many alumni, the journey from success to significance begins
at Kellogg, where they find the values that let them win in
the market while making a difference in the world
writer Ambrose Bierce once lampooned the corporation by defining
it as "a device for obtaining individual profit without
on who is minding the store.
is evident from the following profiles, Kellogg School graduates
and friends demonstrate a keen interest in profits —
creating value for their organizations and stakeholders —
but doing so responsibly, with an appreciation for the world
outside the executive suite and beyond the balance ledger.
perspective is one Kellogg shares, instilling these values
into the school's team-based culture, ethical focus and community-oriented
leadership training. Combined with guiding principles and
techniques, such as intellectual rigor, action learning and
continuous innovation, Kellogg produces graduates whose mindset
is global even as their efforts — professionally and
personally — aim to transform the lives of those around
instance, civic service is as likely as shareholder value
to emerge in a discussion with Clare
Muņana '89. "I believe one has an obligation not
only to the bottom line of a business, but also a civic obligation
to the community," she says.
values lead you home, as they did for David
Kohler '92, executive vice president of his family's business,
Kohler Co. When asked how working with family has shaped his
views, he cites the importance of "a strong work ethic
and not living a life of privilege."
other Kellogg graduates, including Target Corp. President
Gregg Steinhafel '79, core values
involve engaging others so that they can deliver their personal
best, which ends up being the best for the organization too.
In Target's cross-functional environment, he says, initiatives
can move through the company quickly, but only because everyone
is aligned with the view: "You put the company first,
you put your team second, you put yourself last."
courses such as Values and Crisis Decision Making and
Values-Based Leadership, Kellogg helps students understand
that behind every value proposition are other, more disparate
values to consider and manage effectively so that an enterprise
can integrate the (sometimes competing) views of shareholders.
In formal and informal ways, Kellogg students learn how to
develop their individual abilities while never losing sight
of the fact that true leaders care more for serving others
than about indulging their own gratification.
many of our most accomplished alumni and friends, including
those profiled here, professional success is only the first
step along a journey to personal significance. As Dean Dipak
Jain remarked during Convocation this year, the ultimate
goal is using education and talent to create value, not just
for personal gain, but for societal benefit. Here is how some
of your peers are putting their wealth of talent to work.