Northwestern University

Faculty and Fellows


Faculty

Adam Goodman, Director
Todd Murphy, Associate Director

Staff

Annaleah Tubbin, Program Assistant

2013-2014 Leadership Fellows

Koshonna Brown
Theanne Griffith
Mara Gustafson
Tory Key
Andrew Lai
Jana Measells
Ella Washington
Nick Wengrenovich

2012-2013 Leadership Fellows

2011-2012 Leadership Fellows

2010-2011 Leadership Fellows

2009-2010 Leadership Fellows


Adam Goodman, Director
Professional Experience

Adam Goodman directs Northwestern University's Center for Leadership and is a faculty member in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science. He is also co-founder of Catapult, a University spin-off based on his research building a data intensive enterprise-wide web portal for leadership, coaching and teamwork assessment.  His previous roles include: a founding partner of the NorthStone Group, Executive Director of the University of Colorado's Leadership Institute and its Presidents Leadership Class, and Special Assistant to three University of Colorado Presidents.

Teaching and Research Interests

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 and Decision Making (School of Communication), in addition to helping develop The Leader as Coach (Kellogg School of Management). Goodman also conducts a yearlong seminar for Ph.D. students and high potential staff as part of the Center’s Leadership Fellowship program.

Past work includes a national survey of public sector leaders, the design of a national model leadership program, work with over 20 leadership programs from across the USA, and 6 Leadership Questions® (an assessment and learning tool).

In addition, Goodman has held numerous roles in leadership studies, including founding co-chair of the scholars’ 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.

Private and Public Sector Interests

An active consultant today and for over 25 years, he has advised over 150 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 or partner of three management consulting firms and a board member of Solbourne Computer Inc. until its acquisition by Deloitte.

Civic Interests

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 was 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.

On Learning About Leadership

"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, 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.”

Favorite Leadership Reading

Not Enough Generals Were Killed by Peter Drucker Everything you need to know about leadership in six pages by one of the best management thinkers of any background, age or experience.”

Three Personal Passions

“Playing with our dog, Jack; reading biographies; undermining conventional wisdom.”

Three Things That Need Work

“Learning how to sail, biking accident free, and reading fiction.”

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Todd Murphy, Associate Director

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.

Teaching and Research Interests
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.

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.” 


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Annaleah Tubbin, Program Assistant

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 recently completed 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...and chemistry.

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 serves as a Board Member and the Studio Manager for the newly-founded nonprofit Glenwood Dance Studio in Rogers Park.

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 (and despite) 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.”

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Koshonna Brown
Position at Northwestern

Ph.D. Candidate Microbiology-Immunology
Program Coordinator, Fellowship in Leadership

Teaching and Research Interests and Experience
Koshonna Brown is a doctoral student in Microbiology-Immunology. Her 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 various undergraduate and graduate courses. 

Other Professional and Civic Interests and Experience

When Koshonna is not busy in the lab, she is actively involved in encouraging students of color to pursue science education as a mentor with Northwestern's Science Club. This collaboration between the McCormick Boys & Girls Club allows junior and high school students the opportunity to design and conduct science experiments outside of the classroom. In addition, she is an avid community health advocate and currently volunteers with a coalition on the south side of Chicago to raise HPV and HPV vaccination awareness among adolescents and parents. Intrigued by the relationship between leadership and conflict, Koshonna is thankful for the opportunity to further explore this interest with the Center for Leadership.

Education

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.

Three Personal Passions

Being a Leo, Reading Autobiographies, Dancing my way through life

Three Things That Need Work

Patience, Road Rage, and Scheduling free time


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Theanne Griffith
Position at Northwestern

Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience (NUIN)

Teaching and Research Interests and Experience
Theanne is generally interested in understanding the various structure/function relationships that exist in the brain, from the molecular to circuit level. Currently, she is investigating the structural basis of kainate receptor modulation by the auxiliary subunits, Neto 1 and Neto 2. Theanne utilizes several different approaches to address this research question, including patch-clamp electrophysiology, confocal microscopy, and biochemical/molecular techniques. In addition to her research, Theanne served as a teaching assistant and laboratory instructor for the undergraduate Cell Biology/Physiology course offered here at Northwestern.

Other Professional and Civic Interests and Experience

Theanne has a strong interest in science outreach and improving access to quality science education for youth in underserved communities. To this end, she has worked as a Junior Science Club mentor here at Northwestern and also participated as a volunteer for the annual Brain Fair for Brain Awareness Week and in several before school neuroscience programs in local Chicago elementary schools. While an undergraduate, she also served as an Underrepresented Science Student Peer Mentor.

Education

Theanne received her B.A. with honors in Neuroscience and Spanish from Smith College in 2008. Before beginning her doctoral training, she conducted post-baccalaureate research for two years at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She also has a certificate in Management for Scientists and Engineers from the Kellogg School of Management.

Three Personal Passions

Education, Travel, and Photography

Three Things That Need Work

My first author publication, getting to the gym regularly, and my scientific writing skills


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Mara Gustafson
Position at Northwestern

Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology

Teaching and Research Interests and Experience
Mara currently conducts research with the Mental Health Services and Policy lab in Feinberg’s Clinical Psychology program.  Her research interests center on the factors that impact access to and utilization of behavioral healthcare in community settings.  Her primary research over the last several years has focused on barriers to service utilization among parents involved in child welfare services.  Mara also has particular intere  st in understanding the role of organizational culture and climate on service delivery in nonprofit and social service agencies.  She has been a teaching assistant for courses on group and organizational dynamics at the Family Institute and in the School of Education and Social Policy, and has helped guide the development of undergraduate research projects in the latter.

Other Professional and Civic Interests and Experience

Before coming to Northwestern, Mara served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit agency that advocated on behalf of foster children in the court system.  There, she became interested program evaluation and has enjoyed serving as an external project evaluator for nonprofit agencies since moving to Chicago.  She recently completed the certificate program in Management for Scientists and Engineers at Kellogg.

Education

Mara earned a B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Family Institute at Northwestern, and is currently a fifth year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology.

Favorite Leadership Reading

Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela

Three Personal Passions

Consuming culture, traveling to new places, spending time with friends and family

Three Things That Need Work

Practicing Spanish, my Scrabble game, and mindfulness


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Tory Key
Position at Northwestern

Coordinator, McCormick Office of Corporate Relations

Interests and Experience

Tory has been with the Northwestern community since 2011 serving as the Coordinator for the McCormick Office of Corporate Relations. In her role, she connects the McCormick School of Engineering with university communities and corporations to form mutually beneficial relationships for research, education and recruiting. She facilitates these relationships through personal service, dialogue and managing the connectivity between the university and the business community. Tory also serves as a liaison for the McCormick student organizations to the external community. She has worked very closely with these organizations and assisting them with corporate sponsorship and fundraising. She has a true passion for being a part of a team, and would like to continue her career in Higher Education by working closely with students and assisting them with their career development and leadership abilities.

Education

Tory earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from DePauw University in Indiana.

Three Personal Passions

Family, Networking, and Cooking

Three Things That Need Work

Creative writing, Travel, and Trying new things


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Andrew Lai
Position at Northwestern

Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering

Teaching and Research Interests and Experience

Andrew's research is focused on motor coordination and how the neuromuscular system adapts muscular coordination. His research uses perturbations of the musculoskeletal system (specifically motor point and nerve blocks) to understand how the central nervous system compensates for changes in biomechanics. Potential applications include improved stroke rehabilitation and design of controllers for natural and intuitive control of prostheses.

Other Professional and Civic Interests and Experience

Andrew is passionate about creating a community within organizations. Within the school of engineering,  he has been involved in the McCormick Graduate Leadership Council for three years, serving as both a member and a co-chair.

Education

Andrew earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College.

A Favorite Leadership Reading

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. This book is a classic in Taoist thinking. Though it may not typically be thought of as a leadership reading, this piece provides insights relevant to leading oneself toward a balanced life full of integrity, which is a prerequisite for successfully leading others.

Three Personal Passions

Ultimate Frisbee, contract bridge, reading a good book

Three Things That Need Work

Not eating out, piano, making time to take more deep breaths.


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Jana Measells
Position at Northwestern

Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research
PhD Candidate, History

Teaching and Research Interests and Experience
Jana’s specialty is nineteenth-century European intellectual history, and her primary interests are in conceptions and theories of human subjectivity.  Her current research focuses on alternative conceptions to homo economicus in economic thought in Europe, especially Germany, before the rise of modern neoclassical economics. She has been a Teaching Assistant for numerous courses in European history and Gender Studies, and has taught courses on modern political ideologies, the politics of sexuality, feminist theory and economics, women’s economic history, and Weimar & Nazi Germany.

Other Professional and Civic Interests and Experience

Jana is passionate about helping students engage in meaningful experiences beyond the classroom. In her work as an advisor for Provost Office grant programs, and now in the recently-formed Office of Undergraduate Research, she works closely with students to identify opportunities that fit their interests and mentors students on all aspects of grant writing.

Education

Jana earned her B.A. in History and Philosophy and M.A. in History from the University of Memphis.

Three Personal Passions

My dogs, reading about cognition, running

Three Things That Need Work

Guitar, staying injury free, making time to write


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Ella Washington
Position at Northwestern

Ph.D. Candidate Management and Organziations

Teaching and Research Interests and Experience
Ella’s research and teaching experiences explore leadership and diversity in organizations. In particular, Ella is interested in closing the disparities in leadership positions for women and minorities in organizations. She has been a teaching assistant in the Leadership in Management classes in Kellogg School of Management since 2011.

Other Professional and Civic Interests and Experience

Ella is on the executive board of the Advance Degree Consulting Alliance organization as the Personal Development Officer. The mission of the organization is to expose graduate students to various career possibilities their graduate degree may afford them.  She is also involved in the Black Graduate Students Association at Northwestern.

Education

Ella received her B.A. in Psychology from Spelman, College in 2010 and M.S. in Management and Organizations from Kellogg School of Management in 2012.

A Favorite Leadership Reading

True North, by Bill George and Peter Sims.

Three Personal Passions

Travel, Running and Reading

Three Things That Need Work

Golf game, 10 mile race time, New recipes for cooking!


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Nick Wengrenovich
Position at Northwestern

Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching and Research Interests and Experience

Within Material Science and Engineering, Nick researches in metallurgy, focusing specifically on the computational design and experimental validation of blast resistant steels. The main goal for his research is to increase fragment penetration resistance for the steel hulls of US Navy Warships. Utilizing materials design tools, he is exploiting the transformation induced plasticity effect to engineer higher performance steel alloys than those currently in service. Nick’s teaching experience comes from serving as the technical advisor and team building coach for several undergraduate materials design teams at the senior and freshman level. These teams have created new steel alloy compositions for blast protection, designed blast resistant trash cans to prevent terrorist attacks, developed a testing plan for high strain rate shear deformation, advanced processing techniques for creating ultra-hard steel in sword blades, and investigated mining steel out of simulated moon rock.

Other Professional and Civic Interests and Experience

Nick is pursuing certification as a Professional Engineer and has completed the Fundamentals of Engineering General Exam to attain this goal. He is also a member of Material Advantage, which provides membership to several Professional Materials Societies.

He is active in many organizations that lead towards the strengthening of his faith, including acting as Social Chair and Treasurer of the Graduate Student and Young Adult group (GYA) and serving as Head Sacristan at the Sheil Catholic Center.

Finally, he enjoys working as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America where he is able to impart outdoor and life skills to youth through the organization that helped define his character. He also enjoys helping the Scouts in his District become fellow Eagle Scouts.

Education

Nick joined the Olson Group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern in the fall of 2011, after obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY.

A Favorite Leadership Reading

“What Leaders Really Do” by John P. Kotter. This article illuminates the difference between being an effective manager and an accomplished leader and poses the need for a leadership-centered culture.

Three Personal Passions

The Great Outdoors, Faith, and Food

Three Things That Need Work

Writing, networking, and taking time to rest


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