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Kellogg 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.

Below I offer a sampling of the wonderful Kellogg leaders who inspire me every day.

  •   John Wood ’89   Professor Josh Rauh
      John Wood was recently named by Forbes as a leader using business most effectively to solve social problems.  

    Josh Rauh was lauded by Crain's for his research on the public pensions debate.

    On Nov. 30, Forbes magazine named Andrew Youn ’06, founder of One Acre Fund, and John Wood ’89, founder of Room to Read, to the “Impact 30,” its inaugural list of those using business most effectively to solve social problems. While still a student at Kellogg, Andrew launched Once Acre Fund, which provides low-interest loans and education to farmers in East Africa. Meanwhile, John’s Room to Read has created more than 12,000 libraries in nine countries. It’s so gratifying to see our alumni using business frameworks and tools learned at Kellogg to address pressing social issues around the world.
  • Last Monday, Janice Eberly, finance professor and assistant secretary for economic policy for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, was featured in Politico’s five key players in “money” in their Policy Scorecard issue. That same day, Professor Josh Rauh, also in our finance department, was named to Crain’s Chicago Business list of 40 Under 40, hailed as a national authority in the debate over the cost of government pensions. Jessica Kim ’05 also appeared in this issue, noted for her entrepreneurial work as founder of baby-product company BabbaCo Inc.
  • This month, Bob Eckert ’77 is ending his 11-year tenure as CEO at Mattel, Inc., the world’s largest toy company. As news of his retirement hit, Bob was acknowledged for “building a high performance culture at Mattel and delivering truly superior shareholder returns.
  • Finally, just this Sunday, Cindy Chiang ’10 and her fiancé Ernie Halvorson won CBS’ Amazing Race. What a fun testament to the power of teamwork.
Cindy Chiang ’10 and fiancé Ernie Halvorson

Cindy Chiang ’10 and her fiancé Ernie Halvorson won the Amazing Race this week.

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

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