Leadership, Management and Fiscal Strategies for Clinical Investigators

Learn to navigate competing demands in a university setting

Clinical investigators are challenged to balance many tensions in their work, including how to best meet the institutional requirements for a clinic while building a research practice, and the most effective way to fundraise for the future while effectively accomplishing the work of today. This four-day program offers clinical investigators and their administrative team leaders a chance to build a foundation of research-tested management and leadership skills that can be applied to the business side of science.

Led by Kellogg faculty in an interactive classroom setting, participants will learn practical and effective approaches to topics including organizational culture, strategic time management, finance, fundraising and influence strategies. Equipped with new tools and frameworks, you’ll leave with a better sense for how to leverage your personal leadership strengths to build collaborative work teams and navigate competing demands in your work.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Build your business acumen


Who Should Attend

  • Clinical investigators with faculty appointments as Instructors
  • Assistant Professors
  • Associate Professors who are 3-5 years into their initial K or R funding

Key Benefits

  • Gain exposure to essential topics in management including finance, fundraising, time management and strategic decision-making
  • Learn to harness your own leadership strengths to build effective work teams and influence your stakeholders
  • Learn about research-tested business frameworks to apply to your practice in a university setting
  • Network with peers for ongoing support and ideas

Program Content

The curriculum will offer a rigorous and research-based classroom learning experience paired with relevant tools and business principles that can be put into practice immediately.

Leadership Topics

  • Building collaborative work teams
  • Leveraging strengths-based leadership
  • Understanding and creating strong organizational culture

Fiscal Strategy Topics

  • Decision making for optimal fundraising
  • Elevating financial planning and budgeting

Management Topics

  • Developing organizational networks that work
  • Optimizing time management with competing pressures
  • Enhancing persuasion and influence skills


Amy Stewart Smith - Academic Director; Director of Nonprofit Executive Programs

Gail Berger - Deputy Director - Kellogg Center for Executive Women; Clinical Associate Professor of Executive Education

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

Mark Finn - Clinical Professor of Accounting Information & Management

Liz Livingston Howard - Clinical Professor of Management; Executive Director of Nonprofit Executive Education

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

Lauren Rivera - Professor of Management & Organizations; Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (Courtesy)

Accommodations, Fees & Policies


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.

Hospitality during the Program

We strive to provide healthy meal choices for our participants for breakfast, lunch and breaks. We typically provide a range of choices, including some vegetarian-friendly and gluten-avoidant selections. We cannot meet all dietary preferences, but we will do our best to accommodate health restrictions, religious restrictions and food allergies.


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.

Learn More

Please email or call us if you would like additional information about Nonprofit Programs

Upcoming Sessions

May 17-20, 2021

Start: May 17 at 8:00 AM

End: May 20 at 3:00 PM

Chicago campus


For more information
contact Jaime Ziegler

Kellogg School of Management

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