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About Me

A Tale of Two Lives

Hi.  I am Debra Meyerson, a professor at Stanford University - an organizational scholar who has authored two books and more than 50 chapters and articles.  I have taught hundreds of classes to graduate and undergraduate students, made similar numbers of speaches about gender, diversity more broadly, organizational change and other topics, and have facilitated dozens of workshops -- for companies, non-profits, universities, executive groups, and other organizations -- sharing both research and practical strategies for building better, more inclusive organizations.  My book Tempered Radicals (HBS Press, 2001) examines how people who are "different" can advance important changes from within organizations, and leadership practices that foster inclusive organizations.

I am also the survivor of a severe stroke, suffered late in 2010.  I was paralyzed on the right side of my body and. even more distressing, lost ALL ability to communicate.  After 3 years of virtually full time therapy, I had come a long way -- walking pretty well, independent living, and speech beginning to return.  I began to re-engage, including returning to Stanford as a Consulting Professor (not able to meet the demands of my previous role as tenured full-time faculty) and joining several boards.  I then embarked on my current priority, writing a book about stroke, recovery, and the journey of rebuilding an identity -- tentatively titled Identity Theft.

A Bit More about Me

Prior to my stroke, I was Associate Professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) and (by courtesy) the Graduate School of Business (GSB).  I was faculty co-founder of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and taught courses at the GSE and GSB on organizing for diversity, the leadership of social change, and educational and social entrepreneurship.  Among other things, I co-developed the Masters program in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS),  directed the joint masters in Busines and Education, served on the University Faculty Senate and as Chair, GSE Committee on Educational Policy and was affiliated faculty for several University centers including the Michelle Clayman Institute for Research on Gender.

I am now Consulting Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) and a faculty research fellow at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.  In Winter 2016 I will be leading a Stanford graduate workshop: Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  In addition to my work writing "Identity Theft" and continuing my rehabiltation therapy, I am serving on the board of Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) and the Pacific Stroke Association (PSA), and the advisory board of Girls Middle School (GMS).    

I received my B.S. and M.S. from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University. I live in the San Francisco Bay area with my husband Steve Zuckerman and have three children in college or beyond.

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