Participant Story

Hamid M. Soueidan II

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Gaining Valuable Insights from Industry Leaders

  • Role

    Attorney, Clark Hill Law
  • Industry

    • Manufacturing

PLD empowered me to not only lead effectively but also become a better version of myself each day.

As a corporate attorney with Clark Hill, Hamid M. Soueidan II has often experienced business through a legal lens. Hamid knew that if he were to excel as a business leader and legal advisor, he would need to combine his legal lens with a business lens. This conclusion brought him to the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he took the next step in his career to build on his existing knowledge. Below, he shares his journey and how he has utilized the incredible network since completing the program.

Can you speak about the importance of the network and friendships you made throughout the Program for Leadership Development?

The Program for Leadership Development provided me with an invaluable network of support and resources, which I continue to draw on today. The connections and friendships I made throughout the program were instrumental in helping me reach my professional goals. By providing a platform to exchange ideas and learn from one another's experiences, the PLD network opened up countless opportunities that otherwise would not have been possible. I'm extremely grateful for all the relationships and connections that I've established through this program.

In what ways have you utilized the PLD network since completing the program?

I've been able to utilize the PLD network in a multitude of ways. The personal connections I have made through the network have enabled me to gain valuable perspectives from experienced industry leaders. Additionally, having access to HBS faculty has allowed me to constantly stay on top of current business trends. Lastly, I have been able to develop business strategies and trust-based relationships with other members within this network. All in all, I am very proud and fortunate to be a part of such an incredible network!

How has the PLD community helped enhance your personal and professional growth?

Being a part of the PLD community has been one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences I have had in my personal and professional life. Through meaningful conversations with my peers, engaging learning activities, and expert-led sessions in the classroom, I developed invaluable leadership insights that are applicable to both personal and professional settings. With PLD's highly collaborative structure, I was constantly inspired by others' ideas and perspectives and was able to challenge myself to grow outside of my comfort zone. PLD empowered me to not only lead effectively but also become a better version of myself each day.

What has been one unexpected benefit of the PLD network?

I was shocked by how little I knew about myself and how much insight my peers could offer. I really found myself in PLD, and I was not anticipating that. Even my family and friends noticed a difference.

What advice would you give to others who are considering applying to PLD?

HBS Executive Education's Program for Leadership Development is an invaluable opportunity to receive world-class leadership development. No matter who you are or where you come from, PLD can provide the tools and techniques needed to become a leader in all aspects of your life. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your current strengths and weaknesses, develop new skills and behaviors, and consider your values and beliefs.

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