The Kellogg School of Management is partnering with JPMorgan Chase to offer Kellogg ASCEND Business Growth, a live virtual (online) management education program held mornings during the weeks of November 15th and 30th, 2020.
We will engage a select cohort of 15-18 minority-owned and other businesses that hire a significant percentage of employees from Chicago's under-resourced neighborhoods. We seek firms with revenues of $500,000+ or 5+ employees, although smaller companies with high growth potential are considered.
This partnership between Kellogg and JPMorgan Chase aligns management education, market access and capital access to grow businesses and jobs in low and moderate income (LMI) communities in Chicagoland, and develops a network that links business schools, market access organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and Chase small business banking. The program facilitates growth of businesses and is especially focused on the south and west sides of Chicago, ASCEND:
The partnership with JHLA links the Kellogg School with diverse business and nonprofit communities; helps businesses scale, retain and create jobs; stimulates innovative economic development; and expands student knowledge about how to address issues in LMI communities.
This collaboration — Kellogg, JHLA, CDFIs, JPMChase and major enterprise will enhance economic development by increasing employment, which decreases violence and related societal ills in the targeted neighborhoods. Primary targets include communities such as Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Humboldt Park, South Lawndale, Washington Park and Woodlawn.
Kellogg ASCEND seeks to partner with minority business owners and others based in and/or hire from underserved areas that are interested in growth through management education, access to potential funders and access to potential new business. The ideal companies meet the requirements listed below.
Week 1: Sun., Nov. 15 2:00-4:45PM; Mon., Nov. 16 – Thu., Nov. 19 8:45AM-12:15PM
Week 2: Mon., Nov. 30 – Thu., Dec. 3 8:45AM-12:15PM
The curriculum will address principles, models and examples that enhance company success and growth..
Gail Berger - Deputy Director - Kellogg Center for Executive Women; Clinical Associate Professor of Executive Education
Derrick Collins - Dean of Business School, Chicago State University
Timothy Feddersen - Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics; Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences; Chair of Personnel Committee
Paul Hirsch - James L. Allen Professor of Strategy & Organizations Professor of Management & Organizations
Sanjay Khosla - Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Marketing
James Lowry - Sr. Advisor, Boston Consulting Group and CEO, James H. Lowry & Assoc.
Joseph Patton - Executive & Career Coach; Assoc. Director, Career Advising & Education at Kellogg
Kelly Richmond Pope - Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University; filmmaker
Michele Rogers - Clinical Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Executive Education and Director of Chicago Partnerships
Albert Sharp - Managing Director, Muller & Monroe
Leigh Thompson - J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations Professor of Management & Organizations
Ivy Walker - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Helios Digital Learning
Gregory White - CEO, LEARN Charter School
Each participant submits a $150 registration fee for this program held over 9 half days. (JPMorgan Chase sponsorship allows this special steeply discounted fee.)
Location & Accommodations:
During the pandemic, the Kellogg Ascend Program will be conducted live virtually on the Zoom platform.
Applications are considered on a first-come first-served basis, so early registration is suggested; however the deadline for fee payment is 10:00 AM on November 10.
Participants must notify the Program Manager three business days in advance of the program start if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants forfeit the program fee.
Nov. 15 - Dec. 3, 2020
Start: November 15 at 2:00 PM
End: December 3 at 12:15 PM
Please complete an application if you are a minority, or other owner, with a significant number/percentage of employees from under-resourced, lower income areas of Chicago, and your revenues are $500,000+ or you have 5+ employees.