The Kellogg Board Fellows Program Mission
Prepare Kellogg students to be socially responsible leaders through academic training in board governance and experiential learning through service on nonprofit boards.
Support nonprofits by applying fellows' professional experience and academic backgrounds to solve strategic, organizational and operational issues that enhance the work of the board.
Build Kellogg's reputation for producing strong, socially responsible, community-oriented leaders while making a positive impact on the Chicago community
Launched in 2003, the Kellogg Board Fellows program has become a nationally recognized feature of the Kellogg School of Management. In autumn of each year, through a competitive student-led admissions process, approximately 50 Fellows are selected from the incoming first-year Kellogg full-time MBA class. Fellows join the program with an average of five years’ work experience in a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations and share an interest in becoming civic leaders through nonprofit board service.
In January of the Fellow’s first year, he or she takes a five-week course, “Nonprofit Board Governance,” and is matched with a Chicago-area nonprofit board of directors. For approximately 16 months, beginning in March of the Fellow’s first year at Kellogg and continuing through May of his or her second year, the Fellow serves as a non-voting ex officio board member of the nonprofit, actively contributing to the board and advancing the work of the organization. Each Fellow works with a mentor from the organization’s board of directors who helps with the on-boarding process and provides guidance and insight into the culture and operations of the board.
During the student’s second year at Kellogg, the Fellow enrolls in the 9-month course, Board Governance. The first- and second-year courses, taught by Kellogg adjunct professor of social impact Sophia Shaw, offer the Fellow an opportunity to study best practices, examine trends in nonprofit governance, exchange insights with other Fellows, hear from civic leaders, and learn how to become an effective board member.
The program’s unique combination of academic and experiential education, together with student-led social opportunities, helps Fellows gain an understanding of the challenges and rewards of board service. In turn, nonprofit boards benefit from the efforts of an enthusiastic and dedicated Fellow, the network of the Kellogg community, and the knowledge that they are helping develop business leaders who will understand the importance of civic leadership. Nonprofits also benefit from the Fellow’s commitment to take on a project for the organization—one chosen collaboratively with his or her mentor and the nonprofit’s executive director/CEO—that addresses a key area of business for the organization.
Kellogg Board Fellows was founded in 2003. Since inception the program has:
- Prepared 546 Fellows prepared for civic leadership
- Served 175 unique Chicago-area nonprofits
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