Draw inspiration and insight from thought-leadership sessions with Kellogg’s world-renowned faculty and guest speakers. With more than 30 sessions to choose from, this is an event you don’t want to miss. See below for 2019 Reunion speakers, topics, and session descriptions.
Clinical Professor of Marketing
James Farley/Booz Allen Hamilton Professor of Marketing Strategy / Director of the Center for Market Leadership / Faculty Director, Kellogg Markets and Customers Initiative (KMCI)
Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Carter Cast, a clinical professor of innovation and entrepreneurship and a venture capitalist at Pritzker Group, will discuss the critical competencies that high potential, high performers – people with "the right stuff" – have that enable them to soar in their careers.
President & Chief Story Facilitator at Leadership Story Lab
Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice / The Larry Levy Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative / Executive Director, Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital
While the hype continues to focus on ‘launching’ new ventures, value is created in actually ‘growing’ ventures. Once a business model has successfully shown that it can generate sustainable profit, it is time to scale the company. However, scaling requires managing all the different functions of a business in concert. There are challenges in operations, marketing, finance, talent, culture and more. This session will present a live case on how an alum tackled the challenges of scaling.
The Entrepreneur Showcase is a forum for Kellogg alumni celebrating a reunion milestone to present to an audience of fellow alumni and guests. Each entrepreneur will deliver a brief pitch on their venture – including the problem they are solving, solution and status of company growth. Presenters will have the opportunity to network and talk further about their business concepts at a reception following the program. The event is hosted in partnership with the Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI). The showcase provides a unique opportunity to highlight and support alumni in the process of building new ventures.
Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences / Professor of Management & Organizations
The institution of marriage in America is struggling. But, as Eli J. Finkel’s most recent research reveals, the best marriages today are better than the best marriages of earlier eras. Indeed, they are the best marriages the world has ever known. Finkel combines cutting-edge scientific research with practical advice, introducing a set of quick-and-dirty lovehacks, considering tactics for optimizing communication and responsiveness, and offering guidance on when to recalibrate our expectations. Collectively, these strategies help not only to solve acute problems but also to put our marriage on a path toward flourishing for the long run.
Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences / Professor of Design, McCormick School of Engineering / Director, Northwestern Cognitive Science Program / Professor of Leadership
Your story – an argument, solution or a pitch – relies on solid data. Using the latest research in data visualization and visual perception, this session will combine an overview of design techniques with hands-on exercises to illustrate how to tell clear stories from your data, to upward and outward audiences of varied technical and topical expertise.
Professor of Finance
Associate Professor of Strategy / Herman Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services Management / Director of Healthcare at Kellogg
Associate Professor of Marketing / Bernice and Leonard Lavin Professorship
Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship / Professor of Strategy / Faculty Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI)
Einstein believed that great contributions to science came before age thirty. The classic image of a genius scientist or inventor is that of a great mind working alone. Indeed, the idea that singular, young people drive the advance of science and technology remains pervasive, including in entrepreneurial hotbeds like Silicon Valley. But, what is the evidence? Looking systematically at science, patenting and entrepreneurship, we find that great advances today are not the provenance of the young. In the 21st century, the greatest ideas, innovations and new firms increasingly come from individuals near age 40 and older. Moreover, technological progress is a team sport, with the breakthroughs increasingly coming from teams of individuals, rather than solo actors. This talk will review this evidence, discuss mechanisms at work and consider applications to building effective innovative teams today.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Public-Private Interface / Director of Social Impact
Explore the rising role of personal and corporate purpose across the career spectrum. In unprecedented numbers today, companies and leaders recognize and act on the knowledge that marketplace and operational success and effectiveness can be improved with an increased alignment between values and action. Dive into the realms of social impact, sustainability and organizational behavior in this timely session as we explore what’s new and notable in this area and share opportunities to advance purpose and impact in your work and marketplace.
Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing
Associate Professor | Northwestern University / Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications / Executive Director | Media Leadership Center / Fellow | Institute for Policy Research
Clinical Professor of Marketing / Senior Fellow
Loyalty programs are a well-established marketing practice in travel, financial services, retail, restaurants and other sectors, and are expanding in a growing range of categories such as health care, residential energy and other new categories. They are integrally related to digital commerce, customer data analytics, individualized marketing and more. Today, new business models for loyalty programs are emerging. How should marketers take a strategic approach to developing sound and effective loyalty programs? What are practical insights to guide loyalty program development? In this session, Professor O’Toole will address both the strategy and practice of loyalty programs across categories.
Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations
Erwin P. Nemmers Professor of Strategy
Sandy & Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies in Marketing / Professor of Marketing / Co-chair of Faculty Research
McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology / Clinical Professor of Marketing / Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation
Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship / Faculty Director of Zell Fellows Program
Design is not just a verb – it is a way of solving problems creatively. This session will highlight some of the fundamentals of design thinking and discuss how they can be applied to everything from products and services to business models. In this session, we will explore how these principles are used across a variety of industries, in small companies and large enterprises alike. You don’t need a background in design or engineering to benefit from this session – you just need a bit of curiosity and a desire to view the world through a more human-centered lens.
Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development
Still trying to figure out how your career and life fit together? Ready to shake things up? Then join us for this two-hour workshop based on the New York Times bestselling book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, who use a design mindset to help people build fulfilling careers and lives. During the workshop you will engage in several exercises, including:
- Mapping your energy to learn what energizes you and what drains you
- Practicing radical collaboration, learning how you can leverage people from different walks of life to help you generate new ideas and fresh perspectives
- Creating three different "odyssey plans" for the next five years
When will you start that company that you’ve been thinking about? When will you finally hike Mount Kilimanjaro? And what about that marathon?
To learn more please contact Kellogg's Alumni Career & Professional Development office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations / Professor of Management & Organizations / Director of Kellogg Team and Group Research Center / Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
In this session, you’ll have the opportunity to “audit” your negotiation skills and receive intensive feedback that will improve your ability to reach win-win outcomes. The goal is to improve your negotiation performance and build your confidence.
Harold T. Martin Professor of Marketing
In recent years, the marketplace has been battered by an unending parade of scandals that involve well-known brands (Chipotle, Samsung, Wells Fargo) and people who represent such brands (Jared Fogle, Subway spokesperson). Professor Tybout will discuss her research, which identifies conditions that can lead a scandal to spill over from one brand to another in the same category and when a brand is likely to be forgiven and quickly rebound from any negative impact.