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Blogging from Davos
January 27, 2011

I am writing from Davos, where I am attending the World Economic Forum. It is humbling and such an honor to represent Kellogg and Northwestern — to be in the company of the world’s thought leaders from the public and private sectors as well as fellow academics. There are many from the Kellogg community here, including Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont (who is serving as co-chair of WEF), Shumeet Banerji, CEO of Booz & Company, and Gary Parr, vice chair and managing director of Lazard.
It’s essential to have a strong pulse on the global flow of ideas and participate in conversations of substance. The World Economic Forum provides a very important platform for us to do just this. This year’s WEF theme is exploring “Shared Norms for the New Reality.” This resonates with me as we think about how to best educate and equip tomorrow’s leaders to navigate unprecedented levels of complexity and uncertainty.
I’m looking forward to participating in two panels today. The “Norms of the Net Generation Workforce” will explore how the Gen Y workforce is reshaping the future of business and how companies should prepare for this shift. And later in the day, I’ll be presenting on “Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders” with fellow deans (including my predecessor, Dipak Jain) and James Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young, to explore how academic institutions might shape our missions going forward to best equip the next generation of global citizens and leaders.
All in all, it’s been a fascinating and rewarding experience so far. I look forward to more discussions in coming days.

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