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Women Make Inroads in the World of Sports Management

Professional sports organizations offer brightened prospects for young women aiming for influential posts, agreed participants in the Women in Sports Symposium cosponsored by Stanford Graduate School of Business and the San Francisco 49ers.

Stanford Finance Forum Debates Bank Capital and Equity Levels

Boston Fed CEO Eric Rosengren says money market mutual funds are vulnerable to the European debt crisis.

TEDx Conference Attendees Explore the Future World of Data

Data, its uses, abuses, influence, and future possibilities—was the focus of attention for sold-out TEDx conference attendees who gathered at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Small Steps, Big Leaps For Social Causesphoto of Frank Flynn

Do you get a better response by describing the size of the Haitian earthquake disaster or focusing on one specific victim? Should you ask supporters of your cause to donate time or money? How will strangers respond to your request for help? These were some of the topics at a conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business that brought together business leaders and academics to examine the psychology of giving.

Conference Highlights Operations Research

Researchers exploring problems such as security, energy and environment, critical infrastructure, and health care, came together at a conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on Operations Research for the Public Interest. Most of the papers presented were written by collaborative teams of academics working with experts from government, non-governmental organizations, and international development organization.

Being Shoved Out of Your Comfort Zone Can Have Advantages, says Zoe Cruz

Zoe Cruz, once one of the most powerful and highly paid women on Wall Street before her sudden ouster from investment bank Morgan Stanley in 2007, was jarred out of her comfort zone after 25 years with the firm. The experience helped her grow as a person, she told the Women in Management banquet audience.

Woodrow Myers Honored at 2010 BBSA Conference

Woodrow Myers, MBA '82, who has shaped attitudes toward some of the world's most perplexing health issues, urged MBA students to use their skills to meet today's hardest challenges. He was honored with the 2010 Black Business Students Association's outstanding alumni award.

The Stanford Black Business Students Association
Celebrates 25 Years of Growth

Since the mid-1980s, the Black Business Students Association has provided a network for personal and professional growth at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As it celebrates its 25th year, the BBSA continues to deal with the realities of today’s business world.

Understanding Investing is Key to Personal Success

The saving and investing disparity could be leading to “a crisis” in the black community in the future, Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, told members of the Black Business Students Association. Among workers with similar education, income and age, white workers have nearly twice the savings of their black counterparts, she said.

Fasten Your Financial Seatbelt, Barrack Says; The Volatility Will Continue

The financial churning of the past several months will continue unabated predicts Thomas Barrack Jr., the founder, chairman, and chief executive office of the private equity firm Colony Capital. He was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Principal Investment Conference at the Graduate School of Business. (February 2008)

VideoVideo Channel: 2008 Principal Investment Conference

2007 and before

Don't Sell Yourself Short Advise Women in Management Banquet Speakers
Michelle Clayman created an asset management firm that invests $6billion. Christiana Shi became a partner at McKinsey & Co. Their experiences were spotlighted at the 2007 Women in Management banquet.(May 2007)

Black-Owned Businesses Must Be Persistent and Tough, Says GSB Alum
When Robert J. Dale’s small-but-lean black-owned advertising agency captured the 5-year, $100 million contract with the Illinois Lottery in 2003, it suddenly found itself subjected to an unheard of five audits, capricious new invoicing rules, and six-month delays in payments.
Robert Dale video, (54 minutes)

A Global Fine Line Challenges Marketing Today
Cultural differences, languages, and simply the use of words can make all the difference in marketing globally. Just ask the folks who market shampoo or computers. (February 2007)

Black Business Students Association Conference: The Five Steps to Leadership from the National Black MBA Assn. Leader
Determine to lead with power, passion, and purpose, and determine to win are two of the five steps to leadership advocated by Barbara L. Thomas, president and chief executive officer of the National Black MBA Association. (March2006)

Principal Investment Conference: Biology May Be Key to High-Tech Breakthroughs, Says VC Steve Jurvetson
Legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson is best known for his winning investments in young internet startups like Hotmail, but he told the Business School's Principal Investment Conference in February he is most excited about biology and the life sciences. (February 2006)


Stanford Graduate School of Business Hosts Net Impact 2005 Conference
The Net Impact 2005 Conference, the largest annual gathering in the world for MBA students and young professionals focused on corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, international development, and environmental management, will be hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business November 10-13. (November 2005)

Silicon Valley Is Maturing, Not Declining
High technology in 2005 is a maturing industry that cannot be expected to produce fundamental innovations forever, say two of Silicon Valley's leaders. Nonetheless, they forecast a long period of continuous innovation that will continue to create jobs and better products and services. (April 2005)

Stanford Alumni Conference: Joss Challenges Alumni to Change the World
Business is a social institution that can solve world challenges, Dean Robert Joss told the spring Stanford Alumni Conference held in London. "It is not enough to just push the boundaries of knowledge; we need to use this to impact the world," said Joss. (March 2005)

Black Business Students Association Conference: Execution and Customer Focus Are Leadership Keys, Says Symantec's Thompson
Business leaders are more likely to take missteps in good times than in bad, Symantec CEO John Thompson told the 2005 Black Business Students Conference. In tough times, successful leaders return to their roots for success. (March 2005)


Collaborating on Sustainable Development
The role of universities in promoting sustainable development was one of the topics debated by business leaders and academics attending the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development meeting at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The group found no easy answers to long-standing issues such as the need to increase plastic recycling and lower greenhouse gas emissions. (December 2004)

Energy Could Be a 21st-Century Boom Industry
The search for alternative energy sources could rival the Internet boom of the 1990s in terms of opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs, a speaker told the inaugural Stanford Business School Energy Conference. (November 2004)

Outsourcing Has No Easy Answers, Say Panelists
Speakers urged replacing dogma with data and warned there is no easy silver bullet solution as they probed the issues Bay Area companies face in dealing with job outsourcing. The debate took place at a conference at the Business School sponsored by the World Affairs Council and the School's Sloan Program.(October 2004)
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Firms Can Benefit From Tough Times Says Chambers
The tough times, not the good periods, are when companies gain or lose market share Cisco CEO John Chambers told the Business School's Technology Industry Conference.

Networks Can Open a Seat at the Table for Minorities
A commitment to diversity and the experience of being a minority can create an advantage for African-American business firms and business leaders. But the real key to success is building strong networks,speakers agreed at the 21st annual conference of the Black Business Students Association.

Technology Industry Conference: Firms Can Benefit From Tough Times Says Chambers
The tough times, not the good periods, are when companies gain or lose market share Cisco CEO John Chambers told the Business School's Technology Industry Conference. (April 2004)

Black Business Students Association Conference: Networks Can Open a Seat at the Table for Minorities
A commitment to diversity and the experience of being a minority can create an advantage for African-American business firms and business leaders. But the real key to success is building strong networks, speakers agreed at the 21st annual conference of the Black Business Students Association. (March 2004)

Principal Investment Conference: Opportunity Plus Risk for Private Equity Funds
Private equity partnerships face rocky returns in the next few years, as high prices paid for companies in times of "excessive expectations and unrealistic valuations" work their way through the system, Carl D. Thoma, MBA '73, told the Stanford Business School's Principal Investment Conference. (February 2004)

Principal Investment Conference: Coulter Forecasts Upturn in Private Equity Deals
After a run of poor investments in the late 1990s-driven largely by the telecom industry meltdowns-big private equity funds will likely be bolstered by more big deals, James G. Coulter, founding partner of Texas Pacific Group, told the Principal Investors Conference at Stanford Business School. (February 2004)


Future of Work Conference: How Can Leaders Inspire People in Difficult Times?
What will it take for today's Silicon Valley leaders to inspire the next renaissance in the high technology industry? Five leaders, including Dean Robert Joss of the Stanford Business School, reflected on the price paid for the exuberance of the early 21st Century during the Future of Work Conference. (September 2003)

India Emerges as a Manufacturing Power
Business leaders agree India is ready to move beyond simply being a service center and enter the realm of product development and manufacturing. Some 300 participants discussed the changing role at the Business School's South Asian Economic Forum. (April 2003)

The Risky Business of the IPO
Besides the economic barriers from a down economy, companies trying to launch an initial public offering also face a sea of distrust and calls for more regulations in this post-Enron world. A two-day Business School conference explored the problems of entrepreneurial finance and IPOs. (March 2003)

As Dust Settles in Silicon Valley Scholars and Practitioners Ask: What's Next?
Technology investment deals in Silicon Valley are showing dim signs of life; angel investors are still suffering from the boom years; and entrepreneurs are back to bootstrapping their companies with the help of family and friends. The picture emerged from a two day conference sponsored by the Business School and the New York Stock Exchange on Entrepreneurial Finance and Initial Public Offerings. (March 2003)

Leaders Need Passion and Perseverance Coleman Tells Women's Conference
The fear of being powerful is a stumbling block for many leaders, high tech veteran Debi Coleman, MBA '78, told the Business School's Women's Conference attendees. (March 2003)

Women's Conference: Entrepreneur Describes the Path to Profitability
Kathy Sherbrooke, MBA '94, describes the ins and outs she and classmate Janet Kraus shared to develop and enjoy the success of their entrepreneurial vision, a $15 million firm called Circles. Sherbrooke shared her experience at the Business School's spring Women's Conference. (March 2003)

Black Business Students Association Conference: Don't be Afraidof Pressure
"Get comfortable being pushed out of your comfort zone," advised Genentech COO Myrtle Potter, one of a roster of African American leaders offering career advice. (February 2003)


Tim Draper Is Not Worried about the Future of Venture Capital
At a January 29 speech at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, venture capitalist Tim Draper urged entrepreneurs to think globally and said now is an exciting time to start a business. (January 2002)


Conference at Stanford on the Experiences of E-Commerce Concludes: "Don't Bury E-Commerce Just Yet"
Within the context of a general industry downturn, and a near-cataclysmic drop off among many e-commerce-based businesses, some would think those who strapped their wagons to the e-business star are doomed to a very bumpy ride. Not so, says Haim Mendelson, codirector of the Center for Electronic Business and Commerce, in his opening remarks to the fall seminar. (September 2001)

Businesswomen Discuss Career Changes, Global Management, Skills to Reach Top
Whether choosing to break through a glass ceiling or follow their passions on a path less traveled, today's women in business must first know what they want said speakers at the seventh annual Women in Business Conference. (February 2001)