Kourtney Ratliff, KSM ’10
President, Loop Capital Investment Management
Partner, Equity Division
"The Kellogg Executive MBA program also introduced me to the world of international business. I completed a live-in session in Hong Kong, attended classes at Kellogg’s partner school in Germany and participated in a Global Initiatives in Management program in South America."
Rising from intern to global leader at a Chicago-based equity investment firm, Kourtney Ratliff says the collaborative leadership skills and global savvy she gained at Kellogg has contributed directly to her success in business and in life.
I chose the Kellogg Executive MBA Program because it offered a distinctive combination that fit my career and personal life perfectly — a strong international reputation, a focus on collaboration and the work-study flexibility of weekend classes.
I made the right choice. Kellogg helped me develop the critical skills and global perspectives I needed to be successful – building cohesive teams, managing client relationships and spearheading my firm’s strategic expansion into international markets and asset management.
At Kellogg, I learned that you can lead and collaborate at the same — a concept of leadership that Kellogg pioneered and has continued to help evolve. I also learned how to work through conflict and got to practice informed risk taking in a “safe” environment.
Rather than focusing on individual achievement, Kellogg emphasizes the power of the team. We learned to ask, “How do we make this team successful? How do we motivate those around us to work toward a common goal?” The spirit of collaboration I developed at Kellogg continues to help me succeed in my job day-to-day. In fact, my Kellogg group still holds monthly calls, working together to explore solutions to the challenges we face daily.
The Kellogg Executive MBA program also introduced me to the world of international business. I completed a live-in session in Hong Kong, attended classes at Kellogg’s partner school in Germany and participated in a Global Initiatives in Management program in South America. Learning to understand how geographic and cultural differences affect how people think about and transact business was a real eye-opener.
The knowledge and insight I gained has contributed directly to my success as my firm’s global business development leader and helped me grow as a person as well.
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