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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...

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.

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...

Reflections on life, learning and lunch

April 22, 2011

I’ll be stepping away from blogging for the next few weeks as it’s an extra-busy time. Reunions, graduations, trips to San Francisco, Kansas City, Houston, New York, and Asia, and I’ve agreed to host an academic conference here on campus on the study of groups and teams.But before I do, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on these last three months—which have been a deep growth phase for me as a manager and leader. Read More...

On a Culture Note

March 10, 2011

At Kellogg’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference last month, I learned that building a strong venture capital firm and a strong business school have far more in common than I ever realized. The conference had a terrific line-up of speakers. Kevin Efrusy was one of them. He’s a partner at Accel Partners, early investors in both Facebook and Groupon. Read More...

February 21, 2011

My most recent blog centered on conversations and key changes being implemented here at Kellogg. Now I want to focus on a different dimension of having “important conversations” to showcase how Kellogg community members add their voices into public dialogue. Here are three snapshots from the last couple of weeks on campus. Read More...

February 17, 2011

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been traveling more internationally and have had several great conversations with highly-placed alumni and advisors in global leadership roles. From those conversations, I have gotten a much keener sense for what they want and need from business schools and what they want and hope to see from Kellogg, in particular. They all love Kellogg. They have a deep passion and connection to the school. But there is a general sense across all of my conversations that Kellogg has an opportunity to reignite its spark—that gutsy, innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that first put us on the map. Read More...


February 6, 2011

It’s been an action-packed Sunday—a day of contrasts. I started out the day giving a morning lecture on the business model for sustainability at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago. Tonight I’ve just come from the nerve center of the Kellogg School Super Bowl Advertising Review. Read More...

Civic Opera

October 20, 2010

Last week ended with a whirlwind of activity—the Chicago alumni hosted a terrific welcome event for me at the Lyric Opera house on Thursday. More than 500 alumni attended with standing room only. We all enjoyed a performance of "Toreador Song" from the opera Carmen, I shared a few words and people connected over hors d'œuvres and desserts well into the night. The enthusiasm of the crowd for Kellogg and our next chapter together was so gratifying. Several alumni came up to me or wrote afterward—commenting on how much they enjoyed the event and want to engage as we work to take the school forward into its second century. What a powerful testament the turn-out was to the energy and vibrance of the Kellogg spirit.  Read More...

Looking Back, Looking Forward

October 8, 2010

I had the privilege of attending the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C. this week, where I caught up with two Kellogg CEO alumni—Ellen Kullman '83 at DuPont and Barb Hulit '91 at Fluke, a division of Danaher. I also sat in a conference session led by Warren Buffett, who was filled with his typical candor, wit and insight. At one point, he made the thought-provoking observation that he's been alive for one-third of the life of our country—a vivid reminder of just how comparatively young the U.S. is. Read More...

Exploring Global Plays for the 21st Century

September 30, 2010

The bustle continues—another week full of travel and meetings in Chicago, Evanston and other key U.S. cities. I met some terrific alumni at a dinner in Minneapolis on Monday night and held my first faculty meeting yesterday at the Allen Center. One of the questions that keeps coming up in all of my discussions, both on and off campus, is that of Kellogg's global strategy—what will it be? Read More...

Alive and Well

September 23, 2010

It’s been two busy weeks of meetings and community building with students and alumni since I last wrote. The energy and curiosity that is shared by these groups around our next chapter is palpable –triggering countless interesting discussions. Last week, I met with many of our students in small groups. Some of the stories I heard were quite extraordinary. For example, one of our students was a founding member of an after school program for underprivileged kids. Read More...

Meaning Making

September 2, 2010

The school year is upon us! On Monday, we welcomed 598 new full-time MBA students to Kellogg and 66 new executive MBA students. Last Saturday, 97 new part-time students began. The Evanston and Chicago campuses are abuzz—the energy is palpable and pervasive.Salman Amin, Kellogg ’85 and executive vice president of global sales and marketing at PepsiCo, joined us on campus and gave a very compelling speech to our full-time students as part of their opening activities. He reflected on the life journey that led him to his current role—one that didn’t necessarily unfold as he would have predicted. He discussed how we all need to learn to accept failure and how one’s response in its wake matters more than the failure itself. You can read Salman’s reflections about these themes in his company's blog. Read More...

Kellogg, Chicago and the World Stage

July 29, 2010

The best business schools typically benefit from proximity to a dynamic urban center. While I loved working in New York City for the last nine years, it is great to be back in Chicago, where I lived and worked for nearly two decades during the first part of my career. The lakefront, the Museum Campus and Millennium Park—it’s all so vibrant and lively. Read More...

A New Generation in Management Education

July 23, 2010

What a whirlwind this first week has been! Last Thursday, my first official day, began with a reception that was attended by literally hundreds of faculty and administrators who were there to greet me. It was exciting, and I felt so warmly welcomed. Then it was on to many meetings and time spent “walking the halls” on our Evanston campus, connecting with both familiar and new faces. Through all of my interactions, I have been constantly reminded of the unique culture and strong people and relationships that make Kellogg so special. Read More...

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