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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.”
“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.”
“Playing with our dog, Jack; reading biographies; 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.
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. She previously worked part time for both CFL 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 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 currently teaches Musical Theatre and Tap at Glenwood Dance Studio. 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 song and dance interpretations of the lies we tell ourselves...and chemistry.
Civic Interests and Experience
A 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 nonprofit Glenwood Dance Studio in Rogers Park, as well as Board Member, Choreographer and Casting Director of the nonprofit theatre company Duplicity Ensemble.
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.”
Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering
Deniz’s current research is on bridging the gap between theory and experiments for non-spherical gold nanoparticles. Basically, she makes anisotropic particles via colloidal polyol synthesis and builds (working on it!) predictive models to explain why those shapes are the way they are, and how they are useful in sensing or catalysis applications. Her favorite instrument is Transmission Electron Microscope, and she has enjoyed being a teaching assistant for the introductory course on electron microscopy twice.
Deniz has also mentored teams of students, and, more recently, a high school teacher on the topics of nanoscience and nanotechnology. She is very interested in developing skills that help her be a better science communicator through such educational outreach opportunities.
Deniz joined the ranks of volunteer graduate student leaders at Northwestern in her first year, where she was the treasurer of Queer Pride Graduate Student Association (QPGSA). She helped with the book keepings of QPGSA for two years and became the co-president in her third year.
She became involved with then Graduate Leadership Council as a delegate from QPGSA in her first year. Three years later, Deniz is now the president of Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council, an organization that acts as a liaison between TGS and graduate students. She co-leads with a five-member board, and the Council currently has over 40 members who represent student organizations as well as departments.
After moving to US from Turkey, Deniz became fascinated by the concept of “policy-making”, and is extremely interested in both science policy and sustainable immigration policy. To that end, she has worked with National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) that is a very active advocate on both issues. Along with her QPGSA co-president, Deniz organized two conferences for NAGPS and attended two Hill day events where she met with the legislative staff of IL congresspeople and senators to bring awareness to issues such as science funding and skilled immigration reform.
Deniz is an alumna of American Robert College in Istanbul. She got her BS in Materials Science and Engineering at Sabanci University, Istanbul, with a minor in Chemistry.
Making movies, Tango dancing, backpacking
Waking up early, time management, Tango dancing
Associate Director, Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Medill School-Northwestern University
Julie Collins’ professional career has always been in education. Her first role after graduate school was in museum education at The Field Museum (of Natural History) as a Program Manager in the Education Department and then later, the Education Curator for The Mary and Leigh Block Museum-Northwestern University. Julie was greatly influenced by object-based learning and experiential education during her time in museum education. In a career shift to higher education administration, Julie worked in the Chicago Financial Aid Office, then the Kellogg School of Management’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid and currently the Associate Director, in the Office of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid, at the Medill school. Julie’s interests also include how students from diverse backgrounds successfully transition to graduate school and post graduate careers. Julie is looking forward to the year as a Fellow.
Professional memberships: National Association of Black Journalist and National Association of Financial Aid Administrators. Community/Civic Interests and Experiences: Religious Education Instructor-St. Nicholas Catholic Church; Client Aid-Rice Children Home and Aid Society and served on the City of Evanston’s Arts Council.
Julie earned a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in International Relations from Western Illinois University.
My family, serving others and enjoying life.
My Spanish, backhand and book addiction.
Assistant Director of Student Life, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
Nate has been with the Northwestern University community since January 2014 as an Assistant Director of Student Life with a specific focus of Integrated Marketing Communication graduate and undergraduate students. He supports students outside the classroom from orientation to graduation and everything in between. These functions include advising, registration, event planning, leadership development, involvement, and community building. Nate also holds the position of Chapter President on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Alumni Association – Chicago Chapter. He has a great interest in developing leaders and strengthening student connections to their university.
Nate earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master of Science in Higher Education-Student Affairs from Kaplan University.
Sports, Theatre, Family
Taking time to cook, networking, writing
PhD Candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering
James studies the diverse array of chemicals and materials that are naturally constructed by living cells. He uses computational tools to predict novel chemical conversions which are catalyzed by enzymes and builds databases to store the resulting reaction networks. Exploring these networks reveals novel metabolites and biosynthetic pathways for many chemicals which are challenging to generate with traditional organic synthesis. He has also enjoyed serving as a teaching assistant for Master in Biotechnology course in Kinetics, Energetics & Bioreactor Design and mentoring undergraduate researchers in cheminformatics.
James has helped bring members of his department together for social and professional development events as a member of the Graduate Student Forum and a representative on the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council. He also enjoys serving his community as a tax preparer for the Center for Economic Progress and a tutor for Evanston Township High School.
James holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN.
Weightlifting, Grilling & Trivia
Writing, Reflection & my 5K time
Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering
Chang's research is focused on congestion market pricing and investment. Her research uses game theory and optimization tools to study competition with shared wireless spectrum aiming at finding the optimal strategy for wireless service providers under diverse policy regulations. She has broad interests from quantitative modeling, networking to data science.
Chang is passionate about student community building. She is the president of GWAN (Graduate Women Across Northwestern) as well as the president of GEECS (Graduates of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). She enjoys making friends and loves the graduate school at Northwestern.
Chang earned a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
Zumba, travel, reading
Piano, swimming, cooking
Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience (NUIN)
Meriel is interested in applying principles of neural plasticity to problems in clinical neuroscience. At Northwestern, she has focused on trying to understand abnormal movement patterns that emerge following stroke. Her doctoral work involves utilizing neuroimaging and robotic techniques to understand how ischemic brain damage leads to specific motor impairments. She is also passionate about teaching. Over the last few years, she has served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate level Physiology, and graduate level Neuroscience.
Meriel has a strong interest in community outreach. While in Chicago, she has served as a volunteer for the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon, Habitat for Humanity, PAWS (pets are worth saving), Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Chicago Lights. She has tutored high school biology, and she currently serves as a mentor to a 2nd grader from West Side Chicago.
She is also interested in entrepreneurship in science. She is currently an officer in Northwestern's NU Edge group, which is dedicated to exposing students to biotechnology-related opportunities and issues, through interactive seminars, networking events and other creative formats.
Meriel received her B.A. with honors in Cognitive Science from University of California, Berkeley. Before beginning her doctoral training, she received an MSc from University College London in Clinical Neuroscience.
Staying active, cooking, traveling
A first author publication, my tennis skills, learning Spanish
Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering
Corey is generally interested in understanding how to interface prosthetics with the nervous system to restore function in individuals who have lost it through disease or injury. Currently, he is working on the development of a neurotransmitter-based retinal prosthesis to treat photoreceptor degenerative diseases, which currently leave millions blind around the world. To achieve this goal, Corey is working closely with collaborators at the University of Illinois Chicago to combine electrophysiology, microscopy, and microfluidics to stimulate retinal neurons with the neurotransmitter L-glutamic acid. Corey is also serving as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate Neurophysiology course at Northwestern.
Before coming to Northwestern, Corey worked closely with Rice University's Rice 360˚ Institute for Global Health Technologies, which is a program that strives to design and introduce low-cost medical technologies to developing countries. Corey worked to engineer several technologies designed to provide a modern infant nursery in low-resource settings, including an infant incubator and a phototherapy light system.
Corey joined the Troy Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern in the fall of 2011, after obtaining both his Bachelor of Science (2010) and Masters (2011) in Bioengineering from Rice University, in Houston, TX.
True North, by Bill George and Peter Sims.
Tennis, The Great Outdoors, and cycling
Networking, getting to the gym more often, and my writing skills
Associate Director, Study Abroad Office
After studying abroad, teaching, and working in France and for French organizations in the Chicagoland area, Alicia has been employed in the education abroad field for over ten years. She joined Northwestern University’s Study Abroad Office in 2008 and is thrilled to be part of a team that is dedicated to making study abroad accessible to all undergraduates who wish to participate and helping them identify programs that will be the best fit for them. She oversees the office’s operations and advises students who are interested in studying in Asia, Turkey and the Czech Republic throughout the prospective, applicant, pre-departure and re-entry stages. She’s an ex-officio member of Northwestern’s faculty-led University Study Abroad Committee, a member of AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and currently serves on the SIT Partnership Council as well as the Forum on Education Abroad’s Advocacy Committee.
In addition to her experience in international education, Alicia contributes to the Northwestern community through her service as a Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Advisor, a member of the Advisory Council for the Office of Fellowships, and a University Hearing and Appeals System panel member. She is participating in the 2014-2015 Change Makers program and looks forward to helping create a more inclusive environment at Northwestern. She also enjoys volunteering for the Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission and the Perkins Woods Forest Preserve in Evanston.
Alicia earned a M.A./M.S. in International Public Service Management from DePaul University and a B.A. in French from Rice University. As an undergraduate, she participated in a language-intensive summer program for international students at the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne followed by the IES Abroad Paris French Studies full-year program.
Enjoying close family bonds, live music, and long walks (especially in the Northwoods)
Enhancing my shrinking French vocabulary, knowledge of Asia, and storytelling skills
Ph.D. Candidate Biological Anthropology
Paula’s research brings her to indigenous communities in the Amazon Rainforest where she studies how rapid lifestyle changes are influencing health and wellbeing. She has been visiting and working in indigenous Amazonian communities for more than a decade, with field experience in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. When in Chicago, she enjoys teaching a range of topics from physical anthropology to survival skills.
Paula is a guide for the Intercultural Explorers program, where she works with international graduate students to learn about the fun things to do in Chicago and American culture in general. She looks forward to joining the Andes-Amazon team in the Science Action Center of the Field Museum of Natural History as a research associate in the summer of 2015.
Paula earned her B.A. in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins in 2008 and her M.A. in Biological Anthropology from Northwestern in 2012. She will graduate with her Ph.D. in June of 2015.
Yoga, nature, and cooking for my fiancé
Not being a fusspot when things don’t go my way, organizing all my papers, and new recipes for cooking!
Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular Biosciences
Keila grew up in Florida, Ireland, and Puerto Rico, and she earned her B.A. in Biochemistry from Wellesley College. Since 2012, Keila has been a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Sadie Wignall, where Keila studies meiosis in oocytes. Understanding and improving meiotic fidelity could potentially extend the window of female fertility, a topic Keila finds fascinating. She is preparing her first article for publication on the mechanisms of chromosome segregation in C. elegans oocyte meiosis. Keila was the recipient of the NIH Biotechnology Training Grant, and she has also been the Teaching Assistant for undergraduate Biochemistry and Cell Biology courses at Northwestern.
Keila has been an active member of the Graduate Student Association for Latino and Spanish Activities (G-SALSA) since arriving at Northwestern, being the Secretary, Treasurer, President, and now Vice-President. She is also very active in the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council (GLAC), serving as Co-Chair and now as Survey Coordinator. Keila has taken a number of courses at Kellogg, in addition to her scientific courses. She also enjoys productive and/or fun nights that turn into early mornings, dancing, and meeting new people.
Keila double-majored in Biochemistry and Economics at Wellesley College. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Molecular Biosciences department at Northwestern University.
Listening to audiobooks while on her microscope, tête-à-têtes, and dragging folks out salsa dancing.
Keeping her list of WWII fun facts to herself, reviving her Irish accent, and spending more time at home.
Director of Programs at the Women’s Center at Northwestern University
Throughout her career, Alecia has worked to make a difference in people’s lives. From leading volunteers providing free legal services to creating an innovative program to address inclusion in higher education, she has gained essential on the ground skills in non profit, legal services and higher education environments over the past 20 years. The thread through all of Alecia’s work has been advocacy for people with marginalized identities. From child advocacy to racial justice, creating opportunities for real change and impact has been at her core. At Northwestern's Women's Center, she has utilized those skills to lead change around equity and inclusion through developing workshops, and creating the Change Makers program which challenges staff and faculty to dialogue across identity and then lead change in their department or unit. Before coming to Northwestern, Alecia worked as a legal aid attorney representing children and families around guardianship, special education and family law issues. She has also managed and facilitated programs for low income children of color.
Alecia is currently a member of the Evanston/North Shore YWCA's Steering Committee for the Understanding Race Exhibit. She is a long time member of the Administrative Review Panel for the United States Anti-Doping Agency. She is a former chair of the ISBA Child Law Section and has served on the boards of the Chicago Girls’ Coalition and the Girls’ Coalition of Greater Boston. In 2011, she was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.
Alecia received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin, her masters degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Being on or near water, helping solve problems, reading non-fiction to expand my understanding of the world.
My participation in any sports that require hand/eye coordination, gardening, my tendency to over multi-task.
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