ISACA and Kellogg School of Management Launch New Executive Education Program for IT Professionals to Build Leadership Skills

On-campus classes will provide training in negotiation, business acumen, conflict resolution and communication with renowned Kellogg faculty

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--()--Shortcomings in leadership and insufficient ability to grasp business insights are among the major skills gaps facing the cybersecurity workforce, according to ISACA’s 2020 State of Cybersecurity report. Additionally, the 2019 IT Audit Benchmarking Survey from ISACA and Protiviti revealed that communications expertise is considered one of the top five skills in demand for IT audit professionals. ISACA and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management are working to address these areas of need and provide IT professionals with specialized training to build leadership and communication skills by launching the first course in the new ISACA Executive Education Series, The ROI of Transformative Leadership, in July 2020.

Through this inaugural educational collaboration, IT professionals will grow their business acumen, leadership and persuasion skills in classroom sessions taught by faculty from Kellogg—with a focus on both lectures and experiential learning—and receive a certificate from Kellogg and 28 CPEs upon completion. Lessons over the three and a half day on-campus program will cover topics such as how to negotiate, deliver and receive feedback, master storytelling, and hone influence, as well as how to build and implement personal leadership strategies and develop a framework for effective decision-making—the kind of skills that are increasingly important to build as they cannot be lost to automation.

The ISACA Executive Education Series is among the innovations in ISACA’s learning offerings across diverse platforms and formats following the recent appointment of the global association’s first chief learning officer, Nader Qaimari.

“As a global learning organization and dynamic professional community, it is essential that ISACA design and deliver educational experiences that meet the unique needs of the professionals we serve,” says Qaimari. “We are excited to partner with such a reputable institution as Northwestern University to address prevalent skills gaps and position our members to become stronger leaders.”

The ROI of Transformative Leadership program also includes accommodations at the James L. Allen Center at Northwestern’s Chicago Lakefront Campus. In addition to the educational experience, attendees will have ample opportunities to network and will have access to full-service dining and refreshments, university libraries, the Sport Pavilion Aquatics Center (SPAC) and social hours at the Conference Center.

The program is open to executives and aspiring executives in the IT and information systems industry and costs US$7,500 per person, which is all inclusive. Learn more information about the program, including the faculty speakers, here.

About Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University ( is a premier global business school committed to its mission to educate, equip and inspire leaders who build strong organizations and wisely leverage the power of markets. Based just outside of Chicago, our vibrant, global community of faculty, staff, students and alumni shapes the practice of business and organizations around the world.


For more than 50 years, ISACA® ( has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organizations and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organization with 145,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy. It has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide.


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