“I think we’ve all proven we’re resilient, adaptable, up for the challenge and ready to show the rest of our classmates how it’s done.” Alyssa Posklensky (1Y 2021) reflects on the hybrid experience of her Summer Quarter at Kellogg.
From the Good Jobs Institute, to Citadel Securities, to NASA, talent abounds in the new class joining the Evening & Weekend Program. In the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of these exceptional students. Today, meet Chris Riggs, Bridget Callaghan, and Aaron Young (all E&W 2022).
“The first year went by in a flash. I could already feel the program had changed me at a personal and professional level–but I didn’t know how much,” says Federico Valiente Bolaines (EMBA 2021).
“We didn’t create a machine learning powered virtual agent solution. We created a mechanism of hope.” Dave Chookaszian (2Y 2013) and Raj Karan Singh (E&W 2019) share the extraordinary pivots they’re making at Quantiphi during COVID-19.
Early in NuMat Technologies’ founding, Benjamin Hernandez (JD-MBA 2013) and his co-founders entered a business plan competition in Chicago. “We ended up winning the competition, at which point we decided to enter every other business plan competition in the U.S. where prizes exceeded $100,000. We won every single one.”
In the early stages of his startup, Varun Goyal (E&W 2011) and his co-founder were conducting a review of “what’s out there around statistics of adverse events and medication problems…truly thinking about what a patient needed to feel confident and empowered in taking their medication.” And that’s how Illuminate Health was born.
As a Bain-sponsored student, (Evan) Hao Chen (1Y 2020) poetically brings to life his Kellogg journey and how he flourished in his MBA experience during COVID-19.
For Joe Walsh (2Y 2020), the Analytical Consulting Lab brought into focus “that in the real-world, data analysis is messy” and that “businesses face real challenges in corralling data and using it in meaningful ways.” Below he shares his experience of the class and the lessons he’ll take with him.
Andres Idarraga (EMBA 2020, Youn Impact Scholar) and his company, Creci, won the Kellogg Social Entrepreneurship Award for their focus on small businesses as a sustainable investment option.
Michelle Zighelboim’s (2Y 2020, Zell Fellow) ready-to-wear fashion brand, Zéta, enables women “to build a versatile wardrobe that can be easily mixed and matched to create multiple, strong looks.” But with the disruption of COVID-19, Michelle realized her fashion brand was uniquely equipped to manufacture PPE to support the surrounding community and frontline healthcare workers. Here is her story.
Inspired by her grandparents and the collaborative culture of Kellogg, Charlotte C. Vaziri (MSMS 2020) identified several ways to support her community during COVID-19 by transforming tech barriers into bridges.
Gabriel Meizner (2Y 2020) runs through the decisions and teamwork that brought the 2020 Kellogg Energy Case Competition to life. He writes: “As I listened to the Zoom applause following the live result announcement ceremony that hosted 80 participants from around the world, I thought ‘This is what I came here for.’”