Marquette Welcomes Chairman of Case New
Holland Kathy Hudson as Keynote Speaker for Business
Leaders Forum Luncheon
Feb. 1, 2005
Marquette University is pleased to welcome Kathy Hudson,
chairman of CNH Global, N.V., as part of the Business
Leaders Forum luncheon on Wednesday, February 23, 2005.
Ms. Hudson's presentation is titled “Dimensions of
a Positive Work Environment – from Diversity to Dilbert.”
The event is open to the public; to register call (414)
288-7431. For more information, log on to http://www.marquette.edu/blf.
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.
Following the luncheon keynote address, Ms. Hudson will share
personal insights and knowledge from her years of business
expertise with students and faculty in the College of Business
"Kathy became the first woman CEO of a publicly traded
company in Wisconsin when she took the reins of the Brady
Corporation. She guided Brady through a period of unprecedented
growth, establishing herself along the way as a tremendous
leader both in the business world and in the Milwaukee community.
Since Marquette University shares with Kathy an unending
quest for excellence and an uncompromising commitment to principled
leadership, we are enthusiastic to hear the words she will
share at the Business Leaders Forum,” said Marquette President
Robert Wild, S.J.
"The Business Leaders Forum provides our students with
an invaluable opportunity to interact and learn from our nation's
top business leaders. We are honored that Kathy Hudson
accepted the invitation to speak to our students and faculty
as well as the surrounding business community. Her insights
into the business world put into perspective the lessons taught
in the classroom,” said Dr. David L. Shrock, Dean of Marquette's
College of Business Administration.
Marquette University has attracted leaders at the top of
their respective professions to speak at the Business Leaders
Forum. Past speakers include: Jeffrey R. Immelt - chairman
of the Board and CEO of G.E.; Don H. Davis, Jr. - chairman
and CEO Rockwell Automation; Wayne Sanders - CEO, Kimberly
Clark Corporation; Dick Burke - chairman, Trek Bicycle Corp.;
and John Morgridge - chairman of the Board, Cisco Systems.
The Kathleen and Frank Thometz Foundation has made the Business
Leaders Forum speaker series possible through a special endowment.
About Ms. Hudson
Kathy Hudson, non-executive chairman of
CNH Global, N.V. Prior to CNH Global, Hudson was formerly
president and CEO of Brady Corporation, a global manufacturer
of industrial identification solutions headquartered in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, and traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
In 2003, Hudson retired from Brady and became the company's
chairman of the board. Prior to Brady, Hudson spent 24 years
at Eastman Kodak company. In addition to her position
at CNH Global, Hudson is lead director of Charming Shoppes,
Inc., chair of the board of trustees of the Medical College
of Wisconsin, and vice-chair of the board of trustees of Alverno
College. She is also active in inner city development
with Milwaukee's Walnut Way Conservation Corporation.
Hudson lives in Mequon, Wisconsin, with her husband Robert
O. Hudson and their son Rob.
Office of Public Affairs Contacts
Brigid O'Brien Miller
Director of University Communication
Phone: (414) 288-7445
Sr. Media Relations Specialist
Phone: (414) 288-0286