Thursday, May 10
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Now that's a power pose if we've ever seen one. Thanks for sharing, Lauren Levine!

Are you inspired yet? 

We hope those of you lucky enough to attend the Global Women's Summit took away a lot from the experience. If you didn't get to attend, or are simply interested in learning more, check out DSB's article on supporting women through three “pivot points” in their careers. Looking for even more inspiration? Read on for an exclusive interview with Dean Z, conducted on her last day at Kellogg. 

In honor of Africa Business Week, here's an African proverb to mull over on your walk to the Hub. 

The same sun that melts the wax, hardens the clay. 

We want YOU!

Daybreak is hosting an informational session on Monday (12:15 PM, L070) to meet you, a potential member of our 2019 staff! If you'd like to hear more about joining our fun, tight-knit team, we'd love to see you. 

No prior experience is necessary and we are recruiting for a variety of roles - not just writing ones. Check out this short application form for more details, and feel free to reach out with any questions!

A bright spot among the rain

Because Mother Nature is rewarding us with April showers in May, take full advantage of this sunny Thursday (before showers hit on Friday and Saturday). Expect a pleasant high of 64°F (18°C). See you out on Montag Vista during lunch! 

A stacked Thursday

  • does Facebook make money? If you enjoyed following Zuck's congressional testimony and are intrigued by how regulation and policy-making impact the tech industry, then this event is for you. The panel includes senior executives from Facebook and Airbnb, along with the former CTO of the United States (no, we didn't know that was a thing either). This event is co-hosted by KPPI, Kellogg Public Policy Club, and Kellogg Tech Club (12:15 p.m., 1420&30; waitlist only).
  • Power and politics. Nervous about navigating through your summer internship? Come get some sage advice from a panel of international, second-year students on internship planning, networking, and closing that return offer. Panelists come armed with experiences in consulting, banking, industry, and start-ups (12:15 p.m., 1130).
  • Grab a crystal ball. The tremendous success of Black Panther has brought the conversation on Afrofuturism to the global stage. The Kellogg Africa Business Club and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies are co-hosting a conversation with award-winning novelist and Black Panther comics co-writer Dr. Nnedi Okorafor on her inspiration for telling stories that re-imagine the future of Africa. Grab your tickets to this can't miss event here (5:15 p.m., White Auditorium).

In conversation with Dean Ziegler

Daybreak caught up with Dean Z on her last official day at Kellogg. From McKinsey Partner, to Kellogg's Chief Innovation Officer, to now, the first female CEO of 1871, a tech incubator based in Chicago, Dean Z has learned an invaluable set of personal and professional lessons along the way. 

Dean Z, thank you again for all your contributions to the Kellogg community and for taking the time to speak with us. We wish you all the best at 1871. 

You've clearly made several distinct career pivots over the last two decades. What advice can you share about managing those career pivots?

Every six months at McKinsey, I would take myself to the spa and ask myself three questions:

  • Am I still learning?
  • Am I still having fun?
  • Am I still making an impact?

For a long time, the answer had been "yes" to all three questions. But around 2009, as the economic crisis was hitting my clients, I increasingly began to feel like I was living in a box. I was 37 years old and felt like my life had become about two or three things. So I took out a piece of paper and wrote down the 40 things I wanted to do by the time I turned 40. Doing so re-ignited my sense of self and helped me re-evaluate how I was spending my time. My world totally opened up. I was a seat filler at the Primetime Emmys, traveled around the globe, attended the Aspen Ideas Festival…and I made choices that got me to Kellogg.

Beyond continual self-reflection, to prepare yourself to successfully pivot, you need to think about the job you want to have after you leave the job you're currently in. Then, spend those years gaining the skills and experiences you will need to position yourself well to get that next job. 

But what if you don't know what job you want to have next?

Think about how you can grow in the organization you're currently in. What do you need to prove to get that next promotion? Then, regardless of whether you choose to stay or not, you're in the best position to take that next move, whatever that move may be. No matter what you do, you have to own your career. No one else will do it for you. 

How do you plan to stay involved with Kellogg and the broader Northwestern community?

Well, today [May 2nd] is officially my last day, but it really doesn't feel like it. I'll already be back at the Hub next week for various talks and panel discussions. Also, Northwestern is a partner of 1871 (along with six other schools), so I'll definitely be connected that way.

 Any advice for the Kellogg students graduating soon?

Over the last 15 years, I’ve developed five “life mottos” that I want to pass along to you to consider as you take the next step in your life journey. 

  • Aspire to achieve no unmanaged outcomes. For any personal or professional situation, envision the outcome you desire, think through potential challenges, get out ahead of the situation, and pre-solve for any issues. I promise that once you start thinking this way, you will feel much more in control of your career and life. 
  • Cultivate mentorship relationships. Mentors matter – we all need support. Finding a mentor should be at the very top of your to-do list. Understand how you too can begin to mentor others.
  • Focus on your reaction to the “bounce” vs. the “bounce” itself. You will make mistakes. Your mentors and those more senior than you have also made them, even though they may not talk about them. In my experience, people don’t remember the mistakes themselves (or the negative bounce), but they remember how you react in those situations.  Attitude supersedes all else.
  • Resist the urge to go underground. You will have moments of sheer panic – that you were a hiring mistake, that you are overwhelmed by the workload / responsibility. This is normal and happens to everyone, even if they don't want to admit it. Resist the urge to go underground and hide. Instead, ask for help, say you don’t know if you don’t know, or call your friends for support. Remember, you belong.
  • Plan to live a full and happy life. I firmly believe that you have to plan for this. It is so easy to get caught up in the routine, put your head down and work, and define yourself by your professional accomplishments. Figure out what is important to you over time (not necessarily what others think is important), and make intentional choices that bring you the greatest personal happiness. 
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