Driving Innovation in Uncertain Times: Adaptive Leadership Skills for In-House Counsel

Event Description

Scott Westfahl is a Professor of Practice and the Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School.  Within the school’s J.D. curriculum, Professor Westfahl teaches courses on leadership, design thinking and innovation, resilience, teams and networks. His primary focus is leading Harvard Law School Executive Education, which provides unrivaled, intensive, business-school style leadership programs for law firm, in-house and government/public sector lawyers from all over the world.  He also collaborates with HLS colleagues and other Harvard faculty to design and teach custom programs for law firms, law departments, government/public sector and other legal-related organizations.  He focuses his Executive Education teaching and writing on leadership and teams, design thinking and innovation, the motivation and development of professionals, fostering diversity and inclusion in legal organizations, and strategy and organizational alignment from a talent development perspective.   Professor Westfahl is a strategic advisor to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and a Founding and Advisory Board Member of The Purple Campaign to prevent workplace harassment.

 

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 lawyers and staff, focusing on organizational and leadership development, feedback, mentoring, career progression, diversity, professional skills training, lawyer and staff integration and transitions and alumni.  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 lawyer assignment system and database called iStaff, which effectively ties lawyer work assignments to their professional development needs.   Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, DC office of McKinsey & Company, and ten years practicing business and regulatory law with Foley & Lardner’s Washington, D.C. office.

 

Professor Westfahl frequently lectures, consults and comments upon leadership, talent development and design thinking and innovation 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).  He is also the co-author of a groundbreaking proposal for a collaborative model of lawyer professional development, appearing in the Stanford Law Review: Westfahl, Scott A. and Wilkins, David B., The Leadership Imperative: A Collaborative Approach to Professional Development in the Global Age of More for Less (August 3, 2017). Stanford Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 6, 2017; HLS Center on the Legal Profession Research Paper No. 2017-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3013150

Title:
Driving Innovation in Uncertain Times

Time:
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 07:00 PM

Timezone:
America/New_York

Scott Westfahl is a Professor of Practice and the Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School.  Within the school’s J.D. curriculum, Professor Westfahl teaches courses on leadership, design thinking and innovation, resilience, teams and networks. His primary focus is leading Harvard Law School Executive Education, which provides unrivaled, intensive, business-school style leadership programs for law firm, in-house and government/public sector lawyers from all over the world.  He also collaborates with HLS colleagues and other Harvard faculty to design and teach custom programs for law firms, law departments, government/public sector and other legal-related organizations.  He focuses his Executive Education teaching and writing on leadership and teams, design thinking and innovation, the motivation and development of professionals, fostering diversity and inclusion in legal organizations, and strategy and organizational alignment from a talent development perspective.   Professor Westfahl is a strategic advisor to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and a Founding and Advisory Board Member of The Purple Campaign to prevent workplace harassment.

 

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 lawyers and staff, focusing on organizational and leadership development, feedback, mentoring, career progression, diversity, professional skills training, lawyer and staff integration and transitions and alumni.  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 lawyer assignment system and database called iStaff, which effectively ties lawyer work assignments to their professional development needs.   Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, DC office of McKinsey & Company, and ten years practicing business and regulatory law with Foley & Lardner’s Washington, D.C. office.

 

Professor Westfahl frequently lectures, consults and comments upon leadership, talent development and design thinking and innovation 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).  He is also the co-author of a groundbreaking proposal for a collaborative model of lawyer professional development, appearing in the Stanford Law Review: Westfahl, Scott A. and Wilkins, David B., The Leadership Imperative: A Collaborative Approach to Professional Development in the Global Age of More for Less (August 3, 2017). Stanford Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 6, 2017; HLS Center on the Legal Profession Research Paper No. 2017-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3013150

Title:
Driving Innovation in Uncertain Times

Time:
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 07:00 PM

Timezone:
America/New_York

Driving Innovation in Uncertain Times: Adaptive Leadership Skills for In-House Counsel

Event Description

If 2020 taught us nothing else, it is that big things that we take for granted can quickly change or disappear. Now more than ever, law firms and in-house legal departments, are facing disruptive changes. Lawyers need the ability to not only adapt, but also to lead, influence, and operate in an environment that will continue to evolve, often without a clear path forward.

 

In the face of changes ranging from department reorganizations to global health crises, law firms and organizations will need leaders who can meet today’s challenges and find opportunities to thrive in an uncertain future.

 

Join us for the next installment of our IHC Advantage Series, as Harvard Law School Professor Scott A. Westfahl will discuss:

– The key principles of adaptive leadership that help leaders to frame their approach to leading in uncertain times and creating an environment in which innovation can thrive;

– The six key factors of organizational culture that predict how ready an organization is for innovation; and

– Specific examples about how corporate legal departments can more effectively leverage those key factors.

 

After the presentation, all attendees are invited to participate in virtual networking via breakout rooms with Professor Westfahl.

 

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 via Live Zoom Video Conference

  • 7:00 pm -8:30 pm ET: Presentation followed by Audience Q&A
  • 8:30 pm -9:00 pm ET: Virtual Networking via Breakout Rooms

 

 

Shopping cart
There are no products in the cart!
Continue shopping
0