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Meera Atkins ’15 (EMP 96) is a new breed of medical professional. As she builds her medical practice, Renaissance Women’s Health in Geneva, Ill., she is keenly aware of both the medical and business sides. Her desire to provide the best patient care drove her to expand her skill set through Kellogg’s Executive MBA Program.
Poets & Quants named Atkins to the 2015 “Best of EMBA Students,” a list of the 30 best-and-brightest students in an EMBA program. See the full list >
Since starting her MBA, Atkins has been able to take lessons from class and immediately put them into practice. “What was really fun was during school, as I’d learn something, I’d be able to incorporate it right away. We increased our efficiencies and quality during my operations course.” In addition to leading her practice, she served as a student ambassador for her class and volunteered her time for medical treatment at the Lazarus House.
Poets & Quants posted Q&As with each of the “Best of the Class of 2015″ students. Learn more about Atkins from her answers below. Continue Reading
The NFL is the dream of many football-playing kids, and for a small handful, it becomes reality. But what happens after you make it?
Nick Greisen ’15 (EMP 96) spent eight years in the NFL as a linebacker with the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. After the NFL, though, he faced a new challenge: transitioning into his post-NFL-retirement life and finding a second career.
Greisen shared his story and some tips for transitioning your career. Continue Reading
ARIISE creates carbon-neutral buildings that make sustainability a viable and profitable business practice.
By Ryan Kolar
Ask a hundred executives what sustainable design is, and more than likely, you’ll get more than 20 different answers. Most will probably talk about financial stability, others will mention the LEED certification of the building they work in, and still others will use buzzwords like “green,” “carbon footprint,” or “credits.” There is no consensus on what sustainable design is, how much it costs, or its true environmental impact.
The biggest problem is not the movement or its leaders. The problem lies in two truths: the lack of education to the masses, and that most people don’t care. Most of us are too busy taking our kids to school, hitting work deadlines and trying to plan that trip to the Caribbean to realize that simple behavior modifications can exponentially reduce our environmental impact. Take these for instance:
- Keep the appropriate air pressure in your tires (saves gas)
- Avoid bottled water and plastic cups (saves landfill space and the energy to recycle)
- Avoiding vampire draw (electronics plugged in when not being used still pull power).
Think about it. A few quarters, a stainless steel travel mug and a new surge protector, and you are helping change the world. It’s that easy.
However, the heavy lifting needs to be done by larger, more appropriate corporations. Continue Reading
Students in the Venture Design Bootcamp investigate new ideas in a series of hands-on learning exercises.
No matter the stage of your career, it is never too late to launch a new venture, whether it’s a new business, product or even an innovation within your existing organization.
That’s the idea driving Venture Design Bootcamp, a supplemental workshop offered to EMBA students on the Miami and Evanston campuses. Alumnus, entrepreneur and faculty member David Schonthal ’09 (EMP 74) led the first session, held on the Evanston campus on May 11–12, and will repeat the workshop in July in Miami.
Schonthal was recently named one of Crain’s 40 under 40. The serial entrepreneur balances his time between founding MATTER, a health-tech incubator that launched in Chicago this past February, serving as a business designer at IDEO, and acting as director of Kellogg’s Zell Scholars program, a selective venture accelerator program designed to help student-entrepreneurs successfully launch new businesses.
Schonthal shared more about his experience at Kellogg as well as the contents of Venture Design Bootcamp. Continue Reading
Cesare Mainardi spoke about lessons learned at Kellogg and shared lifelong career advice at the 2015 Executive MBA Commencement.
Cesare Mainardi ’86, CEO of Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) presented the keynote address at the Executive MBA Commencement on June 13, 2015. Read his full address below, learn more about his Kellogg journey in an exclusive interview. or relive the excitement in the EMBA Commencement Storify.
Let me add my own congratulations to the EMBA graduates of June 2015.
You have accomplished the extraordinary:
- managing a demanding workload at your job…
- …while dealing with pressing family obligations…
- …all while meeting the academic requirements of the world’s best business school.
I commend you. I especially salute—as Sally did—the unsung heroes in the audience—the husbands and wives, parents and children and bosses and employees—who made this day possible. Continue Reading
Cesare Mainardi ’86, CEO of Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), is one of today’s foremost thinkers in business strategy. But when he started at Kellogg, he was a self-described “uber-engineer” who lacked the managerial insight to drive a business.
Mainardi plans to share his advice with graduating EMBA students this Saturday, June 13. In advance of his remarks, he shares his career journey thus far. Continue Reading
Originally posted here.
When John Chambers joined Cisco Systems in 1991, the company was worth about $70 million. As he prepares to step down as Chairman and CEO, Chambers is leaving a company with FY14 revenues of more than $47 billion. That’s a lot of growth, a lot of challenges and a lot of stories.
Chambers shared many of them, along with his thoughts on everything from the Internet of Things to his next steps, with Dean Sally Blount ’92 and a packed hall of Kellogg students during the Brave Leader Series.
Watch the full video recap >