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George Kembel is executive director and co-Founder of the Stanford D. School. He is passionate about nurturing the creative potential of others and spends his time working with students, teachers, leaders and investors to unlock the latent innovative capacity of their teams and organizations.
Under Kembel's leadership, the d.school has grown from a few projects and a classroom of students to hundreds of projects, thousands of students, and a cutting edge 30,000-square-foot facility at the center of campus. George has scaled the d.school's impact even more dramatically. From a napkin manifesto to a widely recognized leader in innovation and education, the d.school has helped usher in a larger global design thinking movement. Schools and universities around the world are starting d.school-like programs, and the start-up companies and projects that have spun out of the d.school have already impacted millions of lives.
Kembel's experiences as CEO, venture capitalist, and now teacher have radically reshaped his approach to leadership. Kembel focuses the d.school on innovators, not innovations. He prioritizes learning over expertise, experimentation over planning, and collaboration over individual excellence. His personal missions include: fundamentally transforming how we educate our children, how we lead our organizations, and how we tackle some of the most significant challenges of our time.
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