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Professor Timothy Feddersen, Jill Zeldin, Bryan Campbell and Doug Scott
Joined by Kellogg Professor Timothy Feddersen, left, and Social Impact Club Board Member Doug Scott '07, right, are Beacon Capital Fellows Jill Zeldin and Bryan Campbell (both '07).

Grads gain nonprofit leadership experience through Beacon Capital initiative

Graduating Kellogg School students now have another way to bring their leadership skills to bear on nonprofit organizations.

The school's Beacon Capital Partners Fellowship program funds a one-year appointment to a nonprofit upon graduation. Fellows work closely with senior management to develop projects that make a high-level impact.

Two Kellogg students have been named fellows for 2007-2008. Bryan Campbell '07 will build an investment banking function within Opportunity International, an organization that reaches the world's poorest people through micro-enterprise development programs. Jill Zeldin '07, meanwhile, will spend a year with the United States Olympic Committee, working in business development, media strategy and in support of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

The fellowships pay salaries competitive with corporate positions. "This is an opportunity for students who are not necessarily seeking careers in the nonprofit or public sector to see how those organizations operate," says Liz Livingston Howard, associate director of the Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) Program.

The fellowship, entering its third year, was launched with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Alan Leventhal. It is named for Beacon Capital Partners, where Alan Leventhal is chairman and CEO. The Kellogg School jointly funds the program.

Fellows are mentored by a senior leader in the organization, and by a Kellogg School faculty adviser who shares the fellows' findings with students in the SEEK program.

The goal is to prepare Kellogg graduates for civic leadership, Howard says.

"Even if these graduates pursue corporate jobs, they are likely to come into regular contact with the nonprofit and public sector as board members and contributors, and as managers who interact with community activists and elected officials," Howard says.

"Their fellowship will help them understand the opportunities and challenges these organizations face and will help them make a bigger impact on society." – RL

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