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Power & Influence Biographies

Deborah Gruenfeld

Moghadam Family Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Co-director of Executive Program for Women Leaders

Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2010-2011

Education Module Presenter

Faculty Advisory Committee, Center for Women’s Leadership

Deborah H Gruenfeld is the Moghadam Family Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior and the Codirector of the Executive Program for Women Leaders. She is a social psychologist whose research and teaching examine how people are transformed by the organizations and social structures in which they work. The author of numerous articles on the psychology of power, and on group behavior, Gruenfeld has taught popular courses on these and related topics to MBA students and executives at Stanford and at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Gruenfeld joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2000.
Gruenfeld received her BA in psychology from Cornell University in 1983, her MA in journalism from New York University in 1985, and her PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1993.

Angela Taylor

President & General Manager, The Atlanta Dream

Clayman Institute Advisor

Angela Taylor is President & General Manager of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA.  The marketing and branding strategist and philanthropist was a 16-year veteran of the sports industry prior to founding her start-up, NetWorks Sports Consulting, LLC.  Taylor is also the co-founder of the Burrell-Taylor Leadership Institute for Women of Color, a co-host of Game Changers Live and GCL SportsBiz Brief, and is an Adjunct Professor for the University of San Francisco Graduate Sports Management Program. In 2006, Taylor co-founded The CHANCE Foundation.  She currently serves on the Stanford Buck/Cardinal Board and the Advisory Council at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

Taylor graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Economics and earned her MBA (with an emphasis on Marketing and Management) at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Cynthia Barnett

Performance Coach and Project Manager

Education Module Interviewee

Cynthia Barnett has extensive background in business coaching, management consulting, financial sales, and business development. She began her career with an institutional brokerage firm covering the emerging Asian markets and transitioned to creating financial plans to grow and protect assets for business owners. Since 1999, she has been a student of human performance and effectiveness and has been coaching business owners to produce extraordinary results. Barnett has lived and worked in London, New York and Tokyo and presently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Barnett earned her BS in Economics with Financial Application from Southern Methodist University.

Laura Jones

Product Marketing Manager, Google Commerce

Education Module Interviewee

Laura JonesLaura Jones is a Product Marketing Manager on the Commerce team at Google. She works on Google Shopping and Wallet, with a focus on leading creative teams. She also teaches workshops on design thinking and innovation to Googlers around the world. Prior to Google, she worked on eCommerce and mobile payments at Visa.

Jones received her MBA from Stanford with a focus on product design at the d.School (Institute for Design). She graduated from Dartmouth magna cum laude with majors in Economics and Government.


Maxie McCoy

Community Manager, Levo League

Education Module Interviewee

Maxie McCoyMaxie McCoy is the community manager for Levo League, a thriving community of young professionals, role models, and innovative companies, “taking Gen Y by storm.” As community manager, McCoy oversees the development and management of LocalLEVO offline communities, spanning over 15 cities around the world. McCoy is the co-writer of “Less Work More Money,” and previously hosted for Fox Sports Southwest. She was awarded the 2009 Lehigh Presidential Scholarship and was a 2009 UWEMP/UPI National Writing Contest Finalist.

McCoy graduated from Lehigh University with BA and MA in Journalism and Media, respectively.


Katie Miserany

Marketing Communications, RelateIQ

Education Module Interviewee

Katie Miserany currently oversees marketing communications for RelateIQ, a Palo Alto-based start-up leveraging technology to help people build better professional relationships and make smarter decisions at work. Before RelateIQ, she was part of the communications team at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Previously, Miserany worked in consumer marketing for several years at Tiny Prints, seeing the company through its acquisition by Shutterfly.

Miserany graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in English and a minor in professional writing and editing from the University of California, Santa Barbara




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