Complete Immersion in Management (CIM) is a weeklong orientation program that introduces incoming students to the rigors and culture of Kellogg. A cornerstone of the Kellogg experience, CIM offers challenges and events that test new students’ skill sets while introducing them to their new community. CIM is organized by the CIM Exec team, which is composed of second-year students, plus 40 of their peers who serve as section leaders or volunteers.
Dear Class of 2018,
Welcome to CIM!
Over the past several weeks, you’ve moved to Evanston from across the United States and the world, traveled internationally on Kellogg Worldwide Experiences & Service Trips (KWEST) and started building relationships that will carry you through your time at Kellogg. You’ve already invested so much into your MBA journey, and now here you are – the first day of your orientation week.
Over the past year, our student CIM Exec team has reflected on what we wish we’d known when we first arrived at B-School and how to introduce you to this life-changing adventure. Continue Reading
At Kellogg, we have a steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion. One of the many ways we showcase this commitment is through student organizations such as Pride@Kellogg (P@K).
From May 2-6, Pride@Kellogg (P@K) hosted the second annual LGBT Ally Week with the aim of celebrating diversity and raising awareness of LGBT issues and rights. The week featured 10 different social and speaker events targeting different members of the Kellogg audience, with topics ranging from LGBT individuals in sports to tips for being a better Ally in the workplace.
Throughout the course of the week, more than 230 people attended six speaker events. There was also a solid showing for two social events and a series of small group dinner discussions focused on relevant topics. The week culminated with LGBT Preview Day, which invited prospective students from across the country to experience a day in the life of a Kellogg student.
By Libby Koerbel
Engaging a room of more than 100 people for two straight hours is no easy task, but the Women’s Business Association (WBA), Professor Victoria Medvec, Dean Sally Blount and an all-star panel of three female alumnae pulled it off. One of the panelists summed it up perfectly afterward when she said, “I knew we had hit a nerve when 80% of the crowd’s hands were raised to ask a question.”
The Women’s Leadership Seminar focused on preparing current Kellogg female students to achieve quick success, position themselves in the corporate world and overcome challenges that sometimes provoke women to leave their corporate roles in their 30s and 40s.
Professor Medvec and Dean Blount developed the Women’s Leadership Seminar in partnership with current students Rebecca Sholiton — who initially had the idea for the program — Blair Pircon, Danielle Lozier and other leaders from the WBA. The school’s vision for the program was to ensure that high potential women are equipped to aggressively pursue and successfully navigate careers that have impact as well as personal meaning.
Second-year student Rohan Rajiv is blogging once a week about important lessons he is learning at Kellogg. Read more of his posts here.
As part of my annual review process at the end of every year, I ask myself — “Who/what were my biggest sources of inspiration this year?”
It is a useful question as I think about all those people who’ve had a repeated positive impact on me. Inevitably, Seth Godin takes the top spot. I have been reading Seth’s blog for five years or more now, sharing his posts and thoughts here, and most importantly, revisiting his posts from time to time. Often, when I think of the topics he tends to write about, I realize that my definition of a particular idea came from one of his posts.
One such seminal post and idea is “change the culture, change the world.” This post boils culture down to one line – “This is what people like me do.” The first time I read this, I asked myself and all my friends (I think they got tired of hearing about this post within a week) — “What is it that people like us do?” And we ended up attempting to coordinate a “Mastermind Group” across three continents to discuss various topics that mattered most to us. We decided our culture was one around having conversations that matter.
The project didn’t work because of timezone issues, but it is one that demonstrated to us how much we cared about having conversations that matter. I have continued to implement that idea ever since — at graduate school, I have time set aside every week for a conversation that matters with a group of friends.
I realize now that my answer to the question about my biggest source of inspiration was actually incomplete.
By Tracy Xu
I recently had the pleasure of competing as part of the 6 Degrees team in the Kellogg Education Technology Incubator (KETI) competition. KETI gave our team (made up of myself, Edward Kuk ’17, Abhishek Nag ’17 and two developer friends David Wen and Aditya Bhalla) the unique opportunity to gain support from faculty and students on an idea we worked on for the past year.
The inspiration for 6 Degrees came from an in-class exercise that taught us the power of networks. We all came to Kellogg with personal and professional dreams. For two years, we are among a pool of smart, talented individuals who can bring us closer to achieving our dreams. But how do we know who these connectors are? And how do they know what our aspirations are?
6 Degrees gives students a chance to share their dreams with the Kellogg network and allows anyone in the network to reach out and offer help.
By Lucy King
Kellogg Cares Day is a long-standing tradition (11 years running!) for the Kellogg community. The event is always a highlight of the year as it allows Kellogg students, faculty and alumni the opportunity to come together and volunteer in the Evanston and Chicago community.
This year, I had the great pleasure of leading the Kellogg Cares Day executive committee. We had a fantastic team of nine students and JVs who participated in the planning of the event. While the goal every year is to increase participation, we had lofty ambitions of getting more than 500 Kellogg community members to participate.