Jain visited Kellogg School alumni in Atlanta
as part of his ongoing extensive partnership initiatives.
Dean Jain continues partnership
Brand champion aims to keep Kellogg a leadership
Dipak Jain continues to partner with Kellogg School alumni,
leveraging their insights into strategic advantages
of Kellogg School Dean Dipak C. Jains election to the
John Deere Company board of directors in February, some Kellogg
faculty, staff, students and alumni doubtless found the match
all, the agricultural equipment manufacturers popular
motto is Nothing runs like a Deere. Point taken,
but given Dean Jains relentless networking schedule
over much of the past year, the slogan might well be modified
to read Nothing runs as fast as Dipak Jain.
done from the start of his deanship last July, Jain continues
to split his time away from Evanston, traveling the world
in an effort to ensure that the bonds between Kellogg and
its alumni remain strong, and grow stronger. The dean, with
the support of Associate Deans for Academic Affairs Robert
Magee and David Besanko, is achieving this goal by fulfilling
his pledge to keep the Kellogg School experience
alive for alumni and enlisting their support, and ideas,
for the schools initiatives.
travels so far this year have taken him to more than a dozen
cities across the United States where he has met with Kelloggs
alumni clubs, recruiters and other supporters of the school.
To date, the dean has visited alumni in Toronto, Atlanta,
Florida, Boston, New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, Minneapolis,
Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Seattle. He has also
recently visited alumni in Mexico, Venezuela and Scotland.
an open dialogue with our alumni, recruiters and corporate
friends of the Kellogg School remains one of my top priorities,
said Jain. It is through this dialogue that we continue
to build value for our school and its alumni by increasing
the effectiveness of our existing academic offerings, as well
as implementing new strategies based on the desires of our
graduates and the demands of the marketplace.
with Jerry Kenney '67, executive vice president for Merrill
Lynch, who was among the corporate leaders the dean met
with in New York.
stop, Jain has been met by enthusiastic Kellogg graduates
excited about the chance to contribute to the schools
vitality, and genuinely delighted by the opportunity to interact
with the dean personally.
tremendous energy and insights that Dean Jain brings to his
partnership efforts are helping create a broader sense of
community among our alumni and will engender more widespread
support for, and identity with, his initiative, said
Jerry Kenney 67, vice chairman for Merrill Lynch.
are certainly giving Dean Jain a very warm reception,
said Megan Byrne Krueger, assistant dean for The Managers
Program, and among those who have traveled with Jain. Its
thrilling to see the response the dean is getting.
that enthusiasm comes from Jains pledge to build the
Kellogg School brand, both in the United States and internationally.
dean understands the challenges facing Kellogg as the school
reinforces its brand in Europe, and he is committed to working
hard with alumni to meet these challenges, said Philippe
Laval, president of Kelloggs Benelux alumni club. Since
Dean Jain has taken the helm at Kellogg we have seen a much
stronger emphasis on leveraging alumni relations.
Sue Kiner, leader of the Kellogg United Kingdom alumni club,
said that Jain has brought with him a sensitivity to
the European clubs, encouraging ideas suitable to the different
clubs and recognizing our need to expand awareness of the
Kellogg School name in the business community. Kiner
is especially happy about the deans support of the new
European alumni Web site (http://europealumni.kellogg.
Both the deans visits and the new Web site are
helping provide a sense of cohesion among Kelloggs European
alumni club members.
Kudlo '40 and Kristi Anderson '97 were among the enthusiastic
crowd that met Dean Jain in Los Angeles.
the dean has strengthened the Kellogg degree not only by exploring
innovative ways to brand the school, but by enhancing its
already strong academics.
in fact, is a point that repeatedly came up in the deans
discussions with alumni. Teaching remains Jains fundamental
passion, and on these travels the dean engages alumni and
corporate leaders in lively conversation about strategic marketing.
graduates have expressed their desire for expanding the day-long
refresher course called MBA Update. The program
is now primarily based in Evanston, and Kellogg is considering
how to deliver more academic programs to its alumni around
city he visits, Jain also meets with corporate recruiters
to gain valuable feedback about their needs, and how Kellogg
students can better prepare to enter the job market.
Hori, assistant dean and director of the Kellogg Career Management
Center, noted that the Kellogg entourage conducted intensive
recruiter roundtable discussions with senior management. Participants
in these discussions featured CEOs such as Leo Mullin of Delta
Airlines, Dietmar Ostermann of A.T. Kearney, Mike Eskew of
UPS and Phil Marineau of Levi Strauss.
been an exciting exchange of ideas and insights, said
Hori. We are finding that the partnership experience
is providing valuable strategic tools for Kellogg.
value in these dialogues, said Melinda Worman, director of
corporate relations, is the competitive intelligence
being shared by recruiters. They really let us know
our students strengths, said Worman.
that its vital for him to obtain these insights, since
they allow him to understand better the academic and professional
needs of alumni. Furthermore, he said, the school is inviting
alumni suggestions about how to bolster its alumni outreach
Kellogg, we always wish to remain at the forefront of leadership
innovation. Partnering with our alumni, and leveraging the
insights, talents and enthusiasm of our people, is one strong
way we can achieve this goal, said Jain.