Haas Executive Fellow and alumnus Tom Kelley, MBA 83, has been awarded the 2009 Kellogg Award for Distinguished Leadership from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Kelley, general manager of design firm IDEO, received the award May 19, joining the ranks of such previous recipients as Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway and real estate magnate Sam Zell.
In 2007, Kelley was named the Haas School's first executive fellow, a role that involves advising the dean, faculty, and staff and sharing ideas with students in events throughout the year. He just recently spoke to students in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program.
As general manager of IDEO, Kelley has led the Palo Alto, Calif., firm's business development, marketing, human resources, and operations as it has grown to more than 550 employees around the world. IDEO, founded by Kelley's brother, David, has been named fifth on Fast Company magazine’s list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies.
Kelley is also the co-author of two books on innovation, The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces of Innovation, which earned spots on Small Biz magazine's shortlist of the best books on innovation.
Kellogg said Kelley was selected to receive its leadership award because of his commitment to collaboration at IDEO and his advocacy for innovation in the business environment.
To learn more about Kelley, visit haas.berkeley.edu/innovation/innovation10.html.