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Save the date for Wednesday, April 10, when Jon Clifton, CEO of the Gallup Organization, the global analytics and advisory firm, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Hendrickson Forum on Saint Mary’s Minneapolis Campus. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with the lunch and keynote from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The keynote presentation is titled, “Eliminating our Blind Spots: Finding the Road to Happiness,” in which Clifton will discuss his Wall Street Journal Best Seller, “Blind Spot: The Global Rise of Unhappiness and How Leaders Missed It.”

He explains that while leaders pay close attention to measures like GDP or unemployment, almost none of them track their citizens’ wellbeing and that the implications of this blind spot are significant and far-reaching.

Grounded in Gallup’s global research, “Blind Spot” makes the urgent case that leaders should measure and quantify wellbeing and happiness — how citizens’ lives are going — and shows them how. Learn the five key elements of a great life and where the world needs to improve in each of them to better the lives of people everywhere.

Clifton’s mission is to connect 1 billion individuals with their unique strengths, assist organizations in fostering thriving workplaces, and help 8 billion of the world’s citizens be heard on their most pressing issues through the Gallup World Poll, a century-long project spanning over 150 countries. After joining Gallup in 2008, Clifton rose to the position of global managing partner in the firm’s consulting division, leveraging behavioral economics to advise leaders.

Clifton has also contributed to notable platforms like The Economist, BBC, and the Harvard Business Review. He holds a board position at Gallup and has formerly been a board member for entities such as Meridian International, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Streetwise Partners, and the University of Nebraska’s International Business Advisory Board.

He has a Juris Doctor, specializing in international law, from the University of Nebraska, as well as bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from the University of Michigan. He holds a senior fellowship at Baylor University Institute for the Studies of Religion and has been recognized with honorary doctorates in humane letters by Midland University and Western New England University.

For more information and to register, information will soon be available at smumn.edu/hendricksonforum.

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