KFLA Spring 2014 Newsletter



Welcome to KFLA’s next venture in communicating with you electronically: no more snail-mail newsletter.

We’re excited to be sharing information with each other in a quicker more precise way allowing us to share opportunities for collaborations as soon as we hear of them.

The Year of the Horse brings great energy for collaboration and opportunities for new ventures. KFLA is ready.

To share a few examples: KFLA is working with Kellogg Fellow John Burkhardt (KNFP-10) who is the Director of the Center for Institutional Diversity – he is providing Fellows with opportunities to participate and help beta test several projects he is working on.

If you are interested in similar opportunities of involving Kellogg fellows in your projects, please let us know.

Read More: Martha outlines more collaborations »


FORO 2014
Integration & Transformation in Latin America & the Caribbean

KFLA's second Latin American Foro has been tremendously well recieved and as of today, 5 months from the September event, nearly all seats are filled.

Find out more about Foro at kfla.org/foro2014 »

Ellen Kahler

Ellen Kahler (KNFP-14) with the Microsoft Surface 2 she won during the Kellogg Fellows Community contest. Check out Ellen's Fellow Spotlight below.



KFLA is excited to announce a Call to Action on Health—and what better action than walking!

Join us in answering the 18th US Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin’s (KNFP-14) call to get America walking and the robust Every Body Walk collaborative called together by Tyler Norris (KNFP-15) and Kaiser Permanente.

Your class will compete against 19 other cohorts for the most miles walked between May and September—the top class wins $5000 to donate or use as a scholarship.

We’ve lined up 3 virtual routes and tour guides that will show you trails along which walking has shaped history and community.

Read More: See the Routes and Factsheet » 


Ellen Kahler (KNFP-14)

My favorite journey:
My whole KNFP Group 14 journey and most especially my learning plan journey to Ladakh, India

My motto(s):
“There is no spoon.” and “Not too tight; Not too loose.”

The talent I wish I had:
Having the patience and skill to make really good compost.

Read more: Ellen's profile continues »

Brilliant & Resilient


Brilliant & Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists

Susan Sygall (KNFP-14) & Susan Dunn, Editors

This coffee table-style photographic book features powerful portraits and personal stories of 50 disabled women activists from 41 countries.

Proceeds support MIUSA’s future women’s leadership trainings.

Read more: details and a powerful exerpt »

WKKF has selected 120 fellows for its new "Community Leadership Network Fellowship Program."

This new fellowship starts May of this year under the direction of Kellogg Fellow Esther Nieves (KNFP-16).


in the Kellogg Fellows Community

The Community Opportunities Group (quick link: kfla.org/opportunities ») is your space to post and view opportunities in the KFLA Network.

Here are some of the latest opportunities we've heard about:

Matusak Courageous Leadership Award
Nominate a leader at kfla.org/matusak »

Open until May 16, 2014

Matusak Award Winners
Previous Matusak Award winners Susan Sygall (KNFP-14), left, and Nancy Guarneros.
Susan was awarded in 2011 for her leading role as an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and Nancy in 2012 for speaking out on behalf of undocumented immigrant students, while risking arrest and deportation.

Martha's Letter
New Opportunities & A New KLFA Newsletter

Walk & Win
Join our Health Call To Action (and compete for a $5000 donation)

Some of the latest opportunities in the Kellogg Fellows Community

Fellow Spotlight
Check out this profile of Ellen Kahler (KNFP-14)

Book Nook
A moving & inspiring book from Susan Sygall (KNFP-14)

Featured upcoming events & gatherings


MAY 1, 2014 | Health Call to Action begins

MAY 16, 2014 | Nomination Deadline: Matusak Courageous Leadership Award

JUNE 2014 | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hosts Betty Overton (KNFP-09), David Fike (KNFP-15), and John Burkhardt (KNFP-10) are planning a gathering of Kellogg Fellows in June, 2014. Contact Betty for details.

MAY - JUNE 2014 | Lansing, Michigan
Hosts Andrea Collier (FSPF-06), Maria Garcia Santana (KNFP-13), and Kevin Walker (KNFP-15) are planning a gathering of Kellogg Fellows in May or June. Contact Andrea for details.

JULY - AUGUST 2014 | Washington/Oregon Region
Host Larry Nyland (KNFP-07) is planning a gathering in late summer. Contact Larry for details.

JULY - AUGUST 2014 | California Bay Area
Hosts Dick Fletcher (KNFP-08), Dana Hughes (KNFP-15), and Bill Reckmeyer (KNFP-09) are planning a second Kellogg Fellows gathering in late summer. Contact Dana for details.

TBD | New Orleans, Louisiana/Delta Region
Host Barrie Stokes (KNFP-05) is putting together a gathering of the Delta region. Contact Barrie for details.

TBD | Washington, D.C.
Hosts Kathy Bonk (KNFP-09), Darryl Jones (KNFP-13), and Herma Williams (KNFP-07) are planning a gathering of Kellogg Fellows.