Emerging C-Suite Leaders Program

For the big picture thinkers of tomorrow

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Course Dates


June 26, 2024

Course Duration


7 Months
Online and In-Person/Live Virtual

Course Fee


US$14,000 US$12,500 and get US$700 off with a referral US$150 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

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Build Enterprise-Level Strategy And Leadership Skills

Today's dynamic business environment requires organizations to rethink their C-suite capabilities to navigate market challenges and ensure long-term growth. This has led to a rise in non-traditional leadership roles, such as chief innovation officer, chief diversity officer and chief sustainability officer. In addition to functional expertise, multifaceted leadership that prioritizes the interests of both the organization and people is vital. Executives must cultivate self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and an enterprise mindset to thrive and succeed.

The Emerging C-Suite Leaders Program from Executive Education at Kellogg School of Management is designed to encourage big-picture thinking and help you transition to the highest levels of your organization. This unique seven-month program will equip you with the skills needed to meet the demands of the modern C-suite and be an enterprise leader.


CEOs have at least one people-related transformation priority and 15% have two or more people priorities.

Source: EY


of business leaders feel their organizations are unprepared to react to future shocks and disruptions.

Source: McKinsey&Co

Learning Outcomes

The program will help equip emerging C-suite leaders program with the leadership skills, strategic acumen, and enterprise mindset required to successfully guide their organizations through periods of growth and transformation.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze complex business environments and growth opportunities to make informed strategic leadership decisions, fostering organizational growth and innovation
  • Assess disruptive challenges in business through a comprehensive understanding of industry trends, innovative leadership, and strategic adaptation
  • Apply advanced global macroeconomics knowledge to make well-informed decisions in a rapidly evolving international marketplace, using data-driven approaches
  • Develop high-performance teams through effective leadership, collaboration, and inspiration, resulting in excellence among diverse team members
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in influence and negotiation, employing effective communication and interpersonal abilities to consistently achieve successful outcomes in diverse professional scenarios
  • Implement effective product and market strategies to ensure sustainable business growth and a competitive edge in the market
  • Evaluate the impact of marketing initiatives on overall business growth and brand value, optimizing campaigns through data-driven strategies
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Diana Cordova, PhD

Faculty Director, Clinical Professor of Executive Education, Academic Director of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI)

“Traditional leadership models are being challenged by a rapidly evolving business landscape. As a result, C-suite leaders must rely on an adaptive and human-centered approach that enables them to successfully navigate through this complexity and lead their organizations to greater heights. The Emerging C-Suite Leaders Program addresses this imperative shift by offering an outstanding opportunity to gain the strategic enterprise leadership capabilities and people skills that are critical for personal success and organizational transformation.”

Key Program Features

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Holistic Curriculum

Develop an enterprise mindset and leadership perspective, beyond functional skills.

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Frameworks and Tools

Gain the latest tools, frameworks and insights to lead your organization through disruption.

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Capstone Project

Apply program lessons to address a real-world business challenge.

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Expert Faculty

Learn from strategically focused, cross-disciplinary faculty who are experts and thought leaders in their fields.

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Guest Speakers

Hear from leaders who have successfully moved into C-suite positions.

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Global Peers

Interact with a cohort of accomplished global peers and benefit from their diverse experiences.

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Success Coach

Maximize your learning through sessions with a success coach assigned to your cohort.

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Live Sessions

Participate in regular live sessions with faculty, the cohort success coach, and guest speakers.

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Networking Event

Engage in three days of in-person networking with peers, faculty, and industry experts.

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Pathway to Executive Scholar Certificate

Continue your learning journey through a pathway to the prestigious Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate and receive select scholar benefits.

Program Learning Journey

Program Curriculum

The program's learning journey is divided into 5 phases that cover the foundations of impactful leadership to propel your career trajectory and prepare you to scale your organization.
  • Apply a proven framework developed by Fortune 500 veteran and Kellogg faculty Sanjay Khosla to support the growth process from discovery to execution.

    • Growth Strategy Overview
    • Discovery Workshop—Search for Growth
    • Mapping a Strategy and Building Support
    • People—Unleashing Potential
    • Delegation, Execution, and Metrics for Growth and Success
    • Bringing It All Together
  • Examine the disruptive forces that are shaping a new business landscape and design strategies to mitigate risks and leverage disruption for success.

    • Disruption in the Workforce
    • Turning Disruptions into Opportunities
    • The Second Wave of Globalization: Digital Platforms and Direct to
    • Consumer 
    • Remote Work—Opportunities and Impacts
    • Artificial Intelligence Disruptions
    • Climate Change
  • Become a more effective leader by understanding the forces that drive the global economy, improving team performance, and mastering the art of negotiating.

    • Leading with Vision and Purpose: What's Your Story?
    • Building High Performance Teams
    • Negotiation
  • Explore how to create and articulate a strong vision, present clear messaging, and hone your communication style.

    • Career Success Factors and Derailers
    • The Art of Communication — The Power of Listening and Cultivating EQ
    • Magnetic Communication — Storytelling and Design Vision
    • Influence Strategies and Executive Presence
  • Become the best version of yourself as a leader and cultivate a customer-centric organization to achieve business goals.

    • Building a Culture of Trust, Resilience, and Reliability
    • Leading Organizational Change
    • Values-Based Leadership
    • Resurgence: The Four Stages of Market-Focused Reinvention

    The program culminates with a networking event giving you an opportunity to interact in person with peers, industry experts, and faculty.

Note: Program schedule, outcomes, and curriculum are subject to change

Capstone Project

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Capstone Project

The capstone project is a crucial aspect of the program that enables you to apply program learnings to real-life challenges.

Participant Profile

The Emerging C-Suite Leaders Program is ideal for executives who aspire to contribute to enterprise-wide strategy and growth, beyond leading a specific function. This program is specifically designed for high-potential mid-level and senior executives who are currently in or aspiring to take up their first leadership role.

Participants are required to have:

  • A minimum of eight years of work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • International exposure (preferred)

Meet the Faculty

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Faculty Director, Clinical Professor of Executive Education, Academic Director of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI)

Diana Cordova is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and human motivation in organizational settings. She has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, helping them develop and execute strategic approaches to achieve sustained, profitable growth.

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Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group

A trained executive coach, Sanjay Khosla advises many companies across industries. He is also the co-author of Fewer Bigger Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth, which was named the Best Business Book (2014) by The Globe and Mail and one of the 10 Mind-Altering Business Books (2014) by the Huffington Post.

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MUFG Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance at the Kellogg School of Management

Sergio Rebelo’s research focuses on macroeconomics and international finance. He has won numerous teaching awards at the Kellogg School of Management, including the Executive Masters Program Outstanding Professor Award and the Professor of the Year Award. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the European Central Bank, the European Commission, the McKinsey Global Institute, and the Global Markets Institute at Goldman Sachs.

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Mohanbir Sawhney

Associate Dean, Digital Innovation, McCormick Foundation Chair of Technology; Clinical Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation

Prof. Sawhney is a globally recognized scholar, teacher, consultant and speaker in business innovation, modern marketing, and Artificial Intelligence applications in business.
He is a contributor to Forbes and his articles have been published in Fortune, Financial Times, CIO Magazine and TheHill.com. Professor Sawhney's consulting clients include a wide range of leading companies across industries, including Microsoft, GE, McDonald's, and many others.

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Shana Carroll

Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations; Associate Chair of the Management & Organizations Department; Co-Director of the Leadership Development and Communications Program (LDEV)

Shana Carroll is a Clinical Professor at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, specializing in leadership, change management, and communication. She previously worked at NYU's Stern School of Business and as a Product Manager at PR Newswire Association, Inc.

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David Schonthal

Clinical Professor of Strategy; Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Kellogg; Faculty Director of the Zell Fellows Program; Director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice

David Schonthal is an award-winning Professor of Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches courses on new venture creation, design thinking, healthcare innovation and creativity.
David, co-creator of Friction Theory, best known for "The Human Element." He's an entrepreneur with IDEO background, associated with 7Wire Ventures and Pritzker Group. A Forbes, Inc., and Harvard Business Review writer, he's a Crain's "40 Under 40" alum and a Thinkers50 finalist. A multi-award-winning Kellogg professor.

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Nicholas Pearce

Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

A scholar, speaker, entrepreneur, and pastor, Dr. Nicholas Pearce is an award-winning Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, the founder and chief executive officer of The Vocati Group, a boutique global management consulting firm, and the Associate Pastor of Chicago’s historic Apostolic Faith Church. He is the author of the bestselling book The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work.

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Edward Zajac

F. Bere Professor of Management & Organizations

Edward Zajac's research, teaching, and consulting focuses on strategy, alliances, and corporate governance. He has worked with several well-known organizations, such as AstraZeneca, General Mills, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Toyota.

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Harry M. Kraemer

Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

Harry M. Kraemer, Jr. serves as an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago. Previously, he was the chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International and also worked for Bank of America and Northwest Industries.

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Gregory Carpenter

Harold T. Martin Professor of Marketing; Director of the Center for Market Leadership

Gregory Carpenter focuses on understanding how firms thrive by succeeding with consumers. He is currently exploring how luxury firms influence tastes through brands and how health care systems are embracing a shift from a physician-centric approach to a consumer-centric perspective.

Michelle L. Buck, PhD

Clinical Professor of Executive Education

Professor Buck's courses focus on the ways that leaders maximize their own performance and unleash the potential of others by addressing 1) how self-reflection and self-awareness of one's identity, values and purpose serve as foundations of effective leadership; and 2) how leaders engage and inspire others and set them up for success. She teaches modules on leadership narrative and storytelling, creating inclusive cultures of courageous conversations, and the dynamics of leading and following. Professor Buck also teaches Negotiations as a process of effective communication and creative problem solving, helping people to transform perceived differences and conflict into new opportunities.

Leigh Thompson, PhD

J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations, Professor of Management & Organizations

Leigh Thompson’s research focuses on negotiation, creativity, virtual communication, and teamwork. Thompson directs several executive education programs, including: Leading High-Impact Teams, Negotiation Mastery Certificate program, Constructive Collaboration (with Brayden King), and High Performance Negotiation.

Pathway to Becoming an Executive Scholar

Participants who successfully complete the Emerging C-Suite Leaders Program will accrue credits towards becoming an esteemed Kellogg Executive Scholar; a unique credential that provides you the opportunity to customize your pathway to achieve your professional development goals.

Kellogg’s expansive program offerings allow you to build a variety of competencies that focus on practical application. More than about learning to lead, the path to becoming an Executive Scholar is about leading through learning.

Emerging C-Suite Leaders Program Certificate

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Emerging C-Suite Leaders Program Certificate

Upon successful completion of the Emerging C-Suite Leaders Program, Kellogg Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate to participants. This program is graded as pass or fail; participants must receive 80 percent to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

Application Details

program fee

US$14,000 US$12,500

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$150

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