Paul Corona
Paul Corona

Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership
Director of MBA Leadership Development

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As Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership and Director of MBA Leadership Development at the Kellogg School of Management, Paul Corona plays a central role on the team that designs and implements programs, processes and tools to help MBA candidates develop their leadership proficiency for high-impact careers around the world. He is also a member of the faculty team that teaches Kellogg's Personal Leadership Insights course.

As a leader in Fortune 500 corporations, a Big 4 professional services firm and major research universities, Paul helped build global brands including Alka Seltzer, Chevrolet, Deloitte and Whirlpool. His management experience and leadership development work spanned a variety of industries including accounting, advertising, automotive, chemical, consulting, energy, higher education, household goods, pharmaceutical, publishing and telecommunications.

As an educator at Kellogg and Northwestern University, Paul has taught, coached and advised CEOs, physicians, deans, vice presidents, directors, managers, department chairs, research center leaders, MBA candidates and undergraduates.

As an entrepreneur, Paul founded Optimus Coaching LLC, through which he provides individual coaching, workshop facilitation and large-group speaking for leaders, teams and professional associations. He offers practical guidelines from his 30-year career in marketing and performance improvement, doctoral dissertation about custom programs of executive education and book -- The Wisdom of Walk-Ons: 7 Winning Strategies for College, Business and Life (with a foreword by Bobby Bowden, the second-winningest coach in major college football history) -- which will be made into a documentary film in 2017.

Paul holds a doctorate in higher education (EdD) from Indiana University, an MBA in marketing from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in advertising from Michigan State University. He is a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement, the Association for Talent Development, the Organization Development Network, the International Leadership Association and the International Coach Federation.

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EdD, 1998, Higher Education (dissertation about custom programs of executive education), Indiana University
MBA, 1993, Marketing, University of Notre Dame
BA, 1985, Advertising, Michigan State University

Academic Positions
Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership and Director of MBA Leadership Development, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2014-present
Lecturer, Career Development and Training & Development, School of Continuing Studies, Northwestern University, 2006-2009
Doctoral Graduate Assistant, Office of the VP for Academic Affairs and Chancellor, Indiana University, 1995-1997

Other Professional Experience
Director of Learning & Organization Development, Northwestern University, 2002-2014
Senior Manager of Professional Development, Deloitte & Touche, 2001-2002
Manager of Leadership & Organization Development, Lucent Technologies, 1998-2001
Management Development Fellow, Ashland Chemical (Ashland Inc.), 1997-1998
Manager of Residential Marketing, Commonwealth Edison (Exelon Corp.), 1993-1995
Brand Management Intern, Miles Laboratories (Bayer AG), 1992-1992
Account Supervisor, Campbell-Ewald Advertising (Interpublic Group Inc.), 1988-1991
Account Executive, Ross Roy Advertising (Omnicom Group Inc.), 1985-1988

Honors and Awards
Kellogg Excellence in Action Award nominee, 2015

Print Research
Corona, Paul. 2012. The Wisdom of Walk-Ons: 7 Winning Strategies for College, Business and Life. North Charlston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
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 Kellogg Leadership Coach who will lead a small group of ten 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 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.