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U.S. businesses looking for more than a few great leaders, keynote speaker tells graduating Executive MBA classes

By Deborah Leigh Wood

6/14/2003 - The nation’s corporations are in great need of more leaders equipped with the skills to meet the challenges of today, said William C. Weldon, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, in a keynote address to Executive Master’s Program graduates at their convocation ceremony Saturday in Pick Staiger Concert Hall.

Weldon’s words were no doubt music to the ears of the 132 graduates of

EMP-53 and EMP-54, whom Dipak C. Jain, dean of the Kellogg School of Management, referred to as “strong” and possessed of a particularly keen sense of unity in light of a challenging two years marked by the Sept. 11 tragedy, corporate scandals, war and a softening of the market.

The best leaders, said Weldon, place great importance on innovation, complexity, organization and people development, the customer and the marketplace, and collaboration—the last a principle for which the Kellogg School of Management is particularly renowned.

Kellogg students become familiar with the concept of teamwork by learning “not only from faculty but from fellow classmates,” Jain told the assembled students, who are the first to graduate under his leadership.

“Avoid 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.”

Dennis Paschedag EMP-53 and Charles T. Kinas EMP-54 echoed that theme in their heartfelt 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.

The EMP-53 graduating class gave Top Professor Awards to Sunil Chopra, IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems, and to Steven S. Rogers, Gordon & Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and clinical professor of Management and Finance. The EMP-54 class gave Top Professor Awards to Anne Coughlan, associate professor of Marketing, and to Sergio Rebelo, Tokai Bank Distinguished Professor of Finance.