Six extraordinary women business leaders joining Kellogg this fall reflect on their passions and the paths that brought them here.
“I’m Black, I’m African, I’m an immigrant, and I speak with an accent. And so, I want to take an active role and let people understand what it means to embrace folks. I want to learn, too — everyone has biases that we don’t recognize. I want to be able to understand those biases and take an active step in combating them,” Lenton Davies (EMBA 2022) says.
“It is my hope that conversations in these spaces could build community as we share our experiences, as well as increase understanding of DEI problems and solutions,” Ginger Jacobson, PhD, says, associate director of behavioral research at Kellogg.
“What I truly desired was to have a lasting social impact and to be steadily connected to the pulse of change,” Raven Bedenfield says, a digital designer for Kellogg’s Integrated Marketing and Communications team.
“Politics is tough. This experience of advancing Paid Family Leave, including the many roadblocks along the way, has made me a better advocate for my community because I learned to work within the system to produce positive changes,” Candice Quarles (EMBA 2022) says.
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Bernie Banks, Kellogg’s associate dean for leadership development and inclusion, gives insight into the design of Kellogg’s DEI Pathway, and how it uniquely prepares the next generation of leaders.
“As I reflect on what has made my journey at Kellogg so fulfilling, it all comes back to the brave peers, especially the women, who have been at my side,” Corbin Rugh (E&W 2021) says, who is VP for the E&W Women’s Business Association.
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“Figure out where you are today, strive to be 1% better than you were yesterday to progress yourself along the continuum and enter into supportive communities that value the equity work you want to do in this world,” Connor Clancy (E&W 2021) says, a manbassador and board member for Kellogg’s E&W Women’s Business Association.