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Amanda Granner
When Management & Organizations Lecturer Karen Cates stepped back into the classroom to teach her first MBA class in nine years, she credits Program Assistant Amanda Granner with being her “saving angel.” From helping Karen troubleshoot the online copy system to walking her through Blackboard, Amanda’s dedication, high performance and positivity have stood out.

“Amanda embodies the Kellogg spirit of service — no request is too large or small for her to take it on with a smile,” says Karen, who nominated Amanda for the Employee Spotlight. “And she embodies the Kellogg spirit of quality. Everything [she does is] completed accurately, on time and again with a smile.”

Amanda says she enjoys being able to interact with so many faculty, students and administrators in her position. “Key to my role is listening to people and anticipating what they might need,” she says.

Her advice for other Kellogg administrators? “Tap into the resources and knowledge around you. If you don’t know something, ask!”




Amanda Granner
Program Assistant
Management & Organizations


Amanda Granner

Amidst a period of transition for the Career Management Center (CMC), Liza Kirkpatrick has demonstrated tremendous professionalism and effective management, says Michael Malone, managing director of the CMC, who nominated Liza for the Employee Spotlight. As associate director of the CMC, Liza has been keenly focused on her team’s motivation and delivery.

“Liza has maintained a consistently positive countenance, fostered a sense of teamwork throughout the group, empowered students to make thoughtful decisions, and provided insightful counsel to me and others on the team,” says Michael. “In short, because of Liza’s contributions, the school’s reputation for leadership in the career management area not only has continued, but has been enhanced.”

Liza says every day is different in her role, but her primary focus is on relationship-building, on both the student and employer sides. “Being at the intersection of education and employment is fascinating to me,” says Liza. “My job is about making a very complex process seem seamless to students and employers, and creating opportunities for both.”

Her words of wisdom to other Kellogg administrators: “Find what you love about your job, and let that be your motivation.”


Liza Kirkpatrick
Associate Director
Career Management Center


Members of the Kellogg NATO Planning Team

Members of the Kellogg NATO Planning Team
Pictured from left to right: Max Roque, Sarah Francis, Alana Stegich, Andrea Stoit, Dan McCrudden, Megan Krueger, Steve Peavler

Other team members included David Austen-Smith, Moha Bouacha, Paul Christensen, Adan Cruz, John Dale, Bob Doyle, Scott Hastings, Diane Janura, Arlene Johnson, Theresa Kleptach, Zach McManus, Mike Rice, Carol Rose, Beth Welter and Betsy Ziegler

When the City of Chicago hosted the NATO Summit in May, a cross-functional team at Kellogg participated in an extensive planning process to ensure the safety and security of Kellogg students, faculty and administrators. The team reflected collaboration across a range of Kellogg departments, including the Part-Time MBA Program, Wieboldt facilities, Jacobs Center facilities, Allen Center facilities and KIS.  

Collaborating closely with Northwestern University, the team made several key decisions early on in the planning process, including to move all classes that weekend from the Chicago to the Evanston campus. This required a number of logistical planning efforts around transportation, classroom availability and food service.

“This cross-functional team is a great example of the Kellogg Way, thinking ahead, planning and coming together to make sure the safety and security of the students, faculty and administrators came first,” says Dan McCrudden, associate director of Facilities Administration and a member of the Kellogg NATO Planning Team.


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