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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — As a youngster, Joanne Pasternack thought she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up — first an Olympic figure skater and then a pediatrician.  Instead, she has ended up in a totally different realm —professional football, where she works as the director of community relations and philanthropy for [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—When a company does badly, no manager likes to be blamed for things that were really outside his control—like a general downturn in the economy. That goes especially for chief executives. But do boards really take external factors into account when giving CEOs the ax? A new study finds that more [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Some people believe that African American women are doubly oppressed in the workplace, challenged by sexism because they’re female and by racism because they’re black. However, that bleak assessment does not tell the complete story, says Katherine Phillips, PhD ’99, visiting scholar in organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business [...]

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From STANFORD BUSINESS magazine When he is evaluating talent as a scout for the Boston Red Sox, Hal Morris often recalls lessons learned at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “I think the course that probably helped most was Organizational Behavior,” he says. “We learned about cognitive biases. In scouting, many things can influence your [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Female students make up 20 percent of engineering undergraduates, but 55 percent of all undergraduates. According to the National Science Foundation, women occupy 11 percent of jobs in engineering fields but comprise 46 percent of the total workforce. And in academia, a recent study found women in the top electrical engineering departments [...]

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With the world economy in a tailspin in late 2008, Marcelo Miranda thought about dropping out of the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program to get a job. Instead, the 32-year-old engineer and father feverishly arranged interviews with multinationals in his native Brazil during the winter holiday and spring break. His hard work paid off with 17 [...]

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WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER TRANSITIONS, women and men both can use some help. Just ask Paul Work, JD ’89, MBA ’95. After making some money in the dot-com bubble, he moved on to a position in corporate strategy/business development at McKesson in San Francisco. Then his wife was offered a prestigious position as a [...]

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Career Advice by Theresa Johnston Marriage, child rearing, transfers, promotions, and layoffs. Sooner or later, all Stanford business school graduates have to chart their career courses through transitions that can be tricky, particularly for women. PAMELA WINER GOLDBERG, MBA ’81, never will forget the phone call she received just days after her first child was [...]

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As founder of Capital One Financial Corp., Richard Fairbank revolutionized the credit card industry with teaser rates and zero-balance transfers. But in the beginning he recalls, he had “no money, no experience, and no ideas.” STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —As an MBA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Richard D. Fairbank, MBA ’81, [...]

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QOTD: Balance? What Balance?

“There’s nothing balanced about my life. When you sign up for a job that is so encompassing, you have to know this and love it, or else don’t do it.” – Ann Livermore, MBA ’82, in an interview in Forbes. Livermore joined HP straight out of business school and is currently executive vice president of [...]

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