John Hennessy: Why Leading Matters

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

John Hennessy has been called the “godfather of Silicon Valley.” From his early days as a computer scientist to serving as the 10th president of Stanford University, Hennessy reflects on the core elements of his leadership philosophy.

Focusing on the journey rather than the destination, Hennessy details the pivotal role that humility, authenticity, courage, collaboration, innovation and curiosity have all played in his successful career as a tech entrepreneur, academic and administrator.

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John Hennessy, Ph.D.

Chairperson, Alphabet; Director, Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University; Author, Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey

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In Conversation with Alison van Diggelen

Host, “Fresh Dialogues”; Contributor, BBC