deep respect for the values of education and service lead
Clare Muï¿½ana to give back by helping others achieve success.
obligation takes Clare Muï¿½ana '89 beyond the bottom line
consistent and vocal support of the Kellogg School serves
as a wonderful example. She also allows Kellogg the opportunity
to use her philanthropy where it is needed most.
Clare Muñana, an excellent education is an enduring
gift and an obligation to do more.
spending most of her childhood outside the U.S., Muñana '89
returned to the United States to earn a bachelor's degree
in political science and Spanish literature from Boston College.
She also holds a master's in international economics and politics
from Johns Hopkins University and a Kellogg MBA. Now the president
of Chicago-based Ancora Associates Inc., a management consulting
firm that performs strategic and organizational planning,
Muñana appreciates her time in academia.
very proud of the education I have and the privilege I had
of getting that education," she says. One way she shows
this gratitude is by serving as vice president of the Chicago
Public School board, one of several board positions she holds.
is the most important thing I can encourage anyone to get
involved with," she says. She advocates "going deeper
intellectually" in ways driven by one's interests. People,
she adds, "need to drive their intellectual appetite
throughout their lives."
belief in education's power is evidenced by what she has seen
in Chicago especially, where she says there's a great civic
landscape and people interested in taking advantage of those
learning opportunities. Those opportunities arise, in part,
from the generosity of Chicago's citizens and business leaders.
"This city is singular in that it is united in its core
philanthropic approach," she says. Kellogg is a part
of Chicago's civic fabric, she adds, and a factor in her continued
pursuit of philanthropic work.
I believe one has an obligation not only to the bottom line
of a business, but also a civic obligation to the community,"
Kellogg, Muñana says she benefited from learning the teamwork
skills and what she calls "collective wisdom" —
applying knowledge collaboratively and appreciating others'
talents and experiences. Such interaction is what she enjoys
most about her job at Ancora, and what she enjoyed from 1987
to 1992 while she was executive director of the Financial
Research and Advisory Committee (FRAC), a public/private partnership
sponsored by Chicago's Civic Committee of the Commercial Club.
She also employed this approach on her many international
assignments including at the World Bank, the United Nations
and in Africa and South America with the U.S. Agency for International
me, the Kellogg experience was and continues to be one that
provided a framework, guiding principles and a network of
colleagues that helped me to articulate these and execute
much better," she says. Through the Executive
MBA Program, Muñana says she validated ideas and methods
she had developed intuitively through her own consulting experiences.
retains a strong connection to Kellogg through relationships
with her study group members and by participating in the Center
for Executive Women. "The Kellogg experience provides
an enduring network of collaborative, imaginative and intelligent
human capital, which offers support in generous and important
ways," she says.
connections are increasingly global too. Muñana applauds the
Kellogg School's "extraordinary" efforts under Dean
Jain to enhance the Kellogg brand internationally. The
curriculum's global focus has also grown more robust —
an important strategic move, she says.
the World Bank, the team was multinational and multicultural,"
she says. "We often had differing ideas on economic development
and issues, and yet we all had been charged with the same
goal of improving the economies of countries. We learned to
work together, synthesize our approaches and drive to the
responsibilities, more and more, are going to fall to business
leaders, and they will need those global frameworks to succeed,
says Muñana. "Everything's so much more tied to the rest
of the world, and Chicago has evolved well as a city with
a global focus. Kellogg has been aggressive in its efforts
to provide students with an education that prepares them for
the opportunities in this interconnected world."