Every Sunday, Kevin Cleary EMP 55 sits down to plan out his week. It’s meticulously laid out and includes all of his workouts, runs and rides. He notes the times and distances for each activity and then adds them to a spreadsheet. Ask him for proof and he will be happy to produce a document that spans every week for the last 15 years.
Cleary approaches the rest of his life with the same tenacity, determination and efficiency. As the CEO of Clif Bar & Company, a household name in organic food, he manages to run a company with not one but five bottom lines, retain a vigorous exercise regimen and even find time to coach his sons’ baseball teams.
Cleary shared his journey to his current career and experience at Kellogg. 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
Bernard Godley, EMP87, presenting “Teamwork in the Operating Room” for the Business Card Series
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other – John F. Kennedy
Balancing theory and practice is a key characteristic of the EMBA program at Kellogg. My classmates in the Executive MBA program are high-level executives with substantial experience in management and come from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, public and nonprofit organizations. Throughout the course of a year, we have amazing speakers and faculty come in to speak to us. Randy Lewis, Senior VP at Walgreens, spoke about leadership and intrepreneurship. He shared with us how he identified an opportunity to integrate people with disabilities in Walgreens distribution centers, a win-win proposition for the company and the community. Professor Jamie Jones from the Social Enterprise at Kellogg (SEEK) department also gave an exciting presentation on market-based models for social impact, highlighting socially responsible businesses, like Patagonia.
The Youth for Technology Foundation Supports Members of the Community
…But for many of their children, the sprawling urban zone of more than 450,000 people, including almost 32,000 registered internally displaced people, is a social, educational and careers dead end…
— UN Refugee Agency, 2010
Of all the choices of the world’s best business schools to attend for my MBA, I chose Kellogg. For me, one reason was the exemplary spirit of giving back that Kellogg students and alumni exhibit. Business leaders today are thinking about more market-based models. A great product idea matched to a noble mission is rarely enough to make meaningful progress in the face of massive social challenges, such as improving the livelihoods of billions living on less than $1 a day. Today’s leaders must understand that a strong business model must incorporate social and economic conditions of markets, cultures and beneficiaries or customers in resource-limited settings.