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 (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).

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.

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.

Tieraona Low Dog
Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of women’s health, dietary supplements, herbal medicine, and natural medicine. Dr. Low Dog ran a successful integrative medical clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico before joining the faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona where she served as the Director of the Fellowship from 2005-2014. Dr. Low Dog has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues for more than a decade. In 2000, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and recently completed her three–year term as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). An inspirational teacher, speaker and author, she has recently authored Life is Your Best Medicine and Healthy at Home.