Kellogg is thrilled to announce that five students have been named 2017 Siebel Scholars.
Jonathan Goldstein, Bo Gustafsson, Jackie Laine, Iris Tian and Austin Vanaria will each receive a $35,000 award for their final year of graduate studies.
The awards recognize top students from the world’s most prestigious business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science graduate programs, and scholars are chosen based on outstanding academic performance and leadership. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top 5 percent of their class, many within the top 1 percent.
The five Kellogg students inducted into the Class of 2017 Siebel Scholars demonstrate this academic rigor, as well as a commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact.
By Jessica Pawlarczyk
What does the Kellogg MBA experience look like for women?
What type of personal and professional support does Kellogg offer its female students?
How does Kellogg prepare women to become successful business leaders?
Close to 200 prospective students explored these crucial questions during Women’s Preview Day, an admissions event that gives women an inside look at the Kellogg MBA experience. This all-day event is co-hosted by the Kellogg Women’s Business Association (WBA), one of the largest and most active organizations on campus.
By Jessica Pawlarczyk
On Saturday, October 29, the Kellogg Black Management Association (BMA) will hold its 30th annual BMA Conference to discuss the power of diversity though the lens of business.
This year’s theme, “The Blueprint: Designing the Foundation for our Tomorrow”, focuses on leveraging learnings from the past three decades to envision a blueprint for a future of success.
Last month, Kellogg had the honor of hosting Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). After a school-wide lecture, 30 students, including myself, had the unique opportunity to attend an intimate roundtable discussion with Madame Lagarde. The conversation primarily focused on women in leadership and the IMF’s international finance policies. Both topics are near and dear to my heart, as I am passionate about international finance and hope to one day lead an organization.
Madame Lagarde began the roundtable discussion with the observation that women leaders are frequently called upon in difficult situations. She cited Iceland and the United States Federal Reserve as examples where women came into challenging economic situations and thrived with their intelligence and attentiveness. She mentioned Angela Merkel several times, noting that Merkel was the most welcoming to smaller and newer nations’ leaders at the last G20 Summit.
Madame Lagarde shared her personal story as well. As the oldest of many boys in her family, she didn’t perceive or encounter discrimination until later in life, when she interviewed at a law firm and was told that women couldn’t make partner status. This anecdote resonated with me, as I am entering the corporate law industry after graduation, where there is still a disparity between the number of male and female senior leaders.
When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to craft the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you.
TODAY’S TOPIC: INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
ADDITIONAL TOPICS: Work experience, Intellectual ability, Professional goals, Leadership, Impact
Our community values collaboration, involvement and giving back, and we look for these characteristics in our applicants as well. A significant part of the admissions process is ensuring a good fit between the student and program. If you thrive in a team-based environment, Kellogg could be the right fit for you.
The ability to work in teams doesn’t mean agreeing all of the time, nor is it an easy approach. Team-based learning means you can push ideas, disagree respectfully and challenge each other, but you’re doing so in a way that’s both productive and conducive to a better outcome. Our ideal applicant likes to hear different viewpoints, respects others, can challenge opinions and isn’t afraid to speak up, but can do so in a way that’s collaborative and would help further a group or classroom conversation.
Social Impact Days at Kellogg is an annual event that takes place before pre-term, bringing together incoming students who are interested in forging impact over the course of their careers. Students gather over the span of three days to hear from influential social impact speakers, learn about Kellogg’s social impact offerings, engage with classmates, faculty and staff, and design innovative solutions to real-world social and environmental challenges. Below, Myah Smith ’18 reflects on her unforgettable Social Impact Days 2016 experience.
When the email went out to register for Social Impact Days 2016, I was oozing excitement.
Social Impact Days was one of the reasons I wanted to attend Kellogg in the first place. I wanted to explore all of the ways to get involved and make an impact in my community, and this event provided the first opportunity of many more to come.
To explain it as simply as possible, Social Impact Days is an opportunity for wickedly smart students of all backgrounds to put on their impact hats and apply their talents to solving some of society’s most challenging issues.
My experience at Social Impact Days was phenomenal to say the least. The participating students were so diverse, coming from different industries, functions and previous experience levels – but all shared the value of making a positive impact in the world.
Applying to business school is a commitment. You will devote hours to test prep, drafting and redrafting essays, practicing for interviews, perusing websites and visiting campuses.
We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week, we are sharing suggestions on how you can help distinguish yourself and express why Kellogg is the right school for you.
TODAY’S TOPIC: THE INTERVIEW
ADDITIONAL TOPICS: Test scores, essays, letters of recommendation, video essays
Since we offer both on-campus and off-campus interviews, many applicants wonder if there is an advantage to doing one over the other.
The honest answer is no: All interviews are evaluated the same way, so you should choose whatever works best for your schedule.
The interview is your opportunity to highlight aspects of your story that you believe are most important and to let us know about anything you weren’t able to address in the application. Whoever interviews you will not have seen your application — just your resume — so be sure to provide context and background for him or her. We won’t ask you to solve any business cases or tough quant questions, so you can relax and enjoy the conversation! We really want to hear why you believe Kellogg is the right school for you and how you will contribute to our community.