The Kellogg Alumni Club of Austria partnered with the local alumni club of Chicago Booth in January to host the largest meetup of MBA graduates from either university in Austria to date. This unlikely partnership strengthened the connection of the local MBA alumni community, and great stories about Chicago created an instant bond among the alumni.
Highlights included a workshop with Director of Alumni Career and Professional Development Matthew Temple, Professor Tim Calkins’ book tour, a Kellogg Cares event and a women’s networking event.
In September, Matthew Temple held the workshop, “Designing Your Life” at Bain and Company for more than 30 alumni. In November, the club hosted Professor Tim Calkins, who shared his expertise on presentation skills and their role in effective and persuasive business leadership. He highlighted four concrete ways to become a stronger presenter that are included in his latest book, How to Wash a Chicken: Mastering the Business Presentation, which each of the 40+ attendees received. The club also organized a day of giving back at Open Table food pantry for Kellogg Cares Day in ily affair, with more than 20 volunteers who helped process 3,000 pounds of donated food, cooked a turkey dinner for 100, prepared meals for the elderly and prepared a week’s worth of snacks for school kids. In December, the club held a women and wine event as the first in a three-part series of women-focused events.
Kellogg Alumni Club Chicago-West continues to host its quarterly breakfast club, a networking and reconnecting event buoyed by the efforts of Larry Lifson ’88 and Brian Langenberg ’95. Recent events included a morning of pastries, coffee and conversation sponsored by Republic Bank in Oak Brook as well as a doubleheader with Professor Tim Calkins reviewing his book How to Wash a Chicken and his traditional Super Bowl ad review.
The Kellogg Alumni Club of Cleveland continues to find new ways to engage local alumni in its smaller regional market. They successfully co-hosted events with the local Harvard and Wharton clubs, expanded event invitations to several other clubs in the area and found corporations to sponsor events to help offset attendee costs. More than 100 people attended the annual summer social, held on the shores of Lake Erie at the Shoreby Club in July, and the annual holiday gathering at a local restaurant in !
The Kellogg DFW Network was very active in 2018, hosting the 12th Annual Leadership Symposium with Kellogg professors Carter Cast ’92 and Esther Choy ’09 and Kellogg alumnus Noah Zandan ’12, the first major Women in Leadership event, “Ladies Leading Law Enforcement” and the 13th annual Summer Soiree supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters co-hosted with the DFW Northwestern Club. The club also hosted a Speaker Series educated workforce panel in conjunction with the Yale, Stanford and Harvard clubs as well as several Kellogg Leadership Forum events at companies like Pizza Hut, McKesson, Texas Capital and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
As busy as 2018 was, 2019 will be even more active. In elot Strategic Marketing hosted a Kellogg Speaker Series event for nearly 100 people about Roku and the changing TV landscape, and BCG Dallas hosted a Kellogg Leadership Forum event focused on artificial intelligence in which BCG experts shared current case studies. In February, UT Dallas hosted more than 250 DFW executives for the 13th Annual Kellogg Leadership Symposium featuring leadership experts including Professor Nicholas Pearce ’10 ’12 and Kellogg alumna Maria Thomas ’92.
Throughout 2019, the club will also feature Speaker Series, Leadership Forum and Women in Leadership events, a DFW newcomers’ happy hour and a holiday party. Kellogg alumni from all class years and cohorts will come together for a night of fun and music at the 14th Summer Soiree. Finally, the club continues to look for new ways to engage alumni and, in 2019, has created an integrated Kellogg Learning Experience across the year. For more information, please visit kelloggexperiencedfw.eventbrite.