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View From The Top

View From The Top — the dean’s premier speaker series — is a student-led program that creates rich learning experiences for students that leave lasting impressions long after they leave Stanford GSB to start their careers.

Supported in part by the F. Kirk Brennan Speaker Series Fund, View From The Top brings well-respected leaders in business, government, and social sectors from around the world to Stanford GSB to share insights on effective leadership. Speakers typically discuss their:

  • Personal core values
  • Lessons learned throughout their career
  • Recipe for effective leadership
  • Reflections on career and life choices
Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life and Leadership
Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life and Leadership
Oprah shares seminal moments of her career journey and the importance of listening to your instincts.
Stanley McChrystal: Leadership is a Choice
Stanley McChrystal
General McChrystal shares his perspective on leadership and influence, insisting that "leadership is not a talent or a gift—it's a choice."
MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga on Taking Risks in Your Life and Career
Ajay Banga
The President and CEO of MasterCard emphasized the importance of taking risks, communication, and learning from everyone around you.
Michelle Rhee: Lead from the Front
Michelle Rhee
Education activist Michelle Rhee stresses the importance of public education, great teachers, and advocating for kids.