Michelle Buck is Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has previously served as the School’s first Director of Leadership Initiatives from 2006 to 2013, designing and coordinating opportunities for personal leadership development to complement the School’s academic curriculum. She has also served as academic director of numerous Kellogg executive programs, including partnership programs with Fundacao dom Cabral in Brazil, programs for Latin American executives with Seminarium, and the Soul of Leadership program with Deepak Chopra.
Professor Buck teaches graduate and executive courses on topics such as leadership communication, the use of Story or personal narrative to lead with vision and purpose, the dynamics of leading and following, courageous conversations, and the roles of vitality, well being and engagement as critical elements of effective leadership. Current projects include the use of arts-based learning in leadership education, and leadership projects emerging from a trip to Rwanda. She has worked with private, public and nonprofit organizations including Banco de Mexico, Baxter International, Chicago Public Schools, Ernst & Young, the FBI, HP, Mitsui, and Odebrecht.
Professor Buck previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis and at McGill University in Montreal, where she won “Professor of the Year” awards at both schools. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Professor Buck’s commitment in all of her work is to inspire and empower others to unleash new possibilities for themselves, for others and the communities in which they find themselves. Her work focuses on designing innovative, inspiring, and important learning experiences that transform lives by providing purpose, passion, and possibility. In addition to her professional activities, Michelle enjoys dance, music, photography, and travel, with strong interests in Latin America and Africa.
Gregory Marchand is a Principal at Avencion; an emerging market management consulting firm, and the Founder and Chairman, of Gizmos Solutions (GSL), a global IT consulting, engineering, and technology company with offices in Africa and North America. His professional background includes experience with Citibank, MCI Worldcom, AT&T, Exelon, Barclays Bank, State Farm Insurance, MTN, Airtel, UNICEF, and various departments in the United States government.
As one of the most respected thought leaders on African business today, Greg speaks regularly at major international business gatherings and has been featured in leading international publications among them the Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, and Black Enterprise. In 2012 Greg was invited by the US Secretary of State Clinton to speak at her first ever Global Business Conference and has also been a speaker at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Wharton and Cambridge Business School Africa Conferences. In 2010, Greg Marchand was named to Black Enterprise Magazine's 40th Anniversary List of The Next 40 Business Leaders. He has worked with African governments, the US Department of Commerce and State Department to execute trade and investment missions from Africa to the United States, and he frequently hosts US companies in Africa for trade and investment events, including hosting leaders in Africa such as former US Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Prior to starting businesses in Africa, Greg was a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting in the Financial Services, Energy and Technology practices. He attended Dartmouth College and received a BA degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.