Forbes named Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Chairman and CEO of Carlson, as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and U.S. News and World Report called her one of “America’s Best Leaders.”

She currently teaches corporate responsibility to MBA students at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and is the author of the bestselling book How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership.

Nelson delivered a powerful keynote address at our 2014 Annual Meeting in St. Paul entitled “Reflections on the Journey,” in which she discussed the power of objects to connect us to the past and the value of leadership in today’s world. Each life contributes to our collective history, she emphasized, and each of us is history in the making.


“In the end, our individual histories will be recounted in personal ways, through family stories, mementos, videos, and photos. And our collective legacy will be documented in history books, displayed in museums, and preserved at historic sites that tell the story of our time together.”


You can read an edited version of the address in our latest History News and listen to the full address here.