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The Kellogg CEW Review, April 2011


What are some of the ways your company's female directors and executives work together to drive greater results?

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Women’s Senior Leadership Program

October 26-28, 2011
February 8-10, 2012
May 2-4, 2012
October 3-5, 2012

Women’s Director Development Program

May 18-20, 2011
November 9-11, 2011
May 9-11, 2012
November 14-16, 2012


"Driving Results: Exploring the Relationship Between the Board of Directors and Senior Executives"
presented by The Kellogg Center for Executive Women and the Kellogg Alumni Relations Office

Thursday, May 19th
6:15 pm

Click here for more information


Unlocking the Full Potential of Women in the US Economy
From McKinsey & Company, April, 2011

Conclussions of a three-month study exploring the role of women in American Business today, specifically: "how women contribute to the U.S. economy; how their work benefits individual corporations; what prevents women from making greater contributions to their companies; and what approaches can help companies unlock the full potential of women."

2001 Board of Directors Survey
Sponsored by Heidrick & Struggles and WomenCorporateDirectors

The results of a 2010 survey of female and male directors reveals significant differences in opinion between the genders on topics ranging from board diversity and performance to how to restore faith in corporate boards on the heels of the financial meltdown.

Have you come across an inspiring article or read an interesting book that you would like to share with the group? We'd love to hear from you. Post on our LinkedIn site or send your recommendations in an email.






In 2009 the Kellogg Center for Executive Women welcomed four new members to its Steering Committee. As its acting advisory board, The Steering Committee plays a vital role in the ongoing development and success of the Center. In part three of our "Meet the New Members" series we would like to introduce you to Lisa Konieczka, an alumna of our Women's Senior Leadership Program and one of the newest additions to our Steering Committee.

Meet Lisa Konieczka...

As an EVP at CB Richard Ellis, Lisa Konieczka helps her corporate clients locate their executive offices and boardrooms. As the founder and chairman of the CBRE Women’s Network, she provides the firm’s female employees with the guidance and resources to one day sit in them. What began as a request to set up an informal breakfast event where a few dozen women could come and connect has blossomed into an organization of over five hundred members that offers female professionals across all divisions of the company the training, mentoring and networking tools to take their careers to new heights.

Impressively, even as Konieczka has helmed CBRE’s efforts to enhance and empower its female workforce, she has still found the time to amass her own impressive portfolio of professional success. Named as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’s “40 under 40” business leaders in 2003, other accolades have included the prestigious Office Broker of the Year Award for the Chicago real estate community, multiple NAIOP Awards for Downtown Office Transaction of the Year and the CBRE McCarthy Award – the highest honor the company can bestow. With her strategic planning approach towards corporate real estate service she has managed transactions in the hundreds of thousands of square footage for clients such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, and CDW.

It is her combination of professional accomplishment and commitment to her fellow women of business that excites the Kellogg Center for Executive Women to have Konieczka on board as a member of our Steering Committee. As a past participant of our Women’s Senior Leadership Program, she knows first-hand the training and tools the Center has to offer and the advantages of their practical application within the business world. “For me personally, this program provided incredible training in consensus building for decision making, superior negotiation skills and marketing/brand development,” Konieczka says. “I am struck by how often I will refer back to class materials when either developing a negotiation strategy or working to gain consensus amongst a project team to drive a decision.” 

In driving decisions for the Center, Konieczka hopes to encourage its development of programs for alumnae to come together and network as well as continue to enhance their professional training. “I think that the cross-collaboration amongst the various cohorts and program participants can continue to create connections through the Center,” she says. “I would like to see the Center viewed as a networking and ongoing training resource and a way to keep the participants connected to the learning and development opportunities that the Center is poised to provide.”

As the Center moves through 2011 and beyond, we look forward to the experience and guidance that Lisa is poised to provide in helping us advance our mission and populate executive office spaces worldwide with qualified female leaders.

Exploring the Relationship Between the Board of Directors
and Senior Executives

The Kellogg Center for Executive Women and the Kellogg Alumni Relations Office are inviting the most distinguished women of Kellogg to join them for a panel discussion focusing on the interaction between the Board of Directors and senior management. This exciting evening will feature pairings of female directors and female senior leaders from Pfizer Inc., and Genomic Health Inc. Panelists include:

Suzanne Nora Johnson
A former Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Ms. Johnson is currently a Director of Intuit Inc., Pfizer Inc., and Visa Inc. In 2006, she was ranked 34th on Forbes’ list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”

Freda C. Lewis-Hall ’02 M.D, FAPA
Dr. Lewis-Hall has been Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Pfizer Inc, since May 2009. She was named as the 2011 Healthcare Business Women’s Association Woman of the Year.

Ginger L. Graham
Ms. Graham is the former President and CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals and the current President and CEO of Two Trees Consulting. She serves on the boards of directors for Genomic Health, Inc., Proteus Biomedical, and Walgreen Co.

Kim Popovits
Ms. Popovits has served as President, CEO, and Director of Genomic Health Inc. since 2009. She is a former Director of ARCA Biopharma Inc. and a former Vice Chairman of Nuvelo Inc.

The panel will be moderated by Professor Victoria Medvec, the Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management and Organizations and Executive Director of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women, with opening remarks by Morton Shapiro, President of Northwestern University.

Please join us on Thursday, May 19, 2011 in the Allen Center’s McCormick Tribune Auditorium, located on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. The evening will begin at 6:15 PM with a networking reception followed by this fascinating program.

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to
by May 12th.


Closing the Corporate Gender Gap
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, March 7, 2011

Kellogg Professor David Matsa presents new research on the correlation between the proportion of women on a company's board and its number of female executives.

Read the full article to learn how diversifying its gender-makeup at the corporate level can mean greater opportunities for female leaders throughout an organization.

Better Decisions Through Diversity
Kellogg Insight, October, 2010

Kellogg Professor Katherine Phillips along with BYU's Katie Liljenquist and Stanford's Margaret Neale shed new light on the impact of heterogeneity within groups on their overall decision-making abilities.

Click here to read a synopsis of their work (or here for the full research paper) and learn how diversifying your team can improve its results.

How Setting Career Goals Can Backfire
By Susan Adams,, February 17, 2011

Kellogg Professor Adam Galinsky offers new insights on professional goal-setting taken from a number of recent studies. He examines some of the pitfalls and traps people face when chosing their objectives and offers up advice on the best types of goals to set.

Follow this link to learn what sort of goals you should be setting for yourself to maximize your performance potential.


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