Speaking & Keynotes

Planning a conference or retreat? I offer a range of motivational keynote talks for audiences of all stripes and sizes. Illustrative topics include:

Common Habits of the Merely Effective Negotiator
Conflict Resilience as 21st Century Leadership Skill
Managing Challenging Conversations
Dialogue in an Age of Polarization: What’s the Point


Lectures & Interviews

I’ve had the great opportunity to speak to groups around the world on topics related to negotiation and dispute resolution but also on more generalizable topics such as career satisfaction and how to weather personal or professional adversity.

I’ve spoken at law firm and company retreats, to religious leaders in the Catholic and Episcopalian churches, to national industry conferences, and to national judiciaries such as the Supreme Court of Brazil and the Supreme Court of Japan.

Last Lecture Series

In 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017, the graduating class selected me to be one of four Harvard Law School faculty members to deliver a Last Lecture to the class before graduation. The talks in 2016 and 2017 were recorded and can be found on YouTube.


HLS Thinks Big 2017

HLS Thinks Big is Harvard’s own version of TEDx. Each year a small number of faculty are invited to share their “big idea” in a short talk for the Law School Community.

One-On-One with Professor Bob Bordone

A short introduction to my expansive understanding of negotiation and its role in our personal and professional lives.


Keynote Address

2019 Winkler Institute Symposium, Osgoode Hall

In the Spring of 2019 I was honored to deliver the Keynote Address at The Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Symposium. The theme of the conference was, “The Future of ADR: Where Do We Go from Here?” It was a special opportunity to share my thoughts on the importance of Conflict Resilience in an age of polarization.

2017 HNLR Symposium- DeRay Mckesson

I was honored to interview the amazing activist DeRay McKesson when he visited Harvard Law School. We covered topics from activism to whether DeRay would meet in private with President Trump if invited. A fun conversation with an educator, activist, and visionary.

Robert Bordone: Breaking Free of Gridlock in the Negotiation Process

During the Congressional negotiations over Obamacare, I had the chance to share my thoughts on the negotiation process and advice I would offer to lawmakers on how to turn contentious negotiations into negotiations for mutual gain for themselves and, more importantly, for the nation.