An endowed chair is a living memorial to intellectual and philanthropic values. With the recent establishment of the Moghadam Family Professorship in the Graduate School of Business, Christina, BA ’78, and Hamid Moghadam, MBA ’80, add their names to an honor roll of donors who treasure academic excellence and independence.
“Our superior faculty drives the success of the Stanford as the best business school in the world,” says Hamid Moghadam, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of AMB Property Corporation, a San Francisco-based global property company. "As business leaders, we directly benefit from the knowledge and insight they provide, and I’m proud to give back to the school in this way."
The couple is involved with a number of community organizations and at Stanford. Hamid’s activities include his service on the Board of Trustees of the university, the Advisory Council and the Campaign Steering Committee at Stanford GSB, and as chairman of the Stanford Management Company. Tina served for many years on the board of the Stanford Women’s Club of San Francisco.
As the inaugural chairholder of the Moghadam Family Professorship, Deborah H Gruenfeld joins a roster of distinguished faculty members, scholars with the drive to reach the summit in their disciplines. Gruenfeld is a social psychologist whose research and teaching examine how people are transformed by the organizations and social structures in which they work. The author of numerous articles on the psychology of power and on group behavior, she teaches popular courses on these and related topics to Stanford GSB students, alumni, and executives at Stanford.
In the MBA program, Gruenfeld teaches required courses on teams and organizational behavior and offers the elective Acting with Power. She also works with students in many of Stanford GSB’s Executive Education programs as co-director of the Stanford Executive Program for Women; the Stanford Faculty Women’s Forum Workshop on Leadership, Management, and Influence; and the Women Lead program for Stanford GSB alumni as part of the school’s Lifelong Learning offerings.
“It is a great honor to receive this recognition for my work and for my contributions to Stanford and Stanford GSB,” Gruenfeld reflects. “I am inspired by and indebted to my colleagues, my mentors and advisors, and my many, many incredible students. I am surrounded by people who throw themselves, heart-first, at what matters to them, and they personally change everything that they touch.”
The Moghadam Family Professorship at Stanford GSB will benefit generations of students and faculty, and the world at large. The engagement and leadership of the Moghadams is testament to Stanford’s community of generous friends.