September 2022 - April 2023
*Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Foundation
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The Kellogg School of Management is partnering with JPMorgan Chase to offer Kellogg ASCEND National Cohort business growth program, held September 2022 - April 2023.
We will engage a select cohort of up to 20 minority-owned and other businesses with revenues of $3M+, although other companies with high growth potential will be considered.
This partnership between the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and JPMorgan Chase aligns and develops a network that links business schools, market and capital access organizations, and Chase small business banking.
ASCEND National Cohort Program:
This collaboration — Fisher, Foster, and Kellogg schools, with JPMChase Foundation, also includes tools from EY, RSM and JH Lowry and Associates which will enhance the performance of participating businesses by increasing revenue and employment.
Kellogg ASCEND seeks to partner with minority business owners interested in growth through management education, access to potential funders, and access to potential new business.
We are targeting businesses owned by people of color with $3M+ in revenue. Other businesses with strong growth potential will be considered. Please join if your business will be represented at all sessions.
The curriculum will address principles, models, and examples that enhance company success and growth. This program has both in-person and virtual sessions held September 2022 - April 2023.
September 28-30: Leadership/Inaugural Residential Session | Kellogg School of Management (in-person)
October 14: Financing Middle Market Firms I | JPMorgan Chase (virtual)
October 28: Technology Transformation I | EY (virtual)
November 4: Technology Transformation II | EY (virtual)
November 18: Financial Systems Transformation I | RSM (virtual)
December 2: Organizational Change Leadership | Foster School of Business (virtual)
January 13: Financial Systems Transformation II | RSM (virtual)
January 27: Financing Middle Market Firms II | JPMorgan Chase (virtual)
February 10: Organizational Change Leadership II | Foster School of Business (virtual)
February 24: Operations & Supply Chain Management I | Fisher College of Business (virtual)
March 10: Operations & Supply Chain Management II | Fisher College of Business (virtual)
March 31: B2B Marketing I | Kellogg School of Management (virtual)
April 14: B2B Marketing II | Kellogg School of Management (virtual)
Late April (TBD): Final Project - Residential Session | Kellogg School of Management (in-person)
Gail Berger - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations; Deputy Director, Center for Executive Women; Associate Professor of Instruction, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering
James Lowry - Sr. Advisor, Boston Consulting Group and CEO, James H. Lowry & Assoc.
Karin O'Connor - Executive Director, Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital. Clinical Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship
Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations
Michele Rogers - Clinical Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Executive Education and Director of Chicago Partnerships
William Towns - Adjunct Professor in Kellogg’s Sustainability and Social Impact Program
Lance Bennett - Founder & Managing Partner, L.E.B. Partners
Brenda Ellington Booth - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations
Harry M. Kraemer - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations; Former Chairman & CEO, Baxter Intl.; Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners
Company Fee: $6,000 for 2-3 senior level managers.
Over 2/3 of the full program price of $18,500 is charitably underwritten by JP Morgan Chase; the participant fee of $6,000 covers the balance of tuition and fees.
Location & Accommodations:
The in-person program sessions (first and last sessions) are hosted in Evanston, IL at the Allen Center on the Northwestern University Campus. All other sessions are virtual. A limited number of rooms are available at the Allen Center so some participants will be housed in nearby hotels.
Applications are considered on a first-come first-served basis, so early registration is suggested. The deadline for fee payment is September 12, 2022.
Participants must notify the Program Manager three business days in advance of the program start if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants forfeit the program fee.
Please email or call Michele Rogers to learn more about ASCEND Business Growth program at Kellogg.