Larraine Segil ’79, a prominent business leader and Southwestern alumna, was elected to Southwestern’s Board of Trustees at the Board’s May 2012 meeting. Ms. Segil is a highly respected senior executive with entrepreneurial general management experience and specialized expertise in conflict resolution and the creation, implementation and management of complex business alliances in multiple industries – healthcare, technology, consumer products, manufacturing, aerospace and financial services.

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Dean Bryant Garth said, “Ms. Segil’s unique insight  and connections to the corporate, financial, legal and government arenas will greatly enhance our efforts toward the advancement of the law school, particularly in our strategic partnerships with the Drucker Graduate School and other institutions. We are delighted that she has agreed to expand her involvement with her alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees.”

Now Partner Emerita, Ms. Segil was formerly owner and director of Vantage Partners, a privately held consulting firm with expertise in conflict resolution and building competency in both internal and external relationship management. Vantage Partners evolved out of the Harvard Project on Negotiation and acquired her firm The Lared Group in 2003. Ms. Segil has served Global 100 and Fortune 500 companies assisting them to create and manage their critical business relationships with suppliers, alliances, joint ventures or channel partners.  She is a member of the Board of Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR), and the Advisory Board of Edgecast, a Content Delivery Network Company (CDN). Earlier in her career, Ms. Segil was Chief Executive Officer of an advanced materials company providing products and services to aerospace and electronics manufacturers worldwide. She co-founded a California Thrift and Loan company as well as a series of free-standing ambulatory care clinics providing medical services, and previously practiced international corporate law.

Ms. Segil is a member of the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Southern California Section and served for many years on the Board of the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliances (LARTA) representing 35,000 Southern California early stage technology companies. She is a member of the Governing Board and Chair-Elect of the Foundation Board of The Committee of 200, a global group of women CEOs. She also serves on the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and from 2009 to 2012 served on the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/World Health Organization (WHO) Tropical Diseases Special Advisory Group on Alliances (SAAG) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ms. Segil is a Senior Research Fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Austin; serves on the Entrepreneurs Board for the UCLA Anderson School of Management; and has taught executive education at the California Institute of Technology for more than 24 years. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Southwestern-Drucker Graduate School of Management J.D./M.B.A. concurrent degree program, and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern, teaches a special course on The Business of Strategic Alliances for J.D./M.B.A. candidates. She established two endowment funds for scholarships for women managers in strategic alliances – for students in the Southwestern-Drucker J.D./M.B.A. Program and the Pepperdine Business School Presidential Key Executive MBA Program.

Recognized by The Financial Times Knowledge Dialogue Group and The Corporate Strategy Board as a thought leader in alliances, Ms. Segil is a regular commentator for CNN and CNBC, and presents keynote addresses on domestic and global alliances, mergers, and critical customer supplier, channel, and outsourcing relationships. She is the author of numerous books, including: Intelligent Business Alliances (Random House); Fast Alliances: Power Your E-Business (John Wiley); Dynamic Leader, Adaptive Organization (John Wiley); and Partnering – The New Face of Leadership (AMACOM). Her latest book, Measuring the Value of Partnering (AMACOM), was the first on Alliance Metrics. She has also authored a novel, published by Penguin Books.

Born in South Africa, Ms. Segil immigrated to the United States in 1974. In addition to her J.D. from Southwestern, Ms. Segil received her M.B.A. from the Presidential Key Executive Program at Pepperdine University and a B.A. with Honors in Latin and Classics from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a member of the California State Bar.