Lucia Liu, center, with her STEMpower team
By Lucia Liu
Social Impact is a process. And it actually doesn’t start with finding the solution.
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in Kellogg’s Social Impact Days, a pre-term event that brought together nearly 100 first-year Kellogg students who share social innovation interests and are passionate about positively impacting the world. We were divided into 15 groups and had one and a half days to develop viable and impactful ideas that spanned topics from healthcare and finance to education and travel.
Talks by influential founders and leaders in the social impact space equipped us with the tools to come up with a great idea and a convincing pitch.
Solving the world’s social problems involve simple but powerful ideas:
Shannon Holly knew she wanted an MBA to advance her professional development, but she didn’t want to commit the time to a two-year program. That’s when she discovered Kellogg’s Full-Time One-Year MBA Program.
Instantly, she was hooked.
During her year in the program, Shannon took full advantage of the Kellogg experience. She majored in three different subjects, won the annual Kellogg Marketing Competition, traveled to South Africa to study challenges facing the education industry, joined an ’80s cover band and much, much more.
Tour Shannon’s interactive timeline to see how she shaped her Kellogg experience and how you can shape yours.
Amanda McCarthy, left, with fellow Kellogg student and BCG intern Kate Mann.
By Amanda McCarthy
As part of my summer internship with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), I recently attended BCG’s 2015 Northeast Women’s Initiative Conference in NYC. The day was geared specifically toward associates, consultants and women like me who are spending a summer interning with the firm.
The morning kicked off with an amazing presentation by Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson on the benefits of a “Get Better” mindset. Citing research study after study to a room full of data lovers (myself included), Halvorson explained why we should all avoid a “Be Good” mindset – one where we are constantly attempting to prove ourselves and outperform others. Instead, we should embrace a “Get Better” mindset, where we always perceive ourselves as having more to learn. This allows us to embrace risk and be less afraid of failure, a key to professional success.
By Kyle Burr
Nearly 1,000 participants. Five continents. More than 40 countries.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to KWEST.
KWEST – Kellogg Worldwide Experience and Service Trip – is an institution among Kellogg MBA students. Each year more than 85% of the school’s incoming class and their significant others (referred to as “Joint Ventures” or “JVs”) embark on a weeklong adventure to countries all over the world. This year’s KWEST kicks off in less than a week, with students departing to a variety of destinations, from China and Portugal to Argentina and the Galapagos Islands, and many places in between.
Each trip consists of 20 incoming students and JVs, and is usually led by five rising second-year students. As per its namesake, KWEST participants not only spend the week building friendships with their new classmates, but also dedicate part of their time to community service activities in the countries they visit.
Designed to build camaraderie prior to the upcoming fall academic quarter, KWEST is often the first impression of Kellogg for incoming students, and frequently results in the formation of lasting friendships that persevere long beyond their time in Evanston.
By Raymond Hwang
This post also appears on LinkedIn.
I never wanted to be one of those people that took pictures of their food and texted it to others. But while interning at LinkedIn this summer, I became one of them. It started slowly … a picture here to my family, a picture there to my classmates. But soon my addiction to culinary-related sharing was out of control. Everyone had to know about the sushi I ate for lunch, all playfully captioned with “did I mention it’s free?”
Such a shameless parading of perks is fun, especially when you work in technology for the summer. But when does the glossy finish of “free” begin to fade? The answer is quickly. Free lunches and ping pong alone do not create a culture — at least not a great one and not by default. I’ll give you three reasons why that’s the case.
Second-year student Rohan Rajiv is blogging once a week about important lessons he is learning at Kellogg. Read more of his posts here.
A few months ago, I wrote a letter to an incoming MBA student in an attempt to help incoming students prepare for their two years at school. I tried staying away from specific advice in that post, as the assumption was that the framework ought to work for everyone.
Today, however, I’m going to dig into my first year process and provide specifics on how I spent my first year.
Given the MBA is a $200,000 investment (not counting opportunity costs in lost income), at this time last year I was very curious about any specific “process” advice. And I was generally left disappointed as most of the advice I found online was the in the “feels-good-but-useless” category – e.g. find your passion, build great relationships, travel, dream, take risks, etc.
This post has a lot of inherent personal bias as it is what worked for me, so please take these notes with healthy doses of salt. And, yes, this will be long and dense, but I hope you find it worthwhile.