ISMA-Kellogg Senior Executive Program: Leading Through Crises


19-21 and 26-28 April 2021
Held VIRTUALLY, 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.

This three-day program is developed specifically for senior security executives by ISMA and 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 a trusted partner to the company’s senior management and corporate board 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.  

Registration Info

Registration will open 4Q 2020. This program is open to ISMA members and their staff for a fee of $4000 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.

ISMA members must be logged in to register.

Register Here

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] 


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.

Attendee Testimonials

  • “I would highly recommend this course and hope to come back again in the future. Thank you so much for an outstanding experience.”
  • “The professors challenged us to make good arguments for the decisions we made and did so in a fun and collaborative way.”
  • “Great course with high performing teachers and speakers.”
  • Past  attendees rank the program 9.6/10 for “improving [their] impact and effectiveness.”


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.


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

Rob Apatoff, Executive Director, Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute and Clinical Professor of Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management

David Austen-Smith, Peter G. Peterson Chair in Corporate Ethics and Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management and Director, Ford Motor Center for Global Citizenship

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners and Clinical Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management

Lauren Riverae, Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Brian Uzzi, Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change, Kellogg School of Management


ISMA-Kellogg Partnership

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.

ISMA offers two executive education courses for senior security leaders:
•    ISMA-Kellogg Course: Understanding Security as a Business Asset
•    ISMA-Kellogg Senior Executive Program: Leading Through Crises

Both courses offer security leaders and their 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 Crisis Management course builds upon the Strategic Leadership course. However, participants make take the courses in whichever order they choose


About Kellogg

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. 

Sample Schedule for in-person course.


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



8:30 a.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



8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.               Day Two Program Modules

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.                Dinner and Speaker in Chicago 



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

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            Required Debrief

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m             Lunch and Adjournment