Welcome Week Celebrates Power of Kellogg School Alumni Network
Welcome Week 2005 officially began in Shanghai on Sept. 26
as Kellogg School Dean Dipak
C. Jain addressed nearly two dozen Kellogg alumni gathered
in a private dining room at the Westin Hotel. From there,
this coordinated celebration of the Kellogg
Alumni Network just kept going, crossing time zones and
covering the globe as alumni joined one another to share professional
experiences, recall their memories and enjoy the lifelong
camaraderie that is a hallmark of the Kellogg School.
Shanghai to New York, Santiago to Toronto and Melbourne to
Moscow, Kellogg School alums met with their club leaders,
senior Kellogg staff, and Kellogg Alumni Advisory Board members.
Each event offered great opportunities for these graduates
to connect with one another, benefiting — in big ways
and small — from their colleagues.
Alumni Club of Benelux
Washington, D.C., recent graduates networked with alumni peers
about their new jobs, while in Seattle an alum who had just
moved to the area was able to learn where to buy the best
cup of coffee for his morning commute. In every city, alumni
discovered the ways they could leverage the expanded and unique
Kellogg Alumni Network.
addition to opportunities to make new connections and renew
old acquaintances, participants also entered a raffle to win
a signed copy of Professor Mohan Sawhney's book, The Seven
Steps to Nirvana, or a copy of the new Kellogg
on Branding text, edited by professors Alice
Tybout and Tim
Worldwide Welcome Week began in 2004 as a one-day event called "Worldwide
Wednesday," which the Kellogg School created as a vehicle
for club leaders to welcome new graduates to their local alumni
clubs. So to make a good thing better, this year Kellogg clubs
organized 56 events that occurred over seven days. About 2,000
alumni from around the globe — including some 200 new
alums — came together during this special week to celebrate
their Kellogg connections.
Worldwide Welcome Week allowed Kellogg leadership the opportunity to meet
with more alumni. For example: On Monday Assistant Dean Roxanne
Hori from the Career Management Center met more than 30 alumni
in Paris and on Wednesday she sat down for a meeting with
several alumni in Geneva. While Dean Hori was in Switzerland,
Senior Associate Dean Robert
Korajczyk was in New York City giving a presentation to
more than 75 alumni, including 23 members from the Class of
2005. He then boarded a plane to prepare for his meeting Thursday
evening with about 80 alumni from the Kellogg Alumni Club
of Washington, D.C.
Dean Korajczyk was able to stay dry on land, newly appointed
Senior Associate Dean Kathleen
Hagerty was at the helm of a boat on the Chicago River,
delivering key messages from Kellogg to more than 70 alumni
on a river cruise.
to the Class of 2005 and special thanks to all our graduates
who contribute to the power of the Kellogg School Alumni Network.