ISMA-Kellogg Program: Understanding Security as a Business Asset

September 27-30, 2020
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL U.S.A


This new course is geared toward senior security executives and managers, who will benefit from:

  • learning to be a better partner to other business leaders 
  • learning to think strategically on how best to lead a security function that supports business objectives 
  • understanding the importance of interfacing with other functional areas in order to:
    • think like a business leader
    • deliver business impact
    • drive or engage in strategic conversations
    • develop effective intra- and inter- organizational networks 
 Participants will learn to:
  • recognize the security function as one part of the enterprise-level risk management unit within the organization 
  • understand how core business functions identify and create value
  • recognize security as a core risk-management and business enabling function
  • speak the “language of the business” and ask the right questions
  • articulate security’s value to the business
  • influence and gain buy-in from stakeholders


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 make take the courses in whichever order they choose. 

Registration Info

This program is open to ISMA members and their staff for a fee of $4500 per attendee. The fee includes tuition, program materials, accommodations for three nights (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday), and all meals, coffee breaks and receptions. Enrollment is confirmed only upon receipt of full payment. Please note, three nights of accommodation are included in the tuition. Additional nights will be at the attendee’s own expense at $220 per night. Please contact ISMA staff about reserving a room for additional nights.

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.

Click here to register.

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

For registration questions, please contact [email protected] 

The Kellogg School of Management

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.

Kellogg revolutionized graduate management education more than 50 years ago when it introduced executive education into its programming, being one of the first business schools to do so.  Kellogg has continued to design innovative, customized programs to help each client to address their individual challenges, expand their vision and stay at the forefront of change.  Custom programs represent 40 percent of Kellogg’s business in executive education.  The school strives to develop long-standing relationships with its clients.  In 2013, almost 60 percent of custom programs served clients who have returned to Kellogg for three years or more. 


Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2800

The program and lodging will take place at the James L. Allen Center in Evanston, Illinois, located 25 minutes from downtown Chicago. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of Northwestern University's Evanston campus, the Allen Center is the primary home of Kellogg's Executive Education Programs. When the facility opened its doors in 1979, it was one of the world's first conference centers built exclusively for executive education. Living and working with one another, executives gain new knowledge and insights as well as a broadened perspective. The Allen Center minimizes the distractions of the office and provides an ideal setting for growth in the field of management. The Allen Center contains classrooms, study group rooms, bedrooms with private baths, dining rooms, lounges, and a fitness center. Classrooms feature state of the art multimedia equipment. All study group rooms come with PCs, printers and supplies. 



Sunday, September 27, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Arrival/Check-In
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:30 – 2:50 p.m.

Program Welcome and Case Introduction
Timothy Feddersen
, Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics, Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Organizational Strategy: A Multi-Level View
Michael Mazzeo, Associate Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

4:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Organizational Strategy: A Multi-Level View (cont'd)
Michael Mazzeo, Associate Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception 

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.        Social Time


Monday, September 28,2020

7:00 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.       

Reflections – Case Conversations

8:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Influence without Authority
Loran Nordgren
, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Supply Chain and Sourcing: Understanding the Operational Risks
Achal Bassamboo,
Charles E. Morrison Professor of Decision Sciences Professor of Operations, Kellogg School of Management

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Marketing & Corporate Communications: Understanding the Difference
Timothy Calkins
, Clinical Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.      Dinner and Social Time
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Social Time


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

7:00 – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.       

Reflections – Case Conversations

8:30 – 11:45 a.m.

The Language of Finance: Understanding Financial Risks and Engaging Stakeholders
Mitchell Petersen, Glen Vasel Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management and Director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Negotiations: Overcoming Barriers to Agreement
Nour Kteily, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Convergence: Understanding the Partnership between Security and IT
Raghu Katakam
, Chief Information Officer, Lecturer of Data Analytics, Kellogg School of Management

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.      Dinner and Lecture
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Social Time


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

Reflections - Case Conversations

8:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Diagnosing Alignment and Managing Change
Karen Cates, Adjunct Professor of Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Evaluations

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.