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Lessons in Leading Today: Jeffrey Yordon

February 4, 2014
Jeffrey Yordon

Jeffrey Yordon

Jeffrey Yordon’s company, Sagent Pharmaceuticals, was No. 1 on Crain’s 2013 Fast Fifty list of Chicago’s fastest growing companies and No. 3 in North America on Deloitte’s 2012 Technology Fast 500 list.

With more than 40 years of experience in injectable pharmaceuticals, the Northern Illinois University alumnus was the original founding member of four pharmaceutical companies that experienced extraordinary growth during his tenure.

As a way of giving back to the community, he is a major NIU donor and serves on the board of directors for the NIU Foundation and the NIU Executive Leadership Forum. He is also a visiting professor in the colleges of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Yordon will share his leadership experience Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Executive Leadership Forum conference, “Lessons in Leading Today.”

The Executive Leadership Forum – an NIU Alumni Association group – holds events throughout the year to bring business leaders of diverse backgrounds together for discussions and networking.

As one of the main speakers, Yordon will talk about how to gain competitive positioning in today’s market.

Logo of the NIU Alumni Association Executive Leadership ForumThe conference will also focus on how businesses can gain ground in a global economy and which leadership practices are considered the best. The conference will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Mid-America Club in the Aon Building, 200 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago.

Dennis Chookaszian, retired chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies, will be the opening speaker, followed by a panel discussion on leadership practices by Rita Athas, retired president of World Business Chicago, and Jerry Roper, retired president and CEO of Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

During the cocktail reception at 5 p.m., meet NIU President Doug Baker and network with other business leaders.

The event is free for Executive Leadership Forum members and $50 for nonmembers. Registration is available online.