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Knowledge Strategy faculty

V. Mary Abraham

V. Mary Abraham is Academic Director of the Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy (IKNS) program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.

A law firm consultant and knowledge management thought leader, Abraham co-founded Broadli Inc., the digital startup that created the Broadli generosity app. She has also built a practice facilitating strategic conversations and interactive educational sessions for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Active in the legal industry since 1991, she practiced corporate law at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and helped lead its knowledge management efforts. Her report, Optimizing Law Firm Support Functions, was published by the Ark Group in June 2014. It provides guidance to law firm executives on how to transform administrative staff from cost centers to strategic partners of the firm. She also contributed a chapter to Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results (Ark Group, 2014).

She has served on the advisory boards of the Practical Law Company and KMers.org (an online forum for knowledge management personnel worldwide). In addition, she was a member of the conference planning committee for the International Legal Technology Association from 2009 to 2012, where she helped design and implement innovative interactive conference sessions that won overwhelmingly positive reviews from attendees.

Abraham is a frequent speaker and writer on knowledge management, innovation, collaboration and technology issues. Her blog, AboveandBeyondKM.com, continues to win commendations and readers in the legal community and other industries. She also contributes to Thomson Reuters’ Practice Innovations and to the Law Technology Today column sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section.

Abraham received a Bachelor of Arts degree (first class honors) and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. She also holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University. She attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.