LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Who should attend

  • Mid- to senior-level LGBTQ executives with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience and five years of management experience
  • Executives with significant levels of managerial responsibility — from any size company, any industry, and any country
  • Participants who are interested in advancing LGBTQ leadership in business

About the course

Catapult your career with the only program from a leading business school for LGBTQ executives.

Lead with strength. Lead with impact. The LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program teaches you how to do both — authentically, effectively, and confidently. This highly-specialized, one-week program gives you the strategic insights, personal leadership skills, design thinking innovation, and powerful network to accelerate your career.

You’ll explore the art of influence and decision making and develop new models and mindsets for innovation using design thinking. And you’ll learn practical tools for transforming insights into outcomes. All in a stimulating environment on the Stanford campus, led by Stanford GSB faculty.

Best of all, you’ll share this experience with other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning executives who can support you and your career for a lifetime.

Key Benefits

Strengthen your influence, build a valuable network, and develop new models and mindsets for innovation using design thinking.

  • Learn how your LGBTQ identity influences and strengthens your personal leadership style.
  • Assess and refine your interpersonal skills to become a more authentic leader.
  • Strengthen nonverbal and verbal communication skills.
  • Identify best practices for building LGBTQ employee networks and career paths within your organization.
  • Build a strong network of LGBTQ peers with whom you can share ideas and experiences.

Curriculum

How can you become a more authentic leader? How can you effectively enhance your power and influence? What can design thinking teach you about building strong LGBTQ and ally networks?

The LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program curriculum is carefully designed to meet the unique needs of rising LGBTQ professionals. And it’s the only one of its kind offered by a leading business school to address the significant gap in LGBTQ leadership in the C-suite. The curriculum and experience are innovative, thought-provoking, and empowering.

The highly-tailored curriculum is delivered through interactive classroom sessions, hands-on experiential workshops, small group discussions, roundtable forums, and visits from guest speakers. Learn how LGBTQ identity influences and strengthens personal leadership style. Practice design thinking and personal leadership skills to create innovative solutions to the specific challenges you face. Expand your knowledge and strengthen your network of mentors and colleagues.

Program Highlights

Leading Out Loud: Executive Presence for the LGBTQ Leader

Presence — the ability to communicate in words and actions in a way that inspires others to follow our lead — is an essential, yet challenging, skill for all leaders. Whether expressed in person or virtually, you will explore frameworks and develop tools for exploring your own leadership style.

Design Thinking

You will spend three sessions learning design thinking — a human-centered, prototype-driven process for innovation that can be applied to products, services, and even business and organizational design. At Stanford, we believe that innovation is necessary in every aspect of leadership. These sessions will give you a strong understanding of the key tenets of design thinking, and how to execute them within your organization. Design thinking by its very nature is experiential, so come with an open mind, comfortable attire, and make sure you're well rested!

Experts

Margaret Ann Neale

Research Statement Margaret Neale’s research focuses primarily on negotiation and team performance. Her work has extended judgment and decision-making research from cognitive psychology to the field of negotiation. In particular, she studies cognitive and social processes that produce departures ...

Sarah Soule

Research Statement Sarah A. Soule's research examines state and organizational-level policy change and diffusion, and the role social movements have on these processes. She has recently published papers on how protest impacts multi-national firm-level decisions regarding divestment in Burma, and ...

Shelley Correll

Bio Shelley Correll is professor of sociology and (by courtesy) organizational behavior at Stanford University. She is also the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. Professor Cor...

Baba Shiv

Research Statement Baba Shiv's research expertise is in the area of neuroeconomics, with specific emphasis on the role of neural structures related to emotion and motivation in shaping decisions and experiences. His recent work examines the interplay of the brain’s "liking" and "wanting" systems ...

J.D. Schramm

J.D. Schramm combines over 20 years of professional training and development experience with his personal expertise in Management Communication to design and deliver a variety of highly interactive courses for MBA students at Stanford. A seasoned communicator and experienced entrepreneur his cour...

Thomas Stephen Wurster

Bio Tom Wurster is a former Senior Partner and Managing Director with The Boston Consulting Group, where he has most recently led the West Coast. He joined BCG in 1978 and was elected Vice President and Director in 1985. Mr. Wurster has extensive experience consulting leading companies, with a pa...

Gary Dexter

Academic Degrees PhD, Counseling Psychology, Stanford University AB, Counseling Psychology, Stanford University BA, Psychology, University of California at Berkeley Academic Appointments Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2010-present TeachingDegree Courses2017-18 OB 374: Interpersonal Dynamics PRE-QU...

Dan Klein

Dan Klein teaches Improvisation full time at Stanford University where he is on the faculty of the Drama Department and the Graduate School of Business and teaches at the d.school. In 2009, Dan was named Stanford Teacher of the Year by the Student’s Association. At the GSB he co-teaches (with Pr...

Brian Lowery

Research Statement Professor Lowery's research seeks to extend knowledge of individuals' experience of inequality and fairness. His work suggests that individuals distinguish between inequalities framed as advantage as opposed to disadvantage. This finding affects how individuals perceive inequal...

Hugh Keelan

Bio Hugh Keelan is a Lecturer at Stanford Business School. He teaches and coaches MBA and MSx students in courses including Leadership Laboratories, Leadership Fellows, Interpersonal Dynamics, and Paths to Power. He also teaches and coaches executives in programs run by the Executive Education te...

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