Accelerate the Next Stage of Your Success

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Are you looking to accelerate or restart your career? Are you interested in gaining insights from faculty at the Stanford GSB? Here is your chance!


The Stanford MSx Program, Stanford Executive Program, Stanford Executive Program in Women’s Leadership, and the Stanford LEAD programs are pleased to host Accelerate the Next Stage of Your Success. This daylong professional development program aims to introduce female leaders to the learning opportunities at Stanford Graduate School of Business through interactions with faculty, alumni, and past program participants. We recognize that female leaders often face similar challenges to men, but also face unique perceptions, behaviors, stereotypes, and criticisms.


10/16-19, 2019

2019 MEECO Leadership Conference

San Diego, California

Keynote: “Burnout Recovery: End Exhaustion and Regain Your Spark”


You know the feeling: You eat lunch at your desk, but are still drowning under your workload. You de-prioritize friends and fun, but the demands on your time keep stacking up. You live to work, but aren’t feeling creative or even productive. You are burned out, and it is not sustainable or beneficial for anyone. How do you stop before it really affects your job and overall happiness? Come learn from women who have studied and experienced burnout firsthand about what it takes to break the cycle, make essential lifestyle changes, and find inspiration and meaning again.

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5/17-5/18, 2019

A Fearless Heart: Finding the Courage to be Compassionate
A National Compassion Conference

Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN

The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership is pleased to offer a National Compassion Conference with Global Compassion Leaders in which you can expand your compassion skills for self and others, and apply them personally and professionally. Exemplars presenting include Sister Helen Prejean, who provides ministry on death row; Reverend Becca Stevens, who founded a ministry with former sex workers; Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., the Dalai Lama’s translator for 30+ years; and Leah Weiss, Ph.D., a compassion instructor in the Stanford Graduate Business School. Join us for inspiring presentations, guided meditations and community-building over good food.


5/15-5/16, 2019

Cultivating Compassion Louisville

Louisville, KY

Cultivating Compassion Louisville welcomes Thupten Jinpa and Leah Weiss to address critical elements for expanding compassion within education, business, and city-wide communities.

Compelling conversations between Thupten Jinpa, Leah Weiss, and innovative local business leaders that highlight the role of for-profit social enterprise in a challenging and dynamic world.

Business leaders will share their stories of positive impact in our communities.

Civic leaders, business people, and interested public are welcome.



Stanford Alumni Association – Passion, Purpose & Profitability

Griffin Club – Los Angeles, CA

GSB lecturer Leah Weiss, ’00, discusses how happiness and fulfillment lead to passion, purpose, and profitability in the workplace. After an introduction of her work, she will invite fellow Stanford alumnus and 19-year Time Magazine humorist Joel Stein, ’93, MA ’94, to join the conversation on the importance of humor in releasing the toxic culture mentality.


Please join us for wine and appetizers prior to Professor Weiss’ conversation.


This event is co-presented by the Stanford Alumni Association, Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and the Stanford Club of West Los Angeles.



HealthySteps To Wellness

Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health

Leah Weiss, PhD and professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business will offer evidence-based strategies for practicing mindfulness in the real world and explain not only how to survive the daily grind, but how to embrace it. The first 70 attendees will receive a free copy of her popular book, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind. HealthySteps to Wellness participants can earn 25 incentive points for attending the event in person or via WebEx. Register early!



Compassion Grand Rounds

Manitoba, Canada

Explore our capacity to bring our whole selves to our professional work, based on Dr. Leah Weiss’ overwhelmingly popular course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and her new book, How We Work. Using contemplative approaches and stressing the importance of fully engaging our hearts and minds at work, Dr. Weiss shows how to attend to difficult feelings without becoming subsumed by them; how to develop awareness of our bigger picture goals that orients us and allows us to see purpose in the most menial tasks. She offers a set of practical, evidence-based strategies for practicing presence in the real world, revealing how not to merely survive another day, but how to use ancient wisdom traditions to sharpen our abilities, enhance our leadership and interpersonal skills, and improve our satisfaction.


3/22-3/24, 2019

Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop

Esalen in Carmel, CA

“Join Dr. Leah Weiss, founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Institute and Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer, for a weekend of compassion cultivation training based on research from psychologists, neuroscientists, and contemplative scholars from Stanford University in addition to research gathered from her top-selling book How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind.

This workshop will include immersive self-compassion practices, research-backed meditation and breathing techniques, guided meditations for use in-workshop and at home, and lively discussions around various compassion-based topics and how compassion can be applied in the real world. Dr. Weiss’s techniques have been used all over the world in a variety of settings including hospitals, technology companies, and startups. This workshop is especially useful for health and healing professionals in their work with clients and patients. To learn more about CCT, visit




Stanford Campus, CA

Today’s complex and evolving world increasingly requires organizations and decision-makers to look beyond conventional approaches. As Me2We2019 marks the coming together of the Corporate Innovation and new Personal Leadership programs for the first time, this year’s event will feature thinkers, culture changers and industry experts who offer compelling perspectives and insights into being a great leader no matter your role, organization or industry.



Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose, CA

San Jose

The mission of the Conference for Women is to promote, communicate and amplify the influence of women in the workplace and beyond. At our annual nonpartisan, nonprofit conferences, we bring together thousands of active professionals to connect, renew, and find inspiration in community. We are committed to helping close the pay gap, eliminate gender discrimination and achieve parity in company leadership and on corporate boards. We inspire the next generation through our Young Women’s program and we support local nonprofit organizations. The Conference for Women harnesses the collective wisdom, experience and energy of inspirational women and men of all ages and backgrounds in service of our values: supporting and giving back to our growing nationwide community.

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American Heart Association Go Red for Women Bay Area

San Francisco

The Go Red for Women movement aims to provide women the tools they need to make better choices for themselves and their families while bringing female influencers together to change the conversation around the importance of health as it relates to the productivity and advancement of women. The Go Red luncheon will be celebrated on February 14th at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. The event brings together 500+ women influencers from top corporations throughout the Bay Area to celebrate heart health and women’s advancement initiatives.



Commonwealth Club

San Francisco

Stressed at work but can’t find time to de-stress and meditate? Need to be creative but running into mind blocks? Sidetracked by trivia instead of getting work done? Stanford’s Leah Weiss, author of How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind, will show us how to sidetrack anxiety and enter a creative state even if we’re not feeling like it. She will provide other practical examples as well.

During this interactive session, we will learn how to integrate useful tools derived from mindfulness into our actual workdays. Come learn what Stanford’s Graduate School of Business is teaching about how to incorporate evidence-based meditation and mindfulness practices directly into the workday, reaping the benefits of improved productivity, creativity and happiness without having to set aside a special time or place. Weiss’ class at Stanford usually has a long waitlist, so sign up for this session before it sells out!


1/26/2019 – 1/27/2019

Stanford Continuing Studies

Stanford University

Finding purpose in life and work is the key to health, happiness, longevity, and productivity whether at work, at home, or throughout retirement. The problem is that most of us are unaware of what our purpose is or how to find it. Without purpose, we often become less resilient and maybe even struggle to find reasons for living.

This course will present an overview of important research that reveals how purpose can be increased, providing evidence-based tools and strategies that can be experimented with in lab style. Students will participate in interactive exercises designed to help each student discover their sense of purpose in the first place, or put their existing notions of purpose into clearer focus. We will use real-life examples to learn how to address the bad feelings and lack of structure that can lead us to feel purposeless. And we will examine why it’s important to learn from failure, and how to move forward with acceptance and resilience using proven self-compassion and mindfulness techniques. By the end of the course, students will understand why purpose is essential in every stage of life and where to find it.



Watermark Conference for Women at Gilead

Silicon Valley

Mindful Leadership for All Levels – 45 Minute Keynote followed by book signing – Internal Event for Employees to promote excitement for the Watermark Conference for Women that is already sold out for 2019. Leah will also be a speaker at the conference in February.



Washington State Virtual – Work and Wellness Discussion Series: How We Work – Private Event


The Work and Wellness Discussion Series is hosted by the Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in partnership with the Association for Faculty Women (AFW) as a means for students, faculty and staff to read a book for pleasure, rather than what is assigned for classes. This series contributes to the promotion of a diverse and vibrant intellectual community on campus for those interested in world issues. It is designed to create a space for women and men to gather and talk about issues important to all through literature.

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Indiana Women’s Leadership Conference

Indianapolis, IN

A practical guide to bringing our whole selves to our professional work, based on Leah Weiss, PhD’s overwhelmingly popular course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In today’s workplace, the traditional boundaries between “work” and “personal” are neither realistic nor relevant. From millennials seeking employment in the sharing economy to Gen Xers telecommuting to Baby Boomers creating a meaningful second act, the line that separates who we are from the work we do is blurrier than ever.