Heidi K. Gardner, PhD, is a trusted advisor, high-energy educator, and compelling speaker who uses her empirical research and globally-informed insights to advise professional service firms, financial institutions, technology companies, and in-house departments around the world.
Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including positions with McKinsey & Co., Procter & Gamble, as a Fulbright Scholar, and most recently as a professor with both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School Executive Education. Over the past decade, Dr. Gardner conducted in-depth studies on numerous global professional service firms and performed empirical research on organizational collaboration. Dr. Garner published the results of her work in Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos in January 2017. Her clear and convincing case that collaboration pays for professionals and their firms was recognized by the Academy of Management’s prize for Outstanding Paper with Practical Implications for Management.
Dr. Gardner has addressed more than 20,000 professionals in more than two dozen countries on themes of Smart Collaboration. She continues to lead discussions on topics of leadership and collaboration as a Distinguished Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, as well as the Faculty Chair of the school’s Executive Education Program. Her collection of published works includes more than 60 book chapters, case studies, and articles in scholarly and practitioner journals. All of this work has earned her a variety of esteemed recognitions, including being named a Next Generation Business Thinker by Thinkers50.