Handpicked Thought Leaders

Handpicked. Diverse. Very Engaging.

Experts that Match Your Needs, Not Ours.
The best learning experience comes from not just the best experts, but the right experts.

Since Smith Executive Education is a Women's Leadership Center, we are more than a business school; we are not beholden to one set of faculty. We have the flexibility to handpick the best women's leadership and global business experts from universities, corporations and consultancies, assuring that you are getting the most amazing learning experience possible.

Below is a representative sample of our esteemed faculty:


Vijay Govindarajan
Vijay Govindarajan (“VG”) is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. He has been named one of the Top Five Most Respected Executive Coaches on Strategy by Forbes, and was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric to CEO Jeffrey Immelt. A Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, VG works with CEOs and top management teams to challenge and escalate their thinking about strategy. He has guided 25% of the Fortune 500, such as Boeing, Coca-Cola, FedEx, HP, J.P. Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Sony and Wal-Mart. VG has published seven books, including the international best seller Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators.


Anja Langbein
As a consultant at THT, Anja Langbein is responsible for designing and delivering leadership development programs in cross-cultural business communication, team building and negotiation for Fortune 100 companies worldwide. She specializes in trainings focused on women in leadership, as well as country-specific cultural programs. Born and raised in the former East Germany, Anja has worked with a wide range of international clients, such as Gillette, Siemens, IBM, Philips, Texas Instruments, American Express, Novo Nordisk, Lafarge and General Motors. Her engaging style and interactive personality make her an energetic and sought-after teacher and speaker.