A scholar, speaker, entrepreneur, and pastor, Dr. Nicholas Pearce is an award-winning professor of management and organizations at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, the founder and chief executive officer of The Vocati Group, a boutique global executive advisory consultancy, and assistant pastor of Chicago’s historic, 12,000- member Apostolic Church of God. He is the author of The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work (St. Martin’s Press).
An internationally recognized thought leader on values-driven leadership and organizational transformation, Dr. Pearce is a trusted adviser, executive coach, and sought-after speaker for corporations, social impact organizations, communities of faith, and governments on six continents. His speaking and consulting clients include AbbVie, Accelerate Institute,
Archdiocese of Chicago, Boston Scientific, BP, The Capital Group, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Urban League, The Episcopal Church, Exelon, Facebook, FMC, Google, Health Care Service Corporation, Hearst, Hyatt, JLL, JPMorgan Chase, KIPP, McDonald’s, Morningstar, NASA, Nike, Novartis, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Surge Institute, Teach for America, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Olympic Committee, USG, Wheaton College, Whirlpool, and YPO. His thought leadership has been featured in global media including The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, CNN, Crain’s Chicago Business, Discovery Channel, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, National Geographic, New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, Slate, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Univision, UrbanFaith.com, and Washington Post.
Celebrated for his leadership and scholarship, Dr. Pearce has been a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow since 2015 and has also been named Kellogg’s MSMS Professor of the Year, a Galbraith Scholar by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Public Voices Fellow by The OpEd Project, and one of Chicago’s 40 Game Changers (under 40) by WVON/Ariel Investments. He has also been honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Mustard Seed Foundation, National Black MBA Association, and Union League Club of Chicago, among other notable institutions.
Committed to community impact, Dr. Pearce serves as a trustee of the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Field Foundation, Fuller Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the Seminary Co- Op Bookstores. Previously, Pearce served as a board member of Access Community Health Network, the Chicago Community Trust African American Legacy Fund, and the Harvey Fellows Advisory Board.
Dr. Pearce holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the S.B. in Chemical Engineering & Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Religious Studies earned in conjunction with Harvard Divinity School. Before coming to Kellogg, Pearce worked in Deloitte Consulting’s human capital practice.
A Chicago native, Dr. Pearce resides in his hometown with his wife, Tammy, son, Nolan, and dog, Baxter.