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From left: Kellogg students Heather Smith and Jeffrey Brand participate in a Cabrini Connections mentoring event on April 25. With them are Cabrini Connections staff and high-school students who reside in Chicago's Cabrini Green public housing project. Seated to Brand's left is David Wong '07.

Making connections

Students in Kellogg Part-Time MBA Program bring mentorship to at-risk community

By Heather Smith

5/1/2007 - The Kellogg School’s Part-Time MBA Program participated in a career night on April 25 with Cabrini Connections, an organization that offers one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program serving 7th through 12th grade students living in Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing project.

Cabrini Connections was selected as a charity beneficiary by The Managers' Ball, the Kellogg Part-Time MBA

Program’s signature social event. As part of the Kellogg School’s contribution to the organization’s efforts, 10 part-time Kellogg MBA student volunteers orchestrated a career night for some 40 Cabrini Connections high school students. Kellogg volunteers discussed their respective industries and provided lively explanations of their day-to-day responsibilities.

Kellogg School graduate David Wong ’07 taught students some of the hand signals that traders use at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, while Kellogg student Beth Pando provided samples of some of the gum she sells as a category development analyst at William Wrigley Jr. Company. Another Kellogg student, Jeffrey Brand, vice president at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, offered a straightforward overview of investment banking and rewarded students who answered questions correctly with miniature radios.

Following the career panels, attendees and Kellogg volunteers enjoyed a pizza dinner and discussed the importance of education and discipline in achieving professional and personal goals.

The Kellogg Part-Time MBA Program looks forward to continuing its relationship with Cabrini Connections by partnering on future events.