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Alumni Perspectives on Race and Racism

Our alumni have been galvanized and inspired by the movement to dismantle systemic racism. We are sharing their varied perspectives on race and racism in support of the creation of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world.

Featured Alumni Perspectives

August 25, 2020

Susan Alban, MBA ’11, shares an approach that can help business leaders address gender- and race-based pay inequity.

June 12, 2020

Daryn Dodson, MBA ’07, and Jenna Nicholas, MBA ’17, draw upon key elements from Baldwin’s “Letter to my Nephew” and the ways in which they are relevant to asset management today.

June 05, 2020

Crystal Haling, MS ’02 on how philanthropic organizations must show up for justice and democracy.

June 03, 2020

Tylon Garret, MBA ’20, shares his thoughts on the events surrounding the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd and suggests how allies might help.

June 02, 2020

“We must, in the pursuit of truth, acknowledge asset management’s historic role in perpetuating structurally racist systems that continue economic violence.” — Daryn Dodson, MBA ’07

Alumni Perspectives in the News

School Story & News Search

May 28, 2021
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The cofounder of Stand With Asian Americans discusses how business leaders can support the AAPI community at this moment.
Dave Lu, MBA ’04

Poets&Quants

May 12, 2021
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At Stanford GSB, an Asian Heritage Month Fraught With Meaning

Students from the Stanford GSB Asian Business Student Association discuss what AAPI Heritage Month means to them.

CNBC TechCheck

May 06, 2021
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Access to Capital Remains a Big Challenge for Black Businesses

This video highlights Stanford GSB’s research on U.S. Black-owned businesses and features Fatima Dicko, MBA ’18, who shares her entrepreneurial journey.

April 12, 2021
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Members of the Stanford MBA Class of ’94 drew up a playbook for business leaders looking to promote racial equity.
An illustration showing figures pulling apart a table to make room, while other figures are rolling up more chairs. Credit: Illustration by Jesse Zhang

Poets&Quants

February 24, 2021
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Black History Month: Impressions from Stanford MBA Students

Students from Stanford GSB’s Black Business Student Association reflect on the meaning of Black History Month and acknowledge the work left to be done.

Poets&Quants

December 09, 2020
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Inside Stanford’s Groundbreaking Diversity & Inclusion Plan

This article takes an in-depth look at Stanford GSB’s second annual DEI Report, including perspectives from faculty, students, and alumni.

Clear Admit

December 08, 2020
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Stanford GSB Releases Its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report for 2020

Stanford GSB faculty, students, and alumni discuss the second annual DEI report and the ongoing efforts to make a difference on campus and beyond.

Forbes

September 23, 2020
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Black Lives Matter: An Enduring Sense of Home, the Essentiality of Women Mentors, Education as the Path for Self and Others

In this article, lecturer Bill Meehan highlights Danielle Allen, MBA ’14, who shares her experience with systemic racism and the importance of mentorship.

Fortune

September 20, 2020
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Black Founders Have Unique Talents. We Need to Make Sure They Get to Use Them

Erica B. Smith-Goetz, MBA ’20, shares how Black entrepreneurs experience the startup and venture ecosystem and offers advice for greater inclusion.

Poets&Quants

August 28, 2020
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Stanford GSB Dean Jon Levin on MBAs, COVID, Racial Injustice & the Future

Dean Jonathan Levin spoke with Benjamin Kohlmann, MBA ’17, about the school’s response to COVID-19, the transition to online learning and racial inequality.

Forbes

August 18, 2020
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Black Lives Matter: How Entrepreneurship Shaped Generations of Freedom and Autonomy

In this op-ed, lecturer Bill Meehan highlights Daryn Dodson, MBA ’07, and his personal experiences with racial prejudice and passion for racial justice.

The New York Times

June 30, 2020
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Trying to Correct Banking’s Racial Imbalance

Marla Blow, MBA ’99, shares her experience with inequality in the financial services industry.

Fast Company

June 26, 2020
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Pay Black Employees Based on Their Performance, Not Your Bias

Susan Alban, MBA ’11, explains how pay inequity is a form of systemic racism, and reducing bias in the workplace is one way to eliminate it.

CNBC

June 18, 2020
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Illumen Capital’s Dodson on Combating Racial Bias in Asset Allocation and Investing

Daryn Dodson, MBA ’07, discusses implicit biases in asset allocation and how it can be combated through proactive research.

Great Place to Work

June 04, 2020
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Racism Is a 400-Year-Old Virus

Michael C. Bush, MS ’94, shares his thoughts on the conversation surrounding social injustice and his suggestions for the road ahead.