Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series

What does it mean to be a business leader with a conscience?

How can Cardinal Stritch graduates be successful in meeting the challenge of balancing people, planet and profit? Attendees at the Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series learn from leaders in the field who have discovered responsible ways to navigate complex business environments and who want to employ people who know how to collaborate and make decisions that are innovative and ethical.

There is no cost to attend and all events are open to the public. For additional information, contact Mark Gesner at For more information about the creation and vision of the Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series click here.

Upcoming Speakers

Featured Guest: Susan Marshall (BSM '86)
Founder, The Backbone Institute
Thursday, March 26, 2015 
Time: 6 p.m. with an alumni reception to follow at 7 p.m.
Location: Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


Susan Marshall is an author, speaker, and Founder of Backbone Institute, LLC, whose mission is to create a stronger, more confident future one person or team at a time.

Learn more about Ms. Marshall here.

Featured Guest: Jim Lindenberg (MBA '93)
President, Lindy Enterprises
Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. with an alumni reception to follow at 7 p.m.
Location: Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center


James “Jim” Lindenberg, ’93, is one of southeastern Wisconsin’s best-known and successful entrepreneurs. In 1994, he launched a wire, cable and tubing manufacturing company, World Class Wire and Cable, building it into an industry leader within the first five years of operation.

Learn more about Mr. Lindenberg here.

Recordings of Past Speakers

Ray Allen (MSM '85) 
Publisher, The Madison Times
Deputy Secretary, State of Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
 February 17, 2015 Ray Allen video coming soon

Michael Steger (ASB '97, BSM '99, MBA '05) 
VP & Chief Operating Officer, Waukesha Metal Products 
January 28, 2015 Michael Steger video

Tina Beckett (MBA '05)
Owner, Massage Envy Spa
November 13, 2014 Tina Beckett video

Silvia Perez-Rathell (MSM '05)
National Senior Director
Corporate and Federal Relations League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
October 14, 2014 Silvia Perez-Rathell video

Brian J. King, (BA '88)
Global Brand Office for Marriott Endorsed Brands at Marriott International
September 22, 2014 Brian King video

John Rupcich (M.B.A., '96)
Life Style Staffing
April 30, 2014   John Rupcich video

Lori Craig (B.A., '92, M.S.M., '09)
Senior VP and Market Executive
PNC Wealth Management
March 11, 2014   Lori Craig video

Leonard Peace (A.S.B., '06, B.A., '08)
Public Affairs Specialist
Feb. 10, 2014   Leonard Peace video

Jeffrey Speller, '13
Operations Manager
Boyle Fredrickson, S.C.
Nov. 21, 2013     Jeffrey Speller video

Janice Ochenkowski, '70
Managing Director
Jones Lang LaSalle
Oct. 22, 2013     Janice Ochenkowski video

Omar Shaikh (B.A., '00)
Co-owner and President
SURG Restaurant Group
Sept. 18, 2013   Omar Shaikh video

Dr. Eve Hall (Ph.D., '09)  President/CEO
Milwaukee African American Chamber of Commerce
May 9, 2013     Eve Hall video

William O’Toole (M.B.A., ’91)   President and CEO
Catholic Financial Life
April 22, 2013

Dr. Tina Koehn (Ph.D., '10; M.B.A., '02) Vice President
March 11, 2013