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J.D. Schramm: How to Communicate with Your Audience
Concise Storytelling for Leaders Workshop

Biography

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 courses blend the theoretical and practical aspects of effective communication. 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. Schramm serves as a full-time lecturer in Organizational Behavior and as founding director of the Mastery in Communication Initiative. His current dual role at Stanford GSB allows him to pursue both of his professional passions: teaching communication courses while also creating and leading innovative academic programs.

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Teaching Statement

J.D. Schramm combines over 30 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 students at Stanford. A seasoned communicator and experienced entrepreneur his courses blend the theoretical and practical aspects of effective communication. 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. Schramm serves 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.

Bio

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. 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.

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

  • 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

Teaching

Degree Courses

2018-19

GSBGEN 114Q: Changing Hearts and Minds

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...

GSBGEN 315: Strategic Communication

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...

GSBGEN 317: Reputation Management: Strategies for Successful Communicators

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...

2017-18

GSBGEN 114Q: Changing Hearts and Minds

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...

GSBGEN 315: Strategic Communication

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...

GSBGEN 317: Reputation Management: Strategies for Successful Communicators

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...

GSBGEN 528: Communicating for Credibility: An Introduction to Thought Leadership

Many students are prepared to be leaders, but few are prepared to be thought leaders. Yet, that''s precisely what many of our students will become. This communications course focuses on the risks and the rewards of stepping into a thought...

2016-17

GSBGEN 112Q: Leading Out Loud: an Exploration of Leadership Communication through an LGBT Lens

Students of all sexual orientations are invited to apply for this unique new seminar looking at the distinct challenge LGBT leaders have faced in communicating effectively. Through the years, many individuals have led the struggle for gay rights...

GSBGEN 315: Strategic Communication

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...

GSBGEN 317: Reputation Management: Strategies for Successful Communicators

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...

GSBGEN 528: Communicating for Credibility: An Introduction to Thought Leadership

Many students are prepared to be leaders, but few are prepared to be thought leaders. Yet, that''s precisely what many of our students will become. This communications course focuses on the risks and the rewards of stepping into a thought...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

  • The Corporate Entrepreneur: Driving Innovation and New Ventures Learn how to translate ideas into action using strategic frameworks and design thinking; then put theory into practice with real innovation projects.
  • LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program Catapult your career with the only program from a leading business school to address LGBTQ leadership in the C-suite.

In the Media

Recalling Barbara Bush's Contribution to Campus Dialogue

LinkedIn, April 27, 2018

AI ‘Gaydar’ Could Compromise LGBTQ People’s Privacy — And Safety

The Washington Post, February 19, 2018

First Father’s Day Without Dad Here

Medium, June 18, 2017

A Framework for Innovation

BizEd, May 4, 2015

Revealing a Heartbreaking Secret on the TED stage

Huffington Post, May 23, 2013

My MBA Students taught me (another) valuable lesson

Huffington Post, February 4, 2013

Leading Out Loud: How Teaching Leads to Learning

Huffington Post, August 13, 2012

In Kazakhstan, the Professor Becomes the Student

Huffington Post, September 10, 2011

Insights by Stanford Business

writtenAuthenticity Can Help LGBTQ Leaders Be More Effective

October 4, 2016

Being open about who you are can help you succeed.

videoHow to Make Body Language Your Superpower

May 14, 2014

Using body language effectively can help presenters better connect with their audiences.

writtenHow to Tell Your Story for Impact

October 15, 2011

Communication lecturer JD Schramm helps alumni develop the art and science of tight story-telling for social impact.

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