Accelerate the Next Stage of Your Success

Saturday, Jun 1, 2019
8:15am – 6:30pm
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Accelerate the Next Stage of Your Success

A one-day professional development program designed for female leaders. The theme for the day is: “Leading with Purpose, Guided by Principles.”
On Campus|
Stanford, CA
female leaders in an executive education course


Time Session
8:15 – 9:00am

Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:15am


9:15 – 10:15am

Diversity & Innovation: Hearing Voices & Getting Your Voice Heard

Professor Maggie NealeMaggie Neale
The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emerita

This session will focus on the levers of composition, participation, and influence as ways to design for innovation. It will explore the strategies and tactics that teams can use to take advantage of the resources and creativity of individual members, and provide a set of recommendations to help team members improve their ability to get their voices heard as well as ways in which team leaders can structure interactions so that the voices of divergence may be considered.

10:15 – 10:30am


10:30 – 11:30am

Cultivating Mindfulness for Leaders

Lecturer Leah WeissLeah Weiss
Lecturer in Management

This session explores the role of mindfulness, self-compassion, and compassion in the workplace. Questions addressed include: How can mindfulness enhance clarity in purpose and productivity? Is compassion in the business world a strength or a weakness? Are compassion and profit motives fundamentally incompatible, or can they support each other? What does compassionate leadership look like? How does self-compassion support effective leadership and recovery from setbacks?

11:30am – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:00pm

Creating New Opportunities Through Reputation, Impactful Presence, and Personal Branding

Lecturer Allison KlugerAllison Kluger
Lecturer in Management

Successful leaders have to conceive, author, rebuild, pivot, differentiate and, finally, maintain a personal reputation to make a lasting, recognizable, and powerful identity. This session will explore how to effectively communicate to create, adapt, and maintain your personal reputation.

2:00 – 2:15pm


2:15 – 3:15pm

Values-Based Leadership: Lessons from Moral Psychology and Corporate Scandals

Professor Ken ShottsKen Shotts
The David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy

What causes corporate wrongdoing? This session will examine a variety of explanations, including individual villainy, misaligned incentives, and human psychology to draw lessons for the design and leadership of organizations.

3:15 – 3:30pm


3:30 – 5:00pm

Keynote Speaker

Marla BlowMarla Blow
Founder and CEO, FS Card Inc.

Marla Blow is the Founder and CEO of FS Card, a startup credit card company (sold to strategic acquirer in December 2018), and serves as a Partner with Fenway Summer. In February 2018, Ms. Blow joined the Board of Directors of, the world’s largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care.

Ms. Blow won the EY Mid Atlantic Emerging Company Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2018, and has been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. Marla was featured in the April 2018 Vanity Fair “26 Women of Color Diversifying Entrepreneurship” photo shoot, and she is a Henry Crown Fellow as part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Previously, she was part of the Implementation Team to stand up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and ultimately served as the Assistant Director for Card and Payment Markets, where she shaped the CFPB’s regulatory priorities in these markets.

Prior to joining the CFPB, Marla spent seven years in a variety of functions at Capital One in the credit card business. Ms. Blow is a member of the US Capital Chapter of YPO, and previously served on the Board of Directors of FactorTrust, a provider of underbanked consumer data, analytics, and risk scoring solutions. Marla holds an MBA from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

5:00 – 6:30pm