ISMA-Kellogg Senior Executive Program: Leading Through Crises


5-8 April 2020
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL U.S.A


The International Security Management Association and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University have created the “ISMA-Kellogg Senior Executive Program: Leading Through Crises.” The program is specifically designed for the most senior security executive. Its goals are to develop senior security executives’ leadership skills and to improve their ability to interact with their companies’ senior management and corporate boards particularly 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;
  • create cross-functional teams and leverage training, education and feedback to improve team performance.  

The ISMA-Kellogg partnership began in 2008 and has since served more than 600 attendees. The program has always had a focus of helping develop a strategic focus among security professionals. Along the way Kellogg and ISMA participants have developed several new cases and frameworks for managing strategic crises. These cases and frameworks not only serve as centerpieces for the ISMA program but they have also been integrated into Kellogg classes on the topic of crisis management. Kellogg is one of the few business schools that requires a class in crisis management for full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs. Consequently, the cases and frameworks developed with ISMA members have impacted literally thousands of Kellogg MBA students and are now taught by as many as 5 different full-time faculty at Kellogg. It is fair to say that the ISMA-Kellogg partnership is not only helping prepare the next generation of security managers it is also helping the next generation of senior business executives be prepared to be better partners with security managers as well.

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

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This program is open to ISMA members and their staff for a fee of $4750 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.

ISMA members must be logged in to register.

Registration deadline: The deadline to register is 6 March 2020.

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. 

Preliminary Schedule


Sunday, April 5, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.                 Check In

 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                 Opening Program Module

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.                   Social Time and Dinner

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                   Social Time


Monday, April 6, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.                Day One Program Modules

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                 Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                Day One Program Modules

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.                Social Time

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.                 Dinner

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                Day One Program Modules


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.               Day Two Program Modules

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                Day Two Program Modules

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.                Chicago Event

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.               Dinner and Speaker      


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.                Day Three Program Modules

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                Required Debrief Lunch and Adjournment