Professor Carroll is a Clinical Associate Professor, Director of the Program in Communicating for Impact and Academic Director of the Russell Fellows Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She designs curriculum and teaches in the areas of leadership, change management and communication in the school's MBA, MSMS and executive education programs.
Professor Carroll joined Kellogg in 2010 as Chief of Staff, a role she held for three years. As Chief of Staff, she was a key member of the school's leadership team and served as the right hand to Dean Sally Blount as she undertook comprehensive organizational change and the introduction of a new strategic plan. Professor Carroll was instrumental in the school's administrative restructuring including the hiring of more than a dozen senior leaders. Additionally, she spearheaded the external launch of the school's strategic plan and led the reinvigoration and alignment of the school's domestic and global alumni councils.
Prior to joining Kellogg, Professor Carroll spent nearly a decade at New York University's Stern School of Business where she served on the school's senior staff as Director of Communications at the Undergraduate College and an Adjunct Professor of Management Communication. Earlier in her career, she was a Product Manager for PR Newswire Association, Inc. where she specialized in developing and marketing products to investor relations professionals.
She is the recipient of a Faculty Impact Award for her teaching at Kellogg and was named Administrator of the Year at NYU Stern in 2010.
Professor Carroll is on the Board of Directors for The Academy at Saint Joan of Arc in Evanston, Illinois. At Kellogg, she is on the executive board for IGNITE (Kellogg's resource group for women), is the executive sponsor of KBAN (the Kellogg Black and African American Network) and is on the Board of Advisors for the MBA student organization, Pride at Kellogg. She is a member of the Management Communication Association and Association for Business Communication.
Professor Carroll holds a B.A. in political science from Boston College and a M.B.A. in management and marketing from New York University. Additionally, she has a certificate in executive coaching.
Professor Carroll enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and cycling. Above all, she loves spending time roaming around Chicago (and going somewhere warm in the winter) with her husband and two kids.
Use your own real-life challenges as a platform for putting the latest theories and tools for organizational change management into practice. Learn how to build business agility and organizational resilience — the cornerstones of driving ongoing change.
**This course was formerly known as MORS-942-B**
This course requires a weekly discussion section in addition to the weekly lecture. Registration for a discussion section will happen separately (after bidding and registration) but please plan accordingly using the information below
Fall 2016, 2nd 5 weeks
Plenary/Lecture: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. plus a required one-hour weekly discussion section
Discussion Section Options
Options for FT students only:
Building on MORS-430 (Leadership in Organizations), this 5-week course moves the focus from mid-level leadership to the senior executive level of the organization. The goal is to provide insight into leading at "height and scale" - that is, what management and leadership look and feel like when you oversee 1,000 to 100,000 people and $500M to billions in revenue. How do you lead when you are only one person and you can't "do" the work of the organization yourself, you can only steer those who do?
To make this perspective as concrete as possible, we will focus on four key behavioral levers/activities that leaders have available to them to shape and have impact within large, complex organizations.
Four Key Behavioral Levers/Activities:
- Establishing a power base ("power")
- Navigating the organizational dynamics of change ("politics")
- Honing and leveraging your communications skills ("talk")
- Building your senior leadership team
The 1/2 credit course will include 5 plenary sessions (2 hours/session) and 5 small-group discussion sections (1 hour/session). Each plenary session will combine lecture and senior executive guest speakers who will build on that week's topic by sharing their own insights and experiences. Discussion groups will follow each plenary as forums for reacting and engaging in dialogue with a smaller group of classmates about lecture content, readings and speakers.
Personal Leadership Insights (KACI-461-5)
This course was formerly known as MORS 935-C
This course is a unique opportunity for students who are highly motivated and committed to their personal development and growth as a leader. You will partner with a faculty member and Kellogg Leadership Coach who will lead a small group of students through a series of assignments that will help you increase self-awareness and gain clarity about your unique leadership skills, values, strengths and limitations. Classes will meet weekly for 90 minutes. Each class will consist of group discussions and peer coaching exercises around self-reflective assignments that you must prepare prior to class. In addition, you will meet one-on-one with your Kellogg Leadership Coach for two personalized, 45-minute coaching sessions during the quarter. Due to the self-reflective nature of the course, you will not receive a letter grade, but rather "Pass/No Credit" on your transcript for 0.5 credits. The "Pass" designation will be given if you meet the following requirements: 100% attendance (with no exceptions); on time completion of all assignments; honoring the confidential information of others in the group; and preparation and active engagement in all group coaching sessions. Please note that the 100% attendance policy is non-negotiable across all sections and instructors. Only bid on a section for which you are sure you can attend every class session. Review the abbreviated syllabus for that section to confirm the precise meeting dates.