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  • Matthew Abrahams

    Matthew Abrahams


    BioMatt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He has published research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication.

    Matt recently published the second edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who suffer from anxiety around speaking in public. Additionally, Matt developed a software package that provides instant, proscriptive feedback to presenters. Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions in several leading software companies, where he created and ran global training and development organizations.

    Matt is also Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. Matt has worked with executives to help prepare and present keynote addresses and IPO road shows, conduct media interviews, and deliver TED talks.

    He is currently a member of the Management Communication Association (where he received a “Rising Star” award) as well as the National and Western States Communication Associations. Matt received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford and his graduate degree in communication studies from UC Davis.

  • Avidit Acharya

    Avidit Acharya

    Associate Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, of Political Economy at the Graduate School of Business

    BioAvidit Acharya is an associate professor of Political Science and an associate professor, by courtesy, in the Graduate School of Business. His research specializes in the fields of political economy and game theory, especially as it applies to topics in comparative politics and international relations. Before coming to Stanford, Avi taught for two years at the University of Rochester.

  • Burton Alper

    Burton Alper


    BioBurt has dedicated his entire career to making exceptional communication a competitive advantage. He helps leaders articulate their ideas more effectively through improved content development, storytelling, and presentation techniques.

    He serves as a Lecturer and Presentation Coach at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. There, he helps students on all forms of communication ranging from business writing to oral presentations. As part of Stanford’s IGNITE faculty, Burt works with entrepreneurs in India and China to help them deliver compelling investor pitch presentations. He has worked with senior leaders in Stanford’s Athletic Department and several distinguished faculty members at Stanford’s School of Medicine.

    Burt also consults with entrepreneurs, executives and corporate teams outside of Stanford who are preparing for high-stakes and high-profile presentations. His coaching ranges from initial content strategy through delivery coaching and anxiety management.

    Prior to his work in the presentation coaching arena, Burt spent 12 years at Catchword Branding, a firm he co-founded in 1998. During his tenure there, he served as the head of strategy and business development.

  • Coley Andrews

    Coley Andrews


    BioColey is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Pacific Lake Partners, LLC. Pacific Lake invests exclusively in search fund entrepreneurs to support the entrepreneurs' efforts to identify, acquire, and grow a small company. Founded in 2009, Pacific Lake is the largest exclusive search fund investment firm and has invested in over 200 entrepreneurs worldwide. Coley oversees the firm's entrepreneur partnering, acquisition investment committee, and operational efforts to support first-time CEOs learn how to manage and build a company. Pacific Lake manages over $500 million focused on search fund investing. Coley serves on the board of multiple search fund acquired companies including Morningside Translations, IS Entrega, Circle Surrogacy, and Inspired eLearning. Prior to co-founding Pacific Lake, Coley worked at The Parthenon Group and Golden Gate Capital. Coley is also a member of The Boston Children's Hospital Board of Philanthropic Advisors and active contributor at business schools around the globe on the topic of Entrepreneurship through Acquisition and Management of Growing Companies.

  • Edward Batista

    Edward Batista


    BioI'm an executive coach and a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. At the GSB I teach courses aimed at helping MBA students better manage themselves and further develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.

    I currently teach The Art of Self-Coaching (OB527), a course that I designed and launched in 2015. The course aims to help professionals and aspiring leaders be more intentional in managing their continued growth and development. From 2017 to 2020 I taught The Art of Self-Coaching in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, but starting in 2021 my other responsibilities will obligate me to teach just once a year in Spring Quarter.

    In 2016 and 2017 I also taught Interpersonal Dynamics (OB374), the school's most popular elective and known to most students as Touchy Feely. I spent a decade as a T-group facilitator in Touchy Feely, and the course had a profound influence on my life and work. When I accepted the GSB's invitation to add a third section of Self-Coaching in 2017, I decided to resign from the Touchy Feely faculty, as my other commitments precluded me from teaching more than one class per Quarter.

    From 2007 to 2016 at the GSB I provided individual coaching and led teams in the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program and taught sections of Leadership Labs, both of which I helped to launch in 2007, and facilitated T-groups in Touchy Feely.

    As an executive coach I work with senior leaders who are facing a challenge or would like to be more effective or fulfilled in their roles. Most of my clients are technology company CEOs, and I've worked with leaders in fields from accounting to investing to the law. Issues I often address with clients include managing relationships with key employees and others, improving exec team dynamics, transitioning from technical expert to leader, evolving company culture, and better self-care.

    My work as a coach began after a 15-year career in management, during which I took two years off to attend the GSB and helped launch three new organizations. I write about coaching and professional development at I'm a co-author of the HBR Guides to Coaching Employees and Delivering Effective Feedback, and I'm currently writing a book on self-coaching for HBR Press.

    I'm married to Amy Wright, and we lived in San Francisco from 1990 to 2020, when we relocated to a farm 40 miles north of the city. In addition to my MBA from Stanford, I earned a BA in History, magna cum laude, from Brown University.