Tyra Banks to Be Professor at Stanford
Tyra Banks has been hired to teach a course to business students at Stanford University. The supermodel received a non-degree certificate at Harvard Business School in 2012, and next May, she will be back in the classroom at Harvard’s rival school Stanford to share her knowledge to around 25 M.B.A. graduate students.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Banks will co-teach a course called “Project You: Building and Extending your Personal Brand.” In the class, she is said to be teaching how to use all forms of old and new media to showcase their business acumen as well as how to handle press exposure as a business leader. Banks insists she won’t be too tough on her students, but admits to the publication, “If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them.” The former America’s Next Top Model host will share the course with co-instructor Allison Kluger, who is a management professor at Stanford. Kluger also has roots in entertainment, having previously served as a producer on The View and Good Morning America. Kluger personally recruited Banks to teach the course with her, after seeing the star speak at a Stanford event about her various businesses. “I was mesmerized,” Kluger says. “She’s a natural.”