Media Advisory: Stanford Graduate School of Business Hosts Inaugural “Future of Innovation: a Peek Inside Stanford GSB’s Crystal Ball” Event on Sept. 16

Panels address Silicon Valley diversity dilemma, the alternative workforce and the future of the global economy

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        Hear from Stanford GSB tenured faculty, lecturers and alums for a discussion on the short and longer-term future of business, technology and innovation, with a morning of panel discussions including:

Silicon Valley’s Diversity Dilemma

Panelists will provide a framework for understanding the harsh realities and roadblocks to obtaining a diverse workforce, explore unconventional perspectives, discuss how to achieve greater unity and consensus, and issue a challenge to Silicon Valley and the broader business community.

When the Alternative Workforce Becomes the Norm

The U.S. economy is shifting away from the traditional model of full-time employment to unorthodox ways of producing income. Panelists will explore (1) if this workforce evolution is permanent or just a fad; (2) where the alternative workforce is headed; and (3) what its impact will be in terms of industry, economy, public policy and the education of tomorrow’s business leaders.

Who Will Lead the Global Economy?

Is the model of a single-source region for innovation dying? This analysis of the broader business economy will include an in-depth look and discussion at the Silicon Valley economy to explore local job trends, the issues around an aging workforce, the challenge of workplace skills gaps, and other issues that will undoubtedly impact global companies sooner rather than later.


Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.



Stanford Graduate School of Business
NGP Collaboration Lab, M101
655 Knight Way


Stanford, CA 94305


Emcee and host: faculty member Robert Siegel, MBA ’94, Lecturer in Management and MBA Class of ’73 Lecturer for 2016-2017

  • Fern Mandelbaum, MBA ’88, Lecturer in Management
  • Myra Strober, Professor of Education, Emerita, School of Education, Professor of Economics, GSB (by courtesy)
  • Brian Lowery, The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director, Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power
  • Julie Oberweis, MSM ’15, Angel Investor and Board Member, Ensighten, co-author of Elephant in the Valley
  • Monica Leas, MSM ’15, Digital Strategy Consultant, co-author of Elephant in the Valley
  • Paul Oyer, The Fred H. Merrill Professor of Economics, Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and Dhirubhai Ambani Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship for 2016-2017
  • Susan Athey, The Economics of Technology Professor, Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • John Roberts, The John H. Scully Professor of Economics, Strategic Management, and International Business, Emeritus
  • Steve Ciesinski, Lecturer in Management
  • George Foster, The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Management and Director, Executive Program for Growing Companies
  • Daryn Dodson, MBA ’07, Private Equity and Venture Capital Consultant to Board of Directors, Calvert Funds

All sessions will be on the record; individual interview requests can be accommodated. To request press credentials or an interview with a panelist, please email by Wednesday, September 14.


For Stanford Graduate School of Business
Liz Cies, 972-850-5855
GSB Media Relations
Heather Hansen, 650-723-0887


For Stanford Graduate School of Business
Liz Cies, 972-850-5855
GSB Media Relations
Heather Hansen, 650-723-0887