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Kellogg seminar highlights CEO skills

1/4/2003 - On Jan. 9 John Rau, chairman and trustee of the Chicago Title and Trust Company Foundation, and former CEO of LaSalle Bank, shared his professional experience with more than 100 Kellogg School students and faculty at the Donald P. Jacobs Center. Delivering a lecture titled "Getting to the Corner Office," Mr. Rau discussed the leadership skills needed to advance to the most senior management level in today's corporate environment.

The half-day seminar was adapted from Rau's book titled Secrets From The Search Firm Files: What it Really Takes to Get Ahead in the Corporate Jungle. Attendees engaged in diagnostic leadership exercises, the history of leadership thought, and a detailed study of CEO profiles. Participants discussed at length the characteristics of CEOs from the perspective of corporations and search firms. Kevin Connelly, from executive search firm Spencer Stuart, also joined the presentation, providing his experiences.

The seminar culminated in a luncheon at the James L. Allen Center where students enjoyed the chance to network with Rau and several recruiters who specialize in executive placement. The event was co-sponsored by the Kellogg's Graduate Management Association and the school's Business Leadership Club.

In addition to corporate directorships, Rau serves in leadership roles in several civic organizations, including serving as Chair of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. He was formerly dean of the School of Business at Indiana University (Bloomington) from 1993 through January 1997.