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Ernst & Young Leadership and Professional Development Center


Ernst & Young Leadership and Professional Development Center

Purpose: To support the Department of Accountancy in developing MAS (Leadership) students' leadership and professional skills.

Services & Activities:

  • Paper Critiques
  • Presentation Critiques and Video Feedback
  • Resume Critiques
  • Self-Awareness Development
  • Mock Interviews
  • Team Building Challenge
  • Communication and Leadership Workshops
  • The Second City Improvisational Workshop
  • Accounting in Context Trips (e.g., Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium)
  • Communication and Leadership Resource Library

Check out our blog at cob.niu.edu/accylpdc/blog
Email: eyLPDC@NIU.EDU     Twitter: twitter.com/#!/eyLPDC

Our Directors

Jeffrey Carroll, Director of Leadership Development, served as senior consultant at SSP-BPI Group for over 7 years specializing in Talent Management, Leadership Development, and Executive Coaching. Mr. Carroll was a senior HR leader with GTE (Verizon) and Unilever, where he coordinated talent development strategies for high-potential individuals. In addition, he was the vice president of HR for two middle-market services firms. At present, he serves on the Management Department's business advisory board at NIU and speaks to various organizations on career resiliency. Mr. Carroll holds a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University.

Jennifer Butler Ellis, Director of Professional Development, specializes in organizational and interpersonal communication. She holds a doctorate degree in communication from Michigan State University. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Ellis has taught courses in public speaking, business communication skills, leadership, organizational communication, small group communication, and interpersonal communication. For nearly eight years, Dr. Ellis directed the Ernst & Young Accounting Business Communication Center at Michigan State University and worked tirelessly to build a program that focused on helping students improve their oral and written communication skills. She looks forward to bringing that same energy to NIU's LMAS program.

Our Consultants


Angela Grimaldi is passionate about helping students become better communicators. She has a master's degree in English from Northern Illinois University with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and she has taught courses in composition, literature, and grammar. Angela also serves as an undergraduate academic advisor in the Department of Accountancy and looks forward to working with the department's LMAS students.




Gerald Root is excited to help students with their written and oral communication skills and to help them become better speakers and writers. He has a bachelor's degree with a double major in English and sociology from Northern Illinois University and is currently working on a master's degree in linguistics.