Kellogg World Alumni Magazine, Winter 2002Kellogg School of Management
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Jorge Rodriguez '97, left, and Kurt Ryder '95 were two of the alums who participated in Kellogg Alumni Club of New York events this summer.

New York

We are pleased to announce some recent changes in the KACNY leadership. Dan Williams ’99, co-president and founder of the club’s Wall Street group, has been elevated to the position of president. Javed Rahman ’97, Dan’s co-president for the last year and president the previous year, has stepped down (but not too far aside) to act as president emeritus and continue as an active adviser to the club. We thank Javed for his contributions to the club and look forward to his continued involvement. Additionally, Leonard Chan ’00 has assumed the position of club treasurer and is already fast at work improving the club’s financial planning and budgeting process. We continue to have involvement from a variety of alumni including Doug Bell ’89, Cindy Chao ’00, Joseph DeBono ’97, Dennis Sullivan ’99, Ivy Tseng ’01, Tina Cheng ’91 (recently involved again after a year-and-a-half hiatus to sunny L.A.) and Ili Cohen ’99.

The club has recently been re-energized with a host of new volunteers from classes ranging from 1986 to 2002 (more than 25 new volunteers showed up at our September planning meeting and all have agreed to offer their ideas and assistance in furthering the club), so we are looking forward to a year of exciting services and programming for our alumni in the tri-state area. We are always seeking new volunteers so please pass the word to your friends and classmates —contact Dan Williams (dwilliams1999@kellogg.

Kellogg alumni gathered two different summer nights (June and August) at the Boat Basin Café overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan for happy hours organized by KACNY and including alumni from the Stanford, Chicago GSB, Haas (Berkeley), Fuqua (Duke), Tuck (Dartmouth), McDonough (Georgetown), Zicklin (Baruch), Owen (Vanderbilt), London Business School, Moore (University of South Carolina) and Thunderbird schools of business, Sciences PO alumni, as well as members of Beta Gamma Sigma at our second and third multischool MBA happy hour. More than 400 people enjoyed cocktails each night and lively discussion with new friends and old while watching some of the most beautiful sunsets in New York this summer. These events, now a fixture in the New York MBA circles, were initiated and run by KACNY. As in the past, the parties were such a hit that crashers came from Harvard, Wharton (University of Pennsylvania), NYU, Sloan (MIT) and Columbia.

Familiar faces in the crowds included: Kurt Ryden ’95, Joe DeBono ’97, Javed Rahman ’97, Dan Williams ’99 and his fianceé Kristen Sarisky, Jorge Rodriguez ’97 and his lovely wife Shawn Fields (president of the Fuqua Club of New York), Jean Lee ’99, Jeneane Kee ’99, Ari Ackerman ’99, Cristina Cooper ’00, Pat Campo ’99, Adrienne LaFemina ’99, Doug Bell ’89, Emily Malatesta ’93, Beth Adler ’86 and the ever-charming Carol Spomer ’78. Feedback from all in attendance was extremely positive, so look for another similar event late during the fall/winter/spring season, or at least next summer.

This fall we kicked off the season with salsa dancing lessons in September (arranged by Debbie Elkins ’83), the “Welcome Class of ’02 Happy Hour” in October (arranged by Tina Cheng ’91), the Broadway production of “Dance of the Vampires” in October (arranged by Leonard Chan ’00), a marketing group fireside chat featuring Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of ad agency holding group WPP (owners of Ogilvy & Mather, among others) in November (arranged by Doug Bell ’89), and the ZogSports Coed Social Sport League, just to name a few. We have many more events for which planning is under way that will fill out our fall calendar substantially. Look for a great winter/spring season as well, including the MBA Update and Leadership Series.

Our annual fall membership drive is being kicked off and will be well under way when you receive this issue of Kellogg World. Please take a moment to make sure that you sign up for membership — it entitles you to a great season of networking, career development, professional and social activities. Join today! If you have not received your mailing or a call, please contact our executive director, Arline Isaacson, at 718.645.1725 or via email at
KACNY communicates with all tri-state-area alumni exclusively through email. So if you want to hear about all of our great events, make sure that you are included on the KAC/New York listserv, which can be accessed via Kellogg’s alumni Web site. You will need to secure an alumni password, which will allow you to update your personal information (always a good idea) and sign up for listservs. Kellogg’s alumni Web site has clear instructions regarding the process and you should get your password within a week. Go to get a password, update your information or add yourself to the New York listserv (there are other great listservs as well). Do it today!

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