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April 19: Stanford GSB Salon in Washington DC

Event Details

Tue, April 19, 2016
06:30PM - 09:00PM
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
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Covers open bar (wine, beer) and heavy appetizers: $10 Stanford GSB Alumni; $15 Members of the broader Stanford alumni community & alumni of other local MBA clubs.

Harnessing the Power of Storytelling at Work and in Business

“Stories are all around us. Stories move us, make us feel alive, inspire us to be more than we would be otherwise. Our appetite for stories is a reflection of the basic human need to understand patterns of life—not merely as an intellectual exercise but as a personal, emotional experience.” These opening words in Stanford GSB Professor Jennifer Aaker’s case study on “How to Tell a Story” inspired this month’s theme alongside a fantastic upcoming event.

On Thursday, April 21 at 7 pm, Dave Isay will be speaking at Politics & Prose (co-owned by Bradley Graham MBA '78) on his new book Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work: "Isay has won six Peabody awards, a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship, and the 2015 TED Prize—but he’s best known as the founder of StoryCorps.”

While Callings won't be released until April 19, we were stirred by this description from Isay's publisher: "Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them.... Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling."

For the April 19 Salon, we invite you to:

1. Read How to Tell a Story

2. Watch Isay's TED Talk

3. (Optional) Bring a story or two of your own to share based on the theme of Callings. (We suggest about 500 words or 2 minutes per story.) Then, use it as a springboard to join the StoryCorps Mobile Tour, which is coming to DC and Baltimore between April and June 2016.

Finally, join us at Politics & Prose on April 21.

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