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Kellogg IMPACT Series 2011

Kellogg convenes leaders worldwide to address the future of business

  Chicago IMPACT: The growth of merging markets is "a huge paradigm shift" that will demand a corresponding shift by businesses, Abbott Chairman and CEO Miles D. White said at the Feb. 11 event.
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The Kellogg School is committed to convening conversations around pressing issues facing business leaders today.

In that spirit, the school launched the Kellogg IMPACT Series in 2009 — an annual slate of events that gather thousands of alumni and friends across the world to discuss the future of business, innovation, leadership and society. This year’s IMPACT Series spans six cities worldwide, with events in London, Chicago, New York, Mexico City, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

The Chicago event, which drew more than 450 alumni to the Hilton Chicago on Feb. 11, featured introductory remarks by Kellogg Dean Sally Blount ’92 and Torben Andersen, the Nathan S. and Mary P. Sharp Professor of Finance. Miles D. White, chairman and CEO of Abbott, then spoke on “The Four P’s of Global Expansion.”

Emerging markets “will play a huge role in the future for my company, your companies and the world,” White said. “This is a very momentous paradigm shift that demands that we, as businesses, shift accordingly.”

At the Nov. 15 IMPACT event in London, Dean Blount talked about the future of Kellogg. In New York on March 10, Peter G. Peterson ’47, chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and chairman emeritus and co-founder of The Blackstone Group, spoke about the need to address the nation’s long-term debt and fiscal challenges. The following week, Gloria Guevara ’09, secretary of tourism for Mexico, delivered a keynote address at the March 17 event in Mexico City.

Subsequent events in this year’s series will take place in San Francisco on May 11 and in Hong Kong on June 3.


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