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 (known as VG) is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. He is the inaugural Coxe Distinguished Professor of Management at Dartmouth College. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write How GE is Disrupting Itself, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. HBR picked reverse innovation as one of the Great Moments in Management in the Last Century. He has been named one of the Top 10 Professors in Corporate Executive Education by Business Week and Top Five Most Respected Executive Coaches on Strategy by Forbes. Professor Govindarajan has published more than seven books, including the international best seller Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere (2012).

Lynn Seth

Lynn Seth is a Corporate Trainer and Performance Coach with over 20 years of experience in the field of human performance. As the founder of LeadHer Solutions, Lynn utilizes her experience as a former collegiate Division I athlete, skills as a corporate trainer, executive coach and keynote speaker to help clients at Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. Lynn educates and informs her audience through an energetic, personable and engaging style.

A seasoned and dynamic trainer, Lynn has managed large training departments for companies such as Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and learning institutions such as The University of Arizona. Lynn has consulted with organizations such as AT&T, General Electric, The Association of Black Women Lawyers and Schering-Plough Corporation. In addition to her leadership role with LeadHer Solutions, Lynn also oversees the development of a global team of coaches who deliver energy management programs to Johnson & Johnson companies across the world.

Brian Uzzi

Brian Uzzi is the Richard L. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is a globally recognized scientist, teacher and consultant on leadership, social networks, and new media. He co-directs NICO, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, is faculty director of the Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative. His award-winning and highly cited research examine the relationship between networks and outstanding human achievement in business, science and the arts. He has taught executives around the world, won twelve teaching awards, and has been on the faculties of Harvard University, INSEAD, University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley.