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2012 Kellogg Siebel Scholars

ARTICLE BY: Amy Trang

Kellogg School of Management

September 9th 2011

Five Kellogg students named to prestigious group of leaders

Honored for their leadership and academic excellence, five second-year Kellogg students were named 2012 Siebel Scholars.
 
Kellogg students Adrienne Day, Matt House, Sidharth Kakkar, Kevin Poff and Jessica Young, all ’12 have joined the prestigious Siebel Scholars, a group of 85 students selected from 17 of the world’s leading graduate business, computer science and bioengineering schools.
 
The international award recognizes five exceptional students at each of the schools. Recipients receive $35,000 for tuition and other educational expenses during their final year of study.
 
The Siebel Scholars Program seeks to create a community of leaders who will make important social contributions and solve some of society’s most pressing issues. A selection committee of Kellogg deans nominates the Siebel Scholars based on a pool of students who are in the top 10 percent of each academic department. Key criteria include academic merit and leadership qualities.
 
The Kellogg students join more than 700 Siebel Scholars worldwide who have been honored since the program was founded in 2000 through the Siebel Foundation by Siebel Systems founder Tom Siebel.
 
Current and alumni Siebel Scholars will meet in October in Ashburn, Va., to explore the science, applications, benefits and risks of synthetic biology with world-renowned scientific, industry, ethics and policy experts.
 
Kellogg’s 2012 Siebel Scholars are:
 
Adrienne Day ’12. After joining the finance department at Steppenwolf Theatre, Day established Steppenwolf’s human resources department, which was named a “Top 10 Small Workplace” by The Wall Street Journal. Day is president of Kellogg Board Fellows, a director of Net Impact and co-chair of the Innovating Social Change Conference. She also serves as co-president of the Kellogg Arts & Culture Club and as board president of Red Tape Theatre.
 
Matt House ’12. At Boston College, House received the Vincent Guffini award for best economics thesis, in which he explored state government reactions to recessionary fiscal shocks. After experience at KPMG LLP’s tax group, House co-founded the Chicago office of WTAS LLC, a tax and wealth strategy firm. House is vice president of academics in the Kellogg Student Association and sits on the membership committee of the Chicago Boy Scouts of America Council.
 
Sidharth Kakkar ’12. During his time as an analyst with Goldman Sachs, Kakkar served as a mentor for Streetwise Partners and became inspired to contribute to social service. Kakkar also co-founded 10pens.com that helps clients improve their English. Kakkar moved to a rural village in India where he worked as a corporate strategist with Himalya International, a food processor. At Kellogg, Kakkar developed a local mentoring program, served as a leader for Day at Kellogg and the KWEST programs, and as a mentor for the Northwestern Transit Company.
 
Kevin Poff ’12. As a human capital strategy consultant for Mercer, Poff created a new consulting solution that resulted in rolling out product domestically and internationally. Internally, he led analyst/MBA recruiting, chaired a cross-business engagement committee, and founded a volunteer committee to support local schools. Poff serves on the Kellogg Student Association, co-founded the Public Management and Governance Club, served as the marketing director for the Operations Conference, and is a volunteer with the Junior Achievement organization.
 
Jessica Young ’12. At JPMorgan Chase in New York, Young worked in the internal consulting services analyst program, where she gained experience in product management, strategic sourcing and client services support. She contributed to the firm’s double-digit revenue growth for the product offering and managed sensitive client relationships. Young is executive producer of Kellogg’s annual Special K! Revue and co-president of the Arts & Culture Club. After Kellogg, she seeks to transition into arts management.
 
“We are proud to support the Siebel Scholars Class of 2012 as they collaborate and forge lifelong ties with this engaged community of leaders,” said Karen Roter Davis '00, executive director of the Siebel Scholars Foundation. “They are joining an exceptional group of talented individuals working together with the Siebel Foundation to address critical societal issues in health, food and energy."