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Sector Leadership Master Class (Online)
The Sector Leadership Master Class (SLMC) is an online, interactive 3-day program focused on the challenges and opportunities that law firm managing partners, c-suite leaders, and sector heads face when championing and leading industry sector groups. Through recent surveys with hundreds of general counsel, our faculty team heard time and again that the most important way external counsel can add value during times of uncertainty, like the COVID-19 pandemic, is through industry-specific information and advice. This Master Class optimizes participants’ ability to deliver distinctive advantages in their sector-focused work, improving client service.
Participants have found that participating in this program with several firm colleagues allowed them to develop a more implementable cross-sector strategy during the program. If considering a firm-based cohort, we recommend including leaders of the business development or marketing (or equivalent) teams along with sector heads or a managing partner.
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The Sector Leadership Master Class is an interactive, 3-day program focused on the challenges and opportunities that law firm managing partners, other high-level firm leaders, and sector heads face when leading industry sector groups.
This program offers participants the perspective, concepts, tools, and skills to help them be successful champions of sector strategies in their firms. The program aims to prepare you to:
The Learning Model
Developing effective sector leadership is a strategic imperative for law firms. Our programs use a combination of case studies, lectures, classroom discussions, hands-on exercises, and small group discussions to ensure that techniques and strategies are memorable and implementable. With this program, Harvard Law School faculty will bring their unparalleled, research-based expertise in sector leadership to the world’s major legal markets.
Our Sector Leadership Master Class includes:
This Master Class optimizes participants’ ability to deliver distinctive advantages in their sector-focused work.
About the Format
The Sector Leadership Master Class will take place on Zoom. In order to complete the program and earn a certificate of completion, participants are expected to attend every session. As with our on-campus programs, class size will be limited.
There will be two program sessions every day (December 1 – 3, 2020) between the hours of 10:00 a.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET. Accepted participants should reserve this window on their calendars until we circulate a finalized program schedule. Each session will be between 1-2 hours long, and we will schedule a break of at least 30 minutes between the two daily sessions.
Building Community and Networks
Our highly interactive sessions will include frequent breakout group discussions and small-group work. These opportunities will help ensure that participants will not only learn from the Faculty, but more importantly get to know each other and learn from each other’s thoughts, ideas and perspectives. Additionally, participants who complete the program will join our global Alumni Network, through which they will be invited to attend future residential and online programs offered by HLS Executive Education.
Who Should Attend?
The Sector Leadership Master Class is designed for lawyers and legal professionals leading their law firm’s sector strategy. This includes industry Sector Heads, Managing Partners, Practice Group Leaders, Regional Managing Partners, C-suite leaders, Heads of Business or Client Development, etc.
Participants have found that participating in this program with several firm colleagues allowed them to develop a more implementable cross-sector strategy during the program. If considering a firm-based cohort, we recommend including leaders of the business development or marketing (or equivalent) teams along with sector heads or a managing partner. Cohorts that attend the program will receive a 90-minute private coaching session with Faculty Chair Heidi K. Gardner to further the ability to successfully leverage collaboration at your firm or organization.
Visit the Admissions page for information on the process.
About the Faculty
Our faculty are members of the Harvard Law School faculty, distinguished academic, educators, researchers, authors, and practitioners in their respective fields. Representing various disciplines, they are close to practice through relationships with law firm leaders and General Counsel and through personal involvement as consultants for top firms around the world.
Program Teaching Team
Heidi Gardner – Faculty Chair
Learn more about the faculty by visiting our Faculty page and using the drop down menu (“Search By Faculty Type”) to select the program of interest.