C-Suite Programs

Accelerating Growth in People, Organizations and Markets

The Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI) offers board members, C-level and other senior executives a suite of innovative programs focused on confronting today's most onerous business issues and solving complex problems from multiple perspectives – practitioner, researcher and thought leader.

KELI serves as the trusted thought partner of choice to senior executives who are committed to leading growth, innovation and positive change within their organizations. We accomplish this by being:

  • Collaborative

    We build strong connections and foster meaningful collaboration among the most senior executives of leading companies and Kellogg faculty, research centers and classrooms.

  • Catalytic

    We create programs that equip senior executives with the knowledge and insight they need to grow personally and professionally, to lead and inspire teams and to ignite growth in people, organizations and markets.

  • Transformative

    We offer singular opportunities for seasoned senior executives to engage meaningfully with Kellogg to inform our research, teach other executives and inspire and transform future generations.

For the Board

Corporate Governance: Effectiveness and Accountability in the Boardroom

Effective board members bring to the table skills and capabilities that differ distinctly from those of management and other corporate leaders. This corporate governance program paves the way to mastering the skills required to govern successfully.

Who should attend:
  • Board members in public and private companies
  • Individuals expecting to be named to a board in the near future
Key benefits:
  • Develop a deeper understanding of board governance models
  • Analyze the role of the board vis-à-vis management, internal and external auditors, and other outside advisors
  • Understand how to navigate boardroom conflicts
  • Engage in a “board in crisis” case simulation
  • Study the legal and ethical challenges faced by today’s boards in areas such as executive compensation
  • Become conversant in current boardroom topics such as cyber security and activist investors

Women's Director Development Program

Discover the keys to unlocking boardroom doors in this first-ever director development program for women seeking a role in governance. Develop the skills required to contribute meaningfully and come away with practical tools for landing a seat at the table.

Who should attend:
  • Senior women executives seeking directorships
  • Women directors seeking opportunities on Fortune 1000 boards
  • Women with the financial literacy, business acumen, perspective and experience necessary to perform well in a governance role
Key benefits:
  • Broaden your understanding of the operations, roles and structures of boards
  • Assimilate and analyze critical, complex decision-making information
  • Learn to detect red flags and read between the lines in financial statements
  • Maximize your credibility and contributions as a board member
  • Increase visibility with executive search firms and nominating committees

Kellogg Corporate Governance Conference

Exclusive, by-invitation-only annual conference that brings together more than 200 corporate directors and CEOs to discuss critical issues in corporate governance.

Who should attend:

Experienced corporate directors and CEOs

Key benefits:

Network and share best practices in corporate governance with other experienced directors and CEOs from leading companies.

Governing Family Enterprises: Enhance Your Board’s Effectiveness

Join peers from leading family-run organizations to learn how family governance can help sustain business continuity, family unity and commitment. Come away equipped and energized to realize your vision for the future of your family enterprise with confidence.

Who should attend:
  • Directors, family shareholders, CEOs, board chairs, and trustees of family-controlled firms
  • Family members involved in governing their family councils, family office or their family foundations
Key benefits:
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of owners, directors, board chairs, the executive team and the family council
  • Improve your board’s effectiveness
  • Learn to coordinate and lead the interaction among the family, the Family Council, the Board, the Shareholders and the senior executives
  • Learn about critical governance policies needed to sustain the relationship between the enterprise and the family
  • Learn how a common vision can unite family owners in a long-term commitment to continuity
  • Learn how governance can be used to gain trust among family owners, directors and top management
  • Leverage governance as a key competitive advantage of family business
  • Enjoy a global perspective — past participants have come from 34 countries

For C-Suite Leaders

Chief Marketing Officer Program

Master the insights needed to navigate significant challenges faced by CMOs today, by engaging in meaningful discussions with Kellogg's top faculty and industry executives. This program is specifically designed to increase the odds of success for enterprise marketing leaders.

Who should attend:

Newly appointed CMOs and candidates for the CMO position or equivalent. Program is by invitation only.

Key benefits:

Gain a broadened point of view on key marketing topics through our proven learning framework with a small, select group of cross-industry participants from non-competitive firms.

Leading Family Enterprises

For both established and aspiring leaders of a family-owned business, this program focuses on how to lead the family and the enterprise, manage the strategic and personal pressures inherent in such complex entities and strike an optimal balance between family and work obligations.

Who should attend:

If you are an emerging leader of an enterprising family who is, or aspires to be, in a position of influence in either the family or the enterprise or an established leader eager to reflect on your trajectory so far, this program is designed for you. Board Chairs, CEOs or CEO candidates, Family Council Chairs, Family Foundation Chairs, Family Office Heads, Family Directors, or Trustees (whether from the family or not) are all encouraged to apply.

Key benefits:

  • Articulate a detailed vision for the future of the family, the enterprise, and for your own aspiring leadership role
  • Learn to communicate your vision and imbue it with the significance and purpose needed to engage your family and your employees
  • Assess your leadership style using feedback from those you currently collaborate with and create a personal action plan with one-on-one coaching
  • Understand the fundamental importance of emotional intelligence for successfully leading in senior roles
  • Learn innovative ways to lead by articulating your personal philosophy of leadership and weaving it to the culture of the family enterprise and its long-term strategy
  • Learn to manage the unique dilemmas that confront family enterprise leaders in ways that harness the strategic advantages of these organizations
  • Learn to manage generational transitions and to collaborate effectively with your seniors, your juniors and your generational peers
  • Discover how best to constructively influence the many stakeholders of a family enterprise
  • Discuss the special challenges and skills needed to earn trust and authority as a leader of a family enterprise
  • Master working effectively with the board of directors, the shareholders, the management and the family

Chief Diversity Officer Summit

Discuss the latest academic research, practitioner insights and best practices in the area of diversity and inclusion with a select group of cross-sector peers.

Who should attend:

Experienced chief diversity officers from the corporate, higher education, non-profit and government sectors. Program is by invitation only.

Key benefits:

Gain research and practice-based insights to become a more effective CDO. Expand your network by engaging in meaningful discussions with colleagues from a broad range of sectors.

For Senior Business Executives

Advanced Management Program: Intensive

For high-potential executives with enterprise-level responsibilities, this condensed, immersive experience — enhanced throughout with executive coaching — focuses on developing senior executive leadership agility, driving innovation, identifying growth opportunities and equipping your organization for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century.

Who should attend:

Principal candidates for the program are experienced senior executives with a minimum of 20 years of business experience, including five to 10 years in a general management or senior functional role. An Advanced Management Program participant will be poised to or have just taken on enterprise-level responsibilities. These high potential executives need to "look over the horizon" and anticipate business challenges and opportunities in a global marketplace.

Federal Government leaders should consider this program as part of their ongoing professional development. The curriculum in this program supports the Executive Core Qualifications.

Key benefits:

Develop Senior Executive Leadership Agility

  • Acquire requisite leadership abilities to foster talent, prepare for the unknown and identify and articulate a compelling vision.
  • Develop the insight and communication skills for collaborating across industries and geographies.
  • Prepare to lead high-performance teams, effective organizations and vibrant communities.

Hone Implementation Strategies

  • Engage in immersive action-learning experiences that synthesize program insights and strategies.
  • Learn how to equip your organization for 21st-century challenges and opportunities by creating structures, developing partnerships and building connections within a broader ecosystem.

Women's Senior Leadership Program

Kellogg created this special leadership program for women executives to equip top female talent to break through the barriers that have historically impeded their career development and empower them to take their place at the highest levels of corporate leadership.

Who should attend:

Corporate officers and other similar-level female executives who already have extensive functional skills and want to hone the other leadership capabilities necessary for securing a position at the very highest levels of an organization.

Key benefits:

The Kellogg Center for Executive Women and The Allstate Foundation developed the Women’s Senior Leadership Program to help talented female executives break through barriers that have historically impeded women’s career development, as well as to empower those who participate to become respected and highly effective leaders.

As a participant, you will gain the insights and skills you need to move purposefully toward the highest levels of corporate leadership. With research-based teaching from world-renowned Kellogg faculty and practical guidance from seasoned corporate leaders, you and your fellow program participants will expand your understandings of leadership and prepare to take on the challenges that every senior leader must face.

For sponsoring organizations, this program equips and inspires the kind of leaders required to ensure your company’s future success. By investing in your high-potential staff members, you not only enhance their leadership skills but also send a clear message that you believe in them and support their career advancement. Your investment in their development will help you retain your best and brightest and will pay substantial, long-term dividends.

Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute Management Team

Douglas R. Conant


Fred D. Harburg

Executive Director

Diana I. Cordova

Academic Director

Kate VanZanten

Executive Assistant

From the Dean

With the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute, we build on our tradition of excellence by preparing executives to succeed and lead at the highest level of their enterprise.

Sally Blount / Dean, Kellogg School of Managment

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