Distinguished alumni

Glenn Van Ekeren ’74 Distinguished Professional Achievement

An accomplished motivational speaker and trainer, Glenn Van Ekeren shares his passion for living a meaningful life in his blog, enthusedaboutlife.com, and in books he’s authored with titles such as “12 Simple Steps to Experiencing Joy in Everyday Relationships” and “Celebrate: Living the Life You’ve Imagined.” After graduating from Northwestern in 1974, he spent 20 years as the director of people development at Village Northwest Unlimited, an organization that serves individuals with disabilities. Since 1999 he has been the president of Vetter Health Services, which owns and operates 30 long-term care facilities in the Midwest.

Award year: 2016