School social leadership takes many forms, including the
following sample of initiatives
Douglas Stein ’04, Fall Speakers Series organizer
and its Social Environment (BASE) major — Kellogg
School curriculum option that offers students the opportunity
to pursue detailed study of the role of the corporation in
its broader social environment.
with a Heart — Kellogg student club that serves as
umbrella organization to promote volunteerism; supports
nearly two dozen service initiatives, from Habitat for
Humanity to Christmas in April.
Center for Global Citizenship — Kellogg research
center that addresses challenges faced by corporations
who have become the main agents of global social and political
change; employs an interdisciplinary approach that combines
ethical, strategic and organizational concerns.
Corps — places small teams of MBA students on four-
to six-week consulting projects with nonprofit organizations
in developing countries.
Service Initiative — allows new first-year students
to provide a meaningful contribution to a service organization
while bonding with classmates prior to formal classes.
LAUNCH — educational
initiative with which Kellogg has partnered since 1998,
that recruits and trains aspiring principals and leaders
for Chicago Public Schools.
LEAD — national
leadership organization with which Kellogg has had a partnership
for 20 years; through LEAD, Kellogg faculty engage minority
high school students, encouraging them to pursue business
careers and giving them the frameworks to begin that path.
LEAP — “capstone” course
primarily for first-year students that pairs them with
nonprofit and for-profit organizations, using Kellogg leadership
skills to resolve the clients’ business challenges.
Business Initiative — student-led organization that
aids urban businesses, providing a chance for students
to bring their leadership to life in real-world settings.
Management Program — enables students to develop
competencies tailored to their career interests in government,
nonprofits or firms where knowledge of these sectors is critical.
Impact Club — supports and inspires Kellogg student
interest in applying business skills to make positive social
contributions in the nonprofit, public and private sectors.
Impact Club offers ethical perspectives as part of its
fall speaker series. Given
recent questionable corporate governance and leadership
reassuring that at the world’s No. 1 business school, one of the most
highly subscribed courses is addressing corporate social responsibility and
nonprofit mission-driven ventures. A complement to offerings in the Public/Nonprofit
and the Business and its Social Environment majors, the Social Impact Club’s
Fall Speakers Series, a noncredit course, offers Kellogg students another
opportunity to combine theory with real-world insights from guests whose
made a positive social difference.
series, supported by Kellogg Professor Donald
more than a decade ago. Today, the Social Impact Club works
in conjunction with the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit
Management and the Ford Center for Global Citizenship to
attract inspirational speakers who are using business skills
to create beneficial social change. Students learn about
the challenge and reward of pursuing “multiple bottom
lines” by integrating management skills and passion
speakers included Bill Strickland, president and CEO
of Bidwell Training Center; George Surgeon, CFO of Shorebank;
and Kellogg alumni Jennifer Steans ‘89 from the Steans
Family Foundation and John Wood ‘89, president
and founder of Room to Read.
this year, the series was a prerequisite for the Public/Nonprofit
major and offered only to students pursuing that path.
The series has now expanded to include all interested Kellogg
scholars, resulting in more than 100 students attending
each Tuesday night lecture, eager to learn about responsible
organizations and ethical practices from distinguished
speakers are Kellogg alumni, such as Preston Kendall ’84,
executive vice president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School,
which allows economically challenged students to earn more
than 70 percent of their tuition while gaining valuable
job skills and experience at some of Chicago’s top
success at Cristo Rey, highlighted by the recent $8.8 million
Gates Foundation grant to replicate the Cristo Rey model
nationwide, is an inspiration to Kellogg students.
attendance at the series grow confirms my faith in businesspeople
and the future,” says Kendall. “Here are professionals
who look for ways to apply their expertise to initiatives
that promote good in our society. Kellogg students are
sincere in their motivation to transcend the stereotypes
of the executive who is concerned merely with stock options
and the corner office.”
goal of the speakers series is well matched with the Kellogg
School’s continued emphasis on leadership — leadership
that is comprehensive and ethically responsible.
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