of Encapsys, on “Grow Your Business Through Open Innovation Partnerships: A Case Study” at Butte des Morts Country Club.
  • Jan. 14: John McHugh, director of corporate communications, leadership development and training at Kwik Trip, on “Purpose and Compassion at Kwik Trip” at St. Norbert.
  • Feb. 4: Craig Dickman, managing director of TitletownTech in Green Bay, on “Designing a Collaborative Innovation Process Within an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” at St Norbert.
  • March 5: Chris Hess, president and CEO of Goodwill Northcentral Wisconsin” on “Be the Real MVP: Focus on What Matters” at Butte des Morts Country Club.
  • April 9: Greg Linnemanstons, president of the Weidert Group, on “Surviving the Great Recession: A Story of Business Reinvention” at St. Norbert.
  • May 6: Craig Culver, co-founder, board chairman and brand ambassador for Culver’s, on “The Culver’s Story” at Butte des Morts Country Club.

People can register for each event individually or the entire season. The cost is $60 per session, with the exception of the two national speakers, which cost $75 per session. A season ticket costs $575 and includes all the speakers. Space is limited. To register, visit or call (920) 403-3440.

The presenting sponsor for the CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series is Miron Construction Co. Inc., while the title sponsors are Davis/Kuelthau Attorneys at Law, Johnson Financial Group and Insight Publications.

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