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Faculty Workshop: Acting with Power

March 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Mackenzie Room, 3rd Floor, Huang Engineering Center

Open to all interested Stanford faculty and full-time lecturers. Advance registration is required -- please register here.

Exploring your personal relationships to power, status, and authority allows you to navigate nuanced organizational and communication dynamics with increased agility. Such agility helps to accomplish your strategic, operational, and professional objectives. Cultivating your presence and power requires alignment of self-perceptions and perceptions that others have of you. Expanding your authentic range can change how others perceive you. 

This highly interactive session builds on research from the fields of social psychology and gender studies, and integrates performance techniques to provide insight into how behavioral range -- physical, vocal, intellectual, mindset, strategic -- affects your impact.

The workshop is designed to enable you to obtain deeper understandings of power, status, and authority, to learn to observe and understand the behaviors that underlie power and status dynamics, to learn how to use power constructively, to learn to use your voice and body most effectively, to learn to identify and use under-utilized parts of yourself, and to develop a broader repertoire of useful verbal and non-verbal behaviors.

About the workshop leaders:

Melissa Jones Briggs specializes in performance as a tool for social and organizational change. She teaches at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( She is a founding member of the teaching team for the renowned "Acting with Power" course taught at the GSB with Professor Deborah Gruenfeld and Kay Kostopoulos. She also lectures in the Stanford Programs for Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs and coaches at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Melissa is especially passionate about inclusive leadership. As a keynote speaker, she engages audiences around the world on topics including power, performance, and inclusion. Beyond Stanford, Melissa designs, directs, and deploys global leadership and inclusion programs for corporations, NGOs, and academic and federal institutions. She is proud to serve on the Board of Directors at Youth in Arts, an arts education nonprofit with a focus on social justice. She has taught at the London Business School in the UK, Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, and the United States Naval Academy.

Kay Kostopoulos directs and teaches acting, acting pedagogy, musical theater, voice, speech, and Shakespeare in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and Continuing Studies Program at Stanford University. She teaches "Acting with Power" at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and has coached for the Knight Fellows Journalism Program, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Department of English. Kay has created and directed many training programs for Stanford's School of Medicine. She has also taught private seminars for live and on-line audiences at Apple, Twitter, Airbnb, Genentech, Cisco, Hitachi, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Lippincott, Ernst and Young, First Republic, Stanford's Program for Women and Women in Entrepreneurship Program, eBay's Global Women's Conference, and Women in Cable Telecommunications. Her work has been featured in O magazine and she has been featured on NPR's Philosophy Talk radio program for her work on understanding facial emotions in the treatment of autism.

This workshop is sponsored by WISE Ventures, an initiative of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, by the office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, and by the Stanford Faculty Women's Forum.

A continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 before the start of the workshop. The workshop begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Event Sponsor: 
WISE Ventures, Stanford Faculty Women's Forum, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
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