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Stanford offers an array of opportunities to develop as a manager through trainings, workshops, e-learnings, forums, connecting with other managers across the university, and more. View the upcoming manager development opportunities calendar to register for an activity, or check out the opportunities listed below to learn more!

Featured upcoming manager development opportunities

Virtual and in-person group development

Manager Forums

(60-min virtually via Zoom)

Forums for people managers across the university to hear from university and industry leaders, connect, learn from each other, and review resources available to support their teams.

Register for an upcoming forum and view past forum resources

Manager Workshops

(90-min virtually via Zoom)

In-depth interactive workshops that explore topics people managers across the university have identified as especially important for their roles.

Register for an upcoming workshop and view past workshop resources

Employee Relations Trainings

Trainings to learn about various employee relations topics, such as handling employee concerns, including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, workplace accommodations, effective performance management, university policies and resources, and key employment laws.

Learn more and register 

Self-paced e-learning development

STARS: Learning Management System

Leverage our learning management system in Axess as you and your team enroll in learning opportunities; learn how to run reports, approve training requests, etc.

Register for an opportunity

Free Learning Platforms

Stanford has an enterprise agreement with LinkedIn Learning, which offers 16,000+ online courses and podcasts. In addition, there is a limited agreement with Coursera for their online courses. Use these platforms for on-demand learning.

View on-demand learning opportunities 

The IDEAL Learning Journey

Managers are in a position to support and lead workplace efforts to improve inclusiveness and belonging. Our shared learning experience has unique options for managers with self-paced options (as well as virtual, interactive workshops).

Begin your manager IDEAL journey 

Development opportunities by nomination

Stanford Fellows

(In-person over 2 years)

Formal discussions broadening faculty and senior staff members' understanding of the university by addressing issues related to Stanford's mission, governance, priorities, and internal and external relations.

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Stanford Leadership Academy

(In-person over 9 months)

Formal discussions through workshops and presentations to build the leadership capabilities of faculty and staff who guide the university now and in the future.  

Learn more 

Stanford Manager Academy

(Majority virtual over 6 months)

Online and in-person learning experiences through FranklinCovey to strengthen the effectiveness, skills, and abilities of frontline people managers.

Learn more


(Hybrid with in-person and virtual components over 9 months)

Formal workshops facilitated by the Center for Creative Leadership to develop leadership capabilities in senior-level staff managers, expanding their knowledge of university processes, and building a strong network of community alliances across schools and units.

Learn more

Additional manager development resources

Gartner resources and best practices

An online portal with tools, assessments, templates, and research to assist with workforce management; no cost for Stanford employees.

View resources

Executive Education, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Public programs for managers and leads including faculty seminars, quarterly newsletters, webinars, and interactive programs.

View opportunities on the Stanford Executive Education site

Manager Development Courses

Manager-specific development courses available each quarter. View the course catalog for more details and registration.

Go to Learning at Stanford course catalog

Feedback and Coaching Resources

Tools and resources to help share timely and constructive feedback, along with coaching employees to unlock their full potential to make meaningful contributions.

View coaching and feedback tools and resources