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Vistage/Stanford Celebration of Learning

Hosted in Palo Alto, California Thursday, September 12, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST

Event Overview

Join us as we gather to celebrate the completion of the 2018 Vistage Executive Leadership Program.
Registration deadline: August 22

Members: $395 | Guests: $395

Pricing includes

    • Wednesday dinner
    • Transportation from Creekside Inn to Stanford campus
    • Campus tour and faculty session
    • Lunch at Stanford
    • Thursday afternoon reception
  •           Transportation from Stanford campus to Creekside Inn

Pricing does not include Market dinners on Thursday evening.

Hotel Reservations
Click here to reserve your room at the Creekside Inn or call 650.493.2411.
Rates are valid through August 11.

    • $289 single: Queen Tower
  •           $309 single: King Tower

For questions contact Laura Hughes.

Event Speakers

Naomi Joanne Bagdonas

Stanford University Graduate School of Business
In our work, we have discovered that the most effective leaders are ones who balance purpose and humor. That is, they have an inspired mission, an aspirational reason for being that is grounded in humanity and inspires a call to action beyond just profit maximization. And they maintain a sense of humor, a levity in how they approach their mission and bring their teams and companies along the journey. They are anchored on purpose and fueled by humor.

Amidst dynamic industries, changing technology, and more empowered employees, this blend of purpose and humor has proven to be a powerful elixir for authentic, agile, and effective leadership. As a leader, your sense of purpose creates clarity, enhances engagement, and cultivates trust. Your sense of humor fuels innovation, fosters more meaningful relationships, bolsters resilience when the stakes are highest, and fills your life with moments of joy.

This session will give you an introduction to some tools to unlock your personal purpose. Drawing on insights from professional comedians and leaders, we'll talk about how to use humor as a secret weapon in business and life to persuade, influence, lead, and create organizations where people love coming to work.


Stanford University

September 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cohort dinner (all) | Cibo Restaurant at Creekside Inn

September 12, 8:00 am
Transportation from Creekside Inn to Stanford campus

8:30 – 10:45 am
Course exercises

10:45 – 11:15 am

11:15 – 12:30 pm
Campus tour + bookstore visit

12:30 – 1:45 pm
Lunch provided on campus

2:00 – 3:15 pm
Stanford faculty session: Naomi Joanne Bagdonas New Type of Leader: Anchored on purpose, Fueled by Humor?

3:15 – 3:30 pm

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Graduation/Celebration of Learning. Dave Weinstein, Assoc. Dean, Executive Education, Stanford Graduate School of Business & Sam Reese, CEO, Vistage Worldwide, Inc. will be attending.

5:00 pm
Transportation to Creekside Inn

6:30 – 8:00 pm
Market dinners


Stanford University
450 Serra Mall
Palo Alto, California,