Stanford Ignite Reunion

The Stanford Ignite reunion will be May 2-5, 2019. Registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Plan Your Visit

Look below to find helpful planning information and be sure to check this page for updates.

Registration

Make this your first stop of the day to check in, pick up your nametags, and get the most up-to-date information on the weekend’s events.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Reunion materials (nametags, schedules, etc.) will be available at the reunion check-in tables from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm in Town Square.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Registration will be open and staffed from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm at the Knight Management Center Town Square.

Parking

Thursday, May 2

Self-pay visitor parking is available in the lot on the corner of Galvez Street and Campus Drive. There is some self-pay visitor parking available in the parking structure beneath the Knight Management Center as well. All parking here is free after 4:00 pm Monday-Friday, and all weekend.

Friday, May 3

Complimentary reunion parking will be available in Galvez Lot, with signs leading to the designated area. If you arrive after 4:00 pm, the parking structure beneath the Knight Management Center is free and no permit required.

Saturday and Sunday, May 4–5

Please use the parking structure beneath the Knight Management Center. The garage entrance can be accessed from Campus Drive East, and no permit or payment is required.

Schedule

Thursday, May 2, 2019

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Ignite Opening Reception
The Old Pro, 541 Ramona Street, Palo Alto

We are hosting an opening reception at The Old Pro on Thursday evening - food and beverages will be provided.

Friday, May 3, 2019

10:00am – 3:00pm

All Reunion Check-In
Town Square, Knight Management Center

Check-in tents will be located in Town Square on the Knight Management Center campus outside of Arbuckle.

11:00am – 12:00pm
FULL

Faculty Session: James Lattin, Professor of Marketing
Seawell Family Boardroom, Knight Management Center

Jim Lattin is the Robert A. Magowan Professor of Marketing at the GSB and has served as the Faculty Director of Stanford Ignite – Bangalore. In this one-hour session, we will dive into the topic of customer acquisition. We’ll look at different acquisition channels, ranging from direct sales to digital marketing, and highlight some of the challenges faced by companies in driving down their customer acquisition costs. To the extent possible, we’ll use Q+A from the audience to shape our selection of topics; time permitting, we will also touch on what has been happening at the GSB in the area of entrepreneurship.

12:10pm – 1:20pm

LOW keynotes 2019: Inspiring Ideas to Change Lives, Organizations and the World
CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

Most GSB students have ideas they believe would make a positive difference in the world. Students are challenged to share such ideas and to enroll others in their vision through the LOWkeynotes program. LOWkeynotes provides an opportunity for students to develop and practice a 9-minute ‘keynote-style’ presentation about an idea they think could change lives, organizations and the world (L.O.W.). Students have the chance to grapple with some of the challenges that leaders face as communicators, as well as what it takes to go from being a good presenter to an effective leader. Of the select group of 30 students chosen to participate in LOWkeynotes, four will be selected to present to an audience of students, alumni and the public. Don’t miss the chance to be inspired by these students’ vision and passion.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

All Reunion Instagram Workshop
Classroom M110, Knight Management Center

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Guest Speaker: Dr. Amy Zegart, discussing her book Political Risk
CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

Dr. Amy Zegart is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies (FSI), professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford University, and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. She is also the Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she directs the Robert and Marion Oster National Security Affairs Fellows program. Her book Political Risk, written with Condoleezza Rice, is an examination of the rapidly evolving state of political risk, and how to navigate it.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Faculty Speaker: Allison Kluger, Lecturer in Management
CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

5:00pm – 6:00pm

A Conversation on Alumni and Entrepreneurship with Dean Levin, Irv Grousbeck, and Jim Ellis
CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

Saturday, May 4, 2019

9:00am – 2:00pm

All Reunion Check-In
Town Square, Knight Management Center,

Check-in tents will be located in Town Square on the Knight Management Center campus outside of Arbuckle.

9:00am – 11:00am

All Reunion Breakfast
Arbuckle Dining Pavilion, Knight Management Center

Join us bright and early for breakfast before the day’s festivities begin.

10:00am – 12:00pm
FULL

Ignite Panel
Seawell Family Boardroom, Knight Management Center

We’ve asked a handful of past Igniters to share the latest on their entrepreneurial journeys - join us to hear about their successes and challenges and gather the hard-won advice they have learned from managing their own ventures or teams.

12:00pm – 3:30pm

All Reunion and GSB Community Lunch and Carnival
Knight Management Center

This is a family friendly event with many activities for children of all ages, and grown-ups too! We are expecting GSB alums and their families, as well as Igniters from around the world to attend.

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Entrepreneurial Journeys
CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

Hear from Stanford MBA alumni speak about their entrepreneurial paths and see new data about GSB entrepreneurs and their companies.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Entrepreneurs Networking
CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

5:30pm – 8:00pm

Ignite Reunion Cocktail Party
Nola, 535 Ramona St. Palo Alto

We are hosting a closing reception at Nola’s on Saturday evening - food and beverages will be provided.

5:30pm – 11:00pm

All Reunion Kids Camp
Oberndorf Event Center, Knight Management Center

Sunday, May 5, 2019

10:00am

Informal Self-Organized Activities

There are no formal reunion events taking place on Sunday, so we encourage everyone to get together and plan their own activities. Some ideas for things to do: hike the Stanford Dish, drive down to Half Moon Bay, plan a meal or drinks in downtown Palo Alto, etc.