Brenda Ellington-Booth
Brenda Ellington-Booth

Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

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Brenda Ellington Booth is a Clinical Professor of Management. She joined Kellogg in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Associate Academic Director of Executive Programs. In 2007, she created the role of Academic Director of Kellogg Leadership Coaching Programs. In 2009 she was promoted to Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations. Since 2008, Professor Booth has been a certified executive coach and has the designation of an Associate Accredited Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

At the MBA level, Professor Booth is teaches two courses: Personal Leadership Insights and Leader as Coach. In 2010 & 2012, Kellogg students awarded Professor Booth with the Certificate of Impact in recognition for her outstanding to their Kellogg experience.

At the executive level, Professor Booth is co-academic director of the Executive Development Program, the Energizing People for Performance & the Reinventing Leadership programs. She designs the curriculum, teaches courses on leadership, and serves an executive coach in these programs. She has also taught topics in leadership and/or has served as an executive coach for numerous organizations including the Chicago Cubs organization, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Ersnt & Young, Jefferson Wells, Baxter International, the U.S. Intelligence Community, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Chicago Public Schools, Alaine Locke Charter Schools, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. In prior years, Booth served as academic director of USG, International Paper, Baloise Insurance, Aon Financial Services And Baker & Mckinsey law firm.

From 2007-2012, served as Director of Leadership Coaching Programs. In this role, Professor Booth, in partnership with other coaches, created curriculum around leadership development and coaching skills for MBA students. These courses are now an on-going part of the MBA course offering. In executive programs, Booth integrated executive coaching in several general management and leadership executive education programs.

In prior years at Kellogg, Professor Booth was awarded the Doctoral Teaching Award for Exceptional Teaching Performance, authored case studies on leadership and change management for the not-for-profit sector, and taught MBA courses including People for Competitive Advantage, Management and Organizations, Negotiation, Change Management and Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations.

 Before joining Kellogg, Brenda taught elective seminars at Stanford University and wrote a case study on change management for the University of Michigan - Graduate School of Management. As part of her dissertation research on strategic alliances Professor Ellington-Booth served as a consultant to the grocery industry on their ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) initiative in the late 1990's. She delivered presentations to several nationwide grocery industry conferences and authored numerous educational case studies for mid- and senior-level executives on strategic, human resources and organizational issues in the grocery industry as it related to ECR.

Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Brenda accumulated several years of work experience in corporate settings in the functional areas of accounting, finance and marketing. She started her career at Home Box Office as a financial analyst and went on to publish an investors' report on the insurance industry for the former investment bank Salomon Brothers while obtaining her MBA from Stanford University. She also was an account executive with the advertising agency Leo Burnett for five years, servicing clients such as Kraft, Seven-Up, Heinz Pet Products, and Procter & Gamble.

Areas of Expertise
Employee Relations
Organizational Change
Organizational Learning

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PhD, 1998, Organizational Behavior, Northwestern University
MBA, 1986, Stanford University
AB, 1982, Economics, Stanford University

Academic Positions
Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations, Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2009-present
Director of Kellogg Leadership Coaching Programs, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2007-2012
Associate Academic Director of Executive Programs, Kellogg, Northwestern University, 1998-2008
Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University, Northwestern University, 1998-2008
Instructor (Doctoral Candidacy), Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1994-1998

Other Professional Experience
Account Executive, Leo Burnett USA, 1986-1991
Financial & System Analyst, Home Box Office, Inc., 1982-1984

Print Research
Research Interests
Strategic alliances among supply-chain partners; trust as a multilevel phenomena; qualitative research methods; and case-study writing

Ellington-Booth, Brenda. 1997. Wholesaler Category Management: A Success Story. Sales and Marketing Quarterly.
Ellington-Booth, Brenda. 1999. A Case Study in Category Management for Wholesalers.
Ellington-Booth, Brenda. 1996. A Case Study in Category Management for Small Manufacturers.
Ellington-Booth, Brenda. 1999. Micromarketing: A Case Study in Category Management.
Ellington-Booth, Brenda. 1997. Menu-Pricing: An Application of Activity Based management.
Donnelly, Anne CohnBrenda Ellington-Booth and Nadeem Ghani. 2004. The Cradle (B). Case 5-204-258(B) (KEL009).
Ellington-Booth, Brenda and . 2012. Growing Managers: Moving from Team Member to Team Leader. Case 5-411-757 (KEL629).
Donnelly, Anne CohnBrenda Ellington-Booth and Nadeem Ghani. 2004. The Cradle (A). Case 5-204-258(A) (KEL008).

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Teaching Interests
Organization behavior, organizational change, negotiations, and management/leadership styles
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Personal Leadership Insights (KACI-461-5)
This course was formerly known as MORS 935-C
This course is a unique opportunity for students who are highly motivated and committed to their personal development and growth as a leader. You will partner with a Kellogg Leadership Coach who will lead a small group of ten students through a series of assignments that will help you increase self-awareness and gain clarity about your unique leadership skills, values, needs, strengths and limitations. Full-time sections are divided by 1st year and 2nd year/1Y. Classes will last for two hours. Each class will consist of group discussions and peer coaching exercises around self-reflective assignments that you must prepare prior to class. In addition, you will have the option of meeting one-on-one with your Kellogg Leadership Coach for a 45-minute coaching session twice during the quarter. This is an experiential learning course centered on your personal development that will not be assigned a letter grade. Grading will be on a "Pass/No Credit" basis. Successful completion of this course will be represented as a "Pass" with 0.5 credits on your transcript. Course requirements include: 100% attendance (including the first day of class); completion of the 1st assignment due on the first day of class and all other subsequent assignments; honoring the confidential information of others in the group; and active participation in all group coaching sessions. The "Pass" will not count towards the MORS major. Note: This course may not be dropped after the first week of the quarter.

Leader as Coach (KACI-462-0)

**This course was formerly known as MORS-937**

With the ability to have effective coaching conversations, leaders can help others develop as leaders, solve problems, make decisions, create opportunities and/or improve performance. This is an experiential course that provides students with an opportunity to learn and practice the art of conducting effective coaching conversations. Kellogg students will be assigned to coach two to three Northwestern University undergraduate students in leadership roles (e.g., student government, fraternity/sorority leaders, club leaders, etc.).

Throughout the quarter, Kellogg students will be able to apply their newly acquired coaching skills in the context of leadership development for NU undergraduates as they face actual leadership and life challenges in real time. This experience is intended to provide Kellogg MBA students with increased confidence in their leadership interpersonal skills and deepen their insights about leadership.

Managing People for Competitive Advantage (MORS-441-0)

People clearly are an organization's most critical resource. Their knowledge and skills along with their commitment, creativity, and effort are the basis for competitive advantage. It is people that have creative ideas for new products or for process improvements, that devise marketing strategy or take technologies to the next level. This course focuses on the people side of business from a general management perspective. In taking this generalist approach, we integrate concepts from organizational behavior, human resource management, strategy, and organizational design. Course topics include creating motivation and commitment, managing performance (goals and rewards), managing collaboration, and the "people side" of managing change.

Executive Education
Energizing People for Performance
Commitment. Engagement. Motivation. This highly interactive program gives you the knowledge and tools to unleash the potential in others and empower them to achieve high levels of performance.

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Executive Development Program
Equipping high-potential middle to senior managers with the business knowledge and leadership skills they need to succeed in general management. Explore theory-driven knowledge and concrete strategies across all business areas and return to your workplace equipped and energized to continue to advance as a leader, decision maker and change agent.
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Reinventing Leadership: A Breakthrough Approach
Challenge your preconceived notions of what leadership means. Develop a new leadership mindset and a personalized strategy for maximizing your success and that of those you lead.

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