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Instructor Bio

Michelle Buck has been a Clinical Professor of Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for 24 years. She previously served as the school’s first Director of Leadership Initiatives from 2006 to 2013, designing and coordinating opportunities for personal leadership development to complement the School’s academic curriculum. She has also served as academic director of numerous Kellogg executive programs.

Professor Buck’s courses focus on the ways that leaders maximize their own performance and unleash the potential of others by addressing 1) how self-reflection and self-awareness of one’s identity, values, and purpose serve as foundations of effective leadership; and 2) how leaders engage and inspire others and set them up for success. She teaches leadership narrative and storytelling modules, creating inclusive cultures of courageous conversations, and the dynamics of leading and following.

In executive teaching, academic direction, and consulting, Professor Buck has worked with private, public, family business and nonprofit organizations, including Banco de Mexico, Boise Cascade, Canadian Council for International Cooperation, CDW, Chicago Public Schools, Ernst & Young, the FBI, HP, Mitsui & Co., Petro Canada, The Coca Cola Company, Whirlpool Corporation, YPO Latin America and Zurich Insurance. She has presented her work in North and Latin America, Europe, and Japan.

Professor Buck has a PhD and MA in Social Psychology from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.