My new leadership model, legacy leadership, entails using your platform—at all stages of your life and career—to amplify the leadership potential of and create opportunities for individuals who traditionally have lacked equal access to paths into formal leadership positions, particularly women and people from other underrepresented groups. Importantly, legacy leadership is age agnostic, profession agnostic, as well as resource, background and profile agnostic. Legacy leaders measure their value creation relative to their unique capacity and self-impose the highest accountability in their intentional inclusivity and generosity to others.

- Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Legacy Leadership - Diversity and Inclusion

Legacy Leadership Story Series

Recent graduates — this is the time to start building your future as a legacy leader!

Our new blog series focuses on recent graduates’ stories of how they are committing to intentional inclusivity and social impact as legacy leaders in their careers. Read the first two stories below.

Legacy leadership, created by our founder Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, means leading by the example you set—with intention, impact and inclusivity. Anyone who works not solely towards the advancement of oneself, but intentionally towards the advancement of others—particularly women and individuals from other underrepresented groups—is a legacy leader.

Empowering and inspiring others to live with purpose and passion
Student of Laura inspired to lead and empower others
Keith is using the power of education to inspire students

After graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Joey Gutierrez wants to work on creating programs that empower people to influence their own lives and the world around them. Read more…

Mercedes Bent is committed to kickstart her venture capital career with inclusivity and impact in mind, as she continues her nonprofit work to help other Black Americans to learn about their heritage. Read more…

After graduating from college in 2013, Keith Calix worked at various foundations, including LAAF.org, and now he is going back to teaching with a purpose of transforming educational opportunities for low-income and inner-city youth. Read more…

Milena is empowering women in leadership

Milana Shapira just finished business school. Now she’s planning on growing her fashion brand company that aims to transform business casual wear for women. Read more…


Legacy Leaders Speaker Series Events


The Legacy Leaders Speaker Series brings together diverse student groups within the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the greater Stanford community to learn from and engage directly with globally renowned CEOs, entrepreneurs, leaders and philanthropists who actualize values of intentional inclusivity and empowerment.