Nadine Hack

CEO of beCause Global Consulting, Hack was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders on Trustworthy Business Behaviour globally. She advises Fortune 500 company executives, heads of state, and other leaders and organizations on clarifying their goals and tackling the obstacles to achieve them. She was the first woman to be Executive-in-Residence at IMD Business School where she maintains an affiliation. She was Board Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and has served as a non-executive director on for- and not-for profit boards. Her company has 33 Senior Associates internationally, each with their own teams and networks.

Hack’s broad spectrum of experience over four decades includes: develop stakeholder engagement systems within and among organizations; provide executive coaching for top-tier executives; facilitate leadership development programs; design organizational change management initiatives; co-create strategic action plans for new or revitalized enterprises; generate multi-sector, cross-border alliances, critical in an increasingly globalized world; sustain corporate social responsibility initiatives, integrated with core business; formulate and bolster foundations for trust, ethics, sustainability, diversity and related values; institute governance structures to achieve these and other goals. Global CEO Magazine ranked her in Top 100 CSR Leaders in the world.

Her clients, among many others, in the private sector include The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Omnicom Group, Royal Dutch Shell and other multinationals; in the non-profit sector, The Ford Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Robert F Kennedy Center, etc.; in the government and/or public sector, Presidents Nelson Mandela and Corazon Aquino, the Association of German Public Banking Institutions, the Shanghai Stock Exchange and UN specialized agencies in New York, Geneva, Nairobi, etc.

She has accepted numerous awards including International Outstanding Achievement, Woman of the Year, Women’s Mentor of the Year, and Womensphere Inspiration Award for lifetime achievement presented at the Säid Business School of Oxford University. She has Master’s degrees from Harvard University and The New School. She is a Fellow at New Westminster College, created and taught graduate courses at NYU and SNHU and has been a guest lecturer at many universities globally.

Featured on Atlantic Speaker Bureau, Hack gives keynotes at conferences, graduations and major gatherings, including TEDx. She also makes private presentations for boards and senior executives. She’s had articles written about or published by her including in The Financial Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Times, ReWiring Business, The Library of Professional Coaching, among others. She’s appeared extensively on television, radio, Internet, and is on the on-line braintrust of women experts, SheSource.

Hack continues to lead sessions in IMD executive education programs, including one-on-one intensives with senior executives and deep dives for business groups, often in the role of “designated challenger” to help them work through their challenges and chart their future. As Executive-in-Residence she distilled her internationally known pioneering work on engagement leadership and its framework Strategic Relational Engagement (SRE™) into teachable lessons about improving stakeholder engagement within and among entities and sectors to increase productivity, profitability and sustainability.


References and Tributes:

The Honorable Nelson Mandela
“When I was in prison it was very good to know I had powerful friends like Nadine Hack working on behalf of South Africa’s freedom. Now that South Africa is engaged in the arduous process of reconstruction and development, my colleagues and I regularly rely upon the perceptive guidance provided by Nadine.”

Janet Riccio, Executive Vice President, Omnicom Group Of Companies
“Nadine B. Hack mesmerized every group we had her speak in front of and provided the strategic leadership that guided our complex process of developing powerful branding and message delivery for a client with multiple stakeholders holding extremely divergent views. We could not have done it without her.”

Richard Matzke, Board Vice Chairman, Chevron Texaco Corporation
“Nadine Hack understands the importance of corporate social responsibility goals that companies seek to achieve. She is strategic in her approach and thorough in her implementation to help clients distill and achieve objectives that are consistent with their core business model. It has always been a pleasure to work with her and I am always enchanted by her scintillating presentations.”

Michael Schlein, President Of International Franchise Management, Citigroup
“Early in my professional career, I learned so much about how to organize and run a meeting from Nadine Hack. She hired me to be the executive director of a committee she chaired. The co-chairs she recruited included Bob Rubin, Arthur Levitt and Roger Altman, all who later were in the US Cabinet. Her presence as a speaker is remarkable. She masterfully led this group in a crisp weekly meeting that accomplished extraordinary results.”

Ambassador Andrew Young, Chairman, Goodworks International
“Nadine Hack has an extraordinary network of people domestic and abroad who trust her judgment and follow her guidance. Her friends and acquaintances include heads of state, members of cabinets and parliaments, other senior government officials, as well as corporate and civic leaders.”

Ingrid Saunders Jones, Senior Vice President, Coca Cola
“The need for companies to work in partnership with viable nonprofit organizations and to support governmental initiatives has become ever more important. Nadine knows that relationships you create with other sectors can provide important values for your company including employee volunteerism and strategic community, national or global input in decisions affecting business.”

Huey Johnson, 2001 UNEP Sasakawa Environmental Prize Laureate
“I have relied on the visionary counsel of Nadine Hack for decades, since she first helped me in the 1970s formulate and implement many renewable resource concepts that still thrive today. These early cutting-edge initiatives and her ongoing insights clarified the principles and informed the blueprint for Global Green Plans worldwide. She can help others expand into the global arena.”

Jerilyn Asher, Chairman, Rainmaker Consulting Group
“My years of experience as a corporate executive have taught me how critical it is for companies to make use of the best strategic thinkers to become positioned as leaders in their market. I know of no one more capable than Nadine Hack and beCause to help companies do this, particularly with innovative organizational change management and cause related marketing initiatives.”

Gloria Steinem, Founder, MS Magazine
“Nadine Hack is the organizer extraordinaire! She has the uncanny ability to assemble exactly the right people and bring together unique partnerships. Her exceptionally clear ability to envision what doesn’t yet exist, but should, goes in advance of reality, and changes reality.”

Peggy Dulany, Chair, Synergos Institute
“Working with Nadine and her company has helped us formulate and bring to life some of our most innovative ideas. beCause under her leadership is creative, knowledgeable, entrepreneurial, collaborative, organized and diligent. I respect her special capacity to be idealistic and realistic simultaneously, allowing us to dream big and then translate that vision into achievable projects.”

Tokuo Kassai, President, Aprica Kassai Inc, Japan
“We are indebted to the invaluable services provided by Nadine Hack, CEO beCause Global Consulting. She helped introduce our company and its Childcare Institute to a very significant audience of distinguished American and international leaders. It was highly productive and a pleasure to work with her.”

Maresa Wischenbart-Backhaus, Vice President, Volkswagen, Germany
“It is particularly gratifying to Volkswagen when we have a successful corporate partnership as we had with the United Nations at Expo 2000. This was the result of the sensitive leadership provided by beCause CEO Nadine Hack, who from the beginning carefully listened to our desires and, by assembling and guiding an international team, oversaw production and operation of a multi-media high-tech pavilion with which we were very proud to be affiliated as a key corporate sponsor.”

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, Nobel Laureate
“Nadine Hack, a splendid friend, has over a long period of time been deeply involved with and extremely successful at promoting issues of peace, justice and human rights in the developed and developing countries. Hearing her speak is pure inspiration. She is dedicated, intelligent and among those wonderful people who have done so much to make the world a better place. Do you have your sunglasses on? She’s a star!”

Paul Cobb, Publisher, Post News Group
“Nadine has a unique insight to draw together those that might not be able on their own to see the benefits of working together to get the most difficult things done. I was amazed as she convened US congressional leaders, the California governor, Oakland mayor, CEOs of Clorox and other key CA-based companies along with disparate citizen activists — Daughters of the American Revolution and Black Panthers — motivating them to work together for statewide urban renewal that benefited all.”

Benjamin Zander, Conductor, Boston Philharmonic
“Our gratitude to Nadine Hack for what she created for us in Carnegie Hall has no measure. Nadine, in her unstinting efforts to turn the event into a fitting memorial to victims of September 11th, revealed a passionate, visionary, organizational genius that left us in awe.”

Susan Taylor, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, Essence Magazine
“As I prepared to present Nadine a prestigious award, a UN Under-Secretary General wrote to me, ‘Nadine belongs to that rare group of people who is as effective at all levels, dealing with a local community issue, a national challenge or a global initiative.’ A NYC official told me, ‘Nadine is the only person I know who is as comfortable in the boardroom as in the barrio.’ These strikingly similar remarks from people of quite different walks of life say something very powerful about Nadine. This is a woman who walks the walk wherever she is and with whomever she is with: she’s the real deal.”