At the close of its 100th year, the Kellogg School looks ahead to the future of graduate management education
6/16/2009 - A year of conferences, galas and gatherings came to an end May 29th, as the Kellogg School concluded its year-long Centennial celebration.
The final Centennial event took place on the Evanston campus, with a discussion about the social responsibility of business schools. Panelists, including Daniel Diermeier, the IBM Distinguished Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice; Nicholas Severino ’94, CFO of Apple Retail; John Livingston ’93, director and managing partner of McKinsey & Co.; Kim Nelson, senior vice president of General Mills; and moderator David Besanko, senior associate dean of the Kellogg School, spoke about the need for schools to help shape leaders by pushing courage and maintaining ethics in the workplace despite the status quo.
The day-long event also featured two keynote speakers: David Schmittlein, dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Judy D. Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Kellogg Dean Dipak C. Jain offered a keynote address on the future of graduate management education in the coming decades.
“The Centennial has marked an important milestone in the Kellogg School’s history, one that is an excellent platform for building on our achievements and advancing our aspirations in the coming years,” Jain said. “To accomplish so much over a century is impressive, and this success is a powerful illustration of our school’s enduring value.”
After the final discussions, Kellogg alumni, faculty and staff gathered for a social event outside the James L. Allen Center under a tent overlooking Lake Michigan.
The Centennial kicked off in October with an opening gala in Chicago and a global arts festival in Evanston. Other events throughout the year included conferences in Miami, Shanghai, Zurich, New York and Chicago. Kellogg also held celebrations for alumni in San Francisco and London to honor the school’s history.
“We found that alumni were very grateful and very ready for events such as these that were planned under the Centennial umbrella,” said Jane Rodriguez, director of the Centennial celebration. “It was a wonderful way for alumni to reconnect with the school and network with fellow graduates.”
Jain observed that the support from alumni, faculty and staff during Centennial events was a prime example of the Kellogg culture at work.
“The qualities that have shaped our school remain alive today: At each Centennial event we saw the enthusiasm of our alumni and friends,” Jain said. “Their special pride and passion for Kellogg makes our global community unique. I know that with this kind of support, the school’s best days are ahead.”