Leadership Tool Kit: Special Program for School Leaders

In this program, you will have the opportunity to learn from expert faculty from the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University. Additionally, you will dive deeply into the subject matter with seasoned education sector practitioners in lectures, small group discussions, and breakout sessions.

School leaders face significant pressures and challenges in leading their schools in today’s uncertain world. This new program at the Kellogg School of Management Center for Nonprofit Management will provide a unique learning experience for school leaders to expand their leadership tool kit, enhance their management skills and learn tactics to support their personal development. Kellogg and Northwestern University faculty, along with seasoned practitioners, will share their insights in a combination of lectures, small group sessions and interactive exercises. This unique educational experience provides an opportunity for school leaders to network with each other as well as to learn from leading experts in management.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Learn how to lead and serve a diverse group of stakeholders


Who Should Attend

  • Superintendents, heads of schools, deans, principals, assistant/associate principals, lead teachers
  • School senior leadership teams (special pricing available for teams of participants)
  • Board members

Key Benefits

  • Improve the ability to think strategically and innovatively about your school
  • Develop tools for maintaining peak performance in times of pressure and stress
  • Learn strategies to help your leadership team and teachers embrace change
  • Managing school talent to meet the ever evolving needs of your school community

Program Content

Schools: Multi-faceted and Dynamic Organizations

  • Through an integrated case, participants will have the opportunity to explore a multitude of organizational and leadership factors that impact student and staff growth and learning, as well as internal and external community engagement.

The Entrepreneurial Educator

  • Participants learn how to connect entrepreneurial ideas, techniques and solutions to their real world problems.

Becoming the Best

  • Leaders need to bring their “best” to the table each and every day in order to inspire their teams and provide vision to their organizations.
    • This session will help participants understand how to leverage key aspects of their experience and values to lead successfully in schools operating in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
    • Drawing on real world examples, this session will provide a blueprint for success for each leader.

Paradox of Performance: Keys to Success Under Stress

  • In this interactive session, participants will understand the difference between reacting impulsively and responding effectively in difficult moments. School leaders will focus on those moments of intense uncertainty that are opportunities to lead.

Leading and Following

  • School leaders need to understand their dual role as leaders and followers to truly be successful at guiding their school.
    • In this session, school leaders will explore the entanglement of being a leader and a follower.
    • Using unique metaphors, the faculty will teach the participants that leading requires moving forward and moving back and the ability to empower others to reach the goal.


Jane Hoffman - Academic Director; Assistant Director of Custom Programs, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Gail Berger - Assistant Professor of Instruction - Kellogg Management & Organizations, SESP - Learning & Organizational Change, McCormick – Masters of Engineering Management

Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management

Joe Holtgreive - Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Engineering, Director of the Office of Personal Development, McCormick School of Engineering

Harry M. Kraemer - Clinical Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

Neal Sales-Griffin - Instructor, Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, McCormick School of Engineering

Fees & Accommodations


Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.

Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Scholarship Assistance

Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations. All applications are initially submitted at the full list price. Each is reviewed by our registrar and any scholarships granted will be reflected in the amount applied to your invoice or charged to your credit card.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.

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Cancellation Policy:

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

Personal Consultation

Please email or call us if you would like a personal consultation for Nonprofit Programs

Upcoming Sessions

July 10-11, 2017

Start: July 10 at 8:30 AM

End: July 11 at 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Chicago campus


Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208