About Us

The Association for Higher Education Administrators’ Development (AHEAD) is an employee organization open to all Northwestern staff.

AHEAD helps staff get ahead at Northwestern through career and personal development programming

AHEAD was started in January, 2010 by a small group of volunteer staff members. Since that time membership has grown to over 625 people from across Northwestern’s schools and campuses. The group is sponsored and advised by the Office of Business and Finance.


Steering Committee


Julie Cowan Northwestern | RESEARCH
Jennifer Ward Office of Alumni Relations & Development
Shawn Cabinian Accounting Services
Susan Corwith SESP-CTD
Ishrat Fatima Kellogg
Lexy Gore Program in Middle East and North African Studies
Theresa Johnson International Office
Jackie Kalan Northwestern Libraries
Alita Kendrick NUIT
Tanikka Mitchell Office for Sponsored Research
Beth Morrissey Buffett Institute
Kate Schultz School of Communication
Ariel Schwartz Buffett Institute
Hope Wallace Student Affairs-Campus Life
Rebecca Weaver-Gill Kellogg

If you would like to participate in AHEAD@Northwestern as a speaker or to suggest a speaker, 
please e-mail us at ahead@northwestern.edu.