Evelyn Williams

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business


Evelyn Williams is the faculty chair for the Masters in Management Program (MIM) and teaches innovation, design-thinking, and leadership courses at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, where she recently earned the distinguished service award. Prior to joining McDonough, Williams was the director of the Center for Leadership Development and Research (CLDR) Leadership Laboratories at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business for five years. Before Stanford, she was the faculty chair of the Leadership Effectiveness and Development program (LEAD) and a clinical associate professor of management at the University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business for six years. Most recently, Professor Williams was the F.M. Kirby Chair and associate vice president of Leadership Development for Wake Forest University and in this university-wide role taught courses in the areas of leadership, developing high performance teams, and design thinking.

Prior to teaching full-time, Williams spent over 15 years in a series of executive and leadership development positions within Fortune 500 firms. She designed and implemented leadership and management development programs for executives at firms in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She continues to consult with companies on developing leaders for senior management/C-Suite positions focusing on high-potential development and innovation.

Williams holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.A. in education from the University of Chicago where she earned Phi Beta Kappa distinction. She and her husband are proud parents of two adult daughters.