Course Description

How to meet the unique challenges of operating in a university setting

Running a core facility successfully requires both a strong set of business management skills and deep insights into the nuances of leadership in a university setting. This four-day executive learning experience focuses specifically on helping you enhance your business and management skills and developing the leadership capacity to run your operation more effectively.

In this hands-on program, you’ll expand your knowledge and learn new approaches to leadership as you practice applying them to a challenge in your own organization. You’ll develop a team orientation that will enable you to engage your teams more effectively. You’ll leave this program with a deep understanding of your individual strengths and how to leverage them to meet difficult challenges and seize new opportunities.
Grow your ability to master the competitive landscape


Who Should Attend
Directors, managers and business administrators overseeing university or nonprofit core facilities


Key Benefits
Understand key management concepts including leadership, finance, pricing strategies, marketing and others
Learn to think strategically about your facility and identify important concepts you can apply to build the organization, increase stability and enhance growth
Build a network of peers and mentors to support continued professional growth and development
Acquire new knowledge and skills for strengthening your organization’s capacity to meet the challenges of a changing competitive landscape
Program Content
The curriculum will address the unique challenges of operating in a University setting while applying business principles to ensure management success.


Leadership Topics:

Strong organizational culture
Strengths-based leadership
Team building
Management Topics


Creating your value proposition

Managerial accounting
Marketing and consumer behavior
Pricing strategies
Creating market value
Intellectual property and innovation
Practical Application


Apply new learning from the program to a project within your facility
Discuss the applications of the learning in small peer group sessions
Present your project for review and analysis by faculty and industry experts


Jennifer Paul - Academic Director; Director, Nonprofit Executive Programs, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management
Gail Berger Darlow - Assistant Professor of Instruction, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering; Assistant Professor of Executive Education
Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Leadership, Kellogg School of Management
Alexander Chernev - Professor of Marketing
James Gerard Conley - Clinical Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Mark Finn - Clinical Professor of Accounting Information & Management
Aparna Labroo - Professor of Marketing
Loran Nordgren - Associate Professor of Management & Organizations
Aaron Rosen - Senior Financial Analyst, Core Facilities Administration, Northwestern University


Fees & Accommodations
Location: Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.


Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.


Travel Assistance

iLab has generously provided two travel assistance scholarships for $500 each. To apply, please contact Phil Hockberger:


Hospitality during the Program

We strive to provide healthy meal choices for our participants for breakfast, lunch and breaks. We typically provide a range of choices, including some vegetarian-friendly and gluten-avoidant selections. We cannot meet all dietary preferences, but we will do our best to accommodate health restrictions, religious restrictions and food allergies.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.


Cancellation Policy:

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

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Chicago, IL