Elaine Bernard is Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Trade Union Program. A life long union member and activist, Bernard brings a refreshing balance of humor and passion for worker rights to her talks and teaching. She has conducted courses on a wide variety of topics for unions, community groups, universities and government departments. Her current research and teaching interests are in the areas of international comparative labor movements, union leadership and governance, and the role of unions in promoting civil society, democracy and economic justice. Some of her talks and publications include: "From Heroes to Zeros: the War on Unions and the Public Sector," "Lighting Fires vs Putting Them Out: Creating a Union Organizing Culture," "Why Unions Matter to Everyone," "Labor Rights as Human Rights," "Social Unionism: Labor as a Political Force," "Public Sector Workers and the Creation of Public Value," and "Creating the Future: Strategic Planning and Strategic Choice for Unions."