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 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 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 more than seven books, including the international best seller Reverse Innovation.

Kathleen Pearson

Kathy Pearson is President and Senior Partner of Enterprise Learning Solutions, a firm focused on executive development and learning across industries.  Dr. Pearson teaches on a variety of topics including The Enterprise Mindset, Stakeholder Management, and Operational Excellence. Dr. Pearson’s  experience includes working with senior leadership teams in the areas of strategic formulation, complex decision making under uncertainty, and strategic execution.

Anja Langbein

As a senior 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. In 2012, she co-founded Culture Learning Group to offer her clients highly customized and targeted learning solutions. Anja is also a visiting faculty member of Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College, and Smith College where she teaches courses within their respective corporate education programs worldwide. 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.

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’s career spans more than twenty-five years. She has studied midwifery, massage therapy, and is a highly respected herbalist. She currently directs the Fellowship program at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She is an internationally known speaker on  the responsible use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements and integrative approaches to women’s health.