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Farayi Chipungu

Farayi Chipungu

Farayi Chipungu

Faculty Chair, Leading Change for Lawyers
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Farayi Chipungu teaches Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change. She also serves as faculty on several executive education programs at Harvard. In addition to teaching at the Kennedy School, Farayi works as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company a global management consulting firm where she works with leaders and teams across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to deliver large-scale performance transformation programs. Some of her recent projects include restructuring a national primary health care system, redesigning performance management systems of a 20,000-person multi-national bank to improve employee alignment with management’s strategic goals, and performing diagnostics to identify and build functional and leadership capability gaps in a multi-year organizational transformation project.

In addition to this work, Farayi’s experience also includes five years of practice as a corporate lawyer in England and Australia and time spent with Cambridge Leadership Associates, a New York-based firm which specializes in delivering transformational programs centered around the adaptive leadership framework. Farayi has degrees in Arts and Law from Monash University in Australia and is also a graduate of the Kennedy School where she completed her MPA.

 

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Christopher Robichaud

Christopher Robichaud

Christopher Robichaud

Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Director of Pedagogical Innovation at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Christopher Robichaud is Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Director of Pedagogical Innovation at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. He received his doctorate in philosophy from MIT. His interests surround ethics, political philosophy, and social epistemology, with a focus on examining the role of truth and knowledge in well-functioning democracies, and on understanding what the post-truth age of politics is. Dr. Robichaud has been a member of the faculty since 2006. Previously, he has taught philosophy courses at Texas A&M University, the University of Vermont in Burlington, and Tufts University.

Dr. Robichaud’s work at the Harvard Kennedy School focuses primarily on developing ethics pedagogy for professional policymakers. He is the course head for the MPP core ethics program and has led efforts to transform the ethics curriculum into a case-based and simulation-driven enterprise. He has overseen the recent development of several agent-focused cases looking at Edward Snowden, Kim Davis, and Congressman Bart Stupak, as well as new policy-focused cases about Eric Garner and social justice, and the minimum wage and economic justice.

Dr. Robichaud has devoted considerable energy to creating simulations that give professionals opportunities to explore ethical decision making in the context of practicing leadership skills and engaging in negotiations. In addition to appearing in the MPP program, these simulations are used in a variety of executive education programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, including Emerging Leaders (for which he is co-chair), Leadership and Decision Making, and Senior Executive Fellows. They have also been used in programs at the Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. New simulations he is working on will soon appear in the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Institute of Politics, and the Harvard Law School. Dr. Robichaud recently delivered a TEDx talk discussing his work on ethics and simulations.

In 2015, he was the first recipient of the Innovations in Teaching Award at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is among the faculty who will be working on the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and he regularly collaborates with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, which is part of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Robichaud is also dedicated to bringing philosophical ideas to a wider audience, and pursues this goal by looking at issues in moral and political philosophy that arise in pop culture stories, especially superhero narratives. His articles can be found in the volumes Superheroes and Philosophy, Supervillains and Philosophy, Batman and Philosophy, Iron Man and Philosophy, X-Men and Philosophy, Spider-Man and Philosophy, Superman and Philosophy, Watchmen and Philosophy, The Avengers and Philosophy, Heroes and Philosophy, True Blood and Philosophy, Walking Dead and Philosophy, Game of Thrones and Philosophy and Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy. He is currently under contract with Harvard University Press to write a book of public philosophy that interrogates superhero characters and stories.

He has contributed online content to the EdX Smithsonian course, “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture” and has developed a new joint Smithsonian-Harvard EdX course, “Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes,” which launched in the spring of 2017.

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Hillary Sale

Hillary Sale

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Hotung Building 6009
Georgetown Law
Washington, D.C.

Hillary Sale

Program Chair: Women’s Leadership Initiative
Program Chair: Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment
Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
Affiliated Faculty, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University

Hillary A. Sale is a recognized expert in leadership and corporate governance. She has been a member of the FINRA Board of Governors since 2016, where she Chairs the Regulatory Policy Committee and serves on the Executive, Nominating and Governance, Compensation, and Regulatory Operations Committees. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Foundation Press, an educational publisher of scholarly books, and a director with DirectWomen, a nonprofit focused on increasing the presence of women on public company boards. Hillary is the Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute and serves on DirectWomen’s Executive, Nominating and Governance, and Selection Committees.

Hillary is also the Associate Dean for Strategy, an award-winning scholar, and the Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Georgetown University. As an industry-focused academic, she writes and speaks about leadership and corporate governance. In the spring of 2017, she was the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, teaching Corporate Boards and Governance and Leadership.

She is an accomplished business partner who speaks to industry groups and academic audiences and was selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “2014 Most Influential Business Woman.” In addition to running governance and leadership programs, Hillary consults regularly with CEOs and C-suite executives on leadership, governance, strategy, inclusion and diversity, and company culture. And, she works with business leaders in both custom executive education programs and programs at Harvard Law School Executive Education, where she Chairs the Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment program, and at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and the Law Center.

Hillary graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds a master’s degree in Economics from Boston University, where she also completed her B.A., summa cum laude. Before joining the Georgetown faculty, she was the Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and a Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis. Hillary also worked in the government investigations and corporate and securities class actions areas at WilmerHale, LLP and in Massachusetts politics.

 

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David B. Wilkins

David B. Wilkins

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+1 (617) 495-0958
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+1 (617) 496-8489
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Harvard Law School
1575 Massachusetts Avenue
Hauser Hall #312
Cambridge, MA 02138

David B. Wilkins

Faculty Chair, Leadership in Corporate Counsel
Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession

Faculty Director, Center on the Legal Profession
Lester Kissel Professor of Law

Professor  David  B.  Wilkins  is  the  Lester  Kissel  Professor  of  Law,  Vice  Dean  for  Global  Initiatives  on  the  Legal  Profession,  and  Faculty  Director  of  the  Center  on  the  Legal  Profession   at  Harvard  Law  School.  He  is  also  a  Senior  Research  Fellow  of  the  American  Bar  Foundation  and  a  Fellow  of  the  Harvard  University  Edmond  J.  Safra  Foundation  Center  for  Ethics. Professor Wilkins  has written over  80  articles  on  the  legal  profession  in  leading  scholarly  journals  and  the  popular  press,  and  is  the  co-author or editor of five books, including one  of  the  leading  casebooks in  the  field. Professor Wilkins is the Faculty Chair of Leadership in Corporate Counsel.

His current scholarly projects include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies, The State of Black Alumni at Harvard Law School, Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services, After the J.D., and the Reemergence of the Big Four Accountancy Networks in the Market for Legal Services.  Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers, including The Legal  Profession, and Challenges  of  a  General  Counsel. In  2007,  he  co-founded  Harvard  Law  School’s  Executive  Education  Program,  where  he  teaches  in  several  courses  including  Leadership  in  Law  Firms and  Leadership  in  Corporate  Counsel.

Professor Wilkins  has  given  over  50  endowed  lectures  at  universities  around  the  world  and  is  a  frequent  speaker  at  professional  conferences  and  law  firm  and  corporate  retreats.    He holds honorary degrees from Roger Williams University (2017) and Stockholm  University in Sweden (2012), and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Harvard Law School Alumni Award (2016); the Aptissimi Award for Academic Excellence from ESADE UNIVERSITY in Spain (2014); the Distinguished  Visiting  Mentor  Award  from  Australia  National  University (2012), the American  Bar  Foundation  Scholar  of  the  Year  Award (2010), the J.  Clay  Smith  Award  from Howard  University  School  of  Law (2009), and the Order  of  the  Coif  Distinguished  Scholar Award (2008).  In  2012,  Professor  Wilkins  was  elected  to the  American  Academy  of  Arts  and  Sciences, and in 2014 he was selected as a Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors.

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Scott A. Westfahl

Scott A. Westfahl

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1.617.495.5559
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Harvard Law School
Areeda Hall, Room 518

Scott A. Westfahl

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.

Recent articles and white papers:

The Leadership Imperative: A Collaborative Approach to Professional Development in the Global Age of More for Less | Stanford Law Review

The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership | Law360

Leverage the Strength of Millennials: Finding Common Ground and Hidden Opportunities | PD Quarterly

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