When Ann Drake ’84 graduated from Kellogg, she immediately set her sights on a formidable challenge: transforming her family business from a warehousing service to one positioned for the 21st century.
Drake’s confident leadership style allowed her to expand the business, forming DSC Logistics, a supply chain company equipped to adapt to the new challenges facing businesses. Drake, who will present the keynote address at the upcoming Executive MBA graduation on December 12, took time to offer leadership advice, reflect on her time at Kellogg and explain some of the challenges facing CEOs today. Continue Reading
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
Col. Michael Musso shares leadership lessons gained from a successful military career in a new Kellogg Insight article:
“Over the course of my 25 years of military service, I have acquired valuable lessons in leadership, time management, and organizational operations. Since soldiers are short on time, sharing these lessons with them as succinctly as possible communicates both the idea I want to get across and the value I place on their time. While the military is not the boardroom or the executive suite, fundamental ideas like these should be applicable to your own work as an executive.
“Every step you take shows your leadership, so don’t run in the Pentagon.
“You are standing in line for coffee at your company’s cafeteria one morning when a director darts by with a printed PowerPoint slide in his hand. You may start to speculate: What could possibly be wrong? Has something drastic happened that we don’t know about? Is that one piece of paper going to save the company from imminent demise?”
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For Lisa Rometty, global franchise head, Fluid Systems at Baxter International, leadership isn’t just a part of her job. It is her job.
“My personal brand is to lead people for a living,” said Rometty.
With over 20 years of management experience at General Electric and Baxter, Rometty has made a name for herself by reinvigorating teams and meeting difficult objectives.
At a lecture to EMBA students on Sept. 19 on the Evanston campus, Rometty explained some of the methodologies that led to her success. Continue Reading
Njideka Harry ’12, president & CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation, has realized her childhood dreams. Growing up in Nigeria, she hoped that one day she could move to the US to go to school, and eventually, have a successful career.
Now, her not-for-profit Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) helps women and children in developing countries like Nigeria, so they, like Harry, can improve their community as adults. YTF introduces the benefit of information and communication technologies while expanding their access to economic opportunities through education, employment and entrepreneurship. YTF’s unique approach gives students the technology and problem-solving skills they need to innovate locally. The foundation now operates in Cameroon, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and the United States.
So how did YTF become so successful? Continue Reading
You may have heard of the many health benefits of cross-training, but have you benefitted from cross-training at your place of employment? Many companies today are cross-training their employees to prepare them for future roles by exposing high potential employees to different aspects of the business. Additionally, you can also make a big impact in your industry as you incorporate new innovations and strategies from other functions or across industries.
One of the benefits of the Kellogg Executive MBA experience I was looking for was this cross-training. I worked for a big company for 19 years across various functions: quality, engineering, manufacturing, materials management, research, sales and marketing—both in the US and outside the US, specializing in the emerging markets. The goal was that if ever I was to be a decision maker, I would have the exposure, experience and expertise across these various disciplines and markets.
Cross Section of Kellogg EMP-87 Women
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. — Marianne Williamson
When I applied to the EMBA program at Kellogg, I had been out of school for 12 years, the first few of which I spent working in corporate finance at General Electric and Microsoft and in private banking. Then, I began working with my real passion – international development as Founder and CEO of a non-profit organization. I was also a mother to three daughters, ages 6 and 2-year old twins. Life was interestingly busy.