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Director's Letter to Sponsoring Organizations

Developing the next generation of leaders is critical for the long-term success of your organization.

Since the Stanford Master of Science in Management for Experienced Leaders (MSx) was established in 1957 as the Stanford Sloan Program, companies from around the world have sent mid-career executives to participate as Fellows, allowing them to spend a year in residency at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business — engaged in intense study with an elite cohort of global leaders.

Fellows complete a core curriculum in general management, leadership and innovation, while having the opportunity to select from a wide array of electives at the business school and Stanford’s other graduate schools (engineering, law, medicine, earth sciences, humanities and sciences, and education). Core classes are taught by Stanford’s world-class tenured faculty, and most electives are shared with the Stanford MBA Program. Assessments, executive modules and coaching provide leadership development targeted at mid-career professionals. For the truly exceptional manager who has already had some global experience, it is a learning and development opportunity that can transform a career.

Recognizing certain people individually for a special investment in their careers can be a sensitive issue in a large organization. Nonetheless, there are always a few that are worth that investment. Often they are managers who are unique in some way; examples may include the very highest potential women executives and/or highly specialized technical people who need a broader skill set. For these people and other talented managers, an investment in the MSx Program can reap huge rewards in speeding up their readiness for critical management roles.

Sponsorship often includes tuition (full or partial), salary, and living expenses. Some firms support the Fellow fully; others may offer medical insurance and a forgivable loan for tuition. Each firm develops a set of guidelines that is appropriate and reasonable for that firm. I would be happy to discuss with you the many ways that sponsorship can be structured.

Since the first graduating class of 1958, Fellows in the Stanford MSx program have had far reaching influence on financial institutions, Global 1000 companies, and family-owned businesses in many countries of the world. Among our distinguished alumni are current and former CEOs of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Pfizer, Boeing, Lenovo, and BP; directors of the London School of Economics and KKR; and senior government officials in several countries. Recent sponsors who have invested in their promising managers include Nike, BP, Dell, Techint, the Hong Kong and Singapore governments, Google, Mitsubishi, Baosteel (China), and Dresdner Kleinwort.

I urge you to consider identifying and investing in a few of the most promising leaders in your organization. For those forward thinking enough to take this step, Stanford offers a unique opportunity to prepare the brightest managers to lead and grow dynamic companies in the twenty-first century.


Mike Hochleutner
Stanford MSx Program