Kristin Hansen

Lecturer, Organizational Behavior

Kristin Hansen

Lecturer in Management

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Kristin Hansen lectures in the Leadership for Society and Communications programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She teaches the year-round course Essentials of Strategic Communication with fellow lecturer Matt Abrahams. In fall 2021, she joins Senior Associate Dean of Education Brian Lowery as co-instructor of a new course entitled Big Arguments, Courageous Leadership. Kristin has also previously served as a communication coach and LOWkeynotes coach for MBA and MSx students.

Kristin currently serves as executive director of Civic Health Project, a Palo Alto-based nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce extreme polarization and foster healthier civil discourse in U.S. citizenry, politics, and media. Kristin also serves on the advisory boards of AllSides, Business for America, and the Listen First Project.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1998
  • MA, International Policy Studies, Stanford University, 1990
  • BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1990

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer in Management, Stanford GSB, 2017–present
  • MBA / MSx Communication Coach, Stanford GSB, 2013–15
  • MBA / MSx LOWkeynotes Coach, Stanford GSB, 2015

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director, Civic Health Project, 2018–present
  • Advisor, Business for America, 2020–present
  • Advisor, Listen First Project, 2019–present
  • Advisor, AllSides, 2018–present
  • Global Brand Leader, Intel Data Center Group, 2017–18
  • Chief Marketing Officer, Bright Computing, 2015–17
  • Senior Marketing Executive, IBM, 2006–13
  • Chief Marketing Officer, Micromuse, 2003–06

Conferences, Talks & Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Center for Entertainment and Civic Health, October 2021

Speaker, University of Notre Dame; Think ND, September 2021

Speaker, Niskanen Center, June 2021

Speaker, Club de Madrid, April 2021

Depolarizing America: Promising Paths Forward

Speaker, American Association of Chamber of Council Executives, Annual Meeting, October 2020

Fostering Community Dialogue

Speaker, National Civic League, July 2020

How Do We Prepare Students to Shape Civil Society in the 21st Century?

Panelist, UN 68th Annual Civil Society Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, August 28, 2019

Speaker, Unrig Summit, Nashville, TN, March 30, 2019

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