Cultivating opportunities for impact through nonprofit board service

Kellogg Board Fellows is a rigorous, 20-month program that connects 100 top Kellogg students to Chicago-area nonprofits for a distinct opportunity in board service.

Each year the program selects 50 students as “fellows” from an outstanding pool consisting of:
  • Full-Time two-year MBA Program first-year students
  • Evening/Weekend MBA Program students not graduating within the next two years
These fellows serve as ex-officio board members for specific nonprofit organizations while simultaneously completing two courses in board governance at Kellogg.

Developing leaders through experiential learning

While enrolled in courses in board governance, fellows tackle a strategic project developed by the nonprofit they serve as ex-officio board members.

Creating unique value for nonprofits

Developing nonprofit partnerships and program curriculum is a collaborative effort, led by an elected student leadership team and social impact faculty at Kellogg.
Since 2003, KBF has worked with 175 nonprofits to prepare nearly 600 students for civic leadership.

A history of impact

Our Purpose

Kellogg Board Fellows is part of the Kellogg Public-Private Interface (KPPI), an initiative dedicated to teaching and researching key issues at the intersection of business and society. The purpose of the program is three-fold:
  • To prepare Kellogg students to be socially responsible leaders through academic training in board governance and experiential learning through service on nonprofit boards.
  • To support nonprofit organizations by applying fellows’ professional experience and academic backgrounds to solve strategic, organizational and operational issues that enhance the work of nonprofit boards.
  • To build Kellogg's reputation for producing strong, socially responsible, community-oriented leaders while making a positive impact in the Chicago area.

First Virtual Board Fellows Breakfast

View Kate Maehr's impassioned keynote speech and advice for the Kellogg Board Fellows program.


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