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The Right (and Wrong) Stuff: How Brilliant Careers are Made and Unmade


Ever wondered why some people make it big while others, equally experienced, talented, and credentialed, fall by the wayside? One study shows that half to two-thirds of all managers will be fired, demoted, or plateau at some point in their careers. Further, the cost of those derailments to companies can be more than twenty times that of the employee’s salary.


Join Kellogg alumni and Professor Carter for a networking evening and learn how to avoid career derailment by becoming more self-aware, more agile, and more effective.


This event is hosted by a Kellogg alum, Raghu Bharatur, at his brand new sports complex, Play N Thrive. Get the scoop on how he started his own business and his vision for the future.


Carter Cast is a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management. When not teaching, he is a venture partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, which invests in early stage technology companies. 

Carter sits on the board of Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), SMS Assist, Inc. and the Family Action Network. Prior to his academic and venture capital career, Cast was the CEO at, the founding CMO of Blue Nile, Inc. and a marketing manager at PepsiCo’s Frito Lay division, where he derailed and later recovered.

Learn more about The Right (and Wrong) Stuff: 
How Brilliant Careers are Made and Unmade.


Location and Date:

Thursday, February 1

Play n Thrive, 81 Remington Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173



6:00 pm Networking and book pick up

7:00 pm Professor Carter Cast Discussion and Q&A



Tickets: $30 (includes the book).  Please note that the ticket for the event is non-refundable, as we will be purchasing books for registered attendees.

Register here:



Lite appetizers / refreshments will be available during the networking portion of the event.


Thank You to Play n Thrive for hosting us for this event.


Questions Please contact Marta Kwiatek at



Join Kellogg Alumni for the happy hour social. Reconnect with past classmates, network with peers and meet new alumni, all while enjoying great food and drinks


DATE: Thursday, October 12, 2017

TIME: 6 pm – 9 pm

LOCATION: Bakersfield Wood-Fired Grill, 330 E Ogden Ave, Westmont, IL 60559


Register here:


Note: This event is for Kellogg Alumni and guests are welcome. Each individual covers the cost of drinks and any ordered food. Registration is required and the event is limited to 50 people. Registration will be closed when the event is filled.


For questions, contact Mike Skurka at

Join us for idea-sharing and networking during a delicious breakfast event at Butterfield's Pancake House.

DATE: Thursday, September 7, 2017

TIME: 7 am – 8:30 am

LOCATION: Butterfield's Pancake House, 616 Midwest Rd #1, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Note: This event is for Kellogg Alumni ONLY. The cost of ordered breakfast is covered by each individual. Registration is required and the event is limited to 25 people. Registration will be closed when the event is filled.


Under the guidance of Linda Darragh and Kellogg’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI),  Kellogg is establishing a Kellogg Entrepreneurs Organization (KEO) West/NW Suburbs - Chicago Chapter.  Borrowing heavily from the successful small group model developed over several decades by YPO ("Young President's Organization"), KEO provides practicing entrepreneurs with a distinctive support group for peer learning, resource sharing, and networking.



KEO members must be spending the equivalent of a full time effort on a venture, without a full time W2 income from an employer, which they either founded, co-founded, or have decision-making authority for the venture as a #3 or #4 employee, working on behalf of the founder(s). It is essential that the member be in a decision making capacity with an active venture, whether the venture is in pre-seed stage with beta customers or post-revenue operation with employees. The venture cannot be in formation, unless the entrepreneur has exited a prior venture and is starting something new. In addition to these qualifications, KEO members must be committed to attending the meetings as a high-level of participation is critical to the success of the chapter.



KEO meetings will occur bimonthly, typically the last Thursday or Friday of the month. Meetings will last approximately 2 hours and be held at various times of the day depending on the group’s availability.  They will be scheduled in advance and held at a central location – likely near O’Hare Airport. We are targeting our first meeting for February.



1. Entrepreneurs should submit their interest along with a short summary of their venture to Lis Williams '93 at by January 20, 2017.

2. Lis will work with KIEI to evaluate the candidacy for each interested entrepreneur using KIEI-KEO chapter guidelines.

3. A formal announcement will be released from KIEI with the initial approved member list and  first meeting date/time/location.


We’re excited about this initiative and hope you will consider joining.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Elisabeth Williams ‘93, or 708-256-8292