Monday, March 11-Wednesday, March 13, 2019 

With optional events on
Sunday, March 10 and Thursday, March 14 

Me2We is the premier annual on-campus event for Stanford LEAD program participants and alumni. 

Hosted at

Stanford Graduate School of Business

655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 


A Look Back at Me2We 2018


Leadership From Unexpected Avenues

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.


Currently on its world tour, VC-BootCamp's 2019 U.S. event will take place during Me2We2019. The main objective of this year’s edition is to build bridges between European and American VC firms. 

Me2We2019 attendees will have the opportunity to observe a live pitch competition featuring American and European VC firms, attend VC workshops and hear from late stage VCs on conducting deals. Anyone who would like to apply to participate in the live pitch competition or other VC-BootCamp sessions can learn more by clicking on the links below. 

VC Pitch Call for Applications 

VC-BootCamp Website


Featured Speakers

Me2We2019 is excited to bring together an array of thought leaders, experts, researchers and authors, along with renowned Stanford GSB faculty and fellow LEADers, for this year's event. Stayed tuned as we continue to build out the agenda and visit this site often for updates to the speaker lineup.

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Peter DeMarzo | LinkedIn

The Staehelin Family Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Director, Stanford LEAD: Corporate Innovation and Personal Leadership

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Sarah Soule | LinkedIn

The Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Director, Stanford LEAD: Personal Leadership

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Jeffrey Pfeffer | LinkedIn

The Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, LEAD Faculty, and author or co-author of 15 books 

Faculty Session: Dying for a Paycheck

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S. Christian Wheeler | GSB Profile

The StrataCom Professor of Management and Professor of Marketing at Stanford University and LEAD Faculty 

Faculty Session: Rapid Bonding: Using Dynamic Exercises to Help You Express Your Authentic Self

Meagan Bowman | LinkedIn

Co-Founder and CIO of OneStone Solutions Group, a serial entrepreneur with several successful startup acquisitions, and one of the world’s leading authorities on omnichannel growth

Industry Breakout: From Beaver Pelts to Bots: The Evolution of eCommerce Exchange

Tomer Cohen | LinkedIn

Vice President of Products responsible for LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions product portfolio delivering $1B+ in annual revenue. Previously led LinkedIn's consumer products and the inception and launch of Sponsored Updates on 2013  while heading the LinkedIn mobile team 

Panel Discussion: Design Thunk'd: Design Thinking Applied​

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Elizabeth Douglas | LinkedIn

CEO WikiHow and Stanford GSB graduate who has previously worked at Apple, Yahoo! and Google and speaks regularly about leadership

Panel Discussion: Design Thunk'd: Design Thinking Applied

Fireside Chat with LEADer Kristin Bredemeier: Leadership Lessons, Hybrid Organizations, and Being a Female Tech CEO

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Zoe Dunning | LinkedIn

Advocate for veterans', women's and LGBTQ rights, motivational speaker, management consultant, change strategist and retired U.S. Navy Commander

Keynote Session

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Stina Ehrensvärd | LinkedIn

Founder and CEO of Yubico and visionary entrepreneur with a proven track record of creating and bringing new technology innovations to global markets

Panel Discussion: How to Scale Your Business: Lessons Learned moderated by LEADer Cecilia Hultén

Jeff Feng | LinkedIn 

Product Lead for the Data Platform Team at Airbnb, AI and data industry advisor at Udacity and former Product Manager at both Tableau and Apple

Panel Discussion: Design Thunk'd: Design Thinking Applied

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Steve Garguilo | LinkedIn

Co-Founder of Action Surge, Partner of Cultivate and author of Surge: Your Guide to Put Any Idea Into Action, and LEADer

Session: Creating a Culture of Innovation: It's All About Action

Roger Greene | LinkedIn

Manager for Rural Connectivity at Facebook

Session: Connectivity for All

Bill Groves | LinkedIn

Chief Data Officer, Walmart

Session: Data as the Enabler of Transformation Into a Digital Enterprise

Saul Jaeger | LinkedIn

Lieutenant, Field Operations, Mountain View, CA Police Department, and LEADer

Encore Me2We 2018 Session Back by Popular Demand: Body Language: What People

Say Without Saying a Word


Cary McClelland | LinkedIn

Writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and rights advocate 

Session: Silicon City: How the Tech Industry Changed the San Francisco Bay Area

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Nipun Mehta | LinkedIn

Founder of ServiceSpace, an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy

Session: Laddership: Be Selfish, Be Generous

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Dr. Michael Nagler | LinkedIn

Founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program (PACS) at UC, Berkeley

Session: Gandhiji: Leadership for the New Paradigm

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Denise Natishan | LinkedIn

A trusted advisor to the retail and supplier (CPG) community having placed 1,000s of top executive roles around the world and works to promote women to middle, senior, and board-level positions as a Senior Partner at Cameron Smith & Associates

Industry Breakout: Diversity and Inclusion: Keys to Recruiting and Inspiring Women in Leadership

Robert Neivert | LinkedIn

Venture Partner at 500 Startups and a veteran of nine companies having served as CEO, CFO, COO and heads of sales and marketing

Panel Discussion: How to Scale Your Business: Lessons Learned moderated by LEADer Cecilia Hultén


Carrie Olesen | LinkedIn

Chief Human Resources Officer at GitHub

Panel Discussion: Design Thunk’d: Design Thinking Applied


Joseph Tenzin Oliver | LinkedIn

Innovation and organizational change expert 

Session: Green Gold: The Rise of the Cannabis Economy


Louis Patler | LinkedIn

Innovation consultant, speaker, and New York Times/Amazon best-selling author with two books on Steve Jobs’s recommended reading list

Session: Make Your Own Waves: The Surfer's Rules for Innovators and Entrepreneurs​

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Beth PIttman | LinkedIn

An avid entrepreneur and recruiter within the retail sector who has been a key driver of Cameron Smith & Associates' Outplacement and Board of Director searches and is a leader within the Network of Executive Women

Industry Breakout: 

Diversity and Inclusion: Keys to Recruiting and Inspiring Women in Leadership

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Ajeet Singh | LinkedIn

Co-founder and Executive Chairman at ThoughtSpot and Co-founder and Chief Products Officer at Nutanix, the largest technology IPO of 2016

Featured Session: Building Tech Start-ups from Scratch

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Julia Steel | LinkedIn

Global speaker, trainer, mentor, author and thought leader on getting stakeholder buy-in, and LEADer

Session: How to Get Buy-In and Succeed With Your Ideas

Lisa Stone | LinkedIn

Chief Strategy Officer for Ellevest, and founding CEO of BlogHer Inc., which became the world’s largest conference series for women in social media before a successful M&A with SheKnows/Penske Media

Session: It’s 2019: How to Speak With and Engage Women-Identified Consumers and Allies


Leah Weiss | LinkedIn

Stanford GSB Lecturer in Management, founding faculty member of the CCARE/Compassion Institute Compassion and Cultivation Program, and author of How We Work

Panel discussion moderated by LEADer Kelcey TrefethenMindfulness & Purpose at Work​ 

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Michael Wenderoth | LinkedIn

Executive Coach, professor at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, and LEAD Course Facilitator

Sessions: Power: Tackle What's Holding You Back and China: How to Manage the Frenemy

Liz Wiseman | LinkedIn

Recognized leadership thinker and executive advisor, NYT bestselling author, and CEO of the Wiseman Group

Keynote Session: Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter 

Travel & Accommodations

Resources to plan your trip to the Bay Area

Flights and accommodations serving the Bay Area, and Silicon Valley in particular, are often in high demand.
We suggest booking travel and accommodations as soon as possible. Check out the resources below for information about booking flights, transportation and where to stay. We look forward to seeing you!


Travel Guide

Information on traveling to the Bay Area, where to stay, visiting Stanford and getting around.

Hotel Room Blocks

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at special rates for Me2We2019 attendees for a limited time.
Booking deadlines are quickly approaching!

Please review the Accommodations Guide for important information about the hotel room blocks. 

Accommodation offers are subject to change at the discretion of the hotel. 

Hilton Garden Inn Palo Alto

(Listed under Group Name is Foray Travel) 

Residence Inn Menlo Park (See page 2)

Beyond Me2We:

Taj Campton Place San Francisco (See page 5)


Crowdsourcing Tool

Virtual bulletin board to connect with fellow LEADers about sharing a ride, group house rentals, taking a side excursion, etc.


The LEAD office can provide an invitation letter for a visa request. Kindly allow time for the LEAD office to process the letter.

Please send an email to with your request and the information below. 

Name: Date of Birth:

Place of Birth:

Passport Number:

Passport Issue Date:

Passport Expiry Date:

Place of Passport Issue:

These resources are brought to you by LEADer and Me2We2019 Volunteer Sarah Lang. Sarah is the founder of Foray Travel. 

Please direct any questions about the hotel room blocks and visiting the area directly to Sarah at




Will there be a formal registration process?

Yes. All LEADers who plan to attend the event must register. Guest speakers not affiliated with LEAD and LEAD professors do not need to register. Registration will be in 3 stages.

Stage 1: Pre-registration: now through January 31, 2019 (Pacific Time)

You must pre-register to secure your place at Me2We2019. At this stage we will collect a $20 (USD) contribution to cover up-front costs of the event.

Please select from one of two pre-registration events: “Groundbreakers and Venturers” or “All other cohorts”. Each event has 190 tickets available (total 380). We will open a third event for a limited number of tickets if we exceed these numbers. 

We encourage you to pre-register early. Please only pre-register if you are 100% certain you will be attending to allow those that are definitely able to attend to secure their place. Pre-registration tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Stage 2: Session Selection: Mid-February, 2019 

There are times where multiple sessions are running at the same time. This allows us to provide a variety of content and accommodate for room capacity and availability constraints for such a large group. 

Eventbrite will be used for these concurrent sessions, via the website. Space at any particular session is not guaranteed and will be on a first-come, first-served basis depending on room capacity for each session.

A separate communication will be issued at this time to those who have pre-registered in Stage 1. Please ensure you include your preferred email address for future updates. We will provide plenty of notice at this stage, to allow you to to prepare to reserve a spot for the sessions you would like to attend, as some of them will have limited capacity.

Stage 3: Me2We2019 Day Of Registration: March 11, 2019

The final stage of registration will happen at Me2We itself. A name-tag and lanyard will be prepared for pre-registered attendees and will be available from 8am on Day One. You must wear this lanyard to all sessions.

At this stage, we will require an additional contribution of a maximum of $100 (USD) to cover remaining event costs not covered by the GSB. We will confirm the final contribution closer to the time, once we have confirmed final numbers and budget.

Will there be a registration fee?

Yes. There are a number of costs outside of those covered by the GSB. Upon registration, a non-refundable $20 contribution (USD) per person will be collected to cover upfront costs incurred by the Committee. An additional contribution TBD, but no more than $100 (USD), per registrant will be collected at check-in. Please carefully review all terms outlined at registration and on your ticket. We will provide full transparency on the breakdown of what these costs will cover.

When will the Agenda be made available?

We will continue to update the Agenda as it evolves and speakers, visits and other logistics are finalized. We anticipate the final agenda being released mid-February in time for session selection. However, there are always possible last minute changes right up to the event itself. We will keep the latest version of the Agenda on this website.

Will you be looking for volunteers to assist with the event?

Yes. We are anticipating the biggest Me2We to date, and therefore we will need volunteers to assist with coordination during the event and to assist with Day 0 and Day 4 activities. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Sarah Lang, who is the Lead Volunteer for Me2We2019.

Will there be organised activities on Day 0 (Sunday) and Day 4 (Thursday)?

Planning will soon start on potential social / informal activities for the days surrounding the main Me2We event. If you are willing to organize an activity please contact the Committee or Me2We2019 Volunteer Sarah Lang at In the past participants have organized activities such as a trip to the Napa Valley, golf, hikes, ski trips, etc.

Can family members attend Me2We?

While the main Me2We sessions will be restricted to LEAD participants, we are pleased to confirm that we can continue to extend an invitation to the Celebration Reception to one family member. Family members are also welcome to be involved in any Day 0/Day 4 social activities. If you are bringing a family member to the Celebration Reception, you will be asked to provide their details at Stage 2 of the registration process (session selection).

Where can I get accommodation or travel suggestions?

A dedicated Workplace Site has been established that contains some very helpful information about accommodation and travel in the Bay Area / Stanford. There’s also a crowdsourcing tool for you to group up with others to rent shared accommodation. For more information and access to the resources and tools, scroll up to the Travel & Accommodations section of this website. 

What happens if I decide to attend after registration deadlines have passed?

To manage capacity and arrangements that require advance planning, we established a registration process with deadlines. At this time we are unable to guarantee a spot for people who would like to register after the deadlines. We will continue to monitor registration and, if possible, will introduce a process for late registrations. But at this time there’s no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate late registrations. We will provide an update after registration closes on the position regarding late registration.

Me2We2019 Committee


Bill Akins | LinkedIn


As a Wayfayer Cohort LEADer, Bill is passionate about driving digital acceleration in the big data retail space as the Chief of Staff for Walmart Labs and "Who's Who in Shopper Marketing" for the past two years.

Heather Emerson | LinkedIn


As Senior Vice President at Tiller, an award-winning social impact consultancy, Heather works closely with companies and non-profits to tap into and communicate the social value inherent in their products and services and design and implement new platforms and programming to better serve their customers and the community. She is a LEAD Synergist.

Nandu Menon | LinkedIn


Nandu is a board member of the Metta Center for NonViolence and the founder initiator of the Gandhi Initiative at Silicon Valley. At Intel, he passionately drives a data-first approach to product management and was the co-chair of the NextGen Professionals Network, Santa Clara. A UC Berkeley alum and a Wayfarer cohort LEADer, he is torn between the Cal-Stanford rivalry.

Allie Wilkinson | LinkedIn


From the Catalyst cohort, Allie is a senior leader at one of Australia’s largest financial service providers with extensive experience in leading organizational change and business transformation. Passionate about delivering value to clients, in 2018 Allie used design thinking to transform a key industry service.

Sarah Lang | LinkedIn

Lead Volunteer

An entrepreneur, seasoned travel expert, and San Francisco native, Sarah is the Founder and CEO of Foray Travel + Event Design, a high-touch, full-service travel advisory company for discerning corporate and leisure travelers worldwide. Foray curates custom tailored trips and authentic cultural experiences for travelers who seek to go beyond the ordinary.