Mark Kennedy -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

The Hon. Mark Kennedy has acquired a unique combination of perspectives from his experiences leading in C-suites, serving in the halls of Congress, and traveling across the world to engage academic, business, political, and civic leaders in nearly 40 countries. In his speeches and lectures, Kennedy shares insights taken from his broad experiences that overturn conventional wisdom.


Professor Kennedy leads George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. Previously, Kennedy led as a Senior Vice President and Treasurer of a Fortune 100 company (Macy’s); helped Pillsbury acquire Häagen Dazs and spread it around the globe; served three terms in the U.S. Congress (2001–7); and then returned to the private sector in a global role with Accenture (a leading consulting firm) while continuing public service as a presidential appointee to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy (under both President Bush and President Obama).


Mark has lectured or led research projects at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, NYU, Maryland, Minnesota, London Business School, HEC-Paris, Mannheim, National University of Singapore Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) and Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo).


Kennedy serves as Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota ( and is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC.


Mark has a record of effective collaboration. While a Republican Congressman, he partnered with twenty Democrats to introduce and lead several pieces of legislation; more than half of the Democrats in the U.S. House co-sponsored one of his bills.


Kennedy regularly provides insights to media outlets worldwide including BBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, CSPAN, FOX News, France2, MSNBC, NBC - Face the Nation, Sky News, Sky News – Arabia, NPR, SRF - Swiss Radio, Voice of Russia, Bloomberg / Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, the Hill, LA Times, Roll Call, Politico, U.S. News & Word Report, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Washingtonian and the Huffington Post.


A graduate of St. John's University, Kennedy received a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from the The University of Michigan.


Mark and Debbie, his wife of 33 years, are the proud parents of four successful young adult children. When they are not traveling, they split their time between Washington, DC and Minnesota.

Mark Kennedy