Chicago Women’s Forum 2019: Creating a Culture of Courageous Conversations


Cornerstone Research hosted “Brave Voices: Creating a Culture of Courageous Conversations,” a networking event that featured Professor Michelle Buck of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Cornerstone Research hosted a networking event for Chicago professional women working in the legal field. Professor Michelle Buck, the Clinical Professor of Leadership at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, was the evening’s featured speaker.

As Professor Buck explained, thriving teams and organizations depend on individuals who speak up. People who feel their opinions count tend to be more engaged and productive, whereas morale and trust decrease when people feel they cannot discuss the significant issues they face. How can we foster courageous conversations, and develop the confidence to say what needs to be said?

Professor Buck shared insights on how we can find our voices, offered practical steps to “encourage courage,” build a culture of brave voices, and maximize organizational performance.

Professor Michelle Buck is the Clinical Professor of Leadership at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She focuses on the dynamics of leadership, including narrative and storytelling. Professor Buck has consulted with private, public, and nonprofit organizations. A sought-after speaker, she teaches an array of courses designed to help leaders maximize their own performance and unleash the potential of others.

Cornerstone Research Women’s Forum events provide valuable networking opportunities and foster discussion of thought-provoking topics relevant to women professionals working in the legal community. Our guests learn inspiring, practical strategies from leading authorities and share best practices for professional and personal development.