list of destinations reads like a fantasy brochure for wealthy
empty-nesters: the Czech Republic. Argentina. Fiji. Ireland.
Alaska. Greece. Spain. Thailand. Brazil. But such trips are
a reality for most incoming Kellogg School students, whose
graduate experience begins with the Kellogg
Worldwide Experiences and Service Trips (KWEST) program.
of the erstwhile Kellogg Outdoors Adventure and Kellogg Service
Initiative programs, KWEST trips typically include between 15
and 20 first-year students and five second-year chaperones,
and the proportion of adventure versus service varies, says
Chris Addy '07, president of the organization for 2005-06.
1992 "Starting a successful
new program looks great on a résumé, but for
me starting KOA was a labor of love. Launching
the program gave me great self confidence
and taught me the importance of following
your passion, instead of merely avoiding dangers
or running from your fears, and it taught
me the value of taking risks to achieve your
dreams. It taught me how to harness the passion
of others and to let go of enough control
to inspire their enthusiasm, involvement and
Bruce Guthrie '92, co-founder of
Kellogg Outdoor Adventures, now known as KWEST
of the trips are dedicated almost exclusively to service,"
he says. "The majority are not, but most will still have
some service component." Among the service-related organizations
aligned with this fall's program are Habitat for Humanity
in Maui; the Fabretto Children's Foundation, which aids underprivileged
youth in Nicaragua; and Fundacion Vida Silvestre, an Argentine
combination of adventure and service experiences provides
an immediate and lasting bond among new students, Addy says.
"Kellogg is a big business school in terms of the number
of students," he says. "Going on these trips before
beginning class provides a network of second-years you can
talk to, and you have a group of 25 really close friends.
It's pretty significant in shaping the experience of everybody
when they come here."
adds that KWEST provides an opportunity to meet people throughout
the student body, not just in one's own academic area. "You
meet people from your friends' sections," he says. "It
does end up shaping who your friends are."
Costa Rica and Brazil have been among the most popular destinations,
Addy says, along with the annual "mystery trip,"
whose participants don't know where they're headed until they
reach the airport. Addy went on the 2005 mystery trip, to
the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which included hiking,
sunning, wildlife observation and a visit to the famed Sydney
for 2006 include a survival adventure in Utah, a salsa trip
to Puerto Rico, and an American music heritage tour that will
roll through Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans, he says.
"We've wanted to have more international [second-year]
students lead the trip," he says. "We've been working
really hard to make sure every trip has a real meaty service
is not the only student group at Kellogg that jets off to
adventure. The Business
Leadership Club (BLC), which works to create a leader-focused
culture at Kellogg, has created a pilot journey this spring
that combines practical leadership skill development with
outdoor adventures, says Tejus Korde '06, club president
Brian Yoon '07 encounters green sea turtles while scuba
diving in the waters of Curaçao.
travelers: With initiatives such as KWEST and Global Initiatives
in Management, Kellogg students hit the trail for action
learning opportunities. Opposite: During GIM South America's
visit to Peru, Melissa Wagamon '07 leads other hikers
along a mountainous range. The Kellogg group also visited
Argentina and studied Latin America's emerging markets.
went to the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico with a vendor
called Boulder Outdoor Survival School," he says. "We
hope this Experiential Leadership Pilot will blossom in the
next few years."
BLC continues to offer plenty of valuable experiences on campus,
most visibly through promoting the Office of the Dean's executive-in-residence
series that brings high-profile corporate leaders to the school,
as well as guest speakers such as Kellogg Company CEO James
Jenness and Credit Suisse First Boston COO Brian Finn;
who appeared during the winter quarter.Korde expects the series
to heat up during the spring, culminating in the "Talk
of the Year." Last year's featured speaker was Jack
Welch, ex-chairman and CEO of General Electric.
50-member club also presents an annual Award for Distinguished
Leadership, sponsored by McKinsey & Co., that last year
was bestowed upon Larry Bossidy, former Honeywell CEO
and an author of business-related books. Other club activities
underway are leadership development seminars in conjunction
with TeaMBAnk, a centralized repository of resources created
exclusively for Kellogg MBAs that offers monthly seminars
and personalized consulting services for student groups.
focus is really to help students revisit their 360-degree
leadership focus, take a series of personality tests to figure
out their leadership style and create a plan of action for
enhancing their leadership skills," he says. "That's
been our mission and one of our objectives since our inception,
and we've stayed the course."