Tellabs helps Benedictine’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership launch revolution in responsible business

Tellabs helps Center for Values-Driven Leadership launch revolution in responsible business
November 22, 2011

Phil Brozynski
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LJim ludema JAN2011isle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University's Center for Values-Driven Leadership (CVDL) received a $25,000 grant from the Tellabs Foundation this month, the final installment of a $75,000 pledge the foundation made to help launch the CVDL and secure its future.

This gift from the Tellabs Foundation will help meet CVDL operating expenses and contribute to the launch of the Center's "Revolution in Responsible Business," an initiative to spark research and conversation around the characteristics of values-driven, socially-, ethically- and environmentally-responsible leadership.

"The Tellabs Foundation has been a consistent and generous supporter of the Center since its inception," CVDL co-founder and director Jim Ludema said. "Their support is a reflection of Tellabs' ongoing commitment to responsible business, which is seen in their community engagement and in the leadership of their chairman, Mike Birck, and other executives. We are grateful for their support."

The Tellabs Foundation ( is one of five members of the CVDL Founders Council – a group of individuals and organizations that advance the mission of the Center by contributing a minimum of $25,000 per year for three years.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.