Lena G. Goldberg
James M. Collins Senior Lecturer
Lena G. Goldberg is a Senior Lecturer in the General Management Group of the Harvard Business School. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President - Strategic Corporate Initiatives and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Fidelity Investments, one of the largest mutual fund companies in the United States, a leading provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm.
As Fidelity’s General Counsel for more than a decade, Lena was responsible for overall oversight, management and provision of legal advice and services to the company as well as for development and expansion of the internal legal group which almost quadrupled in size to accommodate the company’ s tremendous growth. Recognized by Inside Counsel as one of the “50 Most Influential In-House Counsel”, she served as a problem solver and innovator at Fidelity, focusing on driving growth while protecting the company’s wide spectrum of domestic and international business operations during periods of robust economic activity as well as during business down-cycles and periods of protracted and intense regulatory scrutiny. While at Fidelity, she served on numerous internal and subsidiary boards, management and oversight committees.
Before joining Fidelity, Ms. Goldberg was a partner and a member of the management committee at Sullivan & Worcester LLP. She headed that firm’s bankruptcy and reorganization group and also practiced in the areas of corporate finance and securities law. Previously, she was an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Lena received her B.A. degree in philosophy from Chatham College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year, and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She did graduate work in philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pittsburgh.
Lena was a visiting teacher at the MIT’s Sloan School of Management from 1985 until June 2008 and was one of the founders of the “Manager’s Legal Function” course offered at Sloan. Lena has been active in a wide variety of nonprofit and pro bono activities including serving as an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, a member of the corporation of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratories, Inc., and vice chair of the New England Legal Foundation (2006-2008), a member of the Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School (2003-2011), the advisory board of the Morin Center for Banking and the Financial Services Industry (2002-2010), the advisory board of the Program on the Legal Profession of Harvard Law School (2006 to 2010), a trustee of Chatham University(2007 to 2010), and a member of the Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel for the District of Massachusetts (2008). She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an executive fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation, serving as president of the Foundation from 2003 to 2004, a former member of the Council and the Diversity Committee of the Boston Bar Association, and a member of the 2008 DirectWomen Board Institute.
Lena lives in Cohasset, Massachusetts with her husband Ron, a diagnostic radiologist.
Research interests include: governance of closely-held firms; legal aspects of entrepreneurship; and legal aspects of management.