to all who attended the first event of Kellogg's Executive
Leadership Circle forum on April 8..It was a success by every
measure. The most important thanks go to Gerron Vartan '67,
who organized this invitation-only event along with several
other executive alumni. More than 60 Kellogg graduates attended
the panel discussions — all of them executive managers
from a range of technology companies throughout the Bay Area.
an important pilot program for Kellogg, reflecting Dean Jain's
primary goals for the direction of Kelloggís future.
Strengthening the alumni network is central among these goals,
which also include:
1. Provide interactive
thought leadership programming for senior level executive
alumni to serve as a source of insight and information.
2. Provide senior level executive alumni with a unique environment
in which to network with their peers.
3. Position the school as a thought leader.
4. Engage senior level executive alumni in business conversations
that can be examined from an academic and intellectual perspective,
as well as a experiential and business world perspective.
5. Leverage Kelloggís recognized strength in functional
marketing to support the broader concept of market leadership.
6. Build upon the lifelong value of the Kellogg School education
7. Facilitate and foster robust alumni relationships with
the institution and among other alumni.
The theme for the
night was "Leadership and Ethical Issues in High Tech."
Our panel discussion was moderated by Kellogg professors David
Messick and Tony Paoni, and involved a distinguished panel
of executives, including: Craig Brennan, president and CEO,
Brio Software; John Dohm, vice president for programs with
the Center for Project Management; Richard Kramlich, co-founder
and general partner, New Enterprise Associates; Gideon Sasson,
executive vice president, Schwab; Bob Wayman, executive vice
president and chief financial officer, Hewlett-Packard Co.
There was a balance
of opposing views on every issue discussed. Business issues
and ethical such as "should we introduce a software product
at the previously announced time, even though the product
has not been fully beta tested?" were discussed at length.
Following the event, the crowd continued to network well past
the scheduled conclusion, and it wasnít only because
of the great appetizers and drink. A special thanks to Hewlett-Packard
for donating the space.
In his letter to
thank all who participated in the event, Dean Jain wrote:
'I am very pleased with the feedback I've received since the
event and anticipate that the momentum will continue in San
Francisco for future events like this. As you know, this collaborative
effort was designed to bring Kellogg professors and distinguished
alumni together for a unique opportunity to discuss issues
involving leadership in the high tech industry. One of my
primary initiatives as dean has been to strengthen the Kellogg
alumni network — especially programming for more seasoned
alumni who have asked for targeted events among their peers.
The Executive Leadership Circle event was a pilot program
to facilitate this goal, and we will use this event as a model
for future efforts around the world. I hope that you enjoyed
the topic as well the connections you made with other alumni
in the Bay Area."