Seminar Team


AAMG Academic Museum Leadership Seminar

In partnership with the Kellogg School of Management
Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University

Leadership Seminar Program Director

David Alan Robertson stepped down as The Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in late December 2012 to focus his attention on the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries/Kellogg Leadership Seminar and to continue his capacity building work for the AAMG. He is immediate-past president of the AAMG. During his three-year tenure as president, Robertson composed with the board its first strategic and business plans and AAMG established a strong web presence and internet communications tools (including establishing a listserv reaching over 4,000 academic museum and gallery professionals). In 2009 he established and continues to co-chair the multi-association (AAM, AAMD, CAA, AAMC, AAMG) national Task Force on University and College Museums. He is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Association of Museums. Dr. Robertson (Ph.D. Pennsylvania) has held museum positions at the University of Chicago, University of Oregon, Loyola University, Dickinson College, Yale University and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich in 1989-90 and has published widely in the fields of art and museum history. He will lead the Seminar Topic: Today’s Governance Challenges.

Academic Director, Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management

Liz Livingston Howard is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Ms. Howard is the Director of Kellogg’s Nonprofit Management Executive Education programs and a Clinical Associate Professor of Management. She developed and teaches curriculum for MBA students and nonprofit executives. Ms. Howard serves as the Academic Director for a variety of nonprofit executive education courses and has designed several custom executive education programs.

Previously, she served as Assistant Dean for Development for Kellogg from 1994 to 2003. In that role, she was responsible for the fundraising activities of the Kellogg School including alumni and individual solicitation, corporate and foundation grants. She was involved with the $1.4 billion Campaign Northwestern. During her tenure, total giving to the school increased 100% and the Kellogg School raised over $100 million for significant objectives in Campaign Northwestern.

Prior to joining the Kellogg School, Ms. Howard served as a fundraising consultant with Charles R. Feldstein & Company, based in Chicago. Her additional development work was as Director of Development for the Chicago Tourism Council/Mayor’s Office of Tourism for the City of Chicago and as the first Director of Development for Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette, Illinois.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Ms. Howard has been involved with a number of philanthropic organizations in Chicago. She was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow to participate in a unique, year-long venture to deepen the understanding of greater Chicago, thereby enhancing the future quality of civic and community leadership. In addition, she served as the founding chairman of the Chicago Community Trust Young Leaders Fund, an endowment fund established in 1994 by young professionals in Chicago to educate them about grant-making and the value of philanthropy.

Currently, she serves as Secretary of the 100 Club of Chicago, providing financial assistance to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty in Cook County, Secretary of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Board of Northwestern University. Previously, she was President of the School Advisory Board at St. Norbert School in Northbrook. She has provided consulting services for local nonprofits in the areas of fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, board governance, event planning and capacity building. She will lead the Seminar Topic: Fundraising.

President, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

Jill Hartz is a seasoned museum professional and the current president of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries. Since August 2008, Hartz has served as executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene. She is responsible for a 13,000+ collection with special strengths in Asian and Pacific Northwest Art and a 60,000 square foot facility that was renovated and expanded in 2005. From 1997 through 2008, she served as director of the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville and for ten years previously worked in administrative, curatorial and marketing positions at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.

She has organized numerous exhibitions and is the editor of four books, including “Agnes Denes,” a monograph produced for the retrospective exhibition at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, in 1992; “Siting Jefferson: Contemporary Artists Interpret Thomas Jefferson’s Legacy,” documenting the 2000 exhibition “Hindsight-Fore-Site: Art for the New Millennium” (2003); and “Amazonia,” the catalogue for the exhibition she curated in 2010.

Her current interests include 20th-21st century environmental and installation art, photography, new media, and contemporary Cuban art. In addition to her publications in magazines and newspapers on a variety of topics, she has lectured extensively on museum accreditation and strategic planning, exhibition organization, marketing and publishing. She is a reviewer for the Institute of Museums and Library Services and for the AAM’s Museum Assessment Programs and Accreditation. Interactive Dinner Conversation: Telling Your Story.


Gail Berger is a Lecturer at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School of Management, McCormick School of Engineering and the School of Education and Social Policy. She brings academic and professional experience in the areas of conflict resolution, leadership development, succession planning and team building. She has consulted to small firms, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. Her consulting work focuses on executive assessments, succession planning, leadership development and teambuilding. Some of the organizations she has worked with include Driehaus Capital Management, Grant Thornton, Jewish Federation of Chicago, Lockheed Martin, Masco, McDonalds, and Safer Foundation.

Professor Berger has won several teaching awards and her research has been presented at national conferences and published in leading journals. She received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She also holds a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University and a B.A./B.S. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Boston University. Seminar Topic: Negotiations and Decision Making.

Richard P. Honack is a Lecturer of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School. He is an Academic Director for several Kellogg School Executive Education programs, including: Strategic Marketing Communications in Today’s Media World and the Skills, Tools, and Competencies (STC) program for Brazilian managers with Fundacao dom Cabral (Belo Horizonte, Brazil). He also teaches in the Executive Development Program (EDP) as well as several other Kellogg programs, where his sessions focus on Leading and Marketing in the Nanosecond Culture, Generational Differences and Services Marketing and Management.

Honack also is a member of the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management’s Executive Education Program where he is an academic director and a faculty member for several programs focused on Strategic Leadership for Nonprofits and on Fundraising and Marketing. He is a faculty member for the Center’s Custom Executive Education programs consulting organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities, the United States Olympic Committee, USA Swimming and the Harris Bank’s nonprofit leadership program, to name a few.

Honack’s research and teaching focuses on generational marketing and managing in the “Nanosecond Culture.” His lectures emphasize the need to understand the changing values and dynamics of the six generations that make up that culture in today’s marketplace — Great Generation, Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen “X”, Gen “Y” and Generation “Z.” He discusses the impact that these generational differences make in the marketing of services and products as well as the importance of the different expectations that each of these groups have on management within an organization. Seminar Topic: Applying “Customer-Focused” Marketing Strategies in the Nonprofit World.

J. Keith Murnighan is the Harold H. Hines Jr. Distinguished Professor of Risk Management at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in social psychology and a BS in psychology from Purdue University. Prior to joining Kellogg in 1996, he taught at the Universities of Illinois and British Columbia. He has also had visiting appointments at the London Business School, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the University of Warwick, Coventry, England, Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) outside Paris, and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He teaches in Kellogg’s Executive MBA programs around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany, Toronto, and Miami (the Latin American program). His courses address leadership, negotiation, team building, decision-making, trust, and conflict. Seminar Topic: Leadership In Action.

Marian Powers is Adjunct Associate Professor of Accounting Information and Management, Kellogg School of Management and is noted collector and supporter of the arts in metropolitan Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana. She has served on the accounting faculty of the Kellogg School, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Since 1987, she has been an adjunct professor of accounting at the Allen Center for Executive Education at Northwestern University specializing in teaching financial reporting and analysis to executives.

She is also co-author of several college accounting textbooks and in-depth cases on financial analysis. The Text and Academic Authors Association chose Financial Accounting as recipient of the 1998 Textbook Excellence Award. Her research has been published in The Accounting Review, The International Journal of Accounting, Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of Accountancy, The Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, and Financial Management among others.

Professor Powers has co-authored three accounting and finance interactive multimedia software products. Fingraph Financial Analyst is financial analysis software. Financial Analysis and Decision Making is a goal-based learning simulation focused on how to interpret financial reports. Introduction to Financial Accounting is also a goal-based simulation that uses the Financial Consequences Model to introduce financial accounting and the financial statements to those unfamiliar with accounting.

Dr. Powers has received recognition and awards for her teaching and is a part of a team that developed and delivers The Conference on Accounting Education, an annual conference now in its 19th year. Seminar Topic: Navigating the complexities of Academic Museum Finance.

Daniel Diermeier is the IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice in the Department of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences and the Director of the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship at the Kellogg School of Management. In addition, he holds faculty appointments at the Department of Political Science, The Department of Linguistics and the School of Law, all at Northwestern University.

Professor Diermeier is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was named among the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors by Fortune magazine. He is the 2007 recipient of the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute, named the “Oscar of Business Schools” by the Financial Times. He has won 13 teaching awards including the 2001 Kellogg Lavengood Professor of the Year Award and the 2013 Kellogg Alumni Professor of the Year award.

His teaching and research focuses on political institutions, the interaction of business and politics, crisis leadership, reputation management, integrated strategy, and strategic aspects of corporate social responsibility. He has published two books, 40 case studies, and over 80 research articles (organized by subject) in academic journals, mostly in the fields of economics, political science, management, but also in other areas ranging from linguistics and psychology to computer science and applied mathematics. His most recent book, Reputation Rules: Strategies for Managing Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset was published in 2011 and has been translated into Japanese and Mandarin. His research has been featured globally in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Week, The Financial Times, Fortune, and The New York Times.

Professor Diermeier has advised many of the world’s leading companies. His clients include Abbott Laboratories, Accenture, Allianz, Baxter International, BP, Edelman, Eisal, Ernst & Young, Exelon, the FBI, General Mills, W.W. Grainger, Hyatt, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, McDonald’s, Medtronic, Metro AG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell, State Farm, Takeda, UnitedHealth Group and many others.

He is the academic director of the CEO Perspectives Program, Kellogg’s most senior executive education program (a joint venture between the Kellogg School of Management and the Corporate Leadership Center) and serves as Chairman of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation, winner of the 2012 Chicago “Up-and Comer” Innovation Award. He is a research fellow at the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR) and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. In December 2004, he was appointed to the Management Board of the FBI. Seminar Topic: Crisis Leadership.

Dr. Nicholas Pearce is Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research examines institutional leadership & change, institutional complexity, and organizational authenticity in diverse organizational contexts, ranging from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 corporations, to the halls of power in national governments, to the pulpits of America’s megachurches. His research has been published in scholarly outlets including Psychological Science and The Annual Review of Sociology. Professor Pearce and his work have also been featured in Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, ABC News, The Boston Globe, The Economic Times of India, The African American Lectionary, and His teaching on values-driven leadership, collaboration, high-performance teams, organizational change & innovation, and the power of diversity integrates world-class social science with rich organizational expertise and insightful people sense to create challenging and memorable learning experiences.

Professor Pearce has been honored for excellence and promise as a scholar, leader, and educator by several organizations, including the United States Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, N’Digo Foundation, and Union League Club of Chicago Engineers’ Foundation. He has been named one of the 40 Game Changers (under 40) by Ariel Investments/WVON Urban Business Roundtable, a Leadership Fellow of the Center for Leadership at Northwestern University, a Harvey Fellow of the Mustard Seed Foundation, an H. Naylor Fitzhugh Fellow of the National Black MBA Association, and a John Kenneth Galbraith Scholar of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Pearce serves several of the world’s premier for-profit and not- for-profit organizations as an executive adviser, coach, and educator in the areas of leadership & values, management, strategy, change & innovation, and human capital development. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the International Leadership Association, and served as the twelfth President of The PhD Project Management Doctoral Students Association.

Professor Pearce holds the Ph.D. and M.S. in Management & Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the S.B. in Chemical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Religious Studies earned in conjunction with the Harvard Divinity School. In addition to his academic and professional engagements, Dr. Pearce is also a respected leader in the faith community, currently serving as Assistant Pastor of the historic Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side. Seminar Topic: Leading Change.