Leadership in Professional Services Firms Power, Politics & Prima Donnas

Event Details

Feb 22, 2018

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

New York, NY


How does a professional come to be seen as a leader within a professional organization? How do leaders maintain their position once they have reached the top? How do they navigate the complex power relationships among their professional colleagues and actually get things done?

On February 22, the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession are pleased to welcome Professor Laura Empson, Professor in the Management of Professional Service Firms, at the Cass Business School at the City University of London, for the launch of Professor Empson’s new monograph Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Professor Empson will present some of the major ideas from her book and lead a highlight discussion with several senior leaders of global professional services firms.

Seating is extremely limited.

Online registration now available!

Why You Should Attend

  • This program delivers practical guidance for senior leadership at high-performing professional services organizations
  • Attendees will gain exclusive insights on Professor Empson's latest research that didn't make it to print
  • Participants will gain candid advice from a panel of distinguished peers who have led large global firms for years

    Who Should Attend

  • Law Firm Chairs
  • Law Firm Managing Partners
  • Law Firm Executive Committee Members
  • Law Firm C-Suite Officers
  • Chief Legal Officers
  • General Counsel
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Laura Empson

    Professor in the Management of Professional Services Firms, Cass Business School

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    David B. Wilkins

    Lester Kissel Professor of Law; Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

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    Event Details

    Thursday, Feb 22

    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM

    Leading professional service firms remains a challenging task for even the most seasoned business executive. According to Professor Laura Empson, today’s most successful decision makers exhibit a core set of competencies that distinguish  “leaders” from “followers” within one’s organization. Please join us as Professor Empson shares key highlights from her latest monograph Leading Professionals: Power, Politics and Prima Donnas (Oxford University Press, 2017).

    5:00 PM
    Panel Discussion

    Please join us as an illustrious panel of leaders from global professional services firms offer their perspective on Professor Empson’s latest research.

    David J. Greenwald, Chairman, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
    Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Spotify
    David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law & Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

    6:00 PM
    Networking Reception

    Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the evening’s proceedings.

    David Greenwald

    Managing Partner, Fried Frank

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    Horacio Gutierrez

    Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs

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    Thomson Reuters New York Corporate Offices

    3 Times Square, Floor 30
    New York, NY 10036

    This event takes place on the 30th floor of the Thomson Reuters New York Corporate Offices.

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