Model, mother and now M.B.A professor? Tyra Banks proves there’s nothing she can’t do. According to the Wall Street Journal, Stanford University enlisted the multitalented entrepreneur to help America’s next top businesspeople on personal brand and social media networking.
The graduate-level course, “Project You: Building and Extending your Personal Brand,” teaches a group of 25 student on the crossroads between brand identity and media. Banks will act as the co-lecturer to broadcast television professional Allison Kluger. And though it may be the former supermodel’s first time teaching, students shouldn’t expect an easy A. “If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them,” Banks said.
Outside the classroom, the work of the Emmy-winning host of The Tyra Banks Show has inspired younger generations. Banks hails as a CEO, book author, executive producer, actress, and a fashion and beauty mogul. Through modeling, she opened doors for African American woman. Her TZONE Foundation seeks to empower the lives of young girls. Out of her successful reality show, America’s Next Top Model, rose the careers of Eva Marcille, CariDee English, Analeigh Tipton, YaYa DaCosta, Toccara Jones, and more. She also set the precedent for new host Rita Ora.
Besides several businesses, Banks gained her knowledge of the industry through Harvard Business Schools’s Owner/President Management program. She graduated in 2012.