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looking for more than a few great leaders, keynote speaker tells
graduating executive MBA classes
need more leaders with the skills to meet today's challenges,
said William C. Weldon, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson,
in a keynote address to Executive
Master's Program (EMP) graduates at their convocation ceremony June 14 in Pick
Staiger Concert Hall.
words were no doubt music to the ears of the 132 graduates
of EMP-53 and EMP-54, whom Kellogg School Dean Dipak C. Jain
referred to as "strong" and possessed of a particularly
keen sense of unity in light of a challenging two years marked
by corporate scandals, war and an economic downturn.
leaders, said Weldon, place great importance on customers
and market dynamics, but also value innovation, personnel
development and collaboration — or "team leadership,"
as practiced at the Kellogg School.
students become familiar with the concept of teamwork by learning
"not only from faculty but from fellow classmates,"
Jain told the graduates.
C. Weldon, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson,
delivered the EMP commencement address.
asking, 'what's in it for me?'" he advised. "Do
the right thing with a sense of giving back, and take the
essence of the Kellogg brand: Leadership, Opportunity, Values
and Ethics," the first letters of which spell out "LOVE."
Paschedag EMP-53 and Charles T. Kinas EMP-54 echoed that theme
in their addresses. The support of family and friends, they
said, made it possible for them to get through a rigorous
program that involved countless hours away from home.
gave Top Professor awards to Sunil
Chopra, IBM Distinguished
Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems,
and to Steven
S. Rogers, Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor
of Entrepreneurship. EMP-54 gave Top Professor awards to Anne
Coughlan, associate professor of marketing, and to Sergio
Rebelo, the Tokai Bank Distinguished Professor of Finance.