Leading Innovation in Context

Winter 2017
ME 368 / MS&E 489
1 – 3 Units
Letter Grade
Studio 1

Launched 2010


d.Leadership is a course that teaches the coaching and leadership skills needed to drive good design process in groups. d.leaders will work on real projects driving design thinking projects within organizations, and gain real world skills as they experiment with their leadership style while coaching innovation projects.

Take this course if you are inspired by past design classes and want skills to lead innovative work beyond Stanford. Preference given to students who have taken other Design Group or d.school classes.

Background: The d.school “flips” ~800 students/year to believe in the power of design thinking. Many of these folks encounter cultural roadblocks in the organizations they join after leaving Stanford. We believe there’s an opportunity to equip a few of our best and brightest with the skills they need. Not only to engage the design thinking process themselves, but also to teach and to lead others beyond Stanford. This is the first advanced-level design thinking course the d.school has offered. As such, the only prerequisite is ROCKING another d.school course.

Enrollment limited to 28 graduate students. Application closed.

Teaching Team
Kathryn Segovia, d.school
Jeremy Utley, d.school
Perry Klebahn, d.school & ME Design
Bob Sutton, Management Science & Engineering



See this amazing prototype d.leaders and a small team at San Francisco Opera created as part of their d.leadership work and challenge to Reimagine Opera for Millennials.