King Global Leadership Program
The King Global Leadership Program (KGLP) is designed to augment the academic work you are doing in your graduate program.
As you pursue your graduate education, you will develop a depth of knowledge in your chosen field of study. The KGLP builds upon that expertise, preparing you to be a leader in your field.
Funded by a generous gift from Dorothy and Robert King, MBA ’60, the KGLP provides a diverse menu of offerings that can be tuned to meet your academic schedule and specific goals.
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program strives to develop transformational leaders who have a strong cross-cultural perspective, create a bold vision for the future, inspire others through their words and deeds, and are committed to a greater good.
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program created a leadership model that informs the programming that we develop and deliver.
The Transformational Leadership Model includes goals we have for those who participate in the Knight Hennessy Scholars Program:
- Cross-Cultural Perspective
- Commitment to a Greater Good
- Drive Meaningful Results
It reinforces traits you bring as selected scholars:
At the core are behaviors which you will develop through the KGLP programming:
- Inspiring Communication
- Creative Problem Solving
- Collaboration Skills
- Analytical Reasoning
- Decision Making
- Action-Oriented Leadership
Examples of the KGLP offerings include:
Core seminars examine selected topics that are crucial to leaders. These interactive seminars help you to develop important skills needed to lead and expose you to different perspectives from Stanford faculty and visiting experts in a wide range of disciplines. Past seminars have included Exploring Ethics on the Edge,The Art of Negotiation,Contentious and Difficult U.S. Elections, Seeing Seizing and Scaling Ideas, and Winning Writing.
McMurtry Leadership Lectures
Each year, the KGLP brings in speakers who offer you unique perspectives from community leaders. Funded by the McMurtry family, these sessions include a formal presentation, followed by an intimate discussion with scholars on topical matters. Past speakers include Isabel Wilkerson, Melinda Gates, Andrew Luck, Jim Mattis, George Shultz, Ellen Ochoa, and Condoleezza Rice.
Scholars get a chance to work together on a meaningful project designed to address an important challenge. Starting with an Ideas Festival where scholars from across cohorts present ideas they want to pursue, teams are formed to work together. The KGLP team helps you identify appropriate mentors and provides some financial support. At the end of the academic year, all teams present what they have accomplished in a KHeystone Project Showcase.
Motivated to foster thoughtful discussion on complex topics, the KGLP debate series offers an opportunity to dive deeply into controversial topics with support of experts in the field. Debates do not end with a winner or loser, but with reflection on what each side learned from the other. Recent debates focused on whether social media firms should be allowed to sell their customer data, and how COVID-19 vaccines should be prioritized.
In addition to programs run by the KGLP team, you and your fellow scholars are welcome to design and deliver your own programming for the community. There is a robust set of offerings run by scholars today, including weekly KHonversations, where scholars discuss current events and timely issues; KH Geographic, where scholars share information about their country and culture; and Deep Dives, where they learn about each scholar’s life, interests, and passions.
Essentially, Stanford University is an incubator, bringing people together and providing a culture medium for innovation to thrive. Within Stanford, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, and its King Global Leadership Program is an accelerator, in which programming changes dynamically in response to issues of the times. We bring together graduate students from across the university, from all seven graduate schools, and actively amplify their ability to take on important leadership roles across all the disciplines they represent.
Last updated March 31, 2021