F. William Barnett

F. William (Bill) Barnett currently teaches career strategy to students at Rice University’s Jones School of Business and students in the Masters of Global Affairs program. He leads these seminars based on his book The Strategic Career: Let Business Principles Guide You. Earlier, Bill taught business strategy and career strategy at the Yale School of Management. He also serves on two boards of directors. He chairs the Administration Committee of the board of the Bridge, Dallas’ leading homeless center. He chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee for Eagle Materials, a manufacturer of construction products. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bill was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company in the DC, Atlanta, and Dallas offices. He served clients across diverse industries and led the Firm’s strategy consulting practice, where he and other practice members developed new consulting approaches. During this time, he also served as a member of the board of directors for the International Rescue Committee, where he now is an Overseer.

Before his career at McKinsey, Bill started and led the systems analysis office in the Politico-Military Affairs Bureau of the State Department, responsible for assessments of various arms control and alliance issues. He analyzed similar topics in the Europe Division of the Program Analysis and Evaluation department of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served as a member of the US delegation to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction negotiations with the Warsaw Pact in Vienna. He was a Captain in the US Army in Vietnam. Bill is a Distinguished Graduate of West Point and was named a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School.