Candy Lee is a professor at Medill, teaching in journalism and in integrated marketing communications. Previously she was 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 united.com; 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 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. She has worked in many countries in publishing and retail.Lee also teaches graduate students in the Masters of Product Design and Development Management Program at the Segal Design Institute. She is involved in organizations across the Northwestern campus including the board of the student newspaper, The Daily Northwestern.
She 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, library oversight and search committees. Her Medill work includes service on the Faculty Senate, the curriculum committees and strategic visioning. 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. The partnership with the library, provost's office, the Daily, academic technologies, Buffett, Study Abroad, etc. is a successful campus-wide game promoting global learning.Lee is also part of the oversight team for Medill’s sports initiative. She is a frequent guest speaker at association conferences and executive education workshops.
Lee graduated from Harvard University and earned her doctorate in organizational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania after earning a masters in teaching.