ISMA Kellogg Senior Executive ProgramISMA-Kellogg Senior Executive Program: Leading Through Crises


April 22, 23, 24 and April 29, 30 and May 1, 2024
Six half-day sessions; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time
Virtual via Zoom

Presented Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Every organization is vulnerable to crises, and for multinational corporations they can come from unexpected fronts and in many different forms. In times of crisis, organizations need experienced and prepared leaders. Chief Security Officers and senior security executives should be ready and well positioned to support the C-suite and the board to prepare for, prevent, and manage crises, and to lead the organization through these challenging situations.

This program is developed specifically for senior security executives by ISMA and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Using case studies, lectures, and simulations, this program helps senior security leaders develop their leadership expertise so they can position themselves as trusted partners to companies’ senior management and corporate boards in times of crisis.

Participants will learn to:
  • Identify and prioritize strategic risks within both domestic and global business environments;

  • See and position themselves to best support the C-Suite and the board to prepare and prevent crises as well as to lead in the event of crisis;

  • Use tools and frameworks to strengthen analytical and strategic decision‑making skills in key management areas;

  • Formulate, communicate and execute recommendations and decisions effectively; and

  • Create cross-functional teams and leverage training, education and feedback to improve team performance.  


  • Open to ISMA members and their staff (ISMA members may send up to 5 attendees from their company).

  • The conference fee includes tuition, program materials, and networking opportunities.

  • New users to this site must create an account before registering for this course. Please use the new user steps on the registration form.

  • Enrollment is confirmed only upon receipt of full payment.

  • Registration deadline is March 25, 2024.

Investment: $5,000.00 per attendee.

Registration has closed. For registration questions please contact Membership Services and Operations Manager, Lacey Miller.

Cancellation Policy: Once fees are paid, they are not refundable; however, a replacement participant who meets the attendee qualifications can be substituted. 

This event is conducted under Chatham House Rule and attendees are expected to abide by the ISMA event code of conduct.


A centerpiece of the curriculum is peer-developed cases and frameworks, written specifically for this course. The cases are curated from real-world issues facing senior security executives and are designed to help attendees hone their leadership skills while working through possible approaches and solutions to guide their organization’s crisis response.

The cases are supplemented by lectures, exercises, and simulations. Throughout the program, attendees will use tools and frameworks to strengthen their analytical and strategic decision-making skills in key management areas.

Upon completion of the program participants will receive a certificate through the office of the Dean, Kellogg School of Management, Executive Education. This prestigious certificate will be most suitable for framing and display.


Kellogg School faculty combine academic expertise with real-world knowledge to create a dynamic research and learning environment. The faculty bring this scholarly expertise to the classroom, augmenting it with personal knowledge of management practices and problems.

  • Timothy Feddersen, ISMA-Kellogg Program Director, Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics, Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management 

  • Harry M. Kraemer, Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

  • Nicola Persico, John L. and Helen Kellogg Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management

  • Leigh Thompson, J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations, Professor of Management & Organizations, Director of Kellogg Team and Group Research Center, Kellogg School of Management

Course Design

The course is offered as a 6-part virtual course over two weeks. Attendees should plan to attend the entire course to receive the certification of participation from Kellogg School of Management.

ISMA-Kellogg Partnership

The ISMA-Kellogg partnership began in 2008 and has since served more than 750 attendees. The ISMA-Kellogg partnership currently offers two courses for senior security executives and their staff:

Both courses offer CSOs and their senior management teams an opportunity to develop business acumen in order to better integrate security into the business and position security as a thought leader and trusted partner. The curriculum in these two courses complements each other; the C-Suite course builds upon the Strategic Leadership course. However, participants may take the courses in whichever order they choose.

About Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

As a globally recognized pioneer in management education, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University offers innovative executive education from leading thinkers on today's business concerns and tomorrow's business possibilities. More than 6,000 executives and managers from diverse industries and cultures around the world attend our programs each year, and our vast alumni and corporate network continues to expand and grow. Approximately 44% of our faculty members are from outside North America, and they all have international experience. This global orientation allows for a more enriching learning environment and the valuable exchange of best practices. Teamwork and group study produce an interactive learning environment that is the hallmark of the top-ranked Kellogg School of Management. Cases and study groups are a core part of Kellogg’s instructional methodology. Kellogg prides itself on its culture of cooperation, the ability to foster an entrepreneurial way of thinking, and the outstanding networking opportunities offered by the programs.

“The professors challenged us to make good arguments for the decisions we made and did so in a fun and collaborative way.”

Testimonial from an ISMA-Kellogg program attendee