Leadership

Sara Blakely: Share Your Failures

In this episode of View From The Top, the podcast, the CEO of Spanx shares the value of vulnerability.

November 30, 2018

| by Jenny Luna

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Sara Blakely. Credit: Courtesy of Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely visited Stanford GSB in 2018 as part of the View From The Top speaker series. | Courtesy of Sara Blakely

Almost every entrepreneur in the U.S. knows the story of how Spanx started: Sara Blakely, then 27, was prepping for a party when she realized she didn’t have the right undergarment to wear under white pants. To solve the issue, she pulled out a pair of scissors and cut the feet off her pantyhose. Thus, Spanx was born.

Blakely shared her insights with Stanford Graduate School of Business students at a View From The Top event in April of 2018. Listen to her conversation with Sarah AlBanna, MBA ’18, on the View From the Top, the podcast.

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Stanford GSB’s View From The Top is the dean’s premier speaker series. It launched in 1978 and is supported in part by the F. Kirk Brennan Speaker Series Fund. During student-led interviews and before a live audience, leaders from around the world share insights on effective leadership, their personal core values, and lessons learned throughout their career.

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