Jay Cohen and Laura Cox

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."

2014-15 Donors

  • Kellogg challenged me to think critically and creatively and to approach problem-solving from multiple perspectives — invaluable skills that I continue to hone and that serve me well today.
    – Henry Bullock '80

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  • A lot of other donors gave money to Kellogg to make it the institution it is, and we benefited from that. So now it’s our time to give back to Kellogg.
    – Jay Cohen '88 and Laura Cox '88

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  • Kellogg transformed me from a young, hungry student into an accomplished business professional. The school shaped the trajectory of my life, and for that I support Kellogg the best I can with my time, talents and treasures.
    – Bob Eckert '77

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  • Kellogg gave me the tools and confidence I needed to assess the risk/reward of acquiring and running my own business - and succeed. My Kellogg education led to a game-changing experience for Carrie and me. Now we want to help future entrepreneurs succeed.
    – Jeff Hoye '95 with wife Carrie

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  • I believe that supporting Kellogg, as it adapts to the profound global changes in both education and business, is important.
    – Jim McNerney

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