Melissa Jones Briggs elevates leaders by combining research from the fields of social science and the practical application of performance techniques. She designs, directs and deploys global leadership and inclusion programs; these initiatives help people, teams and organizations navigate power dynamics in the workplace, through practical coaching and advising, backed up by ever-evolving data. Briggs works with executives, engineers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, political leaders, actors, directors, academics, attorneys and medical professionals. Her expertise ranges from the corporate (Intel, Twitter, Cisco, eBay, Ubisoft, Lyft, Mozilla, Dechert LLP), and academic (Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Singularity University, Stanford’s School of Medicine and School of Law), to healthcare (Lorraine Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, The Public Health Institute), and nonprofit sectors (Clinton Global Initiative, Watermark, Invoking the Pause Foundation, 52nd Street Project, Youth in Arts, Williamstown Theatre Festival), among others. As guest faculty, Briggs has taught at London Business School in the UK, Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland and the United States Naval Academy. An honors graduate of Wake Forest University, Briggs also studied at the Coaches Training Institute, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and the Actor’s Center Conservatory in New York. Briggs co-teaches OB333: Acting with Power with Deborah Gruenfeld & Benoit Monin in spring quarter.