Andrew Silvernail, IDEX CEO, addresses the Evanston EMBA classes.
When Andrew Silvernail, CEO of IDEX and No. 4 on Forbes’ 2012 list of the most powerful CEOs 40 and under, thinks of a strong leader, he thinks of a dairy farmer in Maine.
“Erleen Clement, my best friend’s mother, taught me some unbelievable life lessons about high expectations, unconditional love and what it really means to be a leader,” Silvernail said. “You don’t think of a woman who is a homemaker on a cow farm in Maine as being a prototypical leader, but she was one of the first to believe in me.”
More than twenty years later, Silvernail still applies her lessons — and those from the many other mentors he’s had along the way — to be the best leader he can. Silvernail recently spoke to the Evanston Executive MBA students in a special Executive Speaker Series event and shared some of his thoughts on how to be a leader. Continue Reading
The International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) awarded Kellogg professor J. Keith Murnighan its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nominated by five former students, Murnighan has significantly contributed both as a scholar and as a teacher of negotiation and conflict management.
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In the United States, women represent just 17% of the boardroom.
For a woman seeking to get a leg up on the competition, an executive MBA program can provide the momentum needed to move from capable manager to C-level leader. Not only does an EMBA refine existing skill sets and grow new abilities, it leads to greater confidence and a higher aptitude for leading teams.
We asked female executives in our Executive MBA Program to share their career and leadership advice. Continue Reading
Taren Rodabaugh ’16 (EMP 100) is the Chief GIS Service Delivery officer at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. In her role, she handles all information technology resources required to define, design and deliver technology solutions that align and support the Harley-Davidson’s strategic direction.
Taren shared advice given to her when she took on her first leadership position. Continue Reading
Guagnelli in his Lake Zurich, Ill. shop.
Designed in Argentina, printed in 3D in Belgium and produced outside of Chicago, Ill., the Corvi Wine Cooler is not your average chardonnay chiller.
Founder Mario Guagnelli ’15 (EMP 96) knows a good product, and he isn’t afraid to extend his reach far to source the absolute best talent.
A student on the Evanston campus, Guagnelli used his diverse background in IT and manufacturing, passion for Scandinavian design and Kellogg connections to his advantage when starting IntoConcrete. Founded on the concept that products can be beautiful, innovative and sustainable, IntoConcrete brings timeless contemporary concrete designs to market. The Corvi Wine Cooler is just one of many of their concrete-based products to receive critical acclaim from the media and fashion industry.
Guagnelli shared more about his business venture. Continue Reading
Executive MBA students bring years of rich work experience that shape classroom discussions. In the case of Anna Kan ’15, her background now serves as conversational fodder for both her classmates and future EMBA students.
Kan was taking Marketing Strategy with Professor Alexander Chernev when she first mentioned some of the challenges she faced as CEO of Golden Island Jerky Company. As she shared her experiences in running a family-owned business, determining product placement and pricing and setting the company’s strategic direction, Chernev decided that Kan’s story would be an ideal choice for a new case. Continue Reading