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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. Another ventured on a 100 kilometer sea kayak journey in Patagonia, and one of them led the team that created the first waterproof phone.  I can't wait to see what they will do when equipped with a Kellogg MBA.

This week I’m on the road with our alumni. On Tuesday night, we had a terrific event at Gotham Hall in New York City with Northwestern President Morty Schapiro. This morning, I met with an energizing group of 75 alumni over breakfast in Boston.

We’ve talked a lot in my discussions about the Kellogg brand and what it stands for today. Our broad-based general management strength has consistently been lauded as a defining factor. We prepare leaders who cross the private and public sectors. Our alumni hold C-suite positions at Target, Allstate, Campbell Soup and Northern Trust. They lead top private equity firms from coast to coast and establish social entrepreneurship ventures in Africa. Our alumni hold positions in the White House, serve as cabinet members in international governments, and are running for political office in places like Massachusetts, North Dakota and Illinois.

Full-Time Kellogg Students  
Professor Janice Eberly is a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers.  

At the same time, the strength of our faculty research spans finance, economics, marketing, and management, and we excel at producing ideas that cross the public-private interface. For example, Professor Janice Eberly is a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, a group of distinguished experts who provide advice and information on economic forecasts, research and policy. Josh Rauh has become a leading voice on the need for state pension plan reform in order to avoid large-scale federal bailouts. David Dranove is front and center on the health care debate, leading the discussion in an accessible, engaging way. Daniel Diermeier regularly consults for the FBI.

The Kellogg brand is alive and well, and most strongly embodied by the breadth and accomplishments of the students, alumni and faculty who represent it every day. I look forward to more discussions within our community over the coming months as we work to move our brand forward—leveraging this broad-based strength at its core.

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

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