Leadership for Society Program

Societal expectations of business leaders are high in a world grappling with large-scale issues including wealth inequality, climate change, the impact of technological change on our lives, and the erosion of democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

The Leadership for Society Program, led by Professor Brian S. Lowery, provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the most pressing societal issues of today and to grow the cultural intelligence necessary to foster open and productive dialog across wide-ranging world views.

Professor Lowery’s podcast, Know What You See, and the Leadership for Society conversation series — both open to the public — provide new ways to understand the world in which we live. In this time of monumental challenge after another, it is critical that each of us understand the issues we are facing and our individual roles in addressing them. Listen in and get a taste for the engaging conversations happening at Stanford GSB:

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Conversation Series

Professor Lowery and the Leadership for Society program host conversations focused on the most pressing issues of our time and featuring leaders from across sectors. Previous topics include Race & Power and Reimagining Work.

Know What You See with Brian Lowery

Know What You See Podcast

Whether we think about them or not, the people and institutions around us influence every aspect of our lives. In our workplaces, families, churches, and simply walking down the street every day, there are hidden social forces that affect our every move and influence our outcomes.

Scholars Program

Leadership for Society Scholars work on individually-driven projects relating to issues of societal importance, growing students’ understanding of the historical, and social context of chosen issues and allowing them to identify opportunities for societal progress in partnership with advisors, peers, and the Stanford network.

As a scholar, students learn the skills needed to create space for competing viewpoints and generate productive discussions by managing peer dialogs based on Professor Lowery’s weekly conversations.