Accelerate the Next Stage of Your Success

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019
8:15am – 4:00pm
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Accelerate the Next Stage of Your Success

A one-day professional development program for female leaders. The theme for the day is: “Defining Your Leadership Style. Refining Your Purpose.”
On Campus|
Stanford, CA
female leaders in an executive education course


Time Session
8:15 – 9:00am

Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:30am


9:30 – 10:30am

Improvisational Leadership

Melissa Jones Briggs, Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Leadership and improvisation each require agility, resourcefulness, resilience, confidence, creativity, courage, and humility. Improvisational Leadership is not only about tapping into your own creative reserves. We will also take the opportunity to explore ways to foster and encourage innovation on your teams. In this session, we will examine key principles and practices of collaborative creativity: build on ideas, support your partners, embrace mistakes, and dare to be obvious.

10:30 – 10:45am


10:45– 11:20

Fireside Chat with Kristina Omari

Kristina Omari, Vice President, Corporate Development, Lyft

Omari brings over 20 years of experience in corporate development, investment banking, and strategy. Joining the company in 2017, she was instrumental to incubating Lyft’s investor relations activities and overseeing the execution of the company’s $2.5 billion IPO in March 2019. As a part of executing Lyft’s IPO, she was focal to the unprecedented inclusion of 14 financial advisory firms with ownership and management from underrepresented backgrounds in the investment banking syndicate. Previously, she was vice president of corporate development at Fitbit and led M&A for Adobe Systems Inc., where she focused on inorganic growth strategy, equity investments, M&A execution, and post-merger integration. During her tenure at Adobe, she quarterbacked the company’s $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture to enable a strategic shift to SaaS and to enter the high growth digital marketing space. Prior to Adobe, she held positions with Hewlett Packard in strategy and corporate development and with Lehman Brothers in technology investment banking.

11:20am – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:00pm

Why Organizations Morally Fail and What To Do About It

Neil Malhotra, The Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy

What explains moral failures in organizations? It’s tempting to simply blame bad actors. The truth is that unethical actions are often taken by genuinely good people trying to do the right thing. This session will explain how organizational and institutional design can bring about moral failures, and what you and your organization can do to mitigate these issues. Examples are drawn from recent events such as: the Theranos scandal, the #metoo movement, and the LIBOR rate-fixing scheme.

2:00 – 2:15pm


2:15 – 3:15pm

Uncovering the Stanford GSB Leadership Model

Brian Lowery, The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Successful leadership in today’s fast-changing and challenging environments requires leaders who are intentional about developing their leadership competencies, clear when articulating their values, and successful at building their personal support systems. This session will cover the competencies and values that comprise the Stanford GSB Model of Principled and Purposeful Leadership to help you further develop.

3:15 – 4:00pm

Wrap Up