Faculty & Speakers

Kellogg Reunion 2018

Cutting-Edge Business Education Doesn’t End at Graduation

Draw inspiration and insight from thought-leadership sessions with Kellogg’s world-renowned faculty and guest speakers. With more than 30 sessions to choose from, this is an event you don’t want to miss.


Eric Anderson Portrait

Eric Anderson

Hartmarx Professor of Marketing / Director of the Center for Global Marketing Practice

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY?

In this session, attendees will learn about cutting-edge research from Kellogg faculty who have developed a new methodology for measuring customers’ willingness to pay. You will participate in a live, interactive simulation in which we will measure your willingness to pay. Faculty members will explain how this new methodology can be applied to different business problems.
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Bernie Banks '08

Associate Dean for Leadership Development / Clinical Professor of Management

THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGING CHARACTER IN LEADER DEVELOPMENT

This session will facilitate a conversation around the importance of incorporating character development as part of the process for growing more effective leaders. The research of Kouzes and Posner has collected data from over 1.3 million people to identify the practices of exemplary leaders. One of the five practices their work highlights is the importance of “Modeling the Way” (through personal example and dedicated execution). Every day managers have a choice regarding how they choose to behave. Additionally, managers have a choice about what they will hold others accountable for behaviorally. In a world where the life span of businesses continues to compress, the environmental forces influencing people’s actions are intensifying the calls to embrace ambiguity. Yet, does operating in an ambiguous context mean that ambiguity can serve as the justification for questionable adherence to espoused values?

THE KELLOGG LEADERSHIP JOURNEY FOR THE EVENING & WEEKEND PROGRAM

In order to accelerate Kellogg Evening & Weekend students’ growth to becoming brave leaders, Kellogg introduced the Kellogg Leadership Journey. This series provides a leadership development continuum that begins with an immersive launch weekend, includes a Leadership Immersion Retreat, and concludes with a Capstone experience at the end of a student’s academic journey. The Kellogg Leadership Journey provides a new, innovative way to deliver leadership content to Kellogg students in a setting that will allow for substantive reflection and dialogue related to their development as leaders. In this session, you’ll learn more about the Kellogg Leadership Journey for Evening & Weekend students and will receive an update on recent Evening & Weekend Program developments, from admissions to student experiences to metrics.

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Meghan Busse

Associate Professor of Strategy

THE ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF COAL IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Both as candidate and as president, Donald Trump has made the coal industry a political priority. This session will explain the economics of electricity generation, wholesale electricity markets, fracking, renewable energy, and what that has meant for coal. The session will also explore some of the Trump administration’s pro-coal policy proposals, and evaluate what effect, if any, they might have on the coal industry and the energy industry more broadly.

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Greg Carpenter

James Farley/Booz Allen Hamilton Professor of Marketing Strategy / Director of the Center for Market Leadership / Faculty Director, Kellogg Markets and Customers Initiative (KMCI)

THE CUSTOMER-FOCUSED ORGANIZATION

Enterprise-wide customer focus requires significant organization alignment and trust between organization units that is, surprisingly, often lacking in organizations that are not fully committed to putting the customer at the center of everything they do. Professor Carpenter will lead a deep discussion of the strategy and practices that differentiate customer focused firms and drive continued success. This session will also discuss the future of marketing and what that means for the total organization.

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Carter Cast '92

Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

THE RIGHT STUFF: THE MAKE-UP OF BRILLIANT CAREERS

Carter Cast, a clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship and a venture capitalist at Pritzker Group, will discuss the critical competencies that high potential, high performers – people with "the right stuff" – have that enable them to soar in their careers.

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Rob Chesney '98

Venture Partner, Chicago Venture Partners

SCALING A VENTURE TO THE NEXT LEVEL, WITH PROFESSOR LINDA DARRAGH

While the hype continues to focus on ‘launching’ new ventures, value is created in actually ‘growing’ ventures. Once a business model has successfully shown that it can generate sustainable profit, it is time to scale the company. However, scaling requires managing all the different functions of a business in concert. There are challenges in operations, marketing, finance, talent, culture and more. This session will present a live case on how an alum tackled the challenges of scaling.

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Esther Choy '09

President & Chief Story Facilitator at Leadership Story Lab

Leadership Storytelling: What Story Are You Telling at Reunion and Beyond?

Reunions are about storytelling. How do we tell marathon stories that feel authentic and stay memorable to our audience? This interactive lunchtime workshop will teach you simple but powerful techniques for engaging your audience.

NOTE: This workshop has a $25 fee which includes a catered lunch and beverage selection, as well as a hard copy of Esther Choy's recent book Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success.

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Justin Craig

Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise / Director of the Center for Family Enterprises

LEADING A FAMILY BUSINESS: BEST PRACTICES FOR LONG-TERM STEWARDSHIP

Leading a family company can be the most challenging – and rewarding – job on the planet. This presentation provides an overview of the skill set and mindset required to lead family enterprises, and introduces the four critical areas in which family businesses differ from traditional companies: management structures, governance mechanisms, entrepreneurial advantages and stewardship practices.

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Linda Darragh

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice / The Larry Levy Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative / Executive Director, Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

SCALING A VENTURE TO THE NEXT LEVEL, WITH ROB CHESNEY '98

While the hype continues to focus on ‘launching’ new ventures, value is created in actually ‘growing’ ventures. Once a business model has successfully shown that it can generate sustainable profit, it is time to scale the company. However, scaling requires managing all the different functions of a business in concert. There are challenges in operations, marketing, finance, talent, culture and more. This session will present a live case on how an alum tackled the challenges of scaling.

KELLOGG REUNION ENTREPRENEUR SHOWCASE

The Entrepreneur Showcase is a forum for Kellogg alumni celebrating a reunion milestone to present to an audience of fellow alumni and guests. Each entrepreneur will deliver a brief pitch on their venture – including the problem they are solving, solution and status of company growth. Presenters will have the opportunity to network and talk further about their business concepts at a reception following the program. The event is hosted in partnership with the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI). The showcase provides a unique opportunity to highlight and support alumni in the process of building new ventures.

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Jan Eberly

James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance / Faculty Director, Kellogg Public-Private Initiative (KPPI)

A NEW POLICY ENVIRONMENT — WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE?

Major business and economic policies have reversed course over the past year – some in response to a strengthening economy and some with changing political leadership. Are these new trends or new volatility? And what do these cross-currents mean for business, markets and economic conditions?

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Jill Fahlgren '98

Executive Coach

BUILD YOUR PROFESSIONAL BRAND: GET THE JOB OR CAREER YOU REALLY WANT

Did you know that your personal brand is an essential part of establishing yourself as a leader and achieving your career goals? In this presentation, Jill Fahlgren ‘98 will show you how to discover your personal brand and create a strategy for building it and using it to get what – and where – you want. In this session, you will learn steps you can start taking today. Topics covered in this session include: understanding why personal brand is a critical component of your career success, learning how to uncover your personal brand to achieve your goals, using your brand to shape how others perceive you and more.

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Eli Finkel

Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences / Professor of Management & Organizations

THE ALL-OR-NOTHING MARRIAGE: HOW THE BEST MARRIAGES WORK

The institution of marriage in America is struggling. But, as Eli J. Finkel’s most recent research reveals, the best marriages today are better than the best marriages of earlier eras. Indeed, they are the best marriages the world has ever known. Finkel combines cutting-edge scientific research with practical advice, introducing a set of quick-and-dirty lovehacks, considering tactics for optimizing communication and responsiveness, and offering guidance on when to recalibrate our expectations. Collectively, these strategies help not only to solve acute problems but also to put our marriage on a path toward flourishing for the long run.

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Steve Franconeri

Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences / Professor of Leadership

PERSUASIVE DATA VISUALIZATION

Your story – an argument, solution or a pitch – relies on solid data. Using the latest research in data visualization and visual perception, this session will combine an overview of design techniques with hands-on exercises to illustrate how to tell clear stories from your data, to upward and outward audiences of varied technical and topical expertise.

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Ben Jones

Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship / Professor of Strategy / Faculty Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI) / Associate Dean for Innovation and Impact

CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Einstein believed that great contributions to science came before age thirty. The classic image of a genius scientist or inventor is that of a great mind working alone. Indeed, the idea that singular, young people drive the advance of science and technology remains pervasive, including in entrepreneurial hotbeds like Silicon Valley. But, what is the evidence? Looking systematically at science, patenting and entrepreneurship, we find that great advances today are not the provenance of the young. In the 21st century, the greatest ideas, innovations and new firms increasingly come from individuals near age 40 and older. Moreover, technological progress is a team sport, with the breakthroughs increasingly coming from teams of individuals, rather than solo actors. This talk will review this evidence, discuss mechanisms at work and consider applications to building effective innovative teams today.

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Megan Kashner '03

Clinical Assistant Professor of Public-Private Interface / Director of Social Impact

THE INTERSECTION OF PURPOSE & PRACTICE: WHEN THE "WHY" DRIVES THE "WHAT" IN THE WORKPLACE

Join Kellogg faculty members Megan Kashner '03 and Nicholas Pearce '10 as they explore the rising role of personal and corporate purpose across the career spectrum. In unprecedented numbers today, companies and leaders recognize and act on the knowledge that marketplace and operational success and effectiveness can be improved with an increased alignment between values and action. Dive into the realms of social impact, sustainability and organizational behavior in this timely session as we explore what’s new and notable in this area and share opportunities to advance purpose and impact in your work and marketplace.

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Harry Kraemer '79

Clinical Professor of Strategy

BECOMING A VALUES BASED LEADER

Values-based leaders are more important than ever in today's economic and political environment. In a dynamic session that draws on Professor Kraemer's global experience as the chairman and CEO Baxter International, you will learn the importance of self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence and genuine humility as a leader.

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Mike Mazzeo

Senior Associate Dean of Curriculum and Teaching / Associate Professor of Strategy

THE KELLOGG LEADERSHIP JOURNEY FOR The EVENING & WEEKEND PROGRAM, WITH PROFESSOR BERNIE BANKS

In order to accelerate Kellogg Evening & Weekend students’ growth to becoming brave leaders, Kellogg introduced the Kellogg Leadership Journey. This series provides a leadership development continuum that begins with an immersive launch weekend, includes a Leadership Immersion Retreat, and concludes with a Capstone experience at the end of a student’s academic journey. The Kellogg Leadership Journey provides a new, innovative way to deliver leadership content to Kellogg students in a setting that will allow for substantive reflection and dialogue related to their development as leaders. In this session, you’ll learn more about the Kellogg Leadership Journey for Evening & Weekend students and will receive an update on recent Evening & Weekend Program developments, from admissions to student experiences to metrics.

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Vicki Medvec

Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management & Organizations / Executive Director of the Center for Executive Women

NEGOTIATING EFFECTIVELY FOR YOURSELF

Strong negotiation skills are essential in both business and personal life. In this session, you’ll hear about the latest research regarding the art and science of negotiations, mediation and conflict resolution.

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Tom O’Toole

Clinical Professor of Marketing / Senior Fellow

CUSTOMER LOYALTY: STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENTS

Loyalty programs are a well-established marketing practice in travel, financial services, retail, restaurants and other sectors, and are expanding in a growing range of categories such as health care, residential energy and other new categories. They are integrally related to digital commerce, customer data analytics, individualized marketing and more. Today, new business models for loyalty programs are emerging. How should marketers take a strategic approach to developing sound and effective loyalty programs? What are practical insights to guide loyalty program development? In this session, Professor O’Toole will address both the strategy and practice of loyalty programs across categories.

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Kara Palamountain ‘04

Research Associate Professor and Lecturer of Global Health

KELLOGG AND GLOBAL HEALTH

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Kellogg’s involvement in global health.  Since 2006, over 400 Kellogg MBA students have participated in market research trips focused on improving access to health technologies in low- and middle-income countries.  Come learn how this important student-driven research improves access to lifesaving medical technologies across the globe.  This session will also be an opportunity to learn about Kellogg’s efforts to reinvent the newborn intensive care units in Africa, which was recently awarded a $15M grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

Nicholas Pearce Portrait

Nicholas Pearce '12 (PhD)

Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

THE INTERSECTION OF PURPOSE & PRACTICE: WHEN THE "WHY" DRIVES THE "WHAT" IN THE WORKPLACE

Join Kellogg faculty members Megan Kashner ’03 and Nicholas Pearce '10 as they explore the rising role of personal and corporate purpose across the career spectrum. In unprecedented numbers today, companies and leaders recognize and act on the knowledge that marketplace and operational success and effectiveness can be improved with an increased alignment between values and action. Dive into the realms of social impact, sustainability and organizational behavior in this timely session as we explore what’s new and notable in this area and share opportunities to advance purpose and impact in your work and marketplace.

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Mitchell Petersen

Glen Vasel Professor of Finance / Director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

CASH, TAXES AND GROWTH: HOW TAX REFORM AFFECTED A TRILLION DOLLAR CASH STOCKPILE AND THE FUTURE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH

For better or worse, taxes are a crucial factor in our personal and professional investment decisions. The U.S. tax reform is the largest change in the way the U.S. taxes income in thirty years. In this session, Professor Petersen will discuss: 1. The Facts. What do we know about where the cash is held and why? 2. The Motivations. Why do U.S. firms hold so much cash and what does the evidence tell us about which explanations are right? 3. The Implications. Are (were) the large cash stockpiles a problem and more importantly how will the change in the tax code and the release of all this cash affect economic growth? With a return of trillions of dollars to the U.S. and dramatic changes in investment incentives, what does the future hold?

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Sergio Rebelo

Tokai Bank Chair in International Finance / Professor of Finance

CONSUMER BEHAVIOR IN THE U.S. ECONOMY

This session explores the rise in income inequality, the structural changes in the U.S. labor and consumer markets and the implications of these changes for brand positioning.

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Derek Rucker

Sandy & Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies in Marketing / Professor of Marketing / Co-chair of Faculty Research

WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY?

In this session, attendees will learn about cutting-edge research from Kellogg faculty who have developed a new methodology for measuring customers’ willingness to pay. You will participate in a live, interactive simulation in which we will measure your willingness to pay. Faculty members will explain how this new methodology can be applied to different business problems.

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David Schonthal '09

Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

AN INTRO TO DESIGN THINKING

Design is not just a verb – it is a way of solving problems creatively. This session will highlight some of the fundamentals of design thinking and discuss how they can be applied to everything from products and services to business models. In this session, we will explore how these principles are used across a variety of industries, in small companies and large enterprises alike. You don’t need a background in design or engineering to benefit from this session – you just need a bit of curiosity and a desire to view the world through a more human-centered lens.

Matthew Temple Portrait

Matthew Temple '93

Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development

REINVENTING YOUR CAREER

Workers will average 3.5 careers and 10-12 jobs during their lifetime. According to the Conference Board, interest in work has declined 18.9%. How do we reinvent our careers when the economy has changed, when we have changed, when we have burned out? Topics addressed in this session include why reinvent your career, famous people who reinvented their careers, making radical career changes, resources to get you started and much more.

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Leigh Thompson

J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations / Professor of Management & Organizations / Director of Kellogg Team and Group Research Center / Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

HIGH PERFORMANCE NEGOTIATION SKILLS

In this session, you’ll have the opportunity to “audit” your negotiation skills and receive intensive feedback that will improve your ability to reach win-win outcomes. The goal is to improve your negotiation performance and build your confidence.

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Alice Tybout '75 (PhD)

Harold T. Martin Professor of Marketing

BRAND SCANDALS: WHEN SPILLOVER AND FORGIVENESS OCCUR

In recent years, the marketplace has been battered by an unending parade of scandals that involve well-known brands (Chipotle, Samsung, Wells Fargo) and people who represent such brands (Jared Fogle, Subway spokesperson). Professor Tybout will discuss her research, which identifies conditions that can lead a scandal to spill over from one brand to another in the same category and when a brand is likely to be forgiven and quickly rebound from any negative impact.

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Rob Wolcott

Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Executive Education / Co-founder and Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network

BEING HUMAN: TECHNOLOGY AND THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING HUMAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Professor Wolcott, a regular contributor to Forbes, talks about new technologies ranging from artificial intelligence and cybernetics to 3D printing. What impact will these innovations have on business, society and even the experience of being human?

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