Wednesday connects Kellogg alumni around the planet, shows
power of network
Deborah Leigh Wood
Nearly 1,800 alumni
participated in the inaugural “Worldwide Wednesday”
networking event initiated by the Kellogg School to build
connections with its members around the globe.
event was held Sept. 22 in more than 45 cities. The Kellogg
School Office of Development and Alumni Relations conceived
Worldwide Wednesday to welcome new graduates into local alumni
clubs and introduce them to the Kellogg Alumni Network.
More than 150
graduates, many from the Class of 2004, attended the gatherings.
In addition to clubs in the United States, a host of international
clubs participated: Barcelona, Benelux, Brazil, Chile, Colombia,
Geneva, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan,
Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, Sydney,
Toronto, the U.K., Venezuela and Zurich.
Said Roger (Whit)
Shepard, associate dean for development and alumni relations:
“This was a terrific opportunity to celebrate the fact
that the Kellogg family truly spans the globe. I think our
newest alumni were impressed that the Kellogg Alumni Network
is there for them wherever they are and wherever they go.
That’s a strong message.”
The Kellogg School
alumni relations office sent representatives, including some
faculty members, to each Worldwide Wednesday event. Popular
local bars and restaurants served as sites for many gatherings.
However, some clubs took a different approach. The Kellogg
Alumni Club of Alaska, for example, sponsored a private equity
event, while the Israel club went go-karting. Wisconsin alumni
toured a Milwaukee brewery and the Chicago club, which drew
100 participants, took a cruise on the Chicago River. All
participants received souvenir glasses featuring the Kellogg
Worldwide Wednesday logo.
such as this are a tangible way for us to demonstrate our
support for our extended alumni family and their contributions
to Kellogg,” said Shepard.