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The Director of Herbert Smith Freehills’ market-leading Alternative Legal Services (ALT) business in Australia has won a coveted Harvard Business School scholarship to study Disruptive Innovation.

Hilary Goodier was one of only two women to be awarded the Chief Executive Women’s Harvard Disruptive Innovation Scholarship.

The scholarship comes after Ms Goodier was named the 2019 ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards

Ms Goodier, who also leads ALT’s Global Technology practice, said she was honoured and excited to be heading to the epicentre of learning and innovation.

“We are doing some really exciting things at Herbert Smith Freehills and we are constantly exploring ways to innovate our service offerings,” she said.

“Attending Harvard as a CEW Scholar and learning from leading disruptors across a diverse range of industries is an amazing opportunity and is going to really test my thinking and help me push the boundaries of law and innovation.”

The Disruptive Innovation program allows innovators to examine the strategies employed by some of the world’s most successful disruptors, and analyse how industries, technologies and competitive forces affect their organisations. 

“The legal industry is undergoing immense change; our clients want to access the best legal services in the market, and we’re providing that, but changing the way we deliver it so it’s more efficient and cost effective,” Ms Goodier said.

“Of course, the constantly-changing legal landscape and changing client expectations mean we need to stay ahead of the curve. This program will help me to tackle that challenge.”

Chief Executive Women is an organisation representing Australia’s most senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not-for-profit sectors. Through targeted programs and scholarships for talented women, CEW works to remove the barriers to progression and ensure equal opportunity for prosperity.

CEW Scholarships Committee Chair, Colleen Harris, said mastering innovation is a critical skill for leaders in the 21st century.

“This scholarship will help Hilary take her knowledge of disruptive innovation to a whole new level.”

“Acquiring the right skills at the right time can make all the difference in the careers of talented executive women.”