Adam Goodman directs Northwestern University's Center for Leadership and is a faculty member in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. His previous roles include: a founding partner of the NorthStone Group, CEO of the University of Colorado's Leadership Institute and its Presidents Leadership Class, and Special Assistant to three University of Colorado Presidents.
Goodman focuses on the fundamentals of leadership and how people learn to become more effective leaders. His courses include Field Study in Leadership (McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science) and Team Leadership in Decision Making (School of Communication), in addition to The Leader as Coach (an experimental course in the Kellogg School of Management). Goodman is also a frequent guest lecturer in other courses and programs. His current projects include the development of 6 Leadership Questions® (an assessment and learning tool), a data intensive enterprise-wide web portal for leadership and teamwork assessments, and training programs for leadership coaching. Past work includes a national survey of public sector leaders, the design of a national model leadership program, and work with over 20 leadership programs from across the USA.
In addition, Goodman has held numerous roles in leadership studies, including founding co-chair of the research section of the International Leadership Association and distinguished visiting professor at Johnson & Wales University. His work has been recognized and supported by organizations that include the Adolph Coors Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation, and IBM Corp.
An active consultant today and for over 25 years, he has advised over 100 CEOs, senior officers, executive teams and boards of directors and given hundreds of invited speeches and workshops in the United States and around the world. Clients include the American Library Association-Public Library Association, Ball Corp., the Government of Canada, Drupal, Kaiser Permanente, the National Association of State Budget Officers, Navigant, New Belgium Brewing, and TIAA-CREF. He was co-founder of partner of three management consulting firms and a board member of Solbourne Computer Inc. unti its acquisition by Deloitte.
Goodman is an active and long-time community volunteer, including work with the Youth Job Center, Room to Read (founded by Northwestern alum John Wood), the University of Colorado, and Johnson & Wales University. He is also a home building volunteer in Juarez, Mexico. Throughout his career, Goodman has mentored emerging leaders and connected them with experienced leaders in the private, public and non-profit communities. He sponsored countless internships and established other programs to introduce college and high school students to many of the most challenging issues of the day including health care, building healthy communities, economic and international development, and criminal justice.
As a Presidential Fellow at the University of Colorado he earned a master's degree in management and, later, a Ph.D. in leadership from the Graduate School of Public Affairs.
"People work every day to improve their leadership (and the leadership of those around them). There's a lot of material to draw from: articles, books, videos, assessments and on-line content. Much of this material describes desired leadership abilities such as 'put first things first,' 'encourage the heart,' and 'take risks.' The goal is to get people to adopt the author's abilities for effective leadership."
“However, as leaders learn about and work to apply these abilities, they discover at least two hurdles that make true mastery largely unattainable. First, adopting someone else's universal list of abilities is more often than not a poor fit. Like designer clothes, they look great on the model but are lumpy in all the wrong places when others put them on. The result is new leadership behaviors that are impossible to sustain because they're just not comfortable. Second, there are far too many examples of great leaders and leadership that are contradictory. For every leader whose charisma and conviction created unqualified success I can find a leader whose humility and adaptability or whose work ethic and focus on quality led to success. What researchers like me have long suspected really is true: there's no leadership grail, set of universal abilities, essential laws or similar nonsense. So, stop looking at others and develop your own abilities.”
“Not Enough Generals Were Killed by Peter Drucker… Everything you need to know about leadership in 6 pages by one of the best management thinkers of any background, age or experience.”
“Mini Coopers, dessert of any kind, undermining conventional wisdom.”
“Learning how to sail, biking accident free, and reading fiction.”
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Todd Murphy is the Associate Director of Northwestern University's Center for Leadership and a faculty member in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. Previously, he taught in the School of Communication and was an Academic Advisor in the Athletic Department. During his time as a Northwestern grad student, he was a lab instructor in the Undergraduate Leadership Program (ULP), the precursor to the Center for Leadership, and earned his Ph.D. under Paul Arntson, ULP’s founder.
Murphy focuses on equipping leaders to mobilize individual differences in order to maximize team performance. This is built on his research into the effects of surface-level and deep-level diversity on team dynamics. His courses include Paradigms and Strategies of Leadership (McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science), Field Study in Leadership (McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science), Team Leadership and Decision Making (School of Communication), as well as Leader as Coach (an experimental course in the Kellogg School of Management). His current projects include leading ULP, establishing a global strategy for the Center (beginning with initiatives in Rwanda and Liberia), and advising Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine on curricular approaches to teamwork and leadership. Additionally, he recently established a partnership with The New York Times to create and launch the Leadership Ambassadors program, securing Northwestern's place as the first site for such a program and as the prototype for this program at other universities in the future.
Through his creation of the Center’s Leadership Ventures program, Murphy helps students launch projects that give back to the NU and Evanston communities as they continue their leadership development. Notable projects include the creation of NU Channel One (NUCH1), Northwestern’s own student-run web channel, and Evanston After School, a web site that serves as a resource for parents seeking extracurricular programs in the Evanston community. He also conceived and launched the Alderman Internship Program, which places undergrads in offices of Evanston Aldermen and city officers, giving them firsthand exposure and experience in local municipal government and leadership.
Private and Public Sector Interests
In addition to his Ph.D., Todd has a Master of Divinity degree and is an ordained Anglican Priest, serving at a parish in Gainesville, Florida for two years. His church and non-profit interests have led him to tutor children on the south side of Chicago, work projects in rural Mississippi and civil war-torn Guatemala, along with local volunteer work for Misericordia and Natural Ties.
On Learning About Leadership
“I have a habit of reducing my thoughts on leadership development to short sayings. I suppose it is a way of adapting to a world of texting, twittering and short attention spans. Here are a few that I find myself using most often:
‘The Center for Leadership is a launching pad, not a factory.’ - Many programs make the implicit (and sometimes explicit) claim that they ‘produce leaders’, as if it were as simple as setting up a machine and turning a crank. In my experience, each person is too unique and leadership too nuanced for this approach to begin to tap into the potential of what could be. Hence, we don’t attempt to “produce leaders”, as if our students were Model T’s. Rather, we walk with them through a collaborative and ongoing process that enables them to become the leader they were designed to be. When students finish our program, this process has only begun. Our goal is to set them on an arc of development that will continue over a lifetime.
‘Develop yourself, not your resume.’ – If leadership is to be effective and sustained, it must come out of who you are. To lead out of who you are, you must know who you are. There was a time when the person defined the resume. Too many people now approach life as if the resume defines the person. Thus, they spend their energy adding to a laundry list of titles and credentials without ever looking inside themselves to know and develop who they are. If you focus on developing yourself as a leader, the resume will follow.
‘Life rarely works out the way we expect. When it does, it is usually because we have traded possibility for control.’ – Risk is an essential ingredient for achieving your dreams.
‘Releasing creativity and wisdom to build a better world.’ – This is my unofficial vision statement for the Center for Leadership. At the end of day, all we really do is help students tap into what has been inside of them all along, so that they can help others do the same. Doing so allows us to have a part in creating a better future.”
Favorite Leadership Reading
The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter Drucker…The tag line for the Center for Leadership is “Where Questions Lead”. This is a powerful example of why.
Three Personal Passions
“My family, The Baltimore Orioles, and a fine steak from any of Chicago's great chop houses.”
Three Things That Need Work
“My tan, my hairline, and my waistline.”
Annaleah is the Program Assistant for the Center of Leadership and the Center for Civic Engagement. Before joining the team at 1813 Hinman, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Residential Life department within Residential Services. She earned her B.S. in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon, and is currently adding the finishing touches to her thesis to complete her M.A. in Liberal Studies through SCS at Northwestern.
Teaching and Research Interests and Experience
Annaleah co-taught an introductory class for freshman through the First Year Programs department at UO and also taught musical theatre to children and adults for three years. Her long-term career goal is to be a high school biology teacher, but she is enjoying taking a hiatus from teaching to learn more about students from an administrative viewpoint. Annaleah’s current research surrounds musical theatre representations of the American family post-World War II.
Civic Interests and Experience
An active member of the Campus Advisory Network, Annaleah has helped facilitate several Safe Space trainings and is an ally of the LGBT community. She also has a passion for animals and the environment, and volunteers with Tree House Humane Society, a cage-less, kill-free cat shelter in Chicago.
Favorite Leadership Reading
Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic. “Technically, it’s not a leadership text, but Brecht epically influenced the course of theatre throughout the 20th century. He is a great example of the successful pursuit of new ideas within an extremely traditional framework.”
Three Personal Passions
“Singing/dancing, learning (about everything) and the Pacific Northwest.”
Three Things That Need Work
“My guitar skills, Svenska (I want to learn Swedish) and my turnout.”
Ph.D. student in Robotics
Ph.D. Candidate Microbiology-Immunology
Program Coordinator, Fellowship in Leadership
Koshonna’s research investigates the role of viral proteins in mediating herpesvirus fusion and entry. Koshonna has tutored math and science tutor for seven years, organized undergraduate biology labs, and served as a teaching assistant for her program’s graduate level Cell Biology course. She is currently a Teaching Assistant Fellow with Northwestern’s Searle Teaching Center.
Koshonna is actively involved in encouraging students of color to pursue higher education. As a member of the Northwestern Science Speaker Corps, she uses her current research to inspire high school. Koshonna holds a three-year presidency with Northwestern’s Chicago Campus Students of Color organization. An organization designed to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented graduate students at Northwestern. In addition to her campus-related positions, she is passionate about science and HIV prevention volunteering as a health educator with K.I. Health Services.
Koshonna earned a Bachelors of Science from Howard University, and is currently in her fifth year of a dual Masters in Public Health and PhD in Microbiology-Immunology program.
Being a Leo, Reading Autobiographies, Dancing my way through life
Patience, Communication, Road Rage
Director, Campus Inclusion and Community
Associate Director of Residential Services
Mark has spent his entire adult life as part of either Residential Life or University Housing (and now Residential Services) at Northwestern University, having started as a security monitor in his residence hall as a freshman. Now in his 33rd year at Northwestern (in one capacity or another), he sees his role as more than just an administrator, and works to help further student education outside of the classroom. Striving to be the person he wishes he had encountered while he was a student at Northwestern, Mark actively engages with students on a day-to-day basis to empower them to make their own choices and decisions. He has been an active Faculty Fellow at four of Northwestern’s eleven residential colleges, and has served as Associate Master of Willard Residential College.
Mark is a member of the Association of College & University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I), and helped establish the new ACUHO-I Housing Assignments Committee. He has served as Chair of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee (ASAAC) at Northwestern and has volunteered as both a staff and student mentor.. Outside of Northwestern, Mark has served on the Board of Directors for numerous community theatres, and is currently the Treasurer of a fledgling not-for-profit theatre company.
Mark earned both his Master of Science in Communication and B.S. in Theatre Northwestern University.
Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader by Robert J. Thomas
Being creative, family, and history
“Finding time for a vacation, my overly-neglected guitar, and my storage unit.”
Associate Director of International Executive MBA Programs at the Kellogg School of Management
Jennifer’s teaching and research interests primarily concern U.S. foreign policy. In particular, Jennifer has researched the policy implications for seemingly contradictory forms of U.S. aid: democracy/governance aid & military aid in dictatorial settings.
Jennifer’s passion is international education – in all its forms. She has worked at several different university settings on international projects ranging in focus from large groups of high school students from Japan to events to support women’s rights in Iraq. Before joining Northwestern, Jennifer spent a year working in Cairo, Egypt, where she advised and coached students applying to U.S. universities. She still enjoys participating in that work whenever she can, by volunteering to review application essays. Jennifer is also a proud member of the Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW).
Jennifer earned her M.A. in Social Sciences with a concentration in Political Science from the University of Chicago. She received her B.A. in Political Science & Women’s Studies from DePaul University.
“What Makes a Leader” by Daniel Goleman. This article describes the relationship between successful leadership and emotional intelligence. The focus on the social dimension of leadership gets to the heart of what drives people to willingly and wholeheartedly follow the vision of a leader.
Travel, gender equality, and espresso drinks
Violin, creative activities, and cooking
Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering
Zhenyu's research interest is in nano scale electro-optical devices and in enhancement of electrical-to-optical conversion efficiency in devices. Two most recent projects which he is working on are: 1) Next generation All-optical integrated circuits. As the energy loss accumulates exponentially with respect to the number of interconnections in a device (electronic device, e.g., an i7 CPU, has 731 million transistors), the design can reduce the energy loss significantly. 2) High-power high-performance diode laser array. This new design employs the idea of combining optical waveguide array and curved reflectors to construct efficient high-power diode lasers therefore enhances the sustainability of manufacturing industry.
Zhenyu has extensive teaching experience at Northwestern University. He was Teaching Assistant for 9 different courses in School of Physics, Engineering, Philosophy and Continuing Studies.
Zhenyu currently serves as co-president of Advanced Degree Consulting Alliance at Northwestern, a student group that provides resources and helps advanced degree students enter a career in strategic or discipline-specific consulting. Previously, he served as co-chair of Northwestern University Chinese Students and Scholars Association. In addition, he was co-founded of a clean energy startup company founded by a group of graduate and MBA students at Northwestern.
Zhenyu earned a B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Economics from Peking University. He also has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. In addition, he has a Certificate in Sustainability and Energy from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms and All Men Are Brothers, two great classical novels of Chinese literature
Reading biographies & memoirs, photography, and sports
My dissertation, gym, and public speaking
5th Year Ph.D. Candidate Chemical Engineering
Program Coordinator, Fellowship in Leadership
Sabil's research interest is in using self-assembly at the nano-scale to develop medical devices, tools and therapeutics. He is currently working with Professor Bartosz A. Grzybowski to create uniquely patterned substrates to create devices which can aid rational drug discovery for cancer therapeutics. Before joining NU, Sabil has worked with researchers at North Carolina State University to develop high-sensitivity assays for protein detection. In addition, he worked with Professor Angela Leuking at the Pennsylvania State University to develop methods which will allow carbon nano-tubes to be used for hydrogen storage.
Sabil's passion for helping students develop authentic career paths has led him to become involved with multiple student organizations across Northwestern University. He is a founding member of the Northwestern University Advanced Degree Consulting Association and also a member of the group's Executive Board. He is currently working across organizations to start a series of symposiums which will focus on developing graduate students for non-academic careers.
Sabil earned a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He also has a Masters in Bitoechnology from Northwestern University. In addition, he has a Certificate in Management for Scientists and Engineers from the Kellogg School of Management.
A Time for Outrage, by Stéphane Hessel. This book is written by someone who not only fought in the second World War but was essential in restoring peace and democracy to the world in its aftermath. The book serves as a call to arms for people who are passionate about humanity and leading a life with morals regardless of religious and political associations.
Reading about history and philosophy, Music, Studying Culture
Writing, Networking, Finding time for the gym
PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama (IPTD)
Lisa’s research explores how nineteenth-century British actresses engaged in reputation management and the rise of celebrity culture through participation in philanthropy, advertisement, and autobiographical presentation of self. She is also interested in 20th century British comedy and politically engaged theatre of the early 20th century. She has taught freshmen and upper level seminars for the Theatre Department and been a TA for the English Department at Northwestern. She is currently a graduate assistant at the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence.
Lisa is currently a graduate fellow at Chapin Humanities Residential College and a Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory (NUDHL) scholar. She is an active member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Chicago Alumni Association (go Tar Heels!!) and has previously served as social chair of the Graduate Student Association at Northwestern.
Lisa earned a BA in Theatre Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also working on a Gender Studies certificate at Northwestern.
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy. This is a beautifully written autobiographical book about a college basketball team with a lot of potential that just could not live up to it’s hype and a young man who learned a lot about life and leadership from his good and bad experiences as a senior leader on this team.
Sailing, coffee, travel
My dissertation, my cooking skills, finding time for exercise that doesn’t involve racing sailboats
Ph.D. Candidate in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
Within the broad field of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Peter’s research focuses on nonparametric statistical methods and stochastic simulation, mainly on the design and analysis of efficient and accurate simulation procedures. The main applications of Peter’s research are financial engineering and production and manufacturing systems. With the growing complexity of industrial systems, simulation is essential to their study and analysis.
Peter has extensive experience teaching and tutoring undergraduates in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. He was a tutor and teaching assistant for two years as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and continues his passion for helping other students achieve their goals in the fields of mathematics and engineering. As a graduate student at Northwestern, Peter helped teach a primer course on mathematics for incoming graduate students in his department, and expects to TA courses on simulation in the near future.
Peter is currently a member of the McCormick Graduate Leadership Council (MGLC). As a member of the MGLC, he has organized three events for the graduate students of the McCormick School of Engineering; including the Fall graduate student social event, the McCormick Graduate Student Art Fair, and the Dean’s lecture series. Last year, Peter served as one of the department representatives on the Advanced Degree Consulting Alliance, for the IEMS department. Throughout his experiences, Peter strives to promote higher education in mathematics and engineering.
Peter joined the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern in the fall of 2010, after obtaining his Masters in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley, Peter received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
True North, by Bill George and Peter Sims.
Family and friends, traveling, and research
Balancing work and life, cooking, and getting enough sleep
Staff Psychologist/Assistant Director for Training at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Jod was involved in research at the intersection of psychology, community-based prevention, behavioral interventions, and public health. His research projects included smoking cessation, sexualities, HIV risk reduction and prevention, behavioral risks among disenfranchised communities, social prejudices, and college mental-health needs, with an emphasis in Asian-American and GLBTQ students. He was an International Scholar at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and his collaboration with UCSF led to papers presented at three International Conferences on AIDS. He was among authors from more than 60 countries whose chapters were published in the Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. After graduate school, he was an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago for six years, as he taught a course on crisis intervention methods for undergraduate paraprofessionals. He taught a class on cognitive-behavioral therapies for doctoral students at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Sexual Health.
Jod is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois. Having been a clinician in the university counseling center setting since 1999, his clinical work has included individual and group psychotherapy, assessment, crisis intervention, and advocacy. In his 7 years of leadership at a community crisis hotline in Chicago, his responsibilities were both clinical and administrative (the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, mentoring, advising of paraprofessional volunteers, and fundraising). He was on the Advisory Board for UIC’s Asian American Resource and Cultural Center and for UIC’s Office of GLBT Concerns. In his current role as the Assistant Director for Training at Northwestern’s CAPS, Jod gets to exercise his passion for psychology training and supervision as he coordinates three levels of psychology training programs for graduate students in psychology. He oversees the APA-Accredited internship program, and supervises doctoral students from a developmental, multicultural, and feminist framework. He is active in the national organization for internship training directors at university counseling centers (Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies; ACCTA) where he served on the Board of Directors for two years. Selected as an ACCTA Diversity Scholar in 2006, he later co-chaired the Diversity Mentorship Scholarship Program.
Jod earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his doctoral internship at the UIC Counseling Center.
What Makes a Leader, by Daniel Goleman underscores emotional intelligence as a crucial quality of effective leaders, and as you wonder how you might get some of that good stuff, he comprehensively summarizes EI’s components for you.e
Food, graphic design (“Is that Helvetica on the Center for Leadership logo?”), and traveling
Capitalizing on my strengths, making peace with my weaknesses, and keeping a tidy desk
Ph.D. Candidate Management and Organziations
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
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