Leadership and Management Strategies for Clinical Investigators

Cultivate your leadership to maximize your impact

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 position 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 evidence-based 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, feedback and persuasion strategies and diversifying funding sources. 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

2022 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 culture as a driver of successful organizations, equitable people processes, diversifying funding sources and strategic time management
  • 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 and Management Topics:

  • Leveraging strengths-based leadership
  • Enhancing persuasion and influence skills
  • Understanding and creating strong organizational culture
  • Establishing equitable people processes
  • Providing feedback and managing difficult conversations
  • Learning to thrive as a leader through intention and purpose
  • Diversifying funding sources


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

Heather Barnes - Adjunct Lecturer in Leadership Development and Communications

Michelle Bess - SVP of People, OppFi

Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Leadership

Richard Jolly - Clinical Associate Professor of Executive Education

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

Loran Nordgren - Professor of Management & Organizations

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

Joe Holtgreive - Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Engineering, Director of the Office of Personal Development, McCormick School of Engineering

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 Friday, April 28, 2023.

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.

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

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

Kellogg School of Management

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