Business Matters October 2019

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Stanford GSB
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News and perspectives from the GSB community around the world
From the Dean  
As many of you know, we have been taking a hard look at diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as part of our long-range planning process.

Two years ago, building on the GSB’s fundamental commitment to excellence, we named DEI as one of the main priorities for the school. GSB Professor Sarah Soule became the first Senior Associate Dean responsible for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, leading our effort to identify areas of success as well as areas requiring long-term effort and change. We focused on talking to our community, collecting data on our campus and classroom environment, and collaborating with the University’s effort to publish the IDEAL Diversity Dashboard. Ultimately, we wanted to create a blueprint for how we advance diversity efforts, ensure a sense of belonging at the school, and through our graduates and programs help move society forward.

Today, we write to share our achievements, honor how far we have come, and acknowledge areas for improvement. We have been amazed by the groundswell of support for this work, which would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts, creativity and passion of students, staff, faculty and alumni. We have been heartened and inspired not only by their commitment to make the GSB itself more diverse, equitable and inclusive but to think more broadly about how these efforts can transform national and global leadership.

Specifically, we are moving ahead with our goals to:
  • Increase the diversity of our Stanford GSB community
  • Create an inclusive classroom and learning experience
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming campus community
  • Empower and support communities underrepresented in our efforts to date
  • Support new research efforts at the GSB
We know that we can achieve these goals. We’ve made great progress with diversity in GSB admissions, with students making key contributions in outreach and recruiting. We’ve expanded class offerings, and prioritized efforts to diversify case studies and our guest speaker lineup. Faculty hiring has evolved, thanks to the efforts of many faculty, and our alumni are leading the way with vibrant, engaging programming. Since its inception, the GSB has been dedicated to excellence — and we believe wholeheartedly that our continued excellence depends on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

We are dedicating additional resources to our DEI efforts. We are pleased to announce that Lori Nishiura Mackenzie has joined Sarah’s team as lead strategist for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Co-founder of the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab and former executive director of The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Lori has worked with hundreds of leaders in leveraging research-based insights to create inclusive workplaces. She will divide her time between the Lab and the GSB, bridging our work with the broader efforts at the university.

We are also launching a new section of the website, Diversity at Stanford GSB, which will highlight activities, programs, research and stories about our diverse community. And we are presenting the GSB’s first report on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, which provides the data, frameworks, and outcomes of our efforts so far.

What we’re sharing today represents the current — not the final — state of our progress in this area. We know this is very much a journey, not a destination, and that it’s a journey we must continue to undertake together.

We hope you will take time to read the report (including our letters), look at the website and watch Sarah’s video on Building a Diverse and Inclusive Stanford GSB — and let us know what you think. For us, the most exciting part of these efforts has been seeing students, faculty, staff, and alumni come together in a shared commitment to advance the school. We look forward to the next steps of this collective work.

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
Building a Diverse and Inclusive Stanford GSB
Professor Sarah A. Soule is the Senior Associate Dean responsible for overseeing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Stanford GSB. In this video, she shares why these efforts are so important and what the school is doing to create meaningful and sustainable progress.
Diversity at Stanford GSB
We are committed to making positive change in the diversity, equity, and inclusion of our community, teaching, and research, now and into the future.
Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Report
We are pleased to share our first annual DEI report which demonstrates our progress to date, shows where we need to improve, and provides a roadmap for our long-term efforts.
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Voices of the GSB
José E. Feliciano, MBA ’99

“If you’re not making others better, you’re not leading. That was probably my biggest takeaway. Are you mentoring and training the junior people? Are you making sure the senior people feel they can rely on you? All those things are part of the same skill set, which is to make those around you better. If you can do that, you’ll succeed at anything.”

– José E. Feliciano, MBA ’99

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