Faculty Bios
Course leaders represent a “Who’s Who” of knowledgeable, dynamic business trainers.

Our faculty members are distinguished professionals and foremost subject matter experts, who have impressive corporate, entrepreneurial and academic track records. Their experience and engaging speaking styles enable them to convey complex concepts, simply, while leading critical instruction and discussion. Take a moment to review the varied backgrounds and credentials of these presenters. (Listed alphabetically by last name.)

We also routinely invite industry leaders and professors from top business schools to present at our larger seminars, when appropriate and available.



Reuben Advani began his career with Wall Street bank, Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., where he worked in the firm’s corporate finance division. He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from corporate valuation to financial reporting and is the author of The Wall Street MBA (McGraw-Hill). He also founded a company to provide Professional Development training, which is now part of BARBRI for Legal Practice. Advani holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School. He has served as an adjunct professor of finance at Drexel, Temple and Villanova Universities.



Chuck Bush is a finance advisor with an emphasis on media, entertainment and technology companies. As a consultant at Monitor Company, Bush helped clients identify and value potential targets on M&A and LBO transactions and conducted valuation analysis for multi-billion dollar deals. More recently, he was a key member of JPMorgan’s Entertainment Industries Group in Los Angeles, where he helped finance film studios such as DreamWorks and MGM. He holds a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School.



Greg Hill has extensive experience in corporate turnarounds and financial restructuring. He served as acting CFO for companies in the telecom, software and medical device industries. He was previously a senior executive with the Phillips Petroleum Company. He also served as Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Lineo, Inc., where he prepared for an IPO and increased company valuation from $15 million to $300 million. He holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.



Dan Schoepf is Executive Vice President of Global Sales for BARBRI. He has extensive experience in high-stakes education and testing protocol. Prior to BARBRI, he was president and founder of Prospects to Partners, a consulting firm. Dan is a frequent keynote speaker at educational conferences and national meetings throughout the United States. He is a twice-published author of books on selling and sales strategy. He has participated in leadership development and sales courses at the Kellogg School of Business, Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and many others.



After receiving her law degree, Lisa Tilton-McCarthy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, and also as an associate in litigation at Baker Botts, L.L.P. She has been a visiting professor at South Texas College of Law teaching legal research and writing. Currently, she teaches lawyering skills and strategies to foreign L.L.M. students. Ms. Tilton McCarthy continues to practice law in Houston with two respected firms. She also consults on legal writing skills. She graduated summa cum laude from South Texas College of Law in 1996.



Dr. Diane Lennard, a Clinical Associate Professor of Management Communication at New York University Stern School of Business, teaches graduate courses in coaching, business communication and intercultural communication. She coaches executives, educators, business consultants and other professionals who want to expand their communication skills and abilities for functioning in diverse work settings. Dr. Lennard has been an educator, consultant and coach for over twenty years. Her background is in the fields of business, education and theatre. She leads workshops for groups in the United States, Japan and India; and brings years of experience as a performer/theatre director, business owner, and educator to her work in corporate and educational settings. Dr. Lennard received her Ph.D., Education and Performance, from Union Institute & University; M.S. in Education from Bank Street College of Education; and B.A., Communication, from Bard College. She is a member of the Association of Business Communication; Institute of Coaching; Management Communication Association; and Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research.



Marla Persky is CEO/President of WOMN, LLC, a company dedicated to helping women succeed in the legal business by increasing their knowledge and acuity of financial drivers, client development and leadership. Ms. Persky was formerly Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim USA. Prior to that, she spent 19 years at Baxter International Inc. Ms. Persky is a frequent speaker on leadership principles, mentoring, diversity, crisis management, and negotiation techniques. She is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Northwestern University.



Susan Sneider is an internationally recognized management expert in the legal industry. Her experience as a corporate general counsel, marketing and business executive, and management consultant to law firms and corporate and governmental law departments provides her with a unique ability to understand and respond to client needs.  She is the President of New Vistas Consulting, a company that helps law firms and corporate legal departments meet their business goals. She has published extensively on all aspects of legal management. The well-known author of the American Bar Association's best-seller, "A Lawyer's Guide to Networking," Susan is also one of the authors of the seminal West/ACC 4-Volume Treatise, "Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel."



Ethan Bernstein is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School. His teaching and research address topics of leadership, collaboration, teamwork, and organizational learning. He has also taught accounting and finance. Bernstein’s work has been published in numerous journals and newspapers and has been cited for several prestigious awards. He recently served on the implementation team of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Bernstein earned his doctorate in management at Harvard, where he also received a JD/MBA degree.



Martin Curiel, CFA is co-founder of MYeCFO, a full-service financial advisory firm specializing in tax strategy. His previous roles include Petroleum Engineer at Chevron, Management Consultant at Deloitte, Principal at Denali Advisors and Vice President at Matthews International Capital Management. Mr. Curiel holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Additionally, he is co-founder of the Rising Farmworker Dream Fund (RFDF), a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of migrant and seasonal farmworkers through business-based solutions.



Dr. Joshua N. Weiss is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project and the co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in 2002. Dr. Weiss has spoken and published on topics relating to negotiation, mediation, and systemic approaches to dealing with conflict. He conducts research, consults with many different types of organizations, delivers negotiation and mediation trainings and courses, and engages in negotiation and mediation at the organizational, corporate, government, and international levels.



Steven B. Levy, the author of Legal Project Management: Control Costs, Meet Schedules, Manage Risks, and Maintain Sanity and The Off Switch: Discovering Your Work-Work Balance, is a business leader, project manager, and author who has spent many years helping the legal world deliver increased client value. His unique and practical approach to Legal Project Management, based on 30+ years managing projects and leading businesses on three continents, has made him a highly requested speaker, trainer, and seminar leader.



Colin M. Fisher currently serves as an assistant professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University’s School of Management. His research into organizational behavior examines how people read and respond to new collaborative situations, and how temporal dynamics affect group processes and outcomes in the areas of team leadership and coaching, creativity and improvisation, and group decision-making and negotiations. His research has been published in numerous scholarly journals and book chapters. Mr. Fisher received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Social Psychology from Harvard University/Harvard Business School.



Lauren Rivera joined Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as an assistant professor in 2009. A cultural sociologist by training, her work draws from both qualitative and quantitative techniques and bridges micro- and macro-levels of analysis. Her recent research investigates processes of status signaling and Her dissertation analyzed how top-tier investment banks, law firms and management consulting firms recruit and select new hires. Ms. Rivera’s articles, including topics such as social distinctions and interactions, have been recognized with the American Sociological Association’s Geertz Award for the Best Article in the Sociology of Culture and the Granovetter Award for the Best Article in Economic Sociology.



Thomas Holm, an accomplished instructor, directs the first-year Lawyering Skills Clinical Program at UCLA University of Law. Professor Holm is responsible for curriculum development and for training new and junior faculty regarding effective teaching methods. He served on the LexisNexis Legal Research and Writing Advisory Board and he lectures nationally to prospective law students on legal research, legal writing and exam-taking skills.

Jennifer Winslow

Jennifer Winslow began her legal career nearly 12 years ago as an associate at Morrison & Foerster. After practicing for six years, she refocused her career on attorney and law student recruitment and development, as well as diversity initiatives for the legal profession. Passionate about helping attorneys find satisfaction in their careers, Jennifer has counseled more than more than 500 law students and attorneys on job search strategy, application materials, interview techniques, and being proactive in managing their careers.