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Professional Development Resources

Northwestern University and Feinberg are committed to promoting development for staff at all levels. We support a rich learning environment that provides a dynamic set of tools to assist staff in personal and professional growth whether they are an individual contributor, manager or unit leader. This guide highlights many of the programs that are available to staff from our partners at all levels of the university. Most of these programs are either free or available for a nominal cost. Some of the programs have eligibility requirements that are summarized below. Staff can also take advantage of the generous employee tuition benefits that provide assistance toward the cost of undergraduate or graduate courses taken at the university, as well as non-credit, on-campus professional development programs through the School of Professional Studies.

Human Resources and myHR Learn

myHR Learn serves as the home for many of the powerful programs available to staff to promote professional development. The courses are organized along a curriculum for individual contributors, managers, and unit leaders. Courses focus on developing personal effectiveness, leading through collaboration, and positively influencing others. Highlights include the following:

  • Managing Your Career
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Getting Things Done
  • Leading High-Performance Teams
  • Art of Interviewing and Unconscious Bias in Hiring

Learn more about Human Resources and myHR Learn.

LinkedIn Learning

Northwestern University and LinkedIn Learning have partnered to offer university students, faculty and staff unlimited, on-demand access to a full library of online courses at no additional cost. LinkedIn Learning hosts a variety of courses and resources on the topic of leadership.

Human resources has curated leadership development videos and other resources and organized them by topic in myHR Learn. You can access these learning tools, which complement our rich curriculum, when you need them — a perfect way to get on-demand learning through myHR Learn.

Learn more about LinkedIn Learning.

Association of Northwestern University Women

The Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) was specially designed in partnership with Northwestern’s Office of Human Resources to offer ANUW’s early career members a strong platform on which to develop their talents and boost the trajectory of their careers. ANUW ELP is a highly experiential, six-month program that gives participants the knowledge, skills and supportive framework to take bold, decisive and courageous risks now and in the future.

Learn more about Association of Northwestern University Women.

Feinberg Administrative Leadership Development Program

The Feinberg Administrative Leadership Development Program was created to identify and develop administrative leaders. The program includes monthly sessions, lasting approximately two hours, focused on a specific content area. Each participant will also identify a process improvement project to focus on throughout the program, and present on his/her project at the end of the program. And, finally, each participant will be assigned a mentor for the duration of the program. This program is available through a yearly nomination process for employees at the level of EX8 and above.

Leadership Fundamentals

Leadership Fundamentals is an intensive immersion in the skills necessary to excel in your current role and prepare for future roles at the university. The teaching model is built on the premise that leadership is not defined by one’s job title, that leadership is a process rather than a person and that whether or not one is a formal leaders, one is engaged in the process of leadership. To deliver this workshop, Northwestern is partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership. To learn how to participate, please see the eligibility requirements.

Learn more about Leadership Fundamentals.

Massive Online Open Courses

Northwestern faculty, students, staff and alumni can earn Northwestern Coursera MOOC certificates free of charge. For leadership development, Northwestern faculty host and conduct the Organizational Leadership Specialization.

A series of six courses equips you to lead organizations through clarity of purpose and effective collaboration. Topics in this specialization are:

  • Building and motivating teams
  • Designing and delivering powerful stories
  • Developing strategies to appropriately influence
  • Understanding underlying customer analytics
  • Applying innovative approaches to deliver impact

Learn more about Massive Online Open Courses.

School of Professional Studies

Upgrade your skill set and advance your career in one of the wide range of day, evening and online certificate programs offered by Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. You'll learn from a faculty of industry leaders and earn a credential from a top university. Choose from a wide range of programs in areas such as analytics, technology, finance and management.

Learn more about the School of Professional Studies.

Kellogg Executive Education

Whether the goal is to create a standalone solution or fashion part of a complex talent development initiative, Kellogg Executive Education focuses on how individuals and organizations can transform themselves. We offer specific plans and pathways for professional growth and functional development for individuals and teams as well as broader strategies for enterprise-wide executive development efforts.

Learn more about Kellogg Executive Education.

Tuition Benefit

Northwestern staff also have the ability to take advantage of their tuition benefit for undergraduate and graduate programs offered through Northwestern University. You can search graduate and professional programs and certificates of interest on the Northwestern Graduate Programs page.