Lead Organizations

Staff Leadership


Staff Leadership is a highly-rated professional development program for staff leaders who are managers of managers or a manager who has a broad range of responsibilities involving teamwork and influence across units and functions at Northwestern. Since 2006, more than 300 members of the community have participated in the program. The program is offered by Kellogg School of Management Executive Education in partnership with the Office of Human Resources, and features a series of four full-day workshops at the Allen Center. Class sessions are led by Kellogg faculty.

This year’s four day Staff Leadership workshop will be held on February 15 and 16 and March 8 and 9.  The focus this year will be on Leading Change – how University Leaders can continue to drive and sustain change at the University while maximizing engagment and productivity.

Staff Leadership offers a unique opportunity for you to elevate your leadership and learn alongside peers across schools and units, while building a collaborative network of University Leaders.

Enrollment – Staff Leadership enrollment consists of a nomination process. Lead Administrators nominate a number of people in their school or unit who meet the criteria and are strong candidates for the workshop. The criteria include:

  • A manager of managers or a manager who has a broad range of responsibilities involving teamwork and influence
  • PEX of 5 or higher
  • Salary grade of 10 or higher, ITS 79 or Lib 2

For further information:

Please contact Cynthia Aaronson, Senior Performance Consultant – Learning and Organization Development at cynthia.aaronson@northwestern.edu or 847-491-8467 with any questions.

Leader as Coach


For several years, Staff Leadership at Northwestern has provided high-performing leaders with the tools to build out their networks, develop their leadership skills, and connect with Northwestern executive leaders.

Now, we are augmenting Staff Leadership with next-level learning for program alumni. This initiative will deepen participants' engagement and leadership capabilities, which will have a multiplier effect on professional development and ultimately the performance of alumni's teams.

Program Summary

In coordination with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, we are offering participants a two-day Leader as Coach workshop. Participants' managers, as sponsors, are expected to attend the morning of the first day.

The workshop will be led by the Kellogg School's Brenda Ellington Booth, Clinical Professor of Management & Organization, and Brooke Vuckovic, Adjunct Lecturer of Leadership Coaching. Special thanks to Holly Raider, Managing Director of Executive Education at the Kellogg School, for helping us develop this new program.

How To Participate

Leader as Coach is open to 60 program alumni who can commit to attending both workshops in their entirety. Participants also will be asked to complete preparatory workshop materials.

Initiative Goals

Leader as Coach offers Staff Leadership alumni the opportunity to:

  • Build stronger skills in coaching others
  • Enhance their career growth in current and new roles.
  • Increase networking and cross-functional collaboration.
  • Maximize the performance and professional development of their team members.

Please contact Cynthia Aaronson, Senior Performance Consultant – Learning and Organization Development at cynthia.aaronson@northwestern.edu or 847-491-8467 with any questions.