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Executive Education Faculty

Our Executive Education programs are developed and taught by expert faculty in law and business.

Our core teaching team is comprised of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School faculty in addition to distinguished faculty from other law and business schools. These academicians, educators, researchers, authors, and practitioners are experts of their respective fields. Representing various disciplines, they are close to practice through relationships with law firm leaders and through personal involvement as consultants for top firms around the world.

Scott Westfahl

Professor of Practice and Director, Executive Education

Faculty Chair, Leadership in Law Firms

Scott Westfahl is the Director of HLS Executive Education and also teaches courses on leadership, design thinking and innovation within the law school’s J.D. curriculum. Read faculty profile →


Farayi Chipungu

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Faculty Chair, Adaptive Leadership: Lawyers Driving Change

Farayi Chipungu teaches Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change. She also serves as faculty on several executive education programs at Harvard. Read faculty profile →

John C. Coates

John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics; Deputy Dean; Research Director, Center on the Legal Profession

Faculty Chair, Mergers and Acquisitions: Leading and Structuring Deals

John Coates is the John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, where he also serves as Deputy Dean and Research Director of the Center on the Legal Profession. Professor Coates served as General Counsel and as Acting Director for the Division of Corporation Finance for the SEC. Before joining Harvard, he was a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializing in financial institutions and M&A. At HLS and at HBS, he teaches corporate governance, M&A, finance, and related topics. He has testified before Congress, advised the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the New York Stock Exchange, and served as the Chair of the Investor-as-Owner Subcommittee of the Investor Advisory Committee of the SEC. Read faculty profile →

Michele DeStefano

Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law and Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession

Program Chair, Transforming Client Relationships Through Innovation

Recently recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel, Michele is a Professor at the University of Miami School of law, affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School, and the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think-tank of over 1000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology. Read faculty profile →

Carrie J. Fletcher

Research Fellow, London Business School Leadership Institute

Program Chair, Accelerated Leadership Program

Carrie J. Fletcher is a leadership and strategy consultant, executive coach, and former practicing attorney. Her coaching, instructional design, and teaching work focus on the development of core individual, team, and organizational leadership skills. Read faculty profile →

Heidi K. Gardner

Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession

Program Chair, Smarter Collaboration Master Class and Sector Leadership Master Class.

Heidi K. Gardner, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and is co-found of Garnder & Co. Read faculty profile →

David Malan

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science

Faculty Chair, Computer Science for Lawyers

David J. Malan is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as well as a Member of the Faculty of Education in the Graduate School of Education and an Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School. Read faculty profile →

Hillary Sale

Associate Dean for Strategy, Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Law, Professor of Management at Georgetown University

Program Chair, Women’s Leadership Initiative

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. Read faculty profile →

Hal S. Scott

Nomura Professor of International Financial Systems, Emeritus

Faculty Chair, International Finance: Policy, Regulation, and Transactions

Hal S. Scott is the Emeritus Nomura Professor of International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School (HLS), where he taught from 1975-2018. His HLS courses were on Capital Markets Regulation, International Finance, the Payment System and Securities Regulation. Read faculty profile →

David B. Wilkins

Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Faculty Director, Center on the Legal Profession and Lester Kissel Professor of Law

Faculty Director, Leadership in Law Firms, Leadership in Corporate Counsel, and Leading the Law Firm of the Future.

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. Read faculty profile →

David J. Collis, Harvard Business School →  

Bala Dharan, Harvard Law School →  

Mihir A. Desai, Harvard Business School →

Benjamin C. Esty, Harvard Business School →

Elisabeth de Fontenay, Duke University School of Law →  

Sheila Heen, Harvard Law School →  

Ronald Heifetz, Harvard Kennedy School → 

Doug Lloyd, Harvard University Division of Continuing Education →

E. Scott Mayfield, Harvard Business School →  

Kathleen McGinn, Harvard Business School → 

Ashish Nanda, Harvard Business School → 

Rebecca Newton, CoachAdvisor and London School of Economics →

Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Harvard Business School →

Chris Robichaud, Harvard Kennedy School →

Eugene F. Soltes, Harvard Business School →

Guhan Subramanian, Harvard Law School →

John Van Maanen, MIT Sloan →