Brenda Ellington Booth helps leaders grow professionally and personally. She is a highly sought-after professor, executive coach, and innovator of leadership development curriculum. In 2021 and 2022, graduating classes asked Professor Booth to be a "Note Bene" speaker, an honor awarded to a handful of outstanding professors who students consider thought leaders. In addition, in 2022, Booth was a finalist for Kellogg's Professor of the Year award.
Education & Professional Training
She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Northwestern University. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She has certifications in the Hogan, EQ, and PSCI assessments.
She routinely coaches high-potential professionals, including Kellogg MBAs, Executive MBAs, and Executive Education participants. In addition, she is a strategic thought partner to C-suite executives and senior-level leaders. She has a particular passion for leaders of nonprofit organizations and leaders who strive to create inclusive environments for diverse teams and organizations, women, and people of color. She is also a certified mentor coach who works with aspiring coaches in their certification process with the ICF.
From 2007 to 2014, she was Kellogg's Director of Leadership Coaching Programs. In this role, she spearheaded Kellogg's Executive Programs, integrating executive programs in numerous open enrollment and custom programs. Now, coaching is a commonplace component of many of Kellogg's course offerings.
Curriculum Design & Teaching
Professor Booth created numerous successful, longstanding educational experiences at Kellogg. She co-created, served as co-Academic Director, taught, and coached in Kellogg's Executive program "Energizing People for Performance. Booth led a team of teaching coaches to develop the longstanding and popular Personal Leadership Insights MBA course, which roughly 480 students take in any given academic year. She collaborated with NU's Center for Leadership to create another Kellogg high-demand MBA course, Leader as Coach. And recently, she developed a new MBA-level class that will launch in the spring of 2022 called Leading with Empathy: Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence to Lead Others in Diverse Settings.
For over 15 years, Professor Booth served as Academic Director of numerous leadership development programs in Executive Education for both open enrollment and custom clients. In these programs, she continuously designed and updated the curriculum. Also, she is the co-author of several case studies on leadership and people management topics.
In Kellogg's Executive and Executive Masters programs, she teaches sessions on the Leader as Coach, Leading with Empathy, and Communication Styles.
Before joining Kellogg, while a master's student, Brenda taught an elective seminar at Stanford University, published an investors' report on the insurance industry for the former investment bank Salomon Brothers; and wrote a case study on change management for the University of Michigan's Graduate School of Management. In addition, she 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 was an account executive with the advertising agency Leo Burnett.