Negotiated Change During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Event Date: Wednesday April 22, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm EST
Location: via Zoom

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:

Negotiated Change During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

A recording of the session is available below.


A PON live discussion with:

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Editor, Negotiation Journal, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School


Kimberlyn Rachael Leary
Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Program Director, Enabling Change, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Executive Director, Policy Outreach, McLean Hospital


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

Registration closed.

Free and open to the public.

About the event:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this session is organized around the rule of 3:  Three negotiation challenges posed by the pandemic; three relevant negotiation principles; and three relevant change management models. This session will introduce new thoughts on the intersection of negotiation and change management principles, while seeking to make a difference in our thinking about societal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the speakers:

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is an expert in large-scale systems change, negotiation, and employment relations and a professor at Brandeis University, leading research on agile institutions and teaching classes in the Social Impact MBA program on strategy and operations. As the editor of the Negotiation Journal, published by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, he advances the theory, practice, policy, and instruction of negotiation and dispute resolution.

Previously, Cutcher-Gershenfeld served as a professor and dean in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, and is a past president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He is also an award-winning writer who has co-authored or co-edited 13 books and more than one hundred articles, book chapters, and policy papers on new technology, high-performance work systems, multi-stakeholder consortia, negotiations, change management, and engineering systems.  Cutcher-Gershenfeld has facilitated large-scale change initiatives in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, England, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Panama, and the United States – spanning education, health care, manufacturing, new technology, and service sectors.

Kimberlyn Leary has taught courses and seminars on negotiation, clinical technique, and public policy and mental health. She has also served as a tutor to third-year medical students. Leary sits on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and the Negotiation Journal. She is currently a faculty affiliate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program and at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Leary is also a fellow at New America’s International Security Program and a trustee of Amherst College.

In 1997, Leary published a paper on race and self-disclosure that won the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Karl Menninger Prize, and in 2007 she received the Ernest and Gertrude Ticho Award of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2010 Leary received the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis award for clinical scholarship and was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 2014. From 2015 to 2016, she served as an advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls, developing the “Advancing Equity” initiative for improving life outcomes for women and girls of color, and as an advisor to the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Health Division. Leary has consulted to senior leadership teams and professional service firms to enhance large scale change efforts in health care, education, and the delivery of government services in global contexts.


A recording of the session is available below.


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