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Alumni newsmakers: Susan Rosenstein ’79

by Deborah Leigh Wood

Susan Rosenstein ’79 is undisputedly “well-connected” in the Kellogg School community. A member of the Kellogg Alumni Advisory Board (KAAB) for the last six years, she conducts workshops for Kellogg students and alumni on interviewing, résumé writing and networking. She also participates in the mentorship program and the Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago, where she has served as a board member and chaired the Career Development Committee. If this wasn’t enough, she also co-chaired the Class of ’79 reunion.

Rosenstein says she became hooked on reconnecting with Kellogg after starting Susan Rosenstein Executive Search Ltd. in 1986.

“I posted jobs on the Kellogg Web site and joined the Chicago alumni club, purely from a business perspective,” she says. “But being with other alums was so enjoyable that my reasons for reconnecting shifted.”

She kept finding ways to contribute to Kellogg.

“Kellogg gives us careers, knowledge and friends, and at some point it’s time to give back,” she says. “The personal rewards for volunteering are big. You get back a lot more than you give.”

Rosenstein also serves on the boards of a number of Chicago-area organizations, including her latest appointment as trustee on the board of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

After accompanying her to various Kellogg School events, her husband, Richard, also decided to become an official part of the Kellogg family. So three years ago he enrolled in the Kellogg Management Institute, which his wife says has served him well in his career as a commercial real estate attorney working with corporate clients.

Rosenstein says she gets by on little sleep, and in her spare time practices piano, sometimes until nearly midnight. She also skis, golfs and travels.

Says Rosenstein: “Growing up, I always heard my mother say, ‘live life to the fullest.’ My philosophy is to be involved in as many things as I can. In the time you spend thinking that you don’t have time, you could actually be doing something.”

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