2020 in 13 Images

Visual highlights of our campus and community from a tumultuous year.

December 04, 2020

If you follow us on social media (@stanfordgsb), you’ve heard insights from global leaders, followed along as we moved from in-person to virtual classes, and gotten to know our incoming students and award-winning faculty.

These are some of our favorite images that tell the story of Stanford GSB in 2020.

1. Wise Words

Town square. | Toni Bird

Photo by Toni Bird

“There comes a time in every life when the past recedes and the future opens. It’s that moment when you turn to face the unknown.” — Nike cofounder and CEO, Philip H. Knight, MBA ’62. This quote, inscribed in Town Square, resonated throughout 2020.

2. Stephen Curry

Tylon Garrett, MBA ’20 and Stephen Curry at View From The Top. Credit: Jenny Luna

Photo by Jenny Luna

Tylon Garrett, MBA ’20, interviewed NBA star Stephen Curry in a lively View From The Top conversation. Curry discussed his leadership style and how he balances career with fatherhood.

3. Shelter in Place

March announcement about the switch to virtual learning. Credit: Tricia Seibold

Photo by Tricia Seibold

When Stanford GSB moved online in March, faculty and staff moved quickly: 125 class sections went virtual in 72 hours. Student groups organized more than 200 online social events to stay connected.

4. Kitchen Whiteboard

Sarah Soule used her refrigerator as a white board when Covid hit. Credit: Ivan Geraghty full size  5-topphotos2020-1630 Lamiaa Laurene Daif and Rob Siegel. | Lamiaa Laurene Daif alt: Lamiaa Laurene Daif and Rob Siegel in  a virtual meeting. Credit: Lamia

Photo by Ivan Geraghty

While sheltering in place, Professor Sarah Soule decided to write out equations in her kitchen — much to her cat’s confusion.

5. Catching Up on Zoom

Lamiaa Laurene Daif, MS ’20 and Rob Siegel in  a virtual meeting. Credit: Lamiaa Laurene Daif

Photo by Lamiaa Laurene Daif, MS ’20

Lamiaa Laurene Daif, MS ’20, snapped a photo of her meeting with lecturer Rob Siegel. Students and faculty got creative in their efforts to stay connected while sheltering in place.

6. Sewing as Activism

Mike Smith, MBA ’86 captured on zoom screenshot.

Video by Steve Goldbloom

“This is the second pandemic of my life.” Mike Smith, MBA ’86, a pioneering AIDS activist, finds new meaning as he pivots from making quilts to COVID-19 masks for marginalized communities.

7. Addressing Systemic Racism

A photo of the campus sculpture, "The Flame Birds," announcing the Action Plan for Racial Equity. Credit: Elena Zhukova

Photo by Elena Zhukova

We launched the Stanford GSB Action Plan for Racial Equity to address racial inequality within our community and beyond, after listening to the stories of our Black students, alumni, staff, and faculty. We have been inspired by the energy of the GSB community to work together toward racial equity across our country and the world.

8. How We Adapted

An illustration of people from the GSB community on a Zoom meeting. Credit: Illustration by Agata Nowicka

Illustration by Agata Nowicka

As students, staff, faculty, and alumni logged on from around the world, we remember that it’s not the buildings, classroom, trees, or walkways that make up our campus. It’s the people. ⁣

9. Smoke-Filled Skies

A photo of the GSB when the northern California wildfires turned the skies orange.

Photo by Tricia Seibold

Between the pandemic, the catastrophic wildfires, and an electrical fire that cut off Stanford GSB’s power, orientation week in mid-September was a reminder that the new school would require creative problem-solving in the face of novel challenges.

10. A New MBA Class

An outdoor class at the GSB with masked and distanced students. Credit: Tricia Seibold

Photo by Tricia Seibold

We welcomed 436 new MBA students in the fall of 2020. Members of the class of 2022 come from 66 countries and nearly 300 organizations. Nearly half (47%) are women.

11. Nobel Prize


Photo by Kiefer Hickman

In October, Professors Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom were awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. A home security camera captured Milgrom on Wilson’s doorstep at 2:15 a.m., delivering the historic news to his friend, neighbor, and colleague.

12. Getting Out the Vote

Rebecca Jacobson, MBA ’22 calling voters in advance of the election. Credit: Catherine Donahoe

Photo by Catherine Donahoe, MBA ’22

In early November, Rebecca Jacobson, MBA ’22, was one of many MBA students who gathered (safely) outdoors and took to the phones to encourage fellow citizens to vote.

13. Giving Thanks

Autumn on campus. Credit: Elena Zhukova

Photo by Elena Zhukova

As we say goodbye to 2020, we reflect on all that this tumultuous year has taught us — and how it also has brought us together.

— The Editors

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