Demonstrating the breadth of the Kellogg School’s
curriculum as well as the leadership of its students, this
spring’s conferences again offered extraordinary insights
into management in areas ranging from social change to biotechnology.
At each student-run conference, business experts join Kellogg
academic leaders, alumni and students to explore cutting edge
issues central to many industries.
“Leadership remains one of the Kellogg
School’s principal areas of interest,” said Dean
Dipak C. Jain. “Through these conferences, our students
demonstrate their willingness to assume responsibility and
reveal their dedication to sharing their knowledge with others.
That’s one of the hallmarks of a good leader: a desire
to help grow those around them.”
In addition, the conferences serve as both
a scholarship and partnership vehicle that brings Kellogg
School expertise into the business community and allows the
corporate world to network with Kellogg, illustrating the
synergies between theory and practice.
With its theme “At the Center of Convergence,”
Biotech@Kellogg explored the interaction between biology,
chemistry, medicine, technology, engineering and management,
and addressed how the convergence of these disciplines is
transforming the health care, agriculture and manufacturing
industries. Topics of discussion included the opportunities
and pitfalls associated with this changing environment, the
impact of biotechnology on both the health care and non-health
care industries, and ethical dilemmas that surround the industry.
The Kellogg Gay and Lesbian Management Association
hosted the 4th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered
MBA conference in April. Titled “Reaching Out 2002,”
the conference symbolized the need for LGBT MBA students and
professionals to reach out not only to each but to the wider
business community. Reaching Out 2002 aimed to foster an increased
awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues
in workplaces typically populated by MBA graduates.
This year also marked the 15th Annual Black
Management Association Conference (BMA). The BMA conference
continued its tradition of helping attendees develop and refine
management tools as well as build and leverage the Kellogg
network. Through the conference, the BMA seeks to increase
awareness of Kellogg among professionals and prospective students
and encourage the exchange of ideas and resources among attendees.
The 4th Annual Innovating Social Change Conference
examined the intersection of business principles and non-profit
practice by highlighting business applications in the nonprofit
sector. Leading practitioners from the most dynamic and innovative
nonprofit organizations in the country shared the strategies
they use to run high performance for-profit and nonprofit
organizations. Keynote speaker Michael Crooke, CEO of Patagonia
Inc., discussed the challenges and opportunities of doing
good and doing well, insisting firms can achieve both.
In May, the 9th Annual India Business Conference
drew hundreds of people to discuss the past, present and future
of India’s corporate environment. Conference attendees
listened as keynote speakers — McKinsey Managing Director
Rajat Gupta and PepsiCo. President and CFO Indra Nooyi —
offered their assessments of how to increase economic growth
in India, which they said lags behind many countries. Gupta
discussed his company’s 13-point plan that recommends
certain policy changes in India to boost production.
—Danielle Tullier contributed to this story