gives generously to Kellogg GIM program
Deborah Leigh Wood
Harris Hochberg ’95 says she benefited so much from
GIM that she is giving back to Kellogg through her family’s
philanthropic organization, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family
Initiatives in Management is one of the best and unique
parts of Kellogg,” Hochberg says. “It adds to
the cache of Kellogg being an international business school.
We felt we could help further enhance that position through
our contribution. We want Kellogg to be recognized for offering
its students this valuable experience.” To that end,
the foundation has its very generous contribution directed
to marketing the program, establishing a resource room and
funding guest speakers.
says visiting China with her GIM group to conduct a market
entry study for Gatorade was unique.
can travel as a tourist and never have the exposure to the
country that we had,” she says. “We met with people
at the Politburo, other government officials and the country’s
top business executives, all of whom gave us a lot of their
time. It was wonderful the way we were welcomed into the companies
she notes, would be almost impossible in the United States.
should know that you don’t have to be pursuing a career
in international business to reap the benefits of participating
in GIM,” Hochberg says. “The learning gained through
completing a GIM project and having such access to the ‘outside
world’ improves a student’s education exponentially.”
the opportunity to put into practice business skills learned
in the classroom, she says.
worked on a real project for a consumer products company,
developing strategy and gaining knowledge about the marketplace,
the distribution system and the peculiarities of entering
a country as complex as China. The experience was meaningful,
rewarding and fun, Hochberg says, adding “I hope every
Kellogg student takes the opportunity to participate in the
GIM program. It is truly phenomenal.”