Founder / Cohen Capital Management Inc.
Executive Director / Bridge the Gap College Prep
Powerful education, powerful couple
Jay Cohen and Laura Cox, both '88, cherished their time at Kellogg. Now they want to give back — to help the next generation of Kellogg graduates and beyond
Two of the best years of Jay Cohen and Laura Cox's 35 years as a couple were spent attending and graduating from Kellogg together.
Kellogg holds a special place for Cohen and Cox. Both agree that their education changed the way they view business and interact with people.
"Intellectually, it was perfect for me, especially since I was always focused on going to business school after undergraduate," Cohen said. "It was a dream come true."
The relationships they developed and lessons learned at Kellogg bore fruit over the years. Cohen started a wealth management firm in the San Francisco area, Cohen Capital Management Inc., and Cox has built a career in nonprofit leadership. She now serves as executive director of Bridge the Gap College Prep, a Marin City, California-based nonprofit that prepares low-income, at-risk children for college.
"The skills I had from Kellogg and the business skills I accumulated over the years really gave me the confidence to make the transition into the nonprofit world," Cox said. "Without that background at Kellogg, I wouldn't have been able to do that."
Cox and Cohen each took something unique away from their time at Kellogg. For Cohen, the focus on working in groups at Kellogg immediately gave him an advantage that continues to strengthen his career. Cox said she treasures her improved ability to think strategically and consider the whole picture of a business, from the competition to the company's internal core.
"That's what Kellogg gives to someone coming in," Cohen said. "They come in with a framework of what they're going to do and they come out with a full breadth of skills that will stay with them forever."