Persis Drell - Leadership 'n Lunch

Thursday, May 12, 12-1 pm. Cardinal Room

Dr. Persis Drell - Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering

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Institutional Change (Innovation: How Do I Lead in an Ever-Changing World)


Persis S. Drell is the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, the James and Anna Marie Spilker Professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics at Stanford University.


Drell, who assumed the post of dean in September 2014, has been on the faculty at Stanford since 2002 and was director of the 1,600-employee U.S. Department of Energy SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory from 2007 to 2012.

Drell received her bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Wellesley College in 1977 and earned her doctorate in atomic physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983.


Drell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.

Thursday, May 12th, 12pm

Cardinal Room (Room 101), Clubhouse, Old Union Complex

What is Leadership 'n Lunch?

  • Weekly lunch series
  • Lunch provided; 12–1 pm
  • 15 minute informative lecture and 45 minutes Q&A
  • Lunch series speaker, dates and locations depend on room availability.
  • Each session is limited to 25 students per session.

​Lecture Themes: INITIATIVE

  • Improvisation: How do I learn to learn to lead without a script?
  • Navigating Ethics: What is ethical leadership?
  • Inspiration: What makes a leader inspiring?
  • Teaching and Mentoring: How do I teach and mentor others?
  • Identity: How do my social identities affect my leadership?
  • Allyship: What does it mean to be an ally for others as a leader?
  • Truth-seeking: How do I validate the information I learn?
  • Innovation: How do I lead in an ever-changing world?
  • Values: How do my personal values affect leadership?
  • Entrepreneurship: When and how should I take risks in my leadership?

Each of the themes ties into one of the four “Aims of Stanford University” in the SUES report:

  • Adaptive Learning (Improvisation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
  • Personal and Social Responsibility (Identity, Allyship and Values)
  • Owning Knowledge (Navigating Ethics and Truth Seeking)
  • Honing Skills and Capacities (Inspiration and Teaching and Mentoring)

Learning Outcomes

Students will

  • Adopt specific skills and knowledge and apply them to current leadership practices.
  • Discover different perspectives on leadership from guest speakers.
  • Connect with other student leaders.
  • Begin to understand how to develop a leadership template for the remainder of their college careers.