Fearless Change Leaders

Lead with the vision, knowledge and confidence to create transformational change in business, education, design, technology, nonprofit, consulting and more.

Northwestern ELOC is centered around two content areas: coaching and designing for learning & organizational change. Our curriculum delivers flexible learning opportunities to quickly build new skills and maximize the limited time senior leaders have available for professional development.

ELOC draws upon research and insights from a diverse set of academic and professional disciplines. These include organizational development, human capital, organizational and social psychology, learning sciences and organizational learning. We also draw from the fields of strategy, change management, knowledge management, social networking, coaching and design.

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Rather than committing to a full degree or graduate certificate program, participants can register for individual courses to earn a certificate of completion for each class. Completing all four ELOC Coaching courses will earn participants an additional certificate and over 80 hours of coach training, enough training hours to submit a portfolio application for an ACC coaching credential from ICF.

Class size averages 25 people and time requirements range from 12 hours to 40 hours. Participants can take courses in whatever order works best for their learning needs and schedule.

ELOC courses are open-enrollment, so you can register for any course, in any order, whenever it is offered. There is an admissions process to ensure participant quality, but once accepted, students can register for courses one-at-a-time or they can sign up for multiple courses at once. At the close of each course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. ELOC courses cannot be used for degree credit.


Solving complex, ambiguous challenges in a changing environment depends on a practitioner's ability to continuously learn, to question assumptions and to innovate. And innovation happens at the intersection of different ways of thinking. The curriculum of Executive Learning and Organizational Change is designed to develop the competencies required for leadership in the face of complex, continuous organizational change.

To meet that challenge, ELOC continually updates our curriculum to incorporate new research and concepts and to provide learning experiences that engage and inspire all members of our community .


Participants will develop a deep awareness of their strengths and areas for improvement by taking gold-standard assessments often used to develop high-potential talent. Students internalize the principles and skills of self-directed learning and will be encouraged to set clear objectives to take control of their own learning. Further, they reflect, share insights with colleagues and gain valuable feedback in a supportive environment .


Keeping pace with new ideas and transforming those ideas into innovations means learning how to learn. ELOC takes this to heart in our approach to supporting your personal development as well as in our mission to incorporate the latest developments in research, theory and practice into our curriculum.

The diversity of professional backgrounds and experiences among our students is consistently mentioned as a notable distinction. We attract change leaders from large and small companies, not-for-profits, education and government institutions.

The broad mix of perspectives is an important component of developing a deeper awareness of mental models, strengths and biases .


ELOC offers immediate, modularized learning to meet your development objectives. Courses can be completed in just a weekend or on a weekly cadence, respectful of the time constraints of top organizational leaders. In addition to our courses, ELOC offers custom coaching packages for leaders who prefer to work one-on-one with an expert trained in developing individual learning plans that target specific needs.

ELOC courses will be offered in flexible formats that include synchronous and asynchronous learning. Some courses can be completed in one weekend while others are split over six or seven weeks with weekly meetings. Participants will meet in-person, online, and in some cases, a blend of the two options. All courses involve collaboration with a group of experienced, diverse leaders in an exciting class environment.

Ideal ELOC Participant

Northwestern ELOC is built for experienced organizational leaders passionate about charting the best path forward with an ever-changing set of employees and stakeholders. Executives and development-focused leaders with 15+ years of experience in developing people are well-suited for ELOC.

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In-Person Format

In-person courses will take place in the Chicago area, usually on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Most in-person courses meet over a three-day period during the work week. Details regarding lodging and schedule will be specific to each course, but lodging is not included in the course fees.

Online Format

Online courses will be hosted live by a Northwestern instructor through a virtual platform that enables class discussion, chat commentary and virtual breakout sessions. Some online courses supplement live instruction by providing video modules that enable participants to learn flexibly on their own time. Refer to the course descriptions for more specifics. Most online ELOC courses blend live and modular components.

Custom Coaching for Executives & Experienced Coaches

ELOC offers custom coaching packages for leaders who prefer to work one-on-one with an expert trained in developing individual learning plans that target specific needs. Take advantage of private coaching with a partner who has deep knowledge and expertise in our ELOC coaching curriculum. Executive Coaching Packages are generally offered in three, six or twelve session groupings of one-hour per session.