Senior Management Program

Step up to exceptional leadership. Transform your thinking.

Kellogg's Senior Management Program will help you re-examine and refine your thinking about what it means to be a growth-minded leader. You will ask yourself powerful questions and gain an expanded perspective essential for success at the top. You will leave equipped to thrive in today's fast-paced, interconnected economy with the tools, insights and frameworks you need to ignite growth and propel your organization forward.

Kellogg's Senior Management Program promises an unparalleled educational experience marked by immersive, rigorous academics, engaging real-time case studies and stimulationg interaction with fellow executives and Kellogg's world-class faculty.

Personal Consultation

Prospective participants with questions about the program are encouraged to contact our program partner, Eruditus Executive Education, for further information.

Who Should Attend

Participants might come from large or medium sized firms in emerging economies, with a focus on transformation and corporate innovation within existing industries. The Senior Management Program will help talented leaders prepare to take on larger transformation roles. All the key elements of the SMP experience – the faculty, the content, peer interactions and application exercises etc. are designed specifically for participants with:

  • A minimum of 10+ years of work experience
  • International exposure is preferred
  • Confident fluency in written and spoken English

Key Benefits

  • Develop skills to transition to a CXO role and lead transformation in your organization
  • Deepen your understanding of customer and market insights to lead your organization to growth
  • Enhance skills to innovate new business models and implement change in your organization
  • Lead your organization in implementing disruptive business models in the digital age
  • Apply your learning at your workplace through project work, guided by expert Kellogg Faculty
  • Learn from world-class Kellogg Faculty who are thought leaders in their fields
  • Become eligible for Kellogg School of Management Executive Education alumni benefits and membership in the global Kellogg alumni network

Program Highlights

Group Projects

During the first in-person week at the Allen Center on the Northwestern campus, we will be forming project teams. These teams will focus on a business issue that is important and that allows the participants to leverage what they are learning in the program. While time while be devoted to group project activities during the program, there is an expectation that the majority of the work will occur in between the sessions. In that spirit, we will have a check-in conference with a member of the Kellogg faculty in between each in-person session. And at the final in-person session, participants will have the opportunity to present their analysis and solutions to their fellow program participants as well as a panel made up of Kellogg faculty and experienced business leaders.


In between each of the in-person sessions, we will schedule a webinar featuring leading thought leaders from Kellogg. These sessions are intended to supplement the in-person sessions and will be focused on areas of particular interest to the program, participants.

SPARK Sessions

SPARK is an opportunity to welcome new faculty and explore new Executive Education content with our participants who are in attendance at the Allen Center. SPARK classes are offered Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. and are an opt-in enrichment experience for participants, faculty, and staff.

Guest Speakers

During the program, we will have several executive thought leaders and practitioners from major global companies talk about their experiences, as well as their perspective on what is required to lead a successful organization.


*Faculty subject to change

Gregory Carpenter - James Farley/Booz Allen Hamilton Professor of Marketing Strategy; Director of the Center for Market Leadership; Faculty Director, Kellogg Markets & Customers Initiative

Steven Franconeri - Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Director, Northwestern Cognitive Science Program; Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy); Professor of Design, McCormick School of Engineering (Courtesy)

Craig Garthwaite - Associate Professor of Strategy

Kent Grayson - Associate Professor of Marketing; Bernice and Leonard Lavin Professorship

Sanjay Khosla - Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Marketing

Loran Nordgren - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

Thomas O'Toole - Clinical Professor of Marketing; Executive Director, Program for Data Analytics at Kellogg

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Sergio Rebelo - MUFG Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance; Professor of Finance

Mohanbir Sawhney - McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology; Clinical Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation

Robert Schieffer - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

David Schonthal - Clinical & Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Portfolio Director, Business Design – IDEO; Co-Founder and Board Member - MATTER

Joel K. Shapiro - Clinical Associate Professor and Executive Director for the Program on Data Analytics at Kellogg

Edward (Ned) Smith - Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management; Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Northwestern University; Faculty Affiliate, Northwestern Institute for Complexity (NICO)

Leigh Thompson - J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations Professor of Management & Organizations

Robert Wolcott - Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Executive Education ; Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network

Edward Zajac - James F. Bere Professor of Management & Organizations

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208