The Power of Purpose-Driven Business
Sally Blount is the Dean of the Kellogg School of Management and the Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Management and Organizations at Northwestern University. She serves on the board of directors for Abbot Laboratories and on advisory boards for the Aspen Institute, the Chicago Innovation Awards, the Indian School of Business, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Fundação Dom Cabral. In 2012, she co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s conference on Latin America.
Blount graduated from Princeton University in 1983 with a joint degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She then worked as an associate for the Boston Consulting Group and as a business manager for Eva Maddox Associates in Chicago. In 1988, she enrolled in the doctoral program at Kellogg, graduating with a PhD in Organizational Behavior in 1992.
Upon completing her studies, Blount served on the faculty at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago for nine years. She transitioned to the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2001. After teaching at Stern for three years, in 2004, Blount was appointed dean of undergraduate students. Under her leadership, Stern received a $15 million gift, the largest fundraising gift in its history. In 2007, Blount added onto her work at Stern by becoming the special adviser for global academic integration for NYU’s president and provost. She played a key role in the establishment of NYU’s new campus in Abu Dhabi.
Blount became Kellogg’s dean in 2010. When she was appointed, the Financial Times wrote, "Blount will arguably become the most influential female dean in the US, representing the only one of the self-appointed group of seven top graduate business schools to have a woman in the job".
On September 7, 2017, Blount announced via video that she would be stepping down as dean in 2018.