Watch: Leadership Advice From Former Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch

This spring, Stretch served as Leader-in-Residence of Columbia Law’s In-House Counsel Lab, part of the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership.

Colin Stretch, the former vice president and general counsel of Facebook, shared his career advice and thoughts about leadership, including asking for help and building strong relationships. “Above all else,” he says, “being available to your people, when they need support, when they need help, is half the battle.”

The Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership, an innovative joint project between Columbia Business and Law Schools, supports teaching and research designed to inculcate the skills and strategies necessary to foster an optimal organizational culture. As leader-in-residence, Stretch taught the Role of the General Counsel in the Modern Economy and participated in a host of programs across the Law School and the university. Previous leaders-in-residence include Nike General Counsel Hilary Krane (fall 2019) and former Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell (spring 2019).

Read more about the initiative and Stretch’s time at the Law School in Corporate Counsel’s feature article “In-House Master Class: At Columbia, Former GC of Facebook Is Bringing the Real World Into the Classroom.”