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Employee Spotlight

Adnan Rukieh

Adnan Rukieh
Director of Part-Time and EMBA Career Services, Career Management Center
Interim Director of Miami Campus

Adnan Rukieh is known as the “consummate team player,” according to Michael Malone, managing director of the Career Management Center (CMC), who nominated Adnan for the Employee Spotlight. As director of Part-Time and EMBA career services in the CMC, Adnan has had a significant impact on the student experience in his two years at Kellogg. He regularly identifies innovative approaches to teaching career and professional planning, and is passionate about connecting students and alumni across programs.

Adnan is always seeking to add value in any way he can. In fact, he recently agreed to lead the Miami campus on an interim basis as the school searches for a new director.

“Adnan consistently reflects the qualities that Kellogg has come to be known for: collaboration, critical review and positive change, a team-first approach and a desire to make the student experience the best it can be,” Michael says. “His inclusive, thoughtful style serves as a model for others at the school.”

Adnan says he appreciates working with students as part of a strong administrative team. “What I enjoy most is the opportunity to work cross functionally with a great group of people to help impact students’ career decision-making process.”

His advice to other Kellogg administrators? “Think proactively about how to drive innovation at the school, and how to engage and support your team in that process.”

Peggy Bradford

Peggy Bradford
Administrative Assistant 4
Kellogg Information Systems

In less than a year, Peggy Bradford has proven to be a valuable addition to Kellogg Information Systems (KIS), according to the Client Architecture and Learning Environments (CALE) team in KIS, who nominated Peggy for the Employee Spotlight. Peggy, administrative assistant 4 for KIS, has been recognized for her dedication, organizational skills, resourcefulness, and analytical and communications abilities. She provides excellent customer service to different departments within the school, is an effective multi-tasker and a reliable partner.

Peggy is also known for going above and beyond the call of duty to volunteer on other KIS projects outside of her immediate scope, including helping to manage the KIS budget, and liaising with Northwestern purchasing and accounts payable. She also volunteered her time at Kellogg’s Convocation Ceremony last June.

The CALE Team says Peggy has accomplished a lot in such a short time, administering 80 people in the department by herself. “She is a team player, and has been a great asset to the KIS organization.”

As this is her first experience working in an academic environment, Peggy says she is enjoying the unique opportunities to interact with other administrators at Kellogg. “People at Kellogg truly listen and want to know what you have to say. Usually, some part of your idea can be found in the end result, and that’s really exciting.”

Her words of wisdom to other Kellogg administrators? “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. People are here to help!”

Leading the Kellogg Way

Kellogg Touch Cross-Functional Team

Kellogg Touch Cross-Functional Team
Pictured from left to right: Kate Rice, Christine Breakey, Maggie Cong-Huyen, Ishrat Fatima,
Steve Peavler, Roxanne Hori, Michelle Maxwell, Brian Coleman, Alana Stegich

Charged with identifying ways to enhance the visitor experience across Kellogg’s various campuses and facilities, the Kellogg Touch Cross-Functional Team is a great example of collaboration among administrators representing a range of departments and locations. The team sought to determine current gaps and propose potential solutions to delivering a high-quality visitor experience through extensive field research. This included interviews with administrators, students and alumni, among other stakeholders, as well as visits to brands known for championing positive visitor experiences.

Ultimately, the team prioritized and presented to the Senior Leadership Team recommendations aimed at ensuring a consistent, seamless and sincere visitor experience at Kellogg.

“This was a team of individuals who had not worked together previously, but came together on a regular basis to identify opportunities and potential solutions for the school,” says Roxanne Hori, associate dean of corporate partnerships and senior leadership team liaison to Kellogg Touch. “Everyone brought a different perspective.”


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