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A. W. Clausen Center for World Business

Distinguished Visitors

The Clausen Center has become increasingly active in sponsoring visitors on our own, and in collaboration with other institutes and programs at Carthage, especially in connection with campus-wide speakers. Sustained emphasis is being given by the Center to local and state, as well as national and foreign, government professionals.

Johnson Distinguished Visitors Program

Carthage has in place a strong established series of senior generally high-visibility visitors. The Johnson Distinguished Visitors Program is made possible through a generous endowment gift from Imogene and Samuel Johnson. Mr. Johnson led S.C. Johnson & Son as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1967, and retired as Chairman in 2000.

Past Johnson Distinguished Visitors Include

  • Barry Rabe, professor, University of Michigan
  • Mary Beth Marklein, journalist, Wilson Visiting Fellow
  • Harriet Rubin, author, journalist, senior writer and co-founder of Fast Company Magazine
  • Jeffrey Ball, scholar in residence at Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy and Finance at Stanford University
  • Bruce DuMont, Chicago radio/television host and founder of the Museum of Broadcast Communications
  • David Eisenhower, author
  • Julie Eisenhower, author
  • Fumiko and Richard Halloran, journalists
  • Sergei Khrushchev, Brown University scientist
  • Eileen Mackevich, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
  • Julie McCarthy, Pakistan Correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Lester Munson, ESPN legal analyst
  • Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst
  • Daniel J. Travanti, actor
  • Hon. Clayton Yeutter, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Trade Representative

Students have also had the opportunity to meet with retired executives from Mobil Oil and Snap-on Inc., and members of the Wisconsin legislature.

Chapman Executives in Residence

The Chapman Executive-in-Residence program brings prominent business leaders to campus to speak to students and the public. The program is endowed by Carthage Trustee Steven M. Chapman, Vice President and Group Vice President — China and Russia, Cummins Inc., who also served as the initial visiting executive.

Past Chapman Executives-in-Residence

  • James Gelber — U.S. Dept. of Justice (2018)
  • Josiah Lamb ’01, leadership attorney  — WayPoint Inc. (2016)
  • Christina (Wright) Bruff ’04, economic development and multilateral affairs officer — United States Department of State (2016)
  • Herman Mashaba, entrepreneur and founder — Black Like Me (2015)
  • Bryan Ambelang, CEO — NatureSweet (2014)
  • Eldon Schaffer, President — Aptar Food and Beverage (2013)
  • David Landsittel, Chairman — Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (2013)
  • C.S. ‘Bud’ Kulesza, former CFO — ITT Automotive (2013)
  • Wendy DuBoe, president and CEO — United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (2013)
  • Steven J. Hopp, area vice president — Gallagher Benefit Services (2012)
  • Col. Paul Herbert, executive director — First Division Museum at Cantigny (2012)
  • Fr. J. Bryan Hehir, priest and profesor — Boston Archdiocese and Kennedy School, Harvard University (2011)
  • David Baskerville, founder — Baskeville International (2011)
  • Cordelia Taylor, founder and director — Milwaukee’s Family House (2010)
  • Duane R. Kullberg, retired managing partner and chief executive officer — Arthur Andersen & Co. (2010)
  • James Bittman, faculty member — Options Institute and the Illinois Institute of Technology (2010)
  • Dr. Gene Sarver, vice president — FX (2008)
  • Steve Heare, director — EPA Drinking Water Protection Division (2008)
  • Tom Mitchell, retired Naval fighter pilot and FedEx pilot (2008)
  • Wayne McVicker, founder — (2007)
  • Jerome Grant, president of business publishing — Pearson/Prentice Hall (2007)
  • Russell W. Swansen, senior vice president and chief investment officer — Thrivent Financial (2007)
  • Scott E. Roe, vice president, global planning and logistics — Abbott Laboratories (2006)
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