Brenda Ellington Booth joined Kellogg in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Associate Academic Director of Executive Programs. In 2007, she created the role of Academic Director of Kellogg Leadership Coaching Programs. In 2009 she was promoted to Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations. Since 2008, Professor Booth has been a certified executive coach and has the designation of an Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
MBA Teaching & Coaching
At the MBA level, Professor Booth teaches two courses: Personal Leadership Insights and Leader as Coach. She created and designed these courses with teams of Kellogg and NU faculty and serves is an instructor, coach or mentor coach. In 2010, 2012 & 2016, Kellogg students awarded Professor Booth with the Certificate of Impact in recognition for her outstanding contribution to their Kellogg experience. She is a Leadership Coach in Kellogg's Zell Fellows Program and teaches the Personal Leadership Insights course in Northwestern's Master of Science for Leadership in the Creative Enterprises.
Executive Education - Academic Director, Teacher & Coach
At the executive level, Professor Booth is the co-creator and co-academic director of the Energizing People for Performance programs. She designs the curriculum, teaches courses on leadership, and serves an executive coach in these programs. She has also taught topics in leadership and/or has served as an executive coach for numerous organizations including the Chicago Cubs organization, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Ernst & Young, Jefferson Wells, Baxter International, the U.S. Intelligence Community, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Chicago Public Schools, Alaine Locke Charter Schools, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. In prior years, Booth served as academic director of programs for USG, International Paper, Baloise Insurance, Aon Financial Services and Baker & McKenzie law firm.
Past Roles at Kellogg
For over 10 years, Professor Booth was the Academic Director/Co-Academic Director of Kellogg's flagship Executive Development Program. From 2007-2012, she served as Director of Leadership Coaching Programs. In this role, Professor Booth, in partnership with other coaches, created curriculum around leadership development and coaching skills for MBA students. These courses are now an on-going part of the MBA course offering. In executive programs, Booth integrated executive coaching in several general management and leadership executive education programs.
Professor Booth served as an executive coach for Kellogg's Sphere of Leadership, Executive Development Program and Kellogg's Executive MBA program for several years.
In previous years at Kellogg, Professor Booth was awarded the Doctoral Teaching Award for Exceptional Teaching Performance, authored case studies on leadership and change management for the not-for-profit sector, and taught MBA courses including People for Competitive Advantage, Management and Organizations, Negotiation, Change Management and Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations.
Prior to Kellogg
Before joining Kellogg, Brenda taught elective seminars at Stanford University and wrote a case study on change management for the University of Michigan - Graduate School of Management. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Brenda accumulated several years of work experience in corporate settings in the functional areas of accounting, finance and marketing. She started her career at Home Box Office as a financial analyst and went on to publish an investors' report on the insurance industry for the former investment bank Salomon Brothers while obtaining her MBA from Stanford University. She also was an account executive with the advertising agency Leo Burnett.
Personal Leaderhip Development, Communication Styles, Lead as Coach
**This course was formerly known as MORS-937**
Research shows that motivating and developing other people are skills consistently rated as highly important leadership competencies by global executives, and yet they are also consistently rated among the least effective competencies demonstrated by leaders. With the ability to have effective coaching conversations, leaders can guide others to develop as leaders, solve problems, create opportunities and improve performance. This is an experiential course that provides students with an opportunity to learn and practice the art of conducting effective coaching conversations that can be applied to numerous workplace situations. This course begins with training students to have effective coaching conversations. Early in the quarter, Northwestern's Center for Leadership will assign Kellogg students two to three undergraduate or graduate students in leadership roles (e.g., student government, fraternity/sorority leaders, club leaders, sports team captains, etc.). Throughout the quarter, Kellogg students will apply their newly acquired coaching skills to their assigned NU students as they face actual leadership and life challenges in real time. Kellogg students will also meet with instructors three times during the quarter in small groups to address questions and refine their skills in "Practicum Labs".
This experience is intended to provide Kellogg MBA students with an opportunity to increase confidence in their interpersonal communication skills and deepen their insights about leadership. This course is beneficial for students who will assume leadership roles in organizations, have significant people interfacing facing roles (e.g., consulting, product management, team-based work, human resources, executive coaching and/or talent management, etc.), and/or who will engage in mentoring others. Prerequisite: MORS 430-0.