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4 April 2013

The New Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program

We are very excited to announce the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program. Why the enthusiasm?

Africa's opportunities and challenges position this frontier market for growth. We believe Stanford GSB can contribute to Africa's human and economic development by educating leaders committed to making an impact on the continent. This fellowship program is a critical step toward removing any financial barrier.

We also are keenly aware that Stanford GSB's international reputation as a leader in management education is built on the quality and diversity of our students. It is this broad range of experiences and backgrounds that fosters our distinctively collaborative community. African students are an important part of the GSB's student body, and they provide direct insight into an emerging global economy that will be increasingly powerful in business.

A few details about the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program:

• If you are a citizen of an African country, can demonstrate financial need, and are admitted to the Stanford MBA Program, you are eligible for this program.

• The fellowship covers tuition and associated fees (approximately U.S. $140,000) for the two-year MBA Program.

• If you receive a Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship, you will be required to work in Africa for at least two years in a professional role that contributes to the continent's development.

• Stanford GSB will award up to eight fellowships annually.

This is a pilot program we expect to run for three to five years, and ultimately hope to scale globally.

» Read complete details about the Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship
» Read about Stanford GSB in Africa

11 April 2013

Leaning In with Sheryl Sandberg

Christine H., Assistant Director of MBA Admissions, attended Sandberg's recent presentation at the GSB and shares her impressions.

The expression "Lean in" isn't new to HR professionals who have been using it for years. But Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook and author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, wants to make it a movement. On 2 April, Sandberg gave the Jing Lyman Lecture at Stanford, presented by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Speaking to a packed house at GSB's Cemex Auditorium, she encouraged the audience to "do that one thing you think you can't do."

Sandberg focused on women "owning" their own success. She also urged the audience to become aware of, and have conversations about, gender bias. Some of the statistics Sandberg cited were startling. Only 14% of the top jobs in corporate America are held by women, and that number has not changed much in the past 10 years, despite the fact that women now outnumber men in earning undergraduate degrees (they also account for 43% of all GMAT test takers). Little has changed on the home front as well. Men account for just 4% of all stay at home parents. Why? Sandberg encouraged more discussion. She suggested that stereotypes are self-perpetuating, but knowledge can lead to change.

That is why Sandberg, along with Rachel Thomas, Debi Hemmeter and Gina Bianchini (MBA '01), founded, an online community where women and men can go to educate and empower themselves, and support one another. Many of the educational materials available on are produced in partnership with the Clayman Institute, and include videos from the Voices & Influence program which features GSB faculty, students, and alumnae.

Whether you want to join the conversation, or are just curious about what others have to say, check out And if you want to get a taste of some of the subjects that are taught at the GSB, watch these videos and learn about influence and power from Professor Deborah Gruenfeld, or discover the power of stories with Professor Jennifer Aaker.

There was one question Sandberg asked that I suspect many audience members are still thinking about: "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"

- Christine H.

Watch the complete video of Sheryl Sandberg's presentation.

15 April 2013

The Many Faces of Stanford GSB in China

Business in China is undergoing a transformation, and Stanford GSB alumni are at the forefront.

We just posted a new video that features agents of change in China. Watch them discuss the companies they are creating and leading, and how Stanford GSB helped them achieve their success.

Featured alumni include: Leo Chen, MBA 2009, founder and CEO of; Alan Du, MBA 2001, Vice President of Corporate Development of Renren; Victor Koo, MBA 1994, chairman and CEO of Youku Tudou Inc.; Wei Shu, MBA 2009, founder of, and many others.

» Watch "Agents of Change: The Many Faces of Stanford GSB in China"

26 April 2013

TEDxStanford: Ideas Worth Spreading

For the second year, Stanford is hosting Tedx--a day of innovative and dynamic speakers, videos, and interactive art. Although the event is sold out, you can sign up to watch the free, live webcast on Saturday, 11 May 2013. Speakers and performers from across Stanford will share their world-changing ideas. Among them are Shirzad Camine, MBA '88, Zipho Sikhakhane, MBA '14, and GSB faculty member JD Schramm.

This year's TEDxStanford will discuss everything from the psychology of compassion and student breakthroughs in energy design, to oceanic and African wildlife studies.