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  • Matthew Forrest Abrahams

    Matthew Forrest Abrahams

    Lecturer, Graduate School of Business

    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.

  • Burton Alexander Alper

    Burton Alexander Alper

    Lecturer, Graduate School of Business

    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.

  • Edward Batista

    Edward Batista

    Lecturer, Graduate School of Business

    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 teach two sections of 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. I also teach a section of Interpersonal Dynamics (OB374), the school's most popular elective and known to most students as Touchy Feely.

    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. During that time I also facilitated groups in Interpersonal Dynamics, a role that I continue to play during the course's weekend retreats.

    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. I see most clients in person in San Francisco, and I work virtually with others across and outside the U.S. 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 edbatista.com and at HBR.org. 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've lived in San Francisco since 1990. In addition to my MBA from Stanford, I earned a BA in History, magna cum laude, from Brown University.

  • Mohsen Bayati

    Mohsen Bayati

    Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Graduate School of Business

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy main research areas of interest include:

    1) Probabilistic and statistical models for decision making with large-scale and complex data (and applications in healthcare).

    2) Graphical models and message-passing algorithms.