Leading Women Executives  
Diane Sakach


Diane Sakach is Executive Director of Corporate Leadership Center (CLC), a partnership between major corporations and academic institutions, which advances top corporate leaders and leadership practices.  CEO Perspectives, CLC's flagship program, has been offered since 2006 with the Kellogg School of Management.  In 2008, Diane joined Corporate Leadership Center to co-develop its second program, Leading Women Executives, which focuses exclusively on high-potential women executives and their companies in order to strengthen and sustain female advancement in business.  She is responsible for the program's strategic direction, marketing, relationship management, and delivery.  Previously, Diane was an independent consultant focused on enhancing the effectiveness of investment sales and client servicing organizations.  

From 1996-2002, Diane was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Northern Trust Global Investments (NTGI), the institutional investment division of Northern Trust Corporation.  Diane was a member of its executive management team accountable for market strategy of the $180+ billion institutional business. Diane developed and ran the business model that provided client and regulatory support for all NASD regulated investment sales and servicing functions.   She led key initiatives to build cross functional business management systems and web-based client reporting, which improved communication flow and servicing capability.  Diane designed and facilitated an ongoing training and development program for the division’s investment professionals and collaborated with third party specialists to capture client satisfaction metrics and competitive positioning criteria to grow NTGI’s market share.    


Prior to this leadership role, Diane was an Investment Relationship Consultant and advised Fortune 500 firms on their institutional tax-advantaged plans.   Diane began her career with Northern Trust Corporation in 1987 as a portfolio investment manager and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


  • Chairman’s Diversity Award, Northern Trust Corporation, for development and implementation of corporate mentor program


  • B.A., Psychology, College of St. Benedict
  • M.B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, Summa Cum Laude
  • Chartered Financial Analyst Designation
  • Enneagram Personality Styles Training Certification, Loyola University
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