Faith Leaders Week

Drafting the Blueprint for Post-Pandemic Faith Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life as we knew it, including the life of our faith communities. While many people long to reclaim some semblance of 'normal,' the reality is that the 'old normal' we knew is never to return. In the face of this once-in-a-generation disruption, faith leaders have been granted the golden - yet overwhelming - opportunity to leverage the disruption of the pandemic to design faith communities for the future.

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is proud to host Kellogg Faith Leaders Week, our annual executive education program designed expressly for faith leaders - pastors, rabbis, bishops, congregational and denominational leaders.

Center for Nonprofit Management

VIDEO: Learn more from Academic Director Nicholas Pearce


Who Should Attend

  • Senior and associate leaders of all faith communities
  • Teams of leaders from the same faith community wishing to attend together

Program Content

Soul of the Spiritual Leader

  • Build resilience to address the trauma of the past two years
  • Discuss the importance of self-care, particularly for those leading the faithful
  • Learn strategies for mindfulness that will help faith leaders focus their energy and strive for peace

The Art of Difficult Conversations

  • Discuss why difficult conversations are essential
  • Identify strategies for successful approaches
  • Workshop individual conversations with peers

Design Thinking

  • Capture creative ideas for innovation in your community
  • Recognize resistance and resistors to innovation
  • Discover how design thinking can build your individual creativity

Strategic Stakeholder Communications

  • Identify your diverse set of key stakeholders
  • Understand the communication channels that will reach your stakeholders
  • Learn tactics to leverage new communication tools

Re-Imagining the Future of Faith Communities

  • Discuss the role of digital engagement in your community
  • Understand the needs of a new generation
  • Re-think the future

Leading Transformational Change

  • Define the need for change initiatives
  • Explore how leaders create successful change initiatives
  • Understand key levers and barriers to effective change

Collaborative Conversations

  • Discuss leading your community through faith
  • Understand the entrepreneurial mindset
  • Discuss innovative strategies for future success
  • Witness examples of successful transitions


Nicholas A. Pearce - Academic Director; Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

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

Bernie Banks - Associate Dean for Leadership Development; Clinical Professor of Management

Sally Blount - Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Strategy

Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Leadership

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

Pranav Kothari - Adjunct Lecturer of Social Enterprise, Kellogg School of Management; Founder & CEO, Revolution Impact, LLC; Prior – VP, Strategy & Innovation, KnowledgeWorks; Co-Founder & MD, Mission Measurement

Suzanne Muchin - Clinical Associate Professor of Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI)

Rev. Dr. Brianna Parker - CEO, Black Millennial Cafe

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.

Scholarship Assistance

Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations. All applications are initially submitted at the full list price. Each is reviewed by our registrar and any scholarships granted will be reflected in the amount applied to your invoice or charged to your credit card.

Payment Deadline

  • Scholarship Recipients: ten business days in advance of the program start date. Beyond that point, we reserve the right to transfer scholarships granted to another participant in need of financial assistance.
  • No Scholarship: three business days in advance of the program start date. Your registration will be canceled if we do not hear from you.

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 two rollovers, after the second 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

“Faith Leaders Week was an inspiring, motivating, and reflective experience filled with the kind of wisdom and warmth not usually associated with a business school environment. The faculty were knowledgeable and felt very real to me--not only teachers but practitioners. This first experience has led me to seriously explore more training opportunities with Kellogg.”
Pastor, Harvest Community Church

“The Faith Leaders Week program was the most valuable leadership training that I have taken because the information was applicable to a congregational setting, grounded in research, and taught by professors who have experience in leading congregations. Anyone who serves in a leadership position within a congregation would benefit from the knowledge itself and exercises that help us to apply [it] in our own communities.”
Rabbi, Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom

“The Leadership aspect of the program was so informative, relevant, and clearly had been planned with great thought & attention. The Faith component added a dimension I had underestimated before arriving. There was a uniquely special energy that was imbued in everything we did. I loved being with a group of people (fellow students & professional staff) that "got me". Exploring the nuances among faith orientations was fascinating! And it is no surprise that we are more similar than not. In addition to the plethora of skills I hope to employ, I also discovered pieces of my personality that have a huge impact on my leadership style and success.”
Co-President, Central Synagogue Beth Emeth

Learn More

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

2023 Session

June 12-15, 2023

Start: June 12 at 8:30 AM

End: June 15 at 5:30 PM

Format: In-Person on Chicago campus

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Scholarships Available

Kellogg School of Management

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