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The Wormhole to the New MillenniumThe Wormhole to the New Millennium
May 7, 2012

Since the start of the new millennium, the world order has undergone a powerful transformation process. Rarely in human history has such a major chronological marker coincided with a decade of such deep social, economic, geographic and political upheaval. In fact, I’d argue that humankind has been through a virtual socio-economic wormhole since 2000. Read more...

The Kellogg MosaicThe Kellogg Mosaic
April 13, 2012

Key to building Kellogg's global architecture is cultivating interconnections that span both within and across our many cultures, campuses, programs, global origins and intellectual perspectives. At Kellogg, we take pride in the rich mosaic that makes up our vibrant, multi-faceted community. Read more...

KeiA KIEI to our Future
April 6, 2012

Since announcing Linda Darragh’s appointment as Executive Director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice and the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital last week, Kellogg has been abuzz with energy. In the wake of this news, I’ve received many questions about Kellogg’s renewed focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, what our goals are and why this matters. Read More...

Linda Darragh

Driving Envision Kellogg Forward
March 29, 2012

Since announcing our strategic plan – Envision Kellogg – last month, we have been focused on moving from concept to action. Key to our success over the next five years is the leadership team we’re putting in place for this journey. Read More...

Collaborative Introverts and Reflective Extroverts

Collaborative Introverts and Reflective Extroverts
March 2, 2012

As many people know, I often spend a few days in February at a retreat center at the edge of the Arizona desert. It is a simple place, a bit rustic, designed for people seeking solitude, reflection, wonderful desert views and good hiking. I had a great visit last week — it offered me an opportunity to step back after a busy and productive month. Read More...


A New Day for Kellogg in the 21st Century Collaboration Economy
February 6, 2012

Since the beginning of this century just over 10 years ago, the world has seen startling transformations—economically, politically, socially, physically, technologically and culturally. The geopolitical power balance has shifted toward the southern and eastern hemispheres. Old ways of wealth creation have fallen away.


Courage and Conviction

Passion, Conviction and Self-reflection
January 25, 2012

In my last blog post, I wrote about the high standards that my father pushed me to adopt as a child. As those who live and work with me know, his lessons took. Many would say that I am relentless in how I push myself and those around me. People often ask me why I take on certain issues. “You have a good job and good reputation – why not just coast a bit more?” Read More...

Courage and Conviction

Courage and Conviction
January 17, 2012

I recently had the privilege of being featured in a new book with my sister, Susan Blount, senior vice president and general counsel of Prudential Financial. The book, Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500, offers reflections from the first generation of female leaders in the field of law at Fortune 500 companies.   Read More...

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life
January 16, 2012

Today we honor a brave man who broke boundaries and challenged convention with grace in order to make the world a better place.   Read More...


Kellogg Newsmakers2011: A Year of Conversations
December 29, 2011

What a year 2011 has been for our world and what a year for Kellogg…

Like many of you, I find myself reading year-end lists, synopses and commentaries. As I reflect, I am inspired and humbled by stories of triumph even among the tragedies and losses that our world has seen this year.   Read More...

Kellogg NewsmakersKellogg Newsmakers
December 14, 2011

In several recent posts, I’ve written about the dynamism of the Kellogg culture —something that is not only evident within our walls but radiates outward, making a positive impact on business and society at large. Consider just the last two weeks as members of our community have been honored and acknowledged for their contributions as they’ve moved markets, organizations and communities.
Building for our FutureBuilding for our Future
December 7, 2011

Now that Kellogg has selected Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) to design our new building, we’ve moved into high gear. We’re busy fostering detailed discussions among the Kellogg community about what the design needs to accomplish practically, while at the same time looking at the “built” world for ideas and inspiration for what we can accomplish aesthetically. Read More...

Thanksgiving Dinner for 630Thanksgiving Dinner for 630
November 29, 2011

Among the greatest traditions at Kellogg is our annual Thanksgiving dinner, which is open to anyone in our community who spends the holiday in Evanston. This year, 630 students, faculty, administrators, alumni, family and friends joined us at the Allen Center to celebrate. Jeff Muldrow, our amazing chef; Scott Hastings, our lead Aramark manager at the Allen Center;
and the entire Allen Center team produced a wonderful afternoon.

A Week in the Life… A Week in the Life…
November 14, 2011

People often ask me, “What does a week in the life of Kellogg’s dean look like?” Truthfully, the weeks are all different, but what ties them together is that each one is always full of rich conversation — both within and outside Kellogg. Below are some highlights from last week. Read More...

7 Billion Plus One7 Billion Plus One
November 8, 2011

The world population hit 7 billion last week. There are ever more people, many of whom are living longer lives. Yet, ironically, it often feels like we have less and less time. Read More...


Exciting News to Close the WeekExciting News to Close the Week
October 21, 2011

Last spring one of our own, Professor Janice Eberly, was nominated to serve as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy. Now, we are pleased to share that she has just been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Read More...

Making Peace and Motivating ActionMaking Peace and Motivating Action
October 17, 2011

The Norwegian Nobel Committee recently sent a powerful message to the world when it awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to three women. The written statement was quite clear: “We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.” I am in awe of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, who have taken on so much in environments far less supportive of women than I have experienced in my life. Read More...

Honoring Steve Jobs

Today, I join the world in honoring a man who inspired me and so many others to think bravely . . . Read More...

September 12, 2011

As this week starts, I find myself feeling immense relief and gratitude. First, I am grateful that our country got through our 9/11/11 anniversary safely. In August 2001, I had moved back east to join NYU. On 9/11, I had just gotten off the PATH train from New Jersey and was walking through Washington Square Park to my office on Fourth Street when I saw one of the planes hit. Like many others, I have and know many poignant stories about what happened next. I still can’t talk about my own story without tearing up. This weekend, I found that I couldn’t watch any of the commentary on TV, as my mind still holds plenty of its own from that day. Read More...

Blame Game

September 2, 2011

As my friends and family clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and I read about the discussions that recently took place at the central bankers’ conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., I cannot help but reflect on how we, as humans, prepare for and deal with threats and disasters. Read More...

While in São Paulo, I had the chance to meet with 80-plus Kellogg alumni based in the region.

August 23, 2011

I was in São Paulo, Brazil this past week. While there, I had the chance to meet with 80-plus Kellogg alumni based in the region. I also participated in a meeting of the International Advisory Board for Fundação Dom Cabral, a long-time Kellogg partner in Executive Education. Read More...

Volatility and Psychology

August 15, 2011

The one thing that all of the economists I know agree upon is that we are in an era of increased market volatility. The errant notion of the “great moderation” has long passed. We all have deeper respect for the interconnectedness and uncertainty that comes from the markets, currencies, political turmoil and daily lives of the nearly 7 billion sentient beings who now occupy our world. On a simple numbers level, humanity confronts more complexity and uncertainty every day with each uptick in the world population. Read More...

Remembering Harry Truman: The Importance of Service

August 3, 2011

When I recently traveled to Independence, Missouri, I was fortunate to visit the Truman Library and meet a group of young adults who had been elected as Truman Scholars. The Truman Scholars program was created by the U.S. government in 1975 as a federal memorial to President Truman’s legacy. Each year, 60 college students are chosen from across the country in recognition of their passion for public service and potential to make a difference. Read More...

Whither Washington

July 26, 2011

Let’s be honest—the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling is not really a deadline. It’s hard to imagine that anyone in Washington is going to allow the U.S. government to shut down. This is about both sides using this moment, this punctuation point in time, to gain legislative advantage. Read More...

Preface and Coda

July 21, 2011

My 50th year has been a big one — not only symbolically, but materially. During this period, I not only returned to Kellogg to serve as dean, but also sent the last of my three children to college, moved away from the home in which I raised them, as well as from my sister and her family, and experienced the passing of two friends unexpectedly. Read More...

It’s hard to believe, but July marks my one-year anniversary as dean of Kellogg. This milestone has inspired a great deal of reflection as I look back on the past 12 months and look forward to where we’re taking Kellogg next.
Reflections on life, learning and lunch

July 15, 2011

I’m sitting on a rocky ledge on a small island a few miles off the coast of northern New England. Coming to the island has been a time for regrouping. I have caught up on sleep, spent time with old friends, enjoyed homemade bread, good wine and great views, and taken many walks. Between the salt air and the days full of exercise and laughter, it’s been a great time to recharge. Read More...

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