Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022
12:00pm – 3:15pm
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Accelerate the Next Stage of Your Success

An interactive professional development program supporting women’s leadership.
Open to
female leaders in an executive education course



Stanford GSB Executive Education, Stanford MSx Admissions, and Stanford LEAD are pleased to host Accelerate. This interactive professional development program supporting women’s leadership will introduce you to learning opportunities at Stanford Graduate School of Business through engagement with faculty, alumni, and past program participants. Hear from Rebecca Diamond, class of 1988 professor of economics, on cutting-edge research about opportunity and inequality based on geography. Gain practical tools to help navigate gender bias in the workplace during an interactive session with Lori Mackenzie, lead strategist for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Engage with a panel of women leaders on navigating the challenges and opportunities of a dynamic working environment.


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Who Should Attend

  • Mid- and senior-level managers who lead teams or oversee key functions
  • Women seeking to return to work after having made significant contributions to companies or organizations before taking time off
  • Executives and entrepreneurs who aspire to positions of greater influence and authority in their organizations
  • Participants of all genders who are interested in advancing executive women’s leadership in business


  • $75
  • Login information will be provided upon confirmation of your registration.


Time Session
12:00pm – 12:15pm Welcome
12:15pm – 1:05pm Where is the Land of Opportunity? Understanding the Role of Geography in Economic Prosperity.

Rebecca Diamond is the Class of 1988 Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Learn about the causes and consequences of diverging economic growth across the U.S. and how lagging wage growth affects cities. In this session, we’ll analyze the differences in business productivity, worker earnings, and intergenerational mobility across the U.S., discussing how these have changed over time and the driving forces behind the changes. We’ll also dive into the issues facing high-wage and low-wage cities to better understand how cities can mitigate the impacts of these challenges on their residents.
1:05pm – 1:15pm Break
1:15pm – 2:05pm Gender Judo: Pathways to Navigate Gender Bias in the Workplace

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is co-founder of Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab and Lead Strategist of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Today, women hold a record 26.7% of the seats in the U.S. Congress and are a record-breaking 8.1% of the CEOs of the Fortune 500. These numbers are cause for celebration, yet also frustration; neither are close to parity. Real change is slow and hard-won. And the consequences of the often-uneven playing field can be felt by women advancing the career ladder. For many, they face an unyielding double bind of being either likeable or successful, a bind that most men are unlikely to face. This double bind is a well-documented phenomenon, yet successful women who learn to self-monitor through this labyrinth can achieve even more success than the most assertive men. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the double bind women face and discover workable solutions to move beyond this limitation to find more voice in the areas that are important to you.
2:05pm – 2:15pm Break
2:15pm – 3:05pm

Panel: Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of a Dynamic Working Environment

Where do you go from here and how do you show up as a leader? Amidst the backdrop of a pandemic, systemic racism and growing distrust of our institutions — businesses are moving at a new speed and have new challenges and opportunities to compete and grow. A panel of Stanford GSB alumni and past program participants moderated by Alison (Ali) Goldsworthy, MS ‘17, and founder and CEO of The Depolarization Project. Panelists will share how they have navigated the unique gender challenges and opportunities to succeed in a dynamic working environment.


3:00pm – 3:05pm Closing