NFPA Executive Leadership Program

presented in collaboration with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University


Together with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, NFPA is launching the NFPA Executive Leadership Program, a series of six full-day education sessions tailored to the needs of emerging and established leaders in the fluid power industry. The sessions take place over the course of 18 months, with four sessions co-located with major NFPA conferences and two sessions at the state-of-the-art Allen Center on the Northwestern campus.

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What it does: Designed to provide a fluid power industry specific experience that accelerates leadership and fosters long-term connections, session content will focus on both the hard and soft skills needed to create success for participants’ organizations and the fluid power industry as a whole.

Who it’s for: NFPA Future Leaders Network participants as well as other emerging leaders, directors, officers, and senior executives at NFPA member companies would benefit from taking part. You must be employed at an NFPA member company to participate.

Cohort One – February 2020 through August 2021

To preserve the customized nature of the program, and to facilitate the creation of an on-going learning community among the participants, each 18-month program will be limited and exclusively provided to a cohort of no more than 24 participants. For the first such cohort, the following sessions are now being planned:



  • February 10-11, 2020 | Executive Judgment
    Mandarin Oriental in Miami, Florida (in conjunction with the 2020 NFPA Annual Conference)
    Session Learning Objectives:
    • Executive Judgment Research and Practice
    • Judgment in Setting Goals and Getting Results
    • Sustained Development of Good Judgment
  • February 22-23, 2021 | The Surprising Science of Character-Based Leadership, Culture and Engagement
    Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona
    (in conjunction with the 2021 NFPA Annual Conference)

    Session Learning Objectives:
    • Evaluate the degree your culture promotes or inhibits your strategic intent
    • Understand your culture will evolve whether you tend to it or not
    • Learn to create a high-performance culture by design to support your strategy
    • Apply evidenced based tools that increase engagement and high performance
  • May 20-21, 2020 | Innovation Strategy & Strategic Operations
    Allen Center at Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois
    Session Learning Objectives:
    • Innovation Strategy & Processes
    • Strategic Differentiation and Business Design
    • Operational Excellence Framework
  • TBD May 2021 | The Power of Story & Leading in a VUCA World
    Allen Center at Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois
    Session Learning Objectives:
    • Storytelling Culture, and Branding
    • Importance for an Influential Leader
    • Creating Connectivity and Relationship
    • Industry and Business Context Analysis
    • Effective Competition in Changing Environment
    • Creating a Change-Hardy Culture
  • August 9-10, 2020 | Negotiation Tools and Strategies
    Hilton Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois
    (in conjunction with the 2020 NFPA Industry & Economic Outlook Conference)
    Session Learning Objectives:
    • Negotiation Skills as a Core Leadership Competency
    • Expanding the Pie and Getting to a “Win-Win”
    • Crafting Situation-Driven Negotiations Strategies
  • TBD August 2021 | Macroeconomic Trends Impacting Business & The Future of Marketing
    TBD Chicago, Illinois
    (in conjunction with the 2021 NFPA Industry & Economic Outlook Conference)

    Session Learning Objectives:
    • Marco Economic Trends: Decisions and Opportunities
    • Changes in the Value Chain and Innovation
    • Finding Growth
    • Market/Marketing Trends, and Customer Expectations
    • Aligning Capabilities with Consumer Demands
    • Pursuing Marketing Excellence in Dynamic Market


All six sessions will be led by world-class faculty who are also practitioners. Discussion and content for each will go beyond just the session dates to provide a high quality, highly interactive executive education experience.  Learn more about the session leaders here. 


Cost: The program registration cost is $15,000. This amount can be paid all at once or split into two payments of $7,500.

Registration: Registration to join the 2020/21 NFPA Executive Leadership Program cohort will run from mid-August, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

At this time, we are accepting one registrant per member company. If there are additional persons your company would like to register, please provide name, title, email and phone, and we will add them to a waiting list in the event more openings become available.

Cancelation Policy: In the event the registered individual is unable to complete the entire program, the member company paying for the program will be expected to designate another individual to complete the remaining session(s). Refunds will not be issued for the cost of unused sessions.

Companies registering an individual for the program, and the individuals registered for the program, shall commit to make every effort to attend all sessions. Refunds will not be issued for unattended sessions.

Contact Info

6737 W. Washington Street, Suite 2350

Milwaukee, WI 53214

(414) 778-3344 (o)

(414) 778-3361 (f)