Leading Into the Future: Managing in a Changing World

Mastering tomorrow's emerging concepts and meeting their challenges, today

In a business world defined by relentless change, the ability to understand and capitalize on new concepts – networks, virtual teams, content marketing and mindfulness, to name only a few – is increasingly critical to leadership success.

In a highly interactive, collaborative learning environment, led by a cross-disciplinary faculty of world-renowned thought leaders and practitioners, you’ll examine these fast-paced changes including evolving demographics and emerging technology. You’ll explore innovative marketing, talent management, operations and leadership concepts, gain insight into challenges inherent in managing change and learn the managerial responses and tools for tackling future management challenges. Ultimately, you’ll come away with a cutting-edge approach to effective leadership in the 21st century landscape.

Adapt to a changing world

Who Should Attend

  • Executives and senior managers who have or aspire to have general management responsibilities
  • Senior executives seeking to develop the skills and confidence needed to lead in a constantly changing environment
  • Leaders facing emerging challenges driven by technology, demographics and global initiatives

Key Benefits

  • Learn how to lead with all your resources working in concert
  • Explore how distributed teams, crowdsourcing and cross-cultural opportunities lead to broader, organization-wide considerations
  • Understand key issues that arise during organizational transformation
  • Develop tools for managing challenges, mitigating risk and balancing priorities
  • Learn new methods for motivating others, engaging teams and leveraging innovation and networks
  • Benefit from a dynamic, collaborative learning environment led by leading experts from a wide range of disciplines

Program Content

Leading a Powerful Organization
  • Best practices in organizational design, finance, strategy, leadership and marketing
  • Leading with all your resources: human, technical and organizational
  • Virtual teams, team structure and work motivation
  • Fostering intrapreneurship

Company and Workplace Culture

  • Identifying, defining, implementing and maintaining a robust company culture
  • How to conduct a motivational audit
  • Attracting and motivating Generation Y

Opportunities in the 21st Century

  • How digital and social media affect marketing
  • Addressing cross-cultural issues and building virtual teams
  • Understanding and enabling networks

Fostering and Leading Innovation

  • Identifying new opportunities for innovation
  • The role of open innovation
  • Innovation that generates economic value and has a positive community impact

Social Business and Shared Value

  • Valuing social responsibility
  • Designing partnerships that leverage external assets to fund, develop and execute shared value strategies
  • Analytics and tools to track the progress and success of strategies

The Mindful Leader

  • Mindfulness as applied by top executives and global organizations
  • A variety of practices to increase cognitive agility, decision speed, focus and creativity
  • Strategies for addressing the complex effects of stress on the minds and bodies of leaders


David S. Friedman - Academic Director; Clinical Assistant Professor of Executive Education; Senior Program Director of Executive Education

Noshir Contractor - Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering; Professor of Management & Organizations

Liz Gerber - Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, McCormick School of Engineering

Paul Leonardi - Duca Family Professor of Technology Management, Department of Communication; University of California, Santa Barbara

Robin Nusslock - Assistant Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Adam Pah - Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations; Associate Director, Research Assistant Professor Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Mohanbir Sawhney - McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology; Clinical Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation

Joel K. Shapiro - Clinical Associate Professor and Executive Director for the Program on Data Analytics at Kellogg

Edward (Ned) Smith - Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management; Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Northwestern University; Faculty Affiliate, Northwestern Institute for Complexity (NICO)

CPE Credits

Continuing Education Credit
This program is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and is recommended for 42.0 CPE credits.

Continuing Professional Education Information
The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Website: www.nasba.org

All Kellogg programs that qualify for CPE credits do not have pre-requisites. Advanced readings and case preparation is required. A packet of course materials is emailed to all participants before the program begins.

All Kellogg programs are group-live. Program level: Advanced.

What Participants Say

“As an employee of the U.S. government, I was exposed to new practices and processes that are common practice in the private sector that could be applied in my field. It was an outstanding course with a diverse group of people who were engaged, providing active participation that boosted the already amazing staff and professors.”

“[This was an] exceptional experience, [with] relevant topics presented by outstanding lecturers in a hands-on manner. The atmosphere created an interactive, friendly learning environment...I have significantly benefited from my time at Kellogg and use what I learned everyday.”
Head of Implementations And Training, Volo Commerce

“No other course combines the depth of research and breadth of topics on all the latest innovations in management theory and practice. Thought-provoking and immediately applicable--Kellogg at its best.”
Founding Partner, Jabbok River Group

Personal Consultation

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2018 Sessions

October 1-5, 2018

Start: October 1 at 8:30 AM

End: October 5 at 1:00 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

2019 Sessions

May 20-24, 2019

Start: May 20 at 8:30 AM

End: May 24 at 1:00 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

November 4-8, 2019

Start: November 4 at 8:30 AM

End: November 8 at 1:00 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

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