Awarded biennially, the prize is intended to advance the understanding of empathy and its consequences. The prize will be awarded to a Kellogg faculty member who has conducted novel research that advances analytical and rigorous critical thinking about human empathy, understanding and trust. In addition, the prize will also recognize a Kellogg alumnus/a who leads with exceptional empathy or is a thought leader in the broader field of empathy.
We would like to congratulate the inaugural prize recipients:
Nicole Stephens, Jeanne Brett Chair, Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg; Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (Courtesy). Nicole was selected for her research on how observed differences in educational achievement and work opportunities across various social groups arise and persist, leading to systematic inequalities across those groups. Her overarching hypothesis is that a first-order reason for such persistent differences is the lack of understanding of the respective “cultural divides” characteristic of the salient social groups.
Michael George ’83, ’85 MBA, President & CEO, Qurate Retail, Inc. Mike embodies our Kellogg culture of empathic, values-based leadership. Over the past 16 years, Mike has used a low-ego, high-impact leadership style to transform QVC into Qurate Retail, a Fortune 500 video commerce leader with seven brands. Along the way, Mike guided the company through a rigorous reflection on its shared mission and values, creating Qurate Retail’s Purpose and Principles (which include “Act With Empathy”). He also championed the expansion of Qurate Retail’s corporate responsibility program, with specific goals for protecting the environment, championing empowerment and belonging, and curating products responsibly. Mike’s career reflects his deep commitment to acting with integrity, inspiring his team, and striving to create positive change for the communities his business touches. To learn more about Mike, watch Kellogg’s interview with him about these values and how Qurate Retail navigated the pandemic.
For the alumni winner, Kellogg collected nominations from the alumni community. A small committee from the school then selected a recipient.
The faculty winner was selected by a committee of faculty members.
In recent years, Kellogg faculty members have conducted extensive research on empathy. Just a few examples of related Kellogg Insight articles include: