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Brandee Barker

Position: Co-Founder, The Pramana Collective

After 25 years toiling in and out of the technology industry as an expert in communications strategy, I am now embarking on a new pathway as a Fellow of the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University. In building some of the biggest global business brands, I have grown to specialize in creating narratives and campaigns that shift perception, fuel growth, incite action and have lasting impact. I now hope to apply my personal passions, professional skills and Stanford learnings to impact social change here in the U.S. and the developing world. Previously, I was a Founding Partner of The Pramana Collective, a consulting firm I helped start and continue to advise. I thrive when “rolling up my sleeves” to strategize with leaders at the most crucial stages and have channeled that to branding projects for some of the most promising tech startups of this decade, including AirBnB, Dropbox, Groupon, RelateIQ, Spotify, Square, Uber, Quip and Quora.

I was behind the launch of two bestselling, award-winning books: Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” which ignited a critical conversation on gender equality in business, and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s “Giving 2.0,” which guides people of all backgrounds and ages to make their philanthropic giving matter more. At Facebook, I was the first Head of Global Communications and Public Policy and led a small, high-performing team to help build the brand from college dorm project to global phenomenon, seeing user growth skyrocket from 5 million to 500 million. I am most fulfilled when advocating for local and global human rights and serve on the Silicon Valley Executive Committee of Humans Rights Watch. As a board member of Build.org and the Tony Hawk Foundation, I strive to empower youth in underserved communities. I’ve appeared on the Today Show, GMA, CNN, co-hosted the web stream of the 2010 Golden Globes, and was a featured speaker at DLD, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women: Next Gen, KQED and SXSW.

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