Transforming Northwestern student founders into
the creators and leaders of tomorrow.

X-Factor is focused on assessing and enhancing students’ capacity for transformational leadership which is the specific type of leadership associated with being an innovator and disruptor. Through X-Factor, students get personalized feedback on their leadership strengths and weaknesses, exposure to a highly effective clinical intervention aimed at individualized leadership growth, and an opportunity for self-awareness and personal growth.

X-Factor is a partnership between The Garage and Northwestern professors of clinical and personality psychology Jennifer Tackett and Erica Lawrence. The pilot program is funded by a gift from Tom Verghese KSM ’04.

X-Factor students at the Bumble headquarters in Austin, Texas, pictured with Bumble’s COO Sarah Jones Simmer, SPS ’08