Supermodel Tyra Banks heads to Stanford B-School as ‘Professor Banks’
Four years ago, supermodel Tyra Banks made headlines when she showed off her newly won Harvard Business School diploma, after completing a nine-week program for executives called the Owner/President Management program. Now she’s moving to the front of the classroom as a teacher at, of all places, Harvard’s biggest business school rival, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Poets & Quants has learned that the 42-year-old Banks is scheduled to co-teach a spring elective for MBA students called “Project You: Building & Extending Your Personal Brand” with GSB lecturer Allison Kluger. The supermodel-to-professor switch apparently came about after Banks showed up on the Stanford campus last May for a fireside chat as part of a Stanford Women in Business leadership series, according to a spokesperson for the school. Kluger, formerly a producer for “The View” and once a host for a cable-TV shopping network, was in the audience. For Banks, the supermodel, TV and movie star, talk show host, producer, and entrepreneur, it’s a chance to add yet another title to a striking resume of achievements. After all, while she won’t officially be a professor at Stanford, she will be a guest lecturer at one of the best business schools in the world.