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Candy LeeAdjunct Lecturer


Candy Lee is a professor at Medill, teaching in journalism and integrated marketing communications. She was previously the Vice President of Marketing at The Washington Post, overseeing multiple functions from marketing to research, and originating innovative programs.

Prior to joining The Washington Post, Lee was president of ULS Loyalty Services, the sister company of United Airlines. Lee oversaw a range of businesses that included; the Mileage Plus credit card group; Mileage Plus program and its partners; media on planes and other business arenas. Prior to United Airlines, Lee was also managing director at iFormation Group, formed by Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group and General Atlantic Partners. During her long career in publishing, she was president of Troll Communications, a leader in K-12 education, and Publisher of Harlequin Enterprises, an international publisher in 100 countries.

Lee has sat on the boards of The Women's Center and GlobeMed. Her work on cross-university committees include provost's undergraduate task force, wellness task force, CTEC evaluation, academic residential spaces, and search committees. She is a frequent guest speaker at association conferences and executive education workshops.

She has been a leader in campus online thinking while growing on campus class value. She co-created Northwestern’s online specialization in content strategy consisting of several MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). She launched the Sports Marketing MOOC in late 2018. Her Wildcat GeoGame is played by students, staff and faculty across campus. She is involved in organizations across the Northwestern campus including the board of the student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern; the Committee on Athletics; the Library; and the Faculty Senate.


Lee graduated from Harvard University and earned her doctorate in organizational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania after earning a masters in teaching.

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