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.

This program is offered in a live virtual format. 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.

Center for Nonprofit Management
2020 Cohort Photo at Wieboldt Hall

2020 Cohort at Wieboldt Hall, Downtown Chicago


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:

  • Enhancing persuasion and influence skills
  • Leveraging strengths-based leadership
  • Understanding and creating strong organizational culture

Fiscal Strategy Topics

  • Decision making for optimal fundraising
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Grant management and reporting

Management Topics

  • HR operations and staff management
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Optimizing time management with competing pressures


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

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

Loran Nordgren - Professor of Management & Organizations

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

Aaron Rosen - Senior Financial Analyst, Core Facilities Administration, Northwestern University

Shandra White - Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Research, Northwestern University

Ericka Wrencher - HR Business Partner, Office of Human Resources, Northwestern University

Accommodations, Fees & Policies


This program is delivered in a live virtual format via the Zoom platform. Please visit our live virtual programs page for more information.

Application Deadline

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

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.

What Participants Say

“This entire program was absolutely transformational.”

“I appreciated the connections and feedback with colleagues. Real, honest discussion of personal experiences/challenges leading to solutions and new ideas/approaches that well be broadly applicable and directly impact my work and personal life.”

“I loved the full days, the schedule, the content, the interaction, the applied learning. This was one of the most enjoyable and useful courses/professional development activities I’ve experienced.”

Learn More

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Kellogg School of Management

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