from the Dean
Kellogg School Alumni and Friends,
What do you value?
question is deceptively simple but does not always attract
the attention it deserves, especially when we find ourselves
preoccupied with our day-to-day obligations.
the question merits an answer to ensure we guide our efforts
by principles beneficial to us as individuals and as members
of our communities and organizations, the places where we
hope to create a legacy by turning our values into action
that is effective and meaningful. In other words, we should
strive for both success and significance in our lives.
is often judged by individual performance and material gain
— worthy, if partial, indicators. Significance, on the other hand, comes when we connect with something
larger than ourselves, lending our talents to an effort whose
impact exceeds what any one of us can achieve alone.
graduates know that our school's values include academic rigor
linked to business relevance. We also prize teamwork, innovation
and a shared commitment to creating an unparalleled leadership
experience. We believe it is not enough to excel personally
(though that is important), but also to help elevate others
to achieve their best. This is one of the tenets of true leadership,
and a principle evident everywhere at Kellogg, a community
of good people who make a difference.
edition of Kellogg World features some of those who
make extraordinary efforts on behalf of our school, and who
have been honored this year with awards to convey our respect
and gratitude. You will meet
five of these exceptional people and learn something about
the values that have influenced their decisions to remain
connected with Kellogg and to help drive our school to new
heights. These people have achieved much in their careers
and have used their success to create value for the Kellogg
addition, in these pages you will read about other Kellogg
alumni who have reflected on what they value and how those
values have amplified their effectiveness, enabling them to
serve their organizations, colleagues, customers and communities
each have an obligation to give back to society using our
unique talents. This is a message I shared with the newest
Kellogg School graduates during Convocation.
A framework that I find valuable emphasizes education to create
success and significance. By developing individual talent
that allows us to flourish professionally, and then using
those accomplishments to help improve others, our daily efforts
make the world a better place. There is no finer gift we can
receive or bestow.
we may lack the fortitude to accomplish the most demanding
tasks — finding remedies to social ills, for example.
Together, though, we gain the power to make a difference.
As I told our new graduates, "the challenges ahead of
you are never greater than the force behind you." Family,
friends, colleagues and the extended Kellogg School community
are a powerful force. Together, we magnify our individual
successes, transforming our efforts into accomplishments of
Kellogg, we live our values by striving for excellence each
day. But we don't do this alone. Our successes are shared
with all who contribute to make Kellogg a force for significance
in the world. We thank those of you who actively stand with
us to take Kellogg to new heights, and we invite all our alumni
and friends to join us on this collective journey of transformation.