The Kellogg School culture boasts dozens of student clubs
that offer participants a fun forum to build lasting leadership
By Kari Richardson
Finance. Education. Latin American culture.
Volunteer work. Wine appreciation. Film. Squash.
These are only a few of the divergent interests
Kellogg students explore through the Kellogg School’s
Club membership provides an organized way
for students — both
in the full-time and part-time MBA programs — to
relax on the ski slopes, for instance, or meet others
in pursuing leadership opportunities in an emerging market.
Whether the subject involves entrepreneurship, public
speaking, family enterprise or golf, a thriving club
Kellogg students to develop confidence in new areas and
provides a creative outlet for lifelong passions.
But more than that, club membership lets
students seamlessly meld fun with leadership-building activities
an exchange of ideas between the classroom and the
Club experience is an excellent opportunity for leadership,” says
Scott, professor of management and senior Austin Fellow,
who’s served as adviser to several Kellogg clubs over
the past 15 years. “It’s an opportunity for students
to plumb interests, and for them to meet and get to know
others in their field.”
Clubs link students with similar interests
and help build bonds outside the classroom. For instance,
Colombia-native Carolina Camero ’04 has found camaraderie
in the school’s Latin
American, Hispanic and Iberian Management Association
which she is a co-chair.
Those who join LAHIMA share an interest in pursuing
jobs or travel in Spanish-speaking countries, and
help spread word in Latin America about the Kellogg
The club also provides a valuable network
students living in the United States for the
first time and trying to navigate its culture, Camero
Our most important mission is to create support mechanisms
for students, for alumni and for significant others with
common interests around Latin America,” she
says, adding that the group helps incoming
students with tips on professors,
classes and other educational success strategies.
Part-time Kellogg students in The
(TMP) enjoy a rich cultural experience too.
While TMP students are invited to participate
in the full-time program’s club activities, TMP boasts its own vibrant
club life, with some 10 clubs formed around subjects such
as entrepreneurship, investment banking and real estate,
among other interests. The TMP
Women’s Business Association brings top corporate leaders to campus, inviting Kellogg
students and program applicants to attend special lectures,
while the Evening
Black Management Association has been active
serving the professional, academic and cultural needs of
African-American students at Kellogg. And TMP’s Marketing
Club held a successful case competition in April that drew
an enthusiastic response and showcased just how motivated
TMP students are to contribute to the Kellogg culture, despite
having full-time professional obligations during the day.
Kellogg is a place where people love to get involved and
challenge themselves,” says Megan Byrne Krueger ’90,
assistant dean and director of student affairs at TMP. “The
leadership and learning extend beyond the classroom into
Membership has its benefits
Second-year student Jackie Statum divides
much of her free time between Kellogg’s
Toastmasters chapter, its Black
Management Association (BMA) and Special
a popular variety show each spring
(photo above). Each club commitment
helps her fulfill an important part
of her business
school agenda, Statum says.
Through Toastmasters, she’s gained additional prowess
in public speaking. BMA allows her to forge connections with
other African-American leaders. And Special K’s singing
and dancing provides the perfect antidote for the challenges
of her academic life.
“I’ve danced all my life and Special K is a great chance to perform
with my classmates and exercise my creative energy,” Statum
But she is quick to point out that involvement
K can have career implications too. Students direct
and produce the
the larger community and identify sponsors. Participants
management skills, often juggling 10 hours of rehearsal
a week with rigorous academic schedules.
Even membership on a sports club that many
would regard as being entirely recreational can test business
manage a six-figure
budget and must coordinate hundreds of details
to plan a successful annual trip.
These big-league responsibilities often
catch the eye of recruiters during career searches.
Says Statum: “My club participation has come up in all of my interviews.
I think recruiters do look for well-rounded students. Just going to classes
doesn’t make you well rounded.”
Second-year student Jonathan Conta, whose
roster of extracurricular activities is
as Statum’s, takes a similar view of his club leadership.
As a co-chair of Kellogg’s 300-member Health
and Biotechnology Club and
a leader of the Ski Club, he says he’s building skills and connections
he’ll draw on in his career.
Among the accomplishments of which he’s
most proud are helping organize a speaker series featuring
everyone from hospital administrators to venture
capitalists, and putting together a networking
event with alums working in health care and biotechnology.
But his greatest satisfaction, Conta
says, comes from knowing he is contributing
of community at Kellogg.
You’re at this really special place, and everyone is expected to give
back on some level,” he says.
Melding the academic and extracurricular
For many Kellogg School students,
clubs are one way to give back
to the community.
Omar Hyder ’04
helped organize “Kellogg Cares” earlier
this year. The event paired Kellogg
students, faculty and staff with
nonprofit organizations in the
where they spent a Saturday helping
out and exploring areas for further
volunteer service. In all, Kelloggians
donated more than 500 service hours
Like many of his classmates, Hyder’s leisure activities often are infused
with things he’s learning in the classroom. His BWAH involvement is an
outlet for his interest in community service, but it’s
also afforded him practice in
organizing teams and working
with nonprofit agencies.
Another case in point: He and
others in the Energy
Management Club used
the club’s target segment and better position it
We realize a successful, enriching academic experience is not just about grades
anymore, as it was when we were undergraduates,” Hyder says. “It’s
about being able to put together the whole package.”
Another group of club members
developed a strategic plan
for Executive Women. The plan, created by members of the Women’s
Business Association, outlines
important issues, funding
and programmatic priorities
for the center.
Professor Scott, who’s been an adviser to BWAH and the Business
Leadership Club, among other student organizations, sees club membership as a direct complement
to the classroom experience. Scott says clubs give students the chance to “dabble” in
topics they might not
have the time or opportunity
to explore in a full-length
class, fleshing out their
interests and revealing
areas for more detailed
That’s been the goal of a series of seminars planned by the Social
Impact Club, says club President Jessica Watson. Members recently organized a well-attended
fund-raising seminar and are planning a separate session on accounting methods
for nonprofit organizations. Both are topics students might not have the chance
to study in class, Watson says, but appeal to the club’s members — those
interested in nonprofit
organizations or corporate
and other Social
Impact leaders maintain
with the Kellogg
Center for Global
Citizenship and its Public/Nonprofit
Management Program, helping to keep faculty and students connected with one
in this arena.
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It’s one thing to have a good idea. It’s another thing to be able
to be persuasive and bring that idea to life,” Buck says. “The
entire experience has been of tremendous value to these students. It’s
one more tool to enrich their Kellogg experience.”
is perhaps one
teach — that
the involvement and initiative essential to the Kellogg School culture can
accomplish great results both at the university and in the world at large.
If you really think something is missing here, or you want to leave Kellogg
with a unique experience that’s not currently offered, you can make it
happen,” he says.