Leading Into the Future

Capitalizing on new concepts in a fast-changing world

In a business world defined by relentless change, the ability to understand and capitalize on new concepts – artificial intelligence, networks, geographically dispersed teams, mindful leadership and design thinking, to name only a few – is increasingly critical to leadership success.

In an 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 talent management, emerging leadership concepts, and the managerial responses and tools required for tackling future organizational challenges. Ultimately, you’ll come away with a cutting-edge approach to agile leadership in the 21st century landscape.

This program will be offered in a live virtual format through spring 2021. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. You will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in live discussions and lecture sessions. You will come away with the tools to navigate and succeed in the new business landscape.

Information Session

Learn more about Leading Into the Future with this half-hour long information session.


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
  • Discover how to lead with all your resources: human, technical and organizational
  • Learn new organizational forms and practices that respond to new kinds of challenges
  • Experiment with design thinking as a management tool

Opportunities in the 21st Century

  • Discover how data analytics and artificial intelligence can provide new opportunities
  • Address cross-cultural and cross-generational issues and their impact on organizations
  • Embrace the power of networks and learn to enable them for greater influence
  • Explore the impact of blockchain technology

Leading Yourself and Your Team

  • Discover how the findings of neuroscience research can help you be a better leader
  • Cultivate a mindset that leads to more effective relationships and self-management


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 CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.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 or internet-based. Program level: Advanced. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact our office at 847-467-6018.

Please Note: CPE credits are not available for this program in the live virtual format.

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

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

2020 Session

November 1-11, 2020

Start: November 1 at 10:00 AM

End: November 11 at 11:15 AM

Live Virtual Program

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2021 Sessions

May 24-29, 2021

Start: May 24 at 8:30 AM

End: May 29 at 12:45 PM

Live Virtual Program

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November 1-5, 2021

Start: November 1 at 8:30 AM

End: November 5 at 12:45 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

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