Christine McCanna

Christine McCanna
Lecturer, Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Additional Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director, Interpersonal Dynamics Weekend Lab – New York: Leadership from the Inside Out


Chris has over 18 years experience in leadership development, group facilitation, teaching and executive coaching. For the past eleven years she has worked within Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Her experience includes:

  • Lecturer in Management: Leadership Labs
  • Leadership Coaching: Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program
  • Executive Coaching: Paths To Power and the Executive Education Leadership Development Program
  • Program Management and Senior Group Facilitation: Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Course Design and Instruction: MSx Program and Athletes Program
  • Leadership Coaching: Student Association


In addition to working at Stanford University, Chris has an executive coaching practice. Her clients are senior manager level and above, and they work across several industries. Through 1:1 coaching, Chris’s clients achieve breakthroughs in self-awareness and interpersonal influence, as well as compelling communication and personal presence.

Chris also facilitates women leadership groups. The groups are comprised of Bay Area professional women who are exploring leadership both in their personal and professional lives. They are diverse groups with women of different ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and stages of their personal and professional lives. The women are committed to enhancing their own growth, and to supporting one another.

Prior to working at Stanford University, Chris enjoyed a 12-year career at Franklin Templeton Investments. As Director of Global Marketing Support, she was responsible for executive business planning, leadership development, and launching and managing reorganizations. During her tenure, she coached executives and high potential leaders, managed national sales and training teams, developed and facilitated customized training workshops and leadership development programs for internal client groups.

Chris has a Master of Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. She graduated Cum Laude from Santa Clara University. Chris lives with her husband and two sons in San Carlos, California.

Awards and Honors

  • Dorothy J. King Lecturer in Leadership for 2019–2020


Degree Courses


In the Leadership Labs class we ask you to consider the question, "Why would someone follow YOU?" This is a course in which you consider what kind of leader you want to be, what kind of leader you are, and how to align your leadership behavior...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs