- The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership
- Becoming a Values-Based Leader
About Harry Kreamer, Jr.
Harry Kraemer, Jr. is professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. He is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), one of the largest private equity firms in the United States where he consults with CEOs and other senior executives of companies in MDP’s extensive portfolio.
Harry is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a multi-billion-dollar global healthcare company. He was voted by the students at Kellogg as the Professor of the Year in 2008 and was a finalist for the award in 2014.
Mr. Kraemer is also the author of From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership and Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership. Becoming the Best climbed the bestsellers’ ranks at 800-CEO-READ to reach the #2 spot in September 2015! From Values to Action had a great year. Harry’s book was 800-CEO-READ’s #1 bestseller for 2013.
Mr. Kraemer currently serves on several corporate healthcare Boards. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Northwestern University and Lawrence University; on the Dean’s Advisory Boards of the Kellogg School of Management and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and on the Conference Board of the Board of Trustees of the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Harry’s Support of The One Acre Fund:
While studying for his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management, Andrew Youn took a mission trip to Kenya with the idea of thinking bravely in mind. He quickly realized that given his skillset, he could help double – if not triple – the crop yield in that part of Kenya. Right after graduating from Kellogg in 2006, Andrew moved to Kenya and launched the One Acre Fund.
Since then, Andrew has grown the One Acre Fund into an enterprise employing over 1,500 people on the ground in Kenya and Rwanda. The crop yield has doubled or tripled on 175,000 farms, and impacted the lives of over 800,000 children. The current goal is to reach 20 million children with the help of the Kenyan and Rwandan governments. Not surprisingly, Andrew has been named in Forbes Magazine as one of the top 25 global social entrepreneurs.
Harry Kraemer’s partnership with Andrew and the One Acre Fund began in 2011, shortly after his book, From Values to Action, was published. When Andrew returned to Kellogg for his fifth year reunion, Harry chose him to be a guest speaker in his class. After class, Harry recalled telling Andrew, “You know what, you are the best possible example of From Values to Action. You’re living it.” So Harry told Youn that he would donate all the proceeds from the book to the One Acre Fund, and when he wasn’t teaching, or on a board meeting, once a month Harry would give a talk, and all the proceeds from those talks would also go towards the One Acre Fund.
That was in 2011, and while Harry vowed to do one talk a month, the number has grown to about two hundred!