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Kellogg School of Management Reclaims Entrepreneurship Expert to Lead New Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University yesterday announced a new initiative to combine its centers for entrepreneurship and private equity and venture capital, as well as a new executive director to lead the initiative.

The new Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (KIEI) will combine the strengths of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice and the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital. It comes as an outgrowth of Envision Kellogg, a new strategic framework for the school announced last month. Linda Darragh will return to Kellogg from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to serve as KIEI’s executive director.

“Recruiting Linda Darragh to return to Kellogg as our lead senior executive for this initiative is a significant feat,” Kellogg Dean Sally Blount said in a statement. “Linda is a cornerstone of the Chicago entrepreneurship community and recognized globally as a leader in entrepreneurship education,” Blount continued, adding that Darragh is uniquely qualified to lead KIEI forward.

Darragh was a part of the Kellogg entrepreneurship team from 1999 to 2005. Since then she has served as director of entrepreneurship programs at Chicago Booth, helping to advance the teaching and practice of entrepreneurship at Booth, in Chicago and beyond.

“I very much look forward to returning to Kellogg to work with students, faculty, administrators, and alumni on this very important initiative,” Darragh said in a statement. “Kellogg’s entrepreneurship and innovation assets are broad and strong. I welcome an opportunity to work within a collaborative environment to maximize the practice and impact of innovation out in the world.”

For more information about the new Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative and Darragh’s return, click here. For more on Envision Kellogg, the school’s new strategic framework, click here.

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