Hillary A. Sale is an influential business leader and consultant as well as a recognized expert in financial services, ESG, securities, crisis management, compliance, corporate governance, strategy, and leadership. She was a member of the FINRA Board of Governors from 2016-2022, where she Chaired the Regulatory Policy Committee and served on the Executive, Nominating and Governance, Compensation, and Regulatory Operations Committees. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Foundation Press, an educational publisher of scholarly books, and a faculty member with the National Association of Corporate Directors. She speaks and works with boards across the country and is a member the board of DirectWomen, a prestigious organization successfully increasing the presence of women on public company boards. Hillary is also the Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute and serves on DirectWomen’s Executive and Nominating and Governance Committees.

Hillary is the Associate Dean for Strategy, the Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professor of Law, and a Professor of Management at Georgetown University. As an award-winning scholar and industry-focused academic, she writes and speaks about corporate governance, ESG, securities, compliance, strategy, and leadership. In the spring of 2017, she was the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, teaching Corporate Boards and Governance and Leadership.

She is an accomplished business partner who speaks to 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 governance and leadership programs, Hillary consults regularly with CEOs, C-suite executives, and boards on governance, strategy, ESG, inclusion and diversity, company culture, board effectiveness, and compliance. Additionally, she works with business leaders in both custom executive education programs and programs at Harvard Law, where she Chairs the Women’s Leadership Initiative, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and the Georgetown 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. Previously, Hillary served as the F. Arnold Chair in Corporate Finance and Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. She can be reached at hillary.sale@georgetown.edu or 202.662.4222.


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Hillary A. Sale, Monitoring Facebook, Harv. Bus. L. Rev. (forthcoming), [Gtown Law] [SSRN]


John C. Coffee, Jr., Hillary A. Sale & Charles K. Whitehead, Securities Regulation: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press 14th ed. 2021).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Hillary A. Sale, The Corporate Purpose of Social License, 94 S. Cal. L. Rev. 785-842 (2021).
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Donald C. Langevoort & Hillary A. Sale, Corporate Adolescence: Why Did “We” Not Work?, 99 Tex. L. Rev. 1347-1385 (2021).
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Forthcoming Works - Book Chapters & Collected Works

Hillary A. Sale, In re The Walt Disney Co. Derivative Litigation Rewritten, in Feminist Judgements: Rewritten Corporate Law (Kelli Alces Williams, Anne Choike & Usha R. Rodrigues eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming). [Gtown Law] [SSRN]