B.A., Boston University; M.A., Boston University; J.D., Harvard
Hillary A. Sale is a recognized expert in leadership and corporate governance. She has been a member of the FINRA Board of Governors since 2016, where she Chairs the Regulatory Policy Committee and serves on the Executive, Nominating and Governance, Compensation, and Regulatory Operations Committees. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Foundation Press, an educational publisher of scholarly books, and a director with DirectWomen, a nonprofit focused on increasing the presence of women on public company boards. Hillary is the Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute and serves on DirectWomen’s Executive, Nominating and Governance, and Selection Committees.
Hillary is also the Associate Dean for Strategy, an award-winning scholar and teacher, and the Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Law and a Professor of Management at Georgetown University. As an industry-focused academic, she writes and speaks about leadership and corporate governance. In the spring of 2017, she was the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, teaching Women’s Leadership and Corporate Boards and Governance.
She is an accomplished business partner who speaks to and works with industry groups and academic audiences and was selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “2014 Most Influential Business Woman.” In addition to running leadership and governance programs, Hillary consults regularly with CEOs and C-suite executives on leadership, governance, strategy, inclusion and diversity, and company culture. She also develops custom executive education programs and works with business leaders in programs at Harvard Law, where she Chairs the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and the Law Center.
Hillary graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds a master’s degree in Economics from Boston University, where she also completed her B.A., summa cum laude. Before joining the Georgetown faculty, she was the Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and a Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis. Hillary also worked in the government investigations and corporate and securities class actions areas at WilmerHale, LLP and in Massachusetts politics.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Georgetown Law instills leadership development, bolsters tech law," coverage in The National Jurist, May 11, 2022, featuring Professor Hillary A. Sale and Dean William M. Treanor.
"SEC Poised to Bless Nasdaq Plan to Spur Diverse Corporate Boards," coverage by Bloomberg Law, August 3, 2021, featuring Associate Dean Hillary Sale.
"Why Companies Can’t Stop Top Execs From Blasting Off To Space Or Flying Fighter Jets," coverage on WMFE 89.5, July 25, 2021, featuring Professor Hillary Sale.
"BofA Atty Says Outside Biz Activites No. 1 Remote Work Risk," coverage by Law 360, May 19, 2021, featuring Associate Dean Hillary Sale.