J.D. Schramm

Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Teaching Statement

J.D. Schramm combines over 30 years of professional training and development experience with his personal expertise in LeadershipCommunication to design and deliver a variety of highly interactive courses for students at Stanford. A seasoned communicator and experienced entrepreneur his courses blend the theoretical and practical aspects of effective communication. Schramm not only serves as a lecturer at the GSB but in 2019 was also appointed the inaugural director of the King Global Leadership Program for Stanford’s Knight Hennessy Scholars. His first book, Communicate with Mastery: Speak with Conviction and Write for Impact will be published by Wiley early in 2020. From 2014 to 2018 Schramm was recognized as the MBA Class of 1978 Lecturer in Organizational Behavior. In 2012 he co-founded the LOWKeynotes program where students create and deliver inspiring talks to enroll others in their vision to change lives, organizations, and the world.


J. D. Schramm joined the GSB faculty in the fall of 2007 to create and launch communication courses as part of a GSB curriculum revision. In 2019 he was further appointed as the inaugural director of the King Global Leadership Program for the Knight Hennessy Scholars. He teaches graduate level courses in Strategic Communication, Reputation Management, and Thought Leadership. Each year he teaches an Introductory Seminar to undergraduates on topics ranging from Changing Hearts and Minds, Entrepreneurial Communication, and LGBTQ Leadership Communication. He actively coaches students, alumni, faculty and staff on presentations.  His protégés present at TED, Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and other high profile events around the globe, and up and down Sand Hill road.

Dr. Schramm graduated with his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2002 and was immediately appointed to the NYU faculty. During his five years there he rose from adjunct to assistant to associate professor teaching courses in strategy, organizational communication, management communication, and teamwork. Consistently ranked in the top tier on student evaluations Schramm taught the full spectrum of the Stern students from undergraduate to MBA to Executive MBA.

In 2012 Schramm completed his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) through the Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation focused on the study of curricular innovation within MBA programs comparing established innovations at MIT and Tulane with an emerging innovation at NYU. His work revealed a nine-point framework indicating what schools of management should strive to be, do and have in order to foster and sustain curricular innovation.

Beyond the classroom Dr. Schramm is an active leader of LGBTQ efforts within schools of management. He serves as an advisor to the Out for Undergrad organization as well as Reaching Out MBA. Through his years of involvement here  he has led the development of a rich library of MBA teaching cases on a wide variety of LGBT topics used by business faculty throughout the world. He and his husband Rev. Ken Daigle have two children.

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
  • MBA, Stern School of Business, NYU, 2002
  • BFA, Emporia State University, 1985

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Stanford GSB, 2007-present
  • Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Stern School of Business, 2002-2007

Professional Experience

  • Relationship Manager, eMind, 1999-2001
  • Organizational Development Specialist, NYU Medical Center, 1998-1999
  • National Director of Staff Development, Kaplan, 1993-1998
  • Executive Director, King’s Court Play’rs, 1992-1993
  • Center Director, The Ronkin Educational Group, 1991-1992
  • Sales Associate, Shearson Lehman Brothers, 1991-1991
  • Faculty & Dean of Admissions, Thomas More Prep, 1987-1990
  • Cast Member, Up With People, 1986-1987

Awards and Honors

  • Inaugural speaker, John C. Thorns Jr. lecture series, Hays KS, 2019
  • Robert K. Jaedicke Faculty Award, 2019
  • Class of 1978 Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Stanford GSB, 2014-2018
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Emporia State University, 2013
  • Best Young Adult Event, YPO-WPO, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016
  • Bob Butler Award for Queer Advocacy, New York University, 2007
  • Rookie of the Year Award, MCA Tulane, 2004



J.D. Schramm, Kara Levy, Joel Peterson Wiley, February 5, 2020.

Other Publications

J.D. Schramm. Harvard Business Review. July 5, 2011.
J.D. Schramm. Harvard Business Review. March 4, 2011.
J.D. Schramm. Harvard Business Review. January 19, 2011.
J.D. Schramm. Harvard Business Review. December 21, 2010.
J.D. Schramm. Harvard Business Review. November 8, 2010.
J.D. Schramm. Harvard Business Review. September 30, 2010.
J.D. Schramm. Harvard Business Review. August 17, 2010.


Degree Courses


Business leaders have marketing strategies, expansion strategies, finance strategies, even exit strategies. Successful leaders, however, also have communication strategies. This course will explore how individuals and organizations can develop...


Whether you are launching a start-up, leading an organization, or inspiring social action the need to communicate effectively is crucial to your success. This seminar, grounded in the work of Nancy Duarte's book Illuminate, will look at how...

Business leaders have marketing strategies, expansion strategies, finance strategies, even exit strategies. Successful leaders, however, also have communication strategies. This course will explore how individuals and organizations can develop...

Successful leaders have to conceive, author, rebuild, pivot, differentiate, and finally maintain a personal reputation to make a lasting, recognizable and powerful identity. Reputation Management will explore how you can effectively communicate...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Stanford Case Studies

Cain & Able Collection: Every Dog Has Its Day Spa | E412
David Dixon, JD Schramm2011

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Greater Stanford University

  • Member, Future of Management Education Dean's Committee, 2017-18

Service to the Profession


  • Academy of Management (AoM)
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • Association for Business Communication (ABC)
  • International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
  • Management Communication Association (MCA)
  • Out for Undergraduate (O4U); business, tech, engineering, and marketing events
  • Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA)
  • TED and TEDx Speaker, Conference Participant and Volunteer

Stanford Service

  • Pre-Major Advisor for freshmen (ongoing)
  • Communication Coach, Leadership Academy for Senior Leaders (ongoing)
  • Faculty Advisor, GSB Pride, GLBT Group and GSB Allies Group (ongoing)
  • Faculty Advisor, TEDx Stanford (ongoing)
  • Communication Coach, Leadership and Development Officers Academy (Ongoing)
  • Faculty Adivsor, Global Experience Trip, New Zealand, 2018
  • Member, Future of Management Education Dean's Committee, 2017-18
  • Faculty Advisor, Global Experience Trip to South Korea, 2013
  • Workshop Presenter, How to Pitch to VCs for VC3 event, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Workshop Leader, Persuading People of Your Ideas, SURF, 2010-11
  • Facilitator, Stanford University Alumni Pride Board Annual Retreat, 2008-09
  • Faculty Advisor, Service Learning Trip to Thailand and Cambodia, 2008

New York University Service

  • Academic Coordinator, NY Initiatives Program, 2005-2007
  • Faculty Fellow in Residence, Coral Tower, 2005-2007
  • Workshop Leader, “How to Think for a Change”, Residential Education, 2007
  • Coordinator, “How to Effectively Pitch New Business Ventures”, 2003-2007
  • Retreat Facilitator, Vice President of Student Life’s Senior Staff, 2005
  • Faculty advisor, ISP trips to Chile, 2006 and Hong Kong, 2007
  • Faculty advisor, OUTClass and Pride Corp (MBA and undergraduate GLBT groups)
  • Faculty advisor, Annual Part-Time Leadership Forum Retreat for Langone students
  • Advisor, NY Student Initiative for AIDS, 2003-2007

Boards & Services

  • Board of Trustee, Unity Institute and Seminary, 2014-2015
  • Founding Board of Directors, Out for Undergraduate, 2003-2015
  • Advisory Board Member, Penn Foster Career Schools, 2007-2011
  • Founder and lead advisor Reaching Out MBA Case-writing competition, 2006-2012
  • Facilitator and judge, Reaching Out Business Case Competition, 2004-2012

In the Media

Insights by Stanford Business

February 27, 2020
Implement these best practices before and after both high-stakes and everyday communication to improve your effectiveness.
October 4, 2016
Being open about who you are can help you succeed.
May 14, 2014
Using body language effectively can help presenters better connect with their audiences.
October 15, 2011
Communication lecturer JD Schramm helps alumni develop the art and science of tight story-telling for social impact.

School News

October 18, 2019
At the 2019 fall reunion weekend, seven people received alumni volunteer and faculty awards for their contributions to the school.
January 7, 2016
The only program of its kind to be offered by a leading business school, Stanford LGBT Executive Leadership Program addresses the gap in LGBT leadership in the C-Suite.