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Kellogg’s Complete Immersion in Management (CIM) Week kicked off Aug. 31 as the school welcomed the Class of 2017.

During her welcome address on Monday, Dean Sally Blount ’92 posited the question, “Why do you need an MBA?” To her, the answer is obvious and inspiring.

Dean Sally Blount ’92

“Business education is more important than ever because business is the dominant social institution of our day,” Blount said. “Business creates jobs, creates wealth, and moves wealth and jobs faster and more efficiently than any other social institution in human history.”

Over the course of CIM, the new students will focus on collaboration, negotiation and relationship-building as they learn how to develop great teams. Ziegler said these skills will help the students to “build your own Kellogg.”

“My hope for you as you embark on this journey is that you act with intent, that you block out the noise of the crowd and reflect on what is most important to you,” Ziegler said. “It is your journey to design, and we’re here to support you on whatever path you pursue.”

Read more about Day 1 of CIM

Take a look at the Class Profile for the incoming class [INFOGRAPHIC] 

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