March 16 Mar 16
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday Wed

Women Faculty Networking: Kay Kostopolous, Melissa Briggs - Creating a Powerful Presence

Via Zoom

Via Zoom

Exploring your personal relationship to power, status and authority allows you to navigate nuanced organizational and communication dynamics with increased agility. This agility helps you accomplish your strategic, operational and professional objectives. Cultivating your Presence & Power requires alignment of self-perceptions and perceptions that others have of you. Expanding your authentic delivery range can change how we are perceived. Combining performance techniques and data from the fields of social psychology and gender research, this highly interactive session provides insight into how behavioral range - physical, vocal, intellectual, mindset, strategic - affects your impact.

Kay Kostopoulos directed and taught acting, acting pedagogy, musical theater, voice, speech, and Shakespeare in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University for over 25 years. She co-founded the popular Acting with Power course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Kay coaches faculty at the GSB and the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and students in the Knight Fellows Journalism Program, among others. She has designed programs at Stanford's Med School and Stanford Healthcare and has guest taught in many of Stanford's academic departments. Kay coaches executives and leadership teams at some of the world's leading corporations and institutions.

Melissa Jones Briggs specializes in performance as a tool for social and organizational change. On faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Melissa teaches Acting with Power in partnership with leading social scientists. She lectures in the flagship Stanford Executive Program among others and is a faculty affiliate at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Off campus, Melissa designs and directs global leadership and coaching programs for top corporations and hyper-growth startups, NGOs and federal institutions. Trained as a performing artist in London and New York, she is a passionate advocate for equity in arts education with a focus on social justice.