is a huge part of my life," says Erika Haendel '02, president
of the Kellogg
Alumni Club of Los Angeles. "It helped me get where I
and many others, their Kellogg graduation does not signal
the end of a relationship. Instead, these alumni feel that
their ties to the school continue growing stronger after they
earn their MBA and join the ranks of some 45,000 Kellogg School
those stepping forward to make a difference in this large,
talented demographic are the Kellogg alumni club leaders who
dedicate countless hours to helping create and maintain the
important networks that bring their peers together for a variety
of rich opportunities. By coordinating social and professional
programming, alumni leaders give back to Kellogg and their
peers, extending the Kellogg experience for years beyond the
last Finance or Marketing exam.
are currently 38 clubs in the United States, 47 international
clubs and 15 special interest groups that include a diverse
range of subjects, such as family enterprise, Hispanic business,
revived the Los Angeles club after it had been inactive for
such a strong alumni presence in L.A.," she says. "It's such
a great opportunity to network and socialize. I thought it
was a shame that it was inactive."
holds a variety of events, such as happy hours, summer hiking
trips and a well-received MBA poker tournament.
says she is motivated to stay involved with the club because
of the individuals she meets at the programs.
students are so dynamic," she says. "I was always impressed
with the people when I was a student; now at events, I still
meet people who blow me away."
'98, president of the Kellogg
Alumni Club of Chicago since 2001, explains that his motivation
to serve his peers lies in the chance to witness the excitement
of alumni at club events.
we do has an impact in their lives," he says. "Hearing an
alum say that our activities helped them identify more with
Kellogg or helped them get a job...those are the reasons I've
continued to be involved."
club creates programming that falls into four main categories:
philanthropic, social, athletic and professional development.
development programs include everything from guest lectures
by authors to panels on topics such as acquiring a company
in today's market or how to globalize your business," says
that the Chicago club continues to grow each year and that
alumni constantly pitch ideas for new events. He appreciates
the help of his 24-member executive board.
handle all of the initiatives on my own," Tomaszewski says.
"We've built a teamwork environment on the board, which is
what we learned at Kellogg."
club also works to make sure that current Kellogg students
are aware of the strong resources they will have upon graduation.
get closer to graduation, we encourage them to get involved
with our club," he says. "We're a resource for Kellogg alumni,
and current students are future alums, so they're always invited."
Petix '99, president of the Kellogg
Alumni Club of Michigan, says that "the relationships
Kellogg fostered while [he] was a student" were an important
factor in his decision to become so involved with the group.
club strives to maintain such relationships by organizing
club mixers, group community service events and alumni educational
to continue to build on what we've started and keep the momentum
going," Petix says. "We've all gotten a lot out of the club
and we have a lot to give back."