Pre-Conference Program | Monday, April 8

Applying Design Thinking Principles to Create Change
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The legal market is consolidating and facing fierce competition from both within and outside of the profession. And, law firms are facing unprecedented demands from clients to innovate not only the legal solutions they are providing, but also how they are providing them.

Law firm executives are expected to solve these “business of law” problems, but must do so while operating within slow-moving, onsensus-building organizations. One tool you can use to better effect change is to engage stakeholders in the design thinking process to expedite consensus, build momentum and, ultimately, produce better solutions.

Professor Scott A. Westfahl and Anusia Gillespie will teach design-thinking through a highly interactive lecture. They will follow it with a team-based simulation where teams will use brainstorming, innovation, exaptation and other techniques to generate and detail solutions to the issues presented. And, they will use additional tools to assess feasibility of execution.

You will learn:

  • Research relating to disruption and innovation facing the global legal profession
  • Motivational forces that drive professionals within law firms and how to leverage the psychology of motivation and influence for positive impact
  • Principles of design thinking
  • How to apply design thinking and creativity principles to gain a hands-on understanding of their application in legal marketing

Anusia Gillespie.jpgAnusia Gillespie
Director of Innovation
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Scott Westfahl.jpgScott A. Westfahl
Professor of Practice and Faculty Director, Harvard Law School Executive Education
Harvard Law School

PLEASE NOTE: This Harvard Law School Executive Education workshop on leadership and design thinking is for director-level and above professionals in law firms. Attendance is limited to 60 participants and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.