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.

Because Smith College Executive Education is a Women's Leadership Center and not 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 the best 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 more than seven books, including the international best seller Reverse Innovation.

Ella L.J. Bell Smith

Working in the field of organizational behavior and organizational change, Professor Smith is one of the leading experts in the management of race, gender, and class in the workplace. She is a consultant to Fortune 100 and 500 companies and public institutions on the advancement of all women in the workplace, as well as issues related to authentic leadership for both men and women.
Professor Smith’s research interests focus on the career and life histories of professional women and she is currently studying issues of work/life balance.

Richard Boyatzis

Using his well-established Intentional Change Theory (ICT) and complexity theory, Richard Boyatzis continues to research how people and organizations engage in sustainable, desired change. The theory predicts how changes occur in different groups of human organizations, including team, community, country, and global change. 
Ongoing research supporting this theory includes developing new and better measures of an individual’s emotional, social and cognitive intelligence, as well as studies that demonstrate the relationship between these abilities and performance. The latest research includes fMRI studies to establish neuro-endocrine arousal of coaching to the Positive Emotional Attractor and resonant leadership.

Brian Uzzi

Brian Uzzi is the Richard L. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His award-winning and highly cited ideas examine the relationship between networks and outstanding human achievement. He has taught executives around the world, won eight teaching awards, and visited on the faculties of INSEAD in France, the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley.

John Thomas

John Thomas is the Executive Vice President of Executive Perspectives where his primary focus is in helping leaders improve their businesses and themselves as a result of learning by doing through computer-based business simulations.  John’s areas of expertise include enhancing leadership skills, creating service excellence, improving employee talent and developing a better customer/market focus.

Tierona Low Dog

Dr. Low Dog is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of dietary supplements, herbal medicine, women's health and natural medicine. She is an inspirational teacher, speaker and author. She has been an invited speaker to more than 550 scientific/medical conferences, published 45 peer-reviewed articles, written 22 chapters for medical textbooks, and has recently authored three National Geographic books, Healthy at Home and Life is Your Best Medicine and co-authored the Guide to Medicinal Herbs. She serves on numerous editorial/advisory boards, and has appeared on E!, ABC’s 20/20, CNN, and is a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show and NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy.