© Nathan Mandell
Nancy M. Barry, 2004 Kellogg School Distinguished Leader
Barry wins 2004 Kellogg distinguished leadership award
Deborah Leigh Wood
M. Barry's acceptance speech as recipient of the 2004 Kellogg
School Award for Distinguished Leadership felt more like an
uplifting sermon. Her audience at the award presentation,
held this spring at the James L. Allen Center, seemed more
like a coégregation. They listened raptly as Barry, president
of Women's World Banking (WWB), imparted her recipe for what
makes a successful leader.
important ingredient, she said, is "connection with a power
greater than ourselves to build a spiritual core in a world
of uncertainty." Other leadership traits include the ability
to identify one's passion and cultivate the insight to understand
one's purpose in life.
also accented the importance of connecting with one another
to realize the power of uniting people by their many similarities
rather than dividing them by their relatively few differences.
constantly keeps that belief in mind at the not-for-profit
Women's World Banking, where she has been president since
1990 and a member of its board of trustees since 1981.
created a global community through WWB, Barry "defines the
culture of the Kellogg School, its sense of community and
its nonprofit endeavors," Kellogg School Dean Dipak C. Jain
told the audience. He added that she is the ideal recipient
for the Award for Distinguished Leadership, given by the student-run
Business Leadership Club in honor of the example set by Kellogg
Dean Emeritus Donald P. Jacobs.