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Partnership will bring management insights to nonprofit organization

3/11/2008 - The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University today announced that it has committed to a two-year Olympic Sport Leadership Certification (OSLC) program to teach 29 executives from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and various National Governing Bodies (NGBs), including USA Triathlon, USA Swimming, USA Wrestling and US Speedskating. The program is being spearheaded by the Kellogg School’s Center for Nonprofit Management.

“The USOC is committed to leadership development, and to providing executives in the Olympic family with the tools and resources necessary to continually improve their organizations,” said Jim Scherr, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Kellogg alumnus. “The Kellogg program has been designed to address today’s ever-evolving nonprofit landscape, while effectively preparing our leaders for tomorrow.”

The two-year Kellogg program is comprised of high-performing employees who have demonstrated the qualities necessary to take a leadership role in the Olympic Movement. Various installments of the program will be taught in both Chicago at the Kellogg School and in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center as part of the USOC’s Olympic University. Participants will learn from Kellogg experts as a means to strengthen their skills and understanding of several critical areas affecting nonprofits, including board governance, finance, fundraising, marketing, strategy and performance measurement. Additional components of the OSLC program will focus on leadership and coaching, run through Olympic University, as well as experiencing the functions of a championship competition with the USOC.

“Several trends have ramifications for nonprofit organizations, including the rise of the nanosecond culture and increased competition for resources,” said Liz Livingston Howard, associate director of the Kellogg School’s Center for Nonprofit Management. “This Kellogg program has been specifically designed to address these trends and critical management issues, and to teach USOC and NGB executives how to effectively leverage best practices, build networks, fundraise and address challenges and opportunities in the most strategic way.”

The Kellogg School of Management is a leader in executive education. From the FBI, to GE, to the NFL, Kellogg has designed thousands of custom programs that specifically address the needs of executives from within a myriad of organizations. The Kellogg School’s Center for Nonprofit Management, founded in 1998, provides executive education to nonprofit leaders from around the world.

About the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University was founded in 1908 and is widely recognized as a global leader in management education. The school, located just outside of Chicago, is home to a renowned, research-based faculty and MBA students from around the globe. The Kellogg School’s academic portfolio includes the Full-Time, Part-Time and Executive MBA Programs and the nondegree Executive Education Program. The school offers three joint-degree programs: the JD-MBA, MD-MBA and the Master of Management and Manufacturing (MBA-MEM). Additionally, the Kellogg School of Management offers an Executive MBA Program in Miami and has alliances with business schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Canada. To learn more, visit

About Olympic University
Olympic University was founded by the USOC in 2006 under the primary idea of developing an institution of higher learning focused on providing all members of the Olympic Family with education critical to enabling the Olympic Movement to reach its fullest potential. It is designed as an institution open to the general public (corporations, non-profits, teachers, government), providing a platform for dialogue and leadership skills-building. For more information, visit

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