Leadership

fizzy drink
Bruce Nevins is a serial entrepreneur across multiple industries, including beverages, lighting, and athletic apparel. A graduate of West Point and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he launched Perrier in North America in the 1970s and expanded into domestic water through the acquisitions...
math teacher Mia Shaw
LearnZillion is part of a new generation of education technology companies that uses the tools of the web and social media to supplement what happens in the classroom. A for-profit company, it has received funding from venture capitalists, as well as the Gates Foundation, and currently makes a...
Professor at front of classroom talking with students
An educational technologist, a finance whiz seeking to solve social problems, a JD/MBA candidate who is an expert on Jeopardy! bidding strategies, a hedge fund analyst who coauthored a scholarly article on pension accounting as an undergrad, and a math-econ scholar with a passion for...
Airline customers waiting at the airport
In 1987, Chip Conley, MBA '84, made an unusual business decision: he bought a rent-by-the-hour hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. But instead of running it for its past clientele, he asked his employees what new customer segment they should go after. The question generated a mixed bag...
Call center employee
Middle managers don't get lots of respect in the workplace. And for a variety of reasons, scholars have mostly studied the worth of CEOs and the efficacy of various management practices. But a new study suggests that front-line supervisors are far more important than many have thought. In fact,...
Students set up their donated laptop computers on the first day of school at Joplin High School in Joplin
Connecting schools to the internet seems like a problem we solved long ago. It turns out, though, that U.S. schools are badly lagging in web connectivity; not because they aren’t connected, but because their pipes are too small. EducationSuperHighway is a San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to doing...
Brenden Millstein
There are all manner of approaches to 'green investing,' and the folks at Carbon Lighthouse — recipients of an $80,000 Social Innovation Fellowship from the Center for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business — manage to combine two of them under the same roof. The for-profit portion...
Jessica Herrin
Jessica Herrin is the founder and chief executive of Stella & Dot, a jewelry maker that sells its wares online and through over 10,000 independent, in-home sales reps dubbed "stylists." Herrin founded the company in 2003, offering both made jewelry and a do-it-yourself jewelry-making option....
Chip Conley
Chip Conley (MBA '84) is the founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels, California's largest boutique hotel collection, which includes more than 30 properties. Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the parent company of Joie de Vivre Hotels, oversees a collection of restaurants, spas, and affiliate hotels, and...

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