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The Kellogg Mosaic
April 13, 2012

 The Kellogg Mosaic
 This week, the Kellogg community joined together in celebration of global diversity as part of MOSAIC Week.

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. It's a commitment born out of a longstanding belief in the transformative power of a strong and collaborative organizational culture-a culture that recognizes that bringing together diverse perspectives enriches learning, inspires innovation and develops strong leaders.

Interconnecting on Campus

Monday marked the kickoff of MOSAIC Week, Kellogg's annual celebration of global diversity organized by our full-time students. MOSAIC Week features speakers, performances and a wide variety of activities inspired by muses from around the world (like the Bollywood Bash and a "Tastes of the Middle East" cooking class). This annual celebration gives voice to the vast array of cultures, perspectives and people that make Kellogg so dynamic.

Last month, we hosted the 2012 Africa Business Conference, where we had the honor of welcoming H. E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria. Later this month, we'll host our 2012 Latin America Business Conference, which will feature successful entrepreneurs like Julio Vasconcellos, the CEO of Peixe Urbano, Brazil's largest daily deal site. And next month, we'll host the 2012 India Business Conference as well as the Greater China Business Conference.

Engaging Globally

On Monday, I'll head to Mexico to serve as co-chair of the 2012 convening of the World Economic Forum on Latin America. This is a great honor for me and for Kellogg. This meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to participate in important conversations that examine Latin America's role in the global economy. From where I sit, key to this conversation will be setting an agenda for how we educate the future leaders of the Latin American workforce to face the complexities and leverage the unparalleled opportunities that will be available to the region in the 21st century.

This event is particularly timely as we continue to deepen Kellogg's commitment to global markets, with Latin America being key among them. This year, we expanded our Miami campus to meet rising demand for our executive education programs there, and we've recently established a new partnership with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. Over the coming months, we will be opening a shared office in São Paolo.

I welcome your comments, feedback and ideas at sallyblount@kellogg.northwestern.edu

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