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The Latest News in the Kellogg Alumni Community

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With a network of more than 60,000, Kellogg alumni continue to build a global reputation as talented innovators and inspiring thought leaders. From recent grads to seasoned executives, our alumni have gone on to launch startups, lead social impact initiatives and spark significant growth in companies and industries. Stay informed about the latest accomplishments from our alumni newsmakers here.

Alumni Newsmaker: Leah Bradford Francis ’06

Leah works with philanthropists, both institutions and individuals, to address complex issues of poverty around the world.

Roslyn Brock | Social Impact | Kellogg School

Alumni Newsmaker: Roslyn Brock ’99, Part 1

As chair emeritus of the NAACP’s board of directors, Roslyn’s greatest challenge is developing a clear and compelling strategic policy agenda.

Alumni Newsmaker: Roslyn Brock ’99, Part 2

As executive director of Bon Secours Community Works, Roslyn knows that being courageous and data driven is key in healthcare and social impact.

Richard Byrne

Alumni Newsmaker: Richard Byrne ’85

Richard has helped Benefit Street Partners grow and thrive with assets under management increasing from $3.5 billion to $25 billion in five years.

Emile Cambry Jr. | Social Impact | Kellogg School

Alumni Newsmaker: Emile Cambry Jr. ’08

Emile provides budding entrepreneurs with educational programs, mentoring services and office spaces that are both accessible and affordable.

David Chen | Social Impact | Kellogg School

Alumni Newsmaker: David Chen ’84

David invests in “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs” to generate returns while addressing the world’s pressing societal and environmental issues.

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Alumni Newsmaker: Robert Chiu ’98

As Shanda’s group president, Robert recently oversaw the establishment of the Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech.

Alumni Newsmaker: Scott Dorsey ’99

Scott has evolved from the inexperienced entrepreneur he was in 2001 to the sage mentor who now coaches fresh entrepreneurs.

Alumni Newsmaker: Ann Drake ’84

Ann founded AWESOME to help women network and excel in the supply chain industry. It now boasts more than 1,000 senior-level supply chain leaders.

Kathy Elsesser

Alumni Newsmaker: Kathy Elsesser ’93

As the global co-head of the consumer and retail group at Goldman Sachs, Kathy landed a coveted account thanks to an innovative approach.

Alumni Newsmaker: Stephanie Gallo ’99

As vice president of marketing for E. & J. Gallo Winery, Stephanie has driven the “democratization of wine” for consumers across the globe.

Brave Leader: Larry Gies ’92

Larry reflected on why he started Madison Industries and the importance of communicating the company’s vision to create a sustainable culture.

Alex Jung

Alumni Newsmaker: Alexandra Jung ’99

Alexandra built out a multinational investment team for Oak Hill Advisors with the infrastructure required to invest and operate across Europe.

Kellogg Celebrates Alumni Leaders at “With Gratitude”

Dean Sally Blount ’92 honored Roslyn M. Brock ’99, Ann M. Drake ’84 and Richard H. Lenny ’77.

Ellen Kullman

Brave Leader: Ellen Kullman ’83

Ellen spoke about being a female executive, facing the uncertainty of the 2007-2008 financial crisis and dealing with activist investors.

Richard Lenny

Alumni Newsmaker: Richard Lenny ’77

What started as a labor of love for Richard evolved into a wildly successful campaign that culminated in opening Kellogg’s flagship Global Hub.

Matthew S. Levatich

Brave Leader: Matt Levatich ’94

Matt shared his thoughts on personal growth, facing challenges and the future of Harley-Davidson.

Alumni Newsmaker: Saq Nadeem ’05

Saq opened the first location of his venture, Paradise 4 Paws, in 2008 and has since expanded to 17 locations across the country.

Spotlight: One Acre Fund

Co-founded by Andrew Youn ’06, One Acre Fund (OAF) supplies farmers with financing and training to grow their way out of hunger and poverty.

Robert Pasin

Alumni Newsmaker: Robert Pasin ’97

Since Robert took the helm, Radio Flyer’s sales have grown by more than five times and the company has received numerous awards as a top workplace.

Alumni Newsmaker: Blair Pircon ’16

Blair co-founded The Graide Network to connect K-12 teachers with qualified teaching assistants who provide on-demand grading services.

William Sanger

Alumni Newsmaker: William Sanger ’88

At the time William joined Envision as CEO, it had $13 million in profits. Today, it’s a Fortune 500 company with more than $1 billion in profits.

Alumni Newsmaker: Saumya ’17

Saumya developed Greenhouse-in-a-Box, a low-cost, modular greenhouse that protects farmers’ crops from wind, rain, hail, heat and pests.

Debra Schwartz | Social Impact | Kellogg School

Alumni Newsmaker: Debra Schwartz ’88

Debra invests in community development financial institutions​, serving as the missing piece in the organizations’ funding.

Alumni Newsmaker: Jai Shekhawat ’96

Jai’s technology company, Fieldglass, went on to become the world’s largest provider of cloud-based Vendor Management Systems (VMS).

Luca Torre | Social Impact | Kellogg School

Alumni Newsmaker: Luca Torre ’06

Luca’s company, GAWA, is one of Spain’s top impact investing firms and leverages the power of markets to help millions of people.

Alumni Newsmaker: Victoria Zimmerman ’13

Victoria leads the strategy for Global Food Waste Reduction at McDonald’s, creating and expanding McDonald’s food donation program.