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


May 9-11 and 16-18, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Central Time/13:30 - 17:30 UTC, daily
Virtual via Zoom

Presented by the 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.

Presented virtually over the dates of May 9-11 and 16-18, 2022, 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). 
    If you are a Google employee interested in this course, please email [email protected] to be added to the wait list and do not complete the registration form as the attendance limit per company has been reached.

  • Fee includes tuition and program materials 

  • This is a virtual synchronous course; learning takes place real-time and is not "learn at your own pace" 

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

  • Please note, this course takes place over a two-week period; attendees are expected to attend all 6 classes.

  • Enrollment is confirmed only upon receipt of full payment

Investment: $4,750.00 per attendee.

Prior to registering, please ensure that you are able to attend all 6 session dates and times noted above. Live attendance and participation is required.

The deadline to register is 18 April 2022. Registration is closed. Please contact your Membership Services and Operations Manager, Lacey Miller, with any questions. 

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 

  • Rob Apatoff, Clinical Professor of Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management

  • Carter Cast, Clinical Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

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

  • Lauren Rivera, Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Course Design

Originally designed as a 3-day immersive experience on campus, the course is now being offered virtually over the course of two weeks. Attendees will be required to participate in 4 hours of real-time online work per day, 3 days per week over two weeks, including live instructor-led learning, group exercises, and virtual networking opportunities. Attendees must be available 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT daily on each scheduled course date. This is a synchronous course, meaning the learning takes place real-time and is not "learn at your own pace."  The Kellogg School of Management has successfully transitioned all its business programs to distance learning formats and attendees will still receive the same world-class, immersive education associated with this top 5 business school.

Technology Requirements

Attendees must provide their own computer and Internet connection in order to participate. Attendees will also need a webcam, microphone and headset in order to participate live. Additionally, the below platforms will be used in conjunction with the course. If you are unable to access these platforms, you will not be able to participate in the course. Login instructions will be emailed to participants in advance of the course in order to test functionality.

  • Zoom (all instruction, group exercises, and social hours will take place on private Zoom rooms)
  • Canvas (all course materials will be distributed through canvas)
  • Slack (optional, but encouraged as a way to connect with fellow attendees)

ISMA-Kellogg Partnership

The ISMA-Kellogg partnership began in 2008 and has since served more than 600 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