Jill Goldenziel Law, Leadership, & Security Consulting

I help global leaders understand how law and policy affect their work.
I help leaders build inclusive, high-performing teams.
I bring academic research out of the ivory tower into rooms where decisions get made.

I speak and consult for public, non-profit, and private sector organizations on issues including:

  • International and constitutional law
  • Geostrategy
  • Refugees and Migration
  • ESG and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Lawfare and Business Risk
  • Building Trust In Leadership
  • How to Make Good Leaders Great
  • Migration as a Business Opportunity
  • Becoming a Global Corporate Citizen
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Information Warfare
  • International Development
  • Middle East Law and Politics

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I also serve as an expert for legal proceedings.

I have consulted for organizations including a major international risk consulting firm, a Marine unit at a Combatant Command, The Henry L. Stimson Center, T’ruah, and the International Institute for Education. I have helped these organizations to develop strategic plans for projects and conducted research for programs, including fieldwork abroad. I have also helped organizations integrate academic research and research tools into their programs and strategic plans and helped them make complex research accessible to their clients.

I speak on inclusive leadership and consult with organizations and individuals on building the traits that make good leaders great. I bring lessons from my work teaching the US Marine Corps–the world’s best teambuilders–to help leaders and organizations create environments of trust where all team members will grow and thrive.

My Leadership courses at Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College include implicit bias, cognitive bias, leadership ethics, critical thinking, and team-building.

Workshop Topics Include:

What’s Your Geostrategy? 

Geopolitical risk is the number one global corporate risk. Increased volatility in previously stable regions, wealth inequality, migration, cyber-attacks, and rapidly changing environmental factors like climate change are causing unprecedented and continuing risk to business practices. This keynote will overview the top geopolitical risk factors affecting businesses today and how leaders can mitigate these risks and turn them into business opportunities. 

Building Trust in Leadership

What will your leadership legacy be? Studies show it will be based on the trust of your clients and employees. Trust has never been more important for business leaders. People all over the world are more likely to trust corporations than governments. The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries, showed that 61% of people expressed trust in business, far more than trusted government or the media. More than two-thirds said they expect businesses to step in when government falls short of meeting their needs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans expressed more trust in companies to keep America running than the US government. Corporate leaders are no longer responsible solely to their shareholders, but to their employees, communities, customers, and the world. Recent calls on Coca-Cola, Delta, and other corporations to act against voting restrictions highlight how Americans are demanding that corporations to lead on social issues. Americans under 40, in particular, place value on buying from businesses that are responsible corporate citizens—and flocked away from companies that treated their workers poorly during the pandemic. This presentation shows business leaders how to build trust. Drawing on her extensive research on trust in organizations, Dr. Goldenziel also guides leaders through focused exercises to help them build and maintain the trust of those they lead and influence. Leaders will emerge with a plan for building trust as ethical leaders, driving consumer loyalty, and increasing engagement of employees and communities.

Becoming a Global Corporate Citizen

Being a business leader means being a world leader. Americans are increasingly looking to corporations to lead on social issues. According to a 2020 poll by RealClear Opinion research, 75% of Americans believe that the purposes of corporations includes ethical behavior in addition to returns to its shareholders. The same poll found that one-third of Americans expect corporations to speak out on social issues.  Recent calls on Coca-Cola, Delta, and other corporations to act against voting restrictions highlight the pressure on corporations to be responsible for their communities. Americans under 40, in particular, expect the businesses they patronize to be ethical and socially responsible. 95% of Millenials would switch brands for a good cause. Drawing on extensive research on business and human rights, Dr. Goldenziel’s presentation gives leaders strategies to integrate corporate social responsibility into their business operations and to establish themselves and their businesses as responsible and ethical global corporate citizens.  In doing so, she will give an overview of U.S. laws on business and human rights that govern global corporate citizenship, and UN initiatives that promote business involvement in global social issues. In her accompanying workshop, Dr. Goldenziel guides leaders through focused exercises to define their purpose-led mission as global corporate citizens

Making Good Leaders Great: The Most Critical Leadership Traits

It’s time to change the divisive dialogue surrounding gender and leadership. Instead of talking about “male leadership styles” and “female leadership styles,” organizations should build the traits that make good leaders great. By doing so, organizations can hold more inclusive conversations about gender and leadership. This talk will delve into the history of leadership models, showing how they have been based largely on male leaders. It will then turn to understanding the most positive traits that people want to see in their leaders—traits that have been most closely associated with women’s leadership. The audience will emerge with strategies to  build the traits that make all good leaders great, regardless of gender. Dr. Goldenziel will also provide workshops geared toward building the most crucial leadership traits.

Migration as a Business Opportunity

Rising global migration presents a tremendous opportunity for businesses. Inclusion of immigrants in businesses has been correlated with greater innovation, creativity, and adaptation of business to a rapidly changing world. This presentation will show how migration can provide tremendous benefits and opportunities for businesses. It will reveal how future migration trends will affect business operations and opportunities. It will assist business leaders in defining policies and procedures to include migrants within their organization while protecting their rights at every stage of the migration process. It will assist businesses in mapping the presence of migrant workers in a company and its supply chain and developing and implementing ethical business practices. It will also review the legal framework surrounding migration and the risks and benefits of employing migrants. In her talk and workshop, Dr. Goldenziel will draw on her experience working and speaking alongside business leaders in the negotiations for the UN Global Compact for Migration.