Business Matters July 2019

Stanford Business Matters
Commencement, Teaching Awards, CareerHub
JULY 2019
Stanford Business Matters
News and perspectives from the GSB community around the world
From the Dean  

We had a beautiful summer weekend for Stanford Commencement and graduated 500 GSBers from the MBA, MSx, and PhD programs. There are few moments more enjoyable than seeing each student walk across the stage to the cheers of friends and family. As a community, we were fortunate to hear two impactful speakers share their ideas and experiences with our newest GSB and Stanford alumni.

At the GSB, Lord John Browne, MS ’81, talked about his hard-won lessons for building inclusive organizations and urged students to not fear being different. He also provided perspectives on breaking ranks with the oil industry around the importance of climate change and the need for global action. The next day at Stanford Stadium, Tim Cook spoke forcefully about the importance of technology companies and leaders to take responsibility for the effects of their products and services on society. One of the most exhilarating moments of the weekend was at Stanford Stadium where, though small in number, the GSB Class of 2019 showed their might by cheering loudest and longest when it was their turn to receive their degrees. It was exciting to share in their enthusiasm — both for what they had accomplished and for what lies ahead — and capped a wonderful weekend across our community.

Jonathan Levin
Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Stories of Impact
Lorde Browne of Madingly | Photo: Saul Bromberger
To the Class of 2019: “Think Deeply, Act Boldly, and Dream Widely”
Lord Browne of Madingley, MS ’81 and former CEO of BP, advised graduates to embrace that which makes them different.
From left to right: Tae Yoon, MBA ’19, Kate Wharton, MBA ’19, Tim McQuade, Chris Satterthwaite, MBA ’20, Diana Nassar, MBA ’20, and Dean Levin | Photo: Kiefer Hickman
Students Present Three Faculty Members with 2019 Teaching Awards
Stanford GSB students recognized Professors Timothy McQuade, Jesper Sørensen, and David Kreps for their outstanding teaching.
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Voices of the GSB
Wendy De La Rosa | Photo: Kiefer Hickman

“In a for-profit organization, you can’t just tell someone what to do, you have to inspire people to get them to do what needs to be done for the good of the team and the organization. After 10 years of active duty in the military, I had to shift leadership methodology to the civilian world, and that was a big adjustment.”

– Hank Scherf, MBA ’81

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