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Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Celebrates Centennial

School honors 100 years of innovation and collaboration while preparing leaders for a world of change

10/10/2008 - Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management – a business school synonymous with innovation in management education – today commemorates the launch of its centennial celebration. During the coming academic year, Kellogg will honor its role in defining the management education landscape with a series of academic and social events around the globe through June 2009.

“As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we reflect on ways in which Kellogg has pioneered the management education space while looking ahead at how we will continue to evolve the MBA degree,” said Dipak C. Jain, dean of the Kellogg School of Management. “Kellogg is a different kind of business school, dedicated to the ideal that graduates can be a force for positive social change in the world. In times of economic uncertainty such as this, it is imperative that the next generation of business leaders not only has the greater good in mind, but also can work in teams to effectively address new challenges. These qualities define the Kellogg graduate, and will continue to do so into the next century.”

As Kellogg looks to the future, its task is clear: to build on the successes of the last 100 years while bringing business management into a new era, one with unique challenges and opportunities. Kellogg is uniquely positioned to do this with its strong global footprint that includes partnerships with schools operating in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and North America.

In expanding globally to meet the needs of today’s changing business landscape, Kellogg challenges its students to think beyond business and demonstrates the importance of going “beyond conventional success” to make contributions of lasting significance for society. To that end, Kellogg will continue to offer a curriculum that provides students with the ability to leverage disciplined, analytical thinking to create sustainable social value, following Dean Jain’s vision that the pursuit of linking profits with passion and purpose become the “DNA” of management education in the 21st century.

Kellogg – a vanguard of management education since its founding in 1908 and one of the world’s premier business schools – was the first business school to create a student-centric culture, with a strong emphasis on teamwork. The School began as a part-time evening business program – rather modest, but with great aspirations shared by a handful of Northwestern University professors and commercial leaders who made a commitment to bring something new into the world.

With the help of a holistic curriculum and world-class faculty, Kellogg equips students with the skills and values to step into any organization, at any stage in their career, and make a significant contribution. The School’s four pillars (Intellectual Depth, Experiential Learning, Global Perspectives, and Leadership and Social Responsibility) provide a foundation for success and take an “other-directed” approach to leadership that sees the big picture as well as profits, while providing students with a culture of inclusion and innovation.

In celebration of its centennial, the Kellogg School recently published Wide Awake in the Windy City, written by its executive director, Matt Golosinski, and edited by Marketing Professor Richard Honack. Using archival material, first-person narrative and photographs, the book traces the century-long ascent of Kellogg from 1908 to its development into a global management education leader.

For more information about all Kellogg centennial activity, visit the School’s centennial Web site:

Kellogg Centennial Events Schedule
  • October 10, 2008
    Opening Gala, Chicago

  • November 11, 2008
    Centennial Celebration, London

  • January 11-12, 2009
    Centennial Conference Series, Miami
    Customer-Centric Innovation
    Faculty co-chair: Mohan Sawhney
    Keynote speaker: Carlos Dominguez, CEO, Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • February 1-2, 2009
    Centennial Conference Series, Zurich
    Stakeholders and Sustainability: Thinking Strategically About the Global Non-market Environment
    Faculty co-chair: Daniel Diermeier
    Keynote speakers: Jacques Aigrain, CEO of Swiss Re; Dr. Rüdiger Grube, member of the management board (Vorstand) of Daimler AG and chairman of the supervisory board of EADS;
    Dr. Klaus Mangold, chairman of the Eastern Committee of German Industry

  • February 20, 2009
    Centennial Signature Event: Global Insight, Chicago
    Building a Global Brand
    Faculty co-chair: Torben Andersen
    Keynote speaker: Jim Skinner, CEO, McDonald’s

  • March 10-11, 2009
    Centennial Conference Series, New York
    The Future of Capital Markets
    Faculty co-chair: Robert Korajczyk
    Keynote speaker: Jerome Kenney, vice chairman emeritus and senior advisor, Merrill Lynch

  • March 25-26, 2009
    Centennial Conference Series, Shanghai
    The Architecture for Global Brands: Leveraging Corporate Capability, Customer Insight and Competitive Strength
    Faculty co-chair: Angela Lee
    Panel participants: David Chu, founder of Nautica and David Chu Design, chief creative officer, Tumi; Yue Sai Kan, author, Emmy-winning television producer, entrepreneur

  • April 25, 2009
    Centennial Celebration, San Francisco

  • May 7, 2009
    Centennial Celebration, Mexico City

  • May 31-June 3, 2009
    Closing Centennial Event, Evanston, Ill.
MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about the Kellogg centennial events or schedule an interview with Dean Dipak Jain or a member of the Kellogg faculty, contact Meg Washburn at the Kellogg School of Management at (773) 848-4461, or Betsy Berger at (847) 577-6063 or

About the Kellogg School of Management
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University was founded in 1908 and is widely recognized as a global leader in management education. The school, located just outside of Chicago, is home to a renowned, research-based faculty and MBA students from around the globe. The Kellogg School’s academic portfolio includes the Full-Time, Part-Time and Executive MBA Programs and the nondegree Executive Education Program. The school offers three joint-degree programs: the JD-MBA, MD-MBA and the MMM (MBA-MEM). Additionally, the Kellogg School of Management offers an Executive MBA Program in Miami and has alliances with business schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Canada. To learn more, visit