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Sally Blount

Sally Blount

     Kellogg School of Management


Sally Blount was named dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2010. An internationally recognized thought leader in management, negotiation and behavioral decision-making, Blount brings more than 25 years of experience in business education.

Since taking the helm at Kellogg, Blount launched a bold seven-year plan for the school that focuses on strengthening the school's innovative degree portfolio, investing in path-breaking thought leadership, deepening global connectivity, and leveraging Kellogg's distinctive culture and brand.

Blount has made significant progress in advancing the plan, setting repeated fundraising records with the school's $350 million Transforming Together campaign, constructing a 410,000-square-foot lakefront global education center scheduled to open in early 2017, and expanding Kellogg's premier Executive MBA Global Network.

Blount speaks regularly on the role of business as the most powerful social institution of our era, as well as expanding opportunities for women in business, including recent engagements at the Aspen Ideas Fest and the White House. She is also a regular contributor to Fortune, among other national business publications.

Blount is a director at Abbott Laboratories and serves on numerous global advisory boards, including Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, Indian School of Business, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School, and Fundacao Dom Cabral in Brazil. She was also the co-chair for the World Economic Forum on Latin America in 2012.


Business & Civic Engagement

  • Abbott Laboratories, Board of Directors
  • Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, Advisory Board Member
  • Fundação Dom Cabral, Advisory Board Member
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School, Advisory Board Member
  • Indian School of Business, Advisory Board Member
  • The Chicago Innovation Awards, Advisory Board Member


  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Commercial Club of Chicago
  • The Chicago Network

Involvement, Awards & Recognition

  • Academy of Management, Best Paper Award
  • Academy of Management - Conflict Management Division, Division Chair
  • Economic Science Association, Executive Board Member
  • Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Visiting Scholar
  • International Association for Conflict Management, Best Dissertation Award
  • James S. Kemper Foundation, Research Scholar
  • Kellogg School of Management, Austin Scholar
  • National Science Foundation, Pricipal Investigator
  • Princeton University, Sheldon Research Prize, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi


  • B.S.E. Degree, Engineering Systems and Economic Policy, Princeton University
  • M.S. Degree, Organizational Behavior, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
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