Over the program’s six years, Emerging Leaders has worked with many members of the Harvard community, as well as professionals and experts from beyond Cambridge. Using feedback from prior cohorts and input from the current cohort, the Emerging Leaders Advisory Board develops a curriculum that draws on the strengths of the HU staff, faculty and network. Read the bios of some of our past speakers and mentors below.
Assistant Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer
Kevin joined HLS in October 2015 as the Assistant Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, he oversees all strategic and operational aspects of the school’s staff human resources function. Kevin works closely with the Dean, Dean for Administration, and senior management team on a wide variety of issues related to employment, compensation, diversity and inclusion, organizational design, change management, employee/labor relations, training and development, talent management and policy development.
Prior to joining HLS, Kevin was the Senior Director for Administration at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA. He also held a number of HR management positions during his 14 years at Emory University. Before embarking on his career in human resources and academia, Kevin served in the United States Marine Corps as an air traffic control officer at the rank of Captain.
Mentor & Speaker 2016, 2017
Associate Director of Enterprise Infrastructure Group
Sherif Hashem moved to Boston from Egypt to pursue his Masters in Information Systems at Northeastern University then proceeded to work in IT. Passionate about Higher Education, Boston was a natural fit and became his new home. He worked in Network Operations at Northeastern University then joined the team at Harvard Medical School as a Network Engineer responsible for designing high speed networks, internet traffic engineering and complex datacenters. In 2012, he crossed the Charles River to join HLS as the Manager of Network and Linux Systems working with the team behind the new HLS website, Secure File Transfer, Wired and Wireless network connectivity, VPN and Mailing Lists. When he is not at work he can be found at the Dojo practicing Judo or at the Sportsmen Club Clay Target Shooting.
Mentor & Speaker 2017
Deputy Director of Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute & Clinical Professor of Law
Ms. Umunna coaches the Harvard Law School (HLS) National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy team and the HLS Black Law Student Association trial teams. She also serves as a faculty member for Gideon’s Promise and is a frequent presenter at Public Defender Training Conferences around the country. She spent seven years at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) as a trial attorney. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Umunna was an adjunct professor of law and Practitioner in Residence at American University, Washington College of law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from California State University, a JD from George Washington University Law School, and a Masters in Public Administration (MC) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is the very proud mother of daughter, Ifeanyi and son, Edozie.
Mentor & Speaker 2017
Alfred Smart Professor of Law, Faculty Director of The Systemic Justice Project & Director of The Project on Law and Mind Sciences
Hanson graduated from Yale Law School in 1990, clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes, spent one year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale Law School, and then joined the faculty at Harvard Law School in 1992. His teaching and scholarship melds social psychology, social cognition, economics, history, and law. Hanson has received several teaching awards and is the faculty leader for 1L Section Six. Hanson’s recent scholarship includes the book, Ideology, Psychology, and Law (Oxford University Press). His current projects focus on systemic injustice and the role of implicit motives in shaping policy.
Mentor & Speaker 2015, 2016, 2017
Through her workshops, speeches, consulting, and publications, Nacie helps professionals & organizations craft a way forward with her unique, inside-out approach to growth. Her passion for development is rooted in her life-long interest in the power of transformative and authentic narrative. Trained as a historian, Nacie’s background in research, information synthesis, and the articulation and interpretation of “truth” strongly influences her unique approach to modern development. Her book on adapting to the changing job market, The Finch Effect: The Five Strategies to Adapt and Thrive in Your Working Life (Jossey-Bass 2012), has been a best-seller on Amazon Kindle and was praised by critics and readers alike for its actionable and inspirational message.
Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor Of Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program & Lecturer on Law
Before coming to HNMCP, Rachel Viscomi worked as a Principal in the Corporate Education Practice of Vantage Partners, a Boston-based consulting firm that helps clients achieve business results by transforming the way they negotiate and manage their key relationships. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Columbia College, with departmental honors, in Italian. She studied in Italy at the Università di Bologna and the Università degli studi di Firenze, earning her Master of Arts in Italian from Middlebury College with highest honors, before receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001. At HLS, she teaches Dispute Systems Design, and co-teaches Advanced Negotiation: Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making, and Teams and The Lawyer as Facilitator.