Dr. Paola Cecchi Dimeglio

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Dr. Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio is the Chair of the Executive Leadership Research Initiative for Women and Minority Attorneys (ELRIWMA) at the Center for the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Law School and at Harvard Kennedy School in the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP).

A behavioral scientist and lawyer, Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio is one of Harvard Law’s rising stars studying issues related to diversity and gender in organizational behavior with the goal of promoting broad-based inclusion of women and minorities in the legal profession and in large organizations. Since joining Harvard, Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio has continued to advance the dialogue on diversifying the next generation of leaders. She has extensive experience in helping organizations to implement cultural, behavioral, and systemic changes.

Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio chairs the committee on Law and Gender for the UN Global Compact, PRME initiative (WGGE). She is a member of the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association, advising to the current President of the American Bar Association, Hillarie Bass on
“Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law.” She is a former co-chair of the American Bar Association International Committee on the Future of ADR and was nominated as Expert- Coordinator for several projects on ADR, lawyers, and gender that were funded by the EU and the UN.

Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio is a world-leading expert working with clients including firms in the AML 50, AML 100, Magic Circle law firms, and Fortune 500. In her consulting for the U.S. and the world’s leading law firms and corporations, she applies her expertise by helping organizations design and implement inclusive “nudges” in order to attract, recruit, promote, and sustain diverse talent while remaining compliant and competitive.

She is an award-winning author and has published several books and articles on data analytics and behavioral science, leadership, the legal profession, gender and diversity, ADR, and other topics. She authored Beyond Traditional Analysis of International Franchise Contracts, edited Interdisciplinary Handbook of Dispute Resolution, and appeared in leading peer journals such as the Journal of the Legal Profession, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, TDM (Transnational Dispute Management) Journal, and the United Nations (PRME) publication. Her research is featured on Business Insider, Harvard Business Review (HBR), and The American Lawyer; on legal websites including Bloomberg Law and Thomson Reuters Legal; and cited in leading newspapers including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Bangkok Post.

She is also a monthly columnist for the Legal Executive Institute at Thomson Reuters where she discusses how professional service firms and law firms can navigate a dramatically changing legal environment using data analytics and behavioral science.