Leadership, Story, and the Power of Performance

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The Oxford Foundry, Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, UK
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Melissa Workshop 3 Nov

Explore a different side of your leadership story in this workshop with Melissa Jones Briggs, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

About this event

The Oxford Character Project invites you to participate in an interactive workshop on leadership, led by Melissa Jones Briggs. Melissa combines performance techniques with social science research to provide actionable insight into how power and presence affect everyday personal and business interactions. Trained as a theatre artist in London and New York, her specialization in the field is theatre as a tool for social change. She helps people show up more effectively and responsibly in their leadership roles. She elevates leaders’ power and presence by combining research from the fields of social science with the practical application of performing arts techniques. Her approach is highly interactive and supported by ever-evolving social and psychological research.

Outside academia she designs and directs global leadership programs for corporations, NGOs, academic and federal institutions. Melissa speaks, coaches and leads inclusion initiatives for emerging and established leaders and teams navigating complex power dynamics. She addresses challenges of power and presence with students, executives, creatives, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and political leaders around the world.

She teaches in several Stanford Executive Programs and she co-directed the Stanford Executive Program for Women Entrepreneurs. Melissa taught at Stanford’s ‘d.school’ the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and guest lectured at the University of Oxford and London Business School in the UK, Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland and the United States Naval Academy. An honors graduate of Wake Forest University, Melissa also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, the Actor’s Center Conservatory in New York, and the Coaches Training Institute in San Francisco.

Learning outcome

This workshop will allow you to make the invisible visible, by looking behind the curtain at power and warmth behavior as well as human bonding mechanisms and storytelling. Together, we will break down how verbal and nonverbal cues affect your ability to influence people, teams and cultures. We will look at the way these signals affect not only how others see you, but also the way you see yourself. We will explore your relationship to power and your ability to create impact. Finally, we will share frameworks to develop and deliver personal stories that support your leadership goals.

Post-workshop networking

The workshop will be followed by a networking reception where we will share more information about our flagship leadership programme – Global Leadership Initiative. The programme is designed to help students who are considering careers relating to business, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. It is designed to help students from diverse backgrounds to grow in qualities of character and leadership that will help them to further the good in organisations and communities. Join us to learn more and see if this could be the highlight of your year in Oxford!

We hope to meet you at the Oxford Foundry on 3rd November and be a part of your leadership journey.

Event schedule

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm: Welcome drinks and introductions

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm: Interactive workshop led by Melissa Jones Briggs

6:45 pm - 7:00 pm: Opportunities to engage with the Oxford Character Project and networking (followed by refreshments)


The Oxford Foundry

3-5 Hythe Bridge St, Oxford OX1 2EW


If you have any questions about the event, please contact Priscila Moscoso Meiller at Priscila.MoscosoMeiller.MBA20@said.oxford.edu.

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