HALB 8th Annual Symposium

Join the Harvard Association for Law and Business (HALB) for its 8th annual Symposium, with speakers from Chanel, LVMH, Paypal, Goldman Sachs, Nasdaq, Blackstone, and more! The Symposium will provide a discussion of the intersection of law and business, and how your skill set can be applied in the business world. Lunch will be provided every day. The keynote event with CEO of Weight Watchers will take place Thursday at 4pm, followed by a cocktail reception at Temple Bar!

Attend three or more events to get a free HALB Canvas Tote! See the full schedule & RSVP to our Symposium here!

3/4 – Founder’s Journey – WCC 1010, 12pm, Co-Sponsored by HLEP
Adam Eskin (Founder & CEO, Dig Inn)
Joanne Chang (Founder & Co-Owner, Flour Bakery)
Nina Faulhaber (Co-Founder & CEO, ADAY)
Peter Rahal (Co-Founder & CEO, RXBAR)
Memme Onwudiwe, ‘19 (Moderator / EVP, Evisort)

3/5 – Global Luxury Retail Panel – WCC 2004, 12pm, Co-Sponsored by CSEL
Louise Firestone (GC, LVMH)
Daniel Rosenberg (GC, Chanel)
Heather Lee, ‘19 (Moderator)

3/6 – General Counsel Panel – WCC 1010, 12pm, Co-Sponsored by JOLT
Edward Knight (GC, Nasdaq)
Louise Pentland (Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, PayPal)
Professor Scott Westfahl, ‘88 (Moderator)

3/7 – Private Equity Panel – WCC 1015, 12pm, Co-Sponsored by HBLR
Vik Sawhney (MD, Blackstone PE)
Rick Schifter (Senior Advisor, TPG)
Grace Zhu, ‘20 (Moderator)

3/7 – Evening Keynote – WCC 1010, 4pm
Mindy Grossman (CEO, Weight Watchers)
Elizabeth Ferrie, ‘19 (Moderator)

See below for details on Mindy Grossman, our evening keynote speaker!

3/8 – Restructuring & Distressed Investing Panel – WCC 1015, 12pm
Clinton Ray (MD, Goldman Sachs)
Alexander Vavalidis (ED, Goldman Sachs)
Tim Coleman (Partner, PJT Partners)
Stephen Hessler (Partner, Kirkland & Ellis)
Miguel Fidalgo (Founder, Triarii Capital)
David Hong (Associate GC, King Street Capital)
Taro Tan, ‘18 & Ethan Ross, JD/MBA ‘19 (Moderators)

For questions or concerns, please contact Grace Zhu (gzhu@jd20.law.harvard.edu) or Nancy Zhu (yzhu@jd20.law.harvard.edu).

Thank you to all of our co-sponsors: DOS, Harvard Law and Entrepreneurship Project, Harvard Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Harvard Business and Law Review, Harvard Tax Law and Financial Regulation Students Association, Harvard APALSA, Harvard China Law Association, Harvard Law Women’s Law Association, MIT Investment Management Club.



Mindy Grossman — President and Chief Executive Officer, Director — WW (3/7 Evening Keynote Speaker)

Mindy Grossman, 61, has served as a director and President and CEO of WW (NASDAQ: WTW) since July 2017. Grossman has more than 38 years of experience in building and transforming consumer brands.

Prior to joining WW, she served as Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc. and a member of the company’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2017. She oversaw a $4 billion direct to consumer retail portfolio that included HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio of home and family lifestyle brands.

During her tenure, she positioned HSNi as a leader in boundaryless retail, offering customers a seamless shopping experience across multiple channels – television, catalogue, online and mobile. As a result, more than half of the company’s revenue was generated through digital commerce.

A 38-year veteran of the retail and apparel industries, Grossman joined IAC, HSNi’s former parent company, in 2006 as CEO of IAC Retail. In 2008, she took the company public and became the CEO of HSNi. She transformed HSN into a lifestyle network offering an exciting array of products, personalities and experiences designed to engage, inform and entertain. She pioneered visionary, industry-changing innovations, such as Shop by Remote, HSN Arcade and HSN Live, and formed unique partnerships with brands such as Disney, Ford and Universal. She also reshaped the Cornerstone Brands portfolio by spearheading the digital transformation of the catalogue business.

Prior to joining IAC, she served as a Global Vice President at Nike, Inc., overseeing its $4 billion apparel business. At Nike, she led the development and growth of the global women’s business and served as co-chair of Nike’s Women’s Leadership Council. Earlier career highlights include serving as President and CEO of Polo Jeans Company, Vice President of New Business Development at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, President of Chaps Ralph Lauren, and Senior Vice President of Menswear for Warnaco, Inc. She also held senior positions at Tommy Hilfiger and Oxford Industries.

In October 2018, Grossman was named to TIME Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People in Health Care 2018. In 2014, Grossman was recognized as one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People in Business and Fortune’s Business Person of the Year. In 2013, Forbes magazine named Grossman one of the world’s 100 most powerful women, an honor she has received four times. In 2011, she was named Corporate Innovator of the Year at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Florida Awards. In both 2010 and 2011, Grossman was ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 women in world business.

Grossman serves as Vice Chairman for UNICEF USA and is a member of the Board of Directors of Bloomin’ Brands and Fanatics, Inc.