Diana Cordova is a Clinical Professor of Executive Education; Academic Director of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute and Managing Director for Program Development at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Diana has published widely and is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and human motivation in organizational settings. She holds a B.A. "Summa Cum Laude" from Smith College and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University.
At Kellogg Executive Education, Diana serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and is directly responsible for providing management and oversight of the Program Development and Online Program teams. In collaboration with members of her team and faculty academic directors, she oversees the development of over 340 Executive Education programs each year delivered across all modalities - asynchronous, live virtual and classroom. Diana also serves as the Academic Director for a diverse portfolio of custom programs across a range of industries. Diana also co-taught (with former Dean Sally Blount) an MBA course on leadership and change management at the C-suite level.
Prior to joining Kellogg, Diana served as Vice President for Leadership Programs at the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE is the nation's leading higher education association, representing over 1,800 college and university presidents from public and private institutions. During her eight-year tenure at ACE, she designed, marketed and launched the ACE Institute for New Presidents and provided general oversight for the association's extensive suite of programmatic offerings for senior higher education administrators.
Diana began her career as a member of the Yale University psychology faculty, where she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in social psychology and human motivation. She also served as Assistant Dean of the Yale Graduate School, where she worked closely with the Dean to raise the profile of the School and build a sense of community amongst Yale's graduate students.
While at Yale, Diana developed a strong reputation for being one of the most dynamic and engaging professors at Yale College. She was awarded the 1999 Lex Hixon '63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences in recognition of her dedication to teaching and mentoring undergraduates.
Diana has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, helping them develop and execute strategic approaches to achieve sustained, profitable growth. She also advises companies on the design and delivery of exceptional leadership development programs for their senior executives.
In addition to her responsibilities at Kellogg, Diana served on the TIAA Hispanic Advisory Council, providing guidance to the organization on how to better serve the needs of current and prospective Hispanic clients.