Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science
Founder and CEO, CoachAdviser
Rebecca Newton, PhD, is an Organizational Psychologist and Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the Department of Management. She has spent 20 years researching and teaching on leadership and change at the LSE, and is responsible for the Management in Practice course on the Global Masters in Management program. Her doctoral research was in the psychology of leadership and change management in the context of law firm mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Newton was a Visiting Fellow in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, and has facilitated executive education for Duke Corporate Education and the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Newton has spent two decades coaching and advising leaders and teams on organizational change, culture, leadership, communication and influence. She is the Founder and CEO of CoachAdviser and works with clients globally, applying psychological profiling and behavioural diagnostic tools, coaching senior leadership teams and designing bespoke professional development programs. She has experience working with a wide range of professional service firms, as well as across technology, finance, pharma, construction, telecoms, creative, and consulting sectors. Example organizations Dr Newton has worked with include Accenture, Coca-Cola Enterprises, EY, Google, HSBC, Industrial Bank of China, Mayer Brown, Mishcon de Reya, Natwest Markets, Nike, Prime Minister’s Office Dubai, PwC, State Bank of India and United Nations OHIM. She has worked with clients across North America, Europe, China, India and the Middle East.
Dr. Newton has spoken at the Harvard Kennedy School Conference on Intergroup Leadership, and the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, and chaired sessions for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and the British Psychological Society. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Change Management, has contributed numerous chapters to books on leadership and organizational change including Leadership for Lawyers, is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and author of Authentic Gravitas: Who Stands Out and Why.
Partner, Møller PSF Group, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK
Kevin is Managing Partner of the Møller Professional Service Firms Group, based at Churchill College, in the University of Cambridge. He is a regular conference speaker both at open events and at partner retreats covering all aspects of market strategy, business development and pricing. Kevin has a particular interest in the pricing of professional services and in business development for professionals at all stages of their careers from newly qualified to senior partners. In 2013, he co-authored the Harvard Law School case study on pricing services (HLS 13-17).
With more than 25 years’ experience as a partner in the international law firm Eversheds, including 10 years as a full time member of their management team, Kevin has front line experience of the changes and challenges affecting professional service firms. He negotiated the terms of Eversheds’ ground breaking single firm deal with Tyco to provide services across 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a single fee and served as their first client partner. This project was immortalized in a Harvard Law School case study (HLS 09-34).
In 2009, Kevin’s strategy to redesign services following the recession won him the Financial Times Innovation Award for Client Service and in 2010 he was the winner of the Law Society’s Excellence Award for Innovation. He studied for his MBA at Henley Management College and completed the Harvard Business School Leadership Program. As a member of the Møller Professional Service Firms Group, Kevin designs and delivers partner level training programmes and has worked with leading firms all over the world. He has a particular interest in personal impact and brand for professionals and has carried out extensive research on client buying behavior. A member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Kevin engages with procurement professionals to understand how they can best work with Professional Service Firms and also how Partners can best address these professional buyers.
In 2015 he created the Harvard Law School Case Study “Chasing Growth at Sasker Devereaux” (HLS 15-12) with Dr. Lisa Rohrer and Alexis Caught which explores the challenges faced by partners who are trying to create growth in the changed business environment that exists post 2008. His book “Natural Networking” was published in 2014 and “Mastering Services Pricing” was published by Pearson / Financial Times in 2015.
Faculty Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education
Faculty Chair, Leadership in Law Firms
Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School
Scott Westfahl is the Faculty Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education (HLSEE) and also teaches courses on problem solving, teams, networks and innovation within the law school’s J.D. curriculum. As the Faculty Director of HLSEE, he leads Harvard Law School’s effort to support and develop lawyers across the arc of their careers, particularly as they advance to new levels of leadership and responsibility. He oversees and teaches in HLSEE’s core global leadership programs for law firm managing partners, emerging law firm leaders and General Counsel. He also collaborates with HLS colleagues and other Harvard faculty to design and teach custom programs for law firms, law departments and other legal-related organizations. He focuses his Executive Education teaching and writing on leadership, motivation and development of professionals, and organizational alignment from a talent management and diversity and inclusion perspective. To help advance diversity in the legal profession, Professor Westfahl works closely with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity as an advisor and strategic meeting facilitator. He is the Faculty Chair of the Leadership in Law Firms program.
Professor Westfahl joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm’s Director of Professional Development. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the professional development of the firm’s attorneys and staff, focusing on organizational and leadership development, feedback, mentoring, career progression, diversity, professional skills training, attorney and staff integration and transitions and alumni. As a Lecturer on Law from 2010-2013, he teamed with Professor David Wilkins to teach an 80-student section of the law school’s Problem Solving Workshop for first-year students. In 2008, Professor Westfahl was chosen as one of Law Firm, Inc. magazine’s five “Innovators of the Year” for his development of a cutting edge attorney assignment system and database called iStaff, which effectively ties attorney work assignments to their professional development needs. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Chair of the Professional Development Consortium, a 450-member professional association for law firm professional development and training leaders across North America and the U.K. Professor Westfahl frequently lectures and comments upon talent development within professional services firms and is the author of the book You Get What You Measure: Lawyer Development Frameworks and Effective Performance Evaluations (NALP, 2008).
Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. He is also an experienced business and federal regulatory attorney, having practiced law with Foley & Lardner’s Washington, D.C. office from 1988 to 1998. Professor Westfahl earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1985.
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Program Chair, Accelerated Leadership Program
Program Chair, Sector Leadership Master Class
Program Chair, Smart Collaboration Master Class
Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession
Heidi K. Gardner, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and Faculty Chair of the Accelerated Leadership Program, Sector Leadership Master Class, and Smart Collaboration Master Class.
Previously she was a professor at Harvard Business School. Dr. Gardner’s book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos became a Washington Post bestseller. Named by Thinkers 50 as a Next Generation Business Guru, Dr. Gardner co-founded the research and advisory firm Gardner & Co.
Dr. Gardner’s next book, Smarter Collaboration, will be published by Harvard Business Press in 2022. Altogether, she has authored (or co-authored) more than 80 books, chapters, case studies, and articles. Her research received the Academy of Management’s prize for Outstanding Practical Implications for Management, and has been selected three times for Harvard Business Review’s “best of” collections. Her research has been featured in major media outlets around the globe.
Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including as a Fulbright Fellow, and for McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble. Dr. Gardner earned a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a Masters from the London School of Economics (highest distinction) and a second Masters and PhD from London Business School.