Mr. Daniel G. Mulhern

Distinguished Practitioner of Law & Business
Berkeley, California
United States

Focus Areas

Leadership Development
Social Justice
Gender Issues
Youth Development
Youth Development


Dan Mulhern is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of leadership, gender and organizational culture. As a senior advisor to Families and Work Institute, Mulhern is dedicated to helping individuals, businesses and organizations vigilantly work to mutually promote the strength of family and the productivity of work. Now teaching courses on leadership, gender and work at the Haas School of Business and Boalt Law School at the University of California, Berkeley, Mulhern leverages his experience to offer valuable insight on cultural changes happening in today’s workplaces. Through his work as a public speaker, radio personality, writer, leadership coach, and consultant in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Mulhern’s inspired thousands to lead with their best self. Mulhern has co-authored "A Governor’s Story" with his wife, Jennifer Granholm. The book, released on September 20, 2011, discusses leadership during difficult times and periods of intense change, focusing in particular on how Granholm led Michigan out of its major economic meltdown, and the major challenges facing American leadership today. Mulhern has published two books on leadership, "Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics and Life" and "Be Real: Inspiring Stories For Leading At Home And Work". For more than ten years, Mulhern has been writing an acclaimed blog, “Reading for Leading,” which is received directly by a list of over 10,000 readers. Mulhern has personally worked in all three major sectors and through his consulting practice has worked with a great range of organizations, corporations and government groups. He has facilitated groups as large as 600 individuals and worked with CEOs and executive teams from small start-ups all the way to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to serving as Michigan’s First Gentleman, Mulhern created a successful leadership firm, called the Mulhern Hastings Group, which he left in order to better support his wife and children when she became governor in 2002. He later launched Dan Mulhern Inc. and Granholm Mulhern Associates, where he is currently President. In 2010, he received the Phillip A. Hart award in recognition of his unique understanding and support of women’s issues and concerns. The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association named him its Dennis Archer Public Service Award recipient in 2005. He has frequently won awards for his leadership in the mentoring field and received praise for his work on the changing roles of men and his dedication to helping companies create great places to work. Mulhern is an honors graduate from Yale University and Harvard Law School. He’s also an avid runner, guitar player, and claims he can still compete on a basketball court with his daughters and son.