Dani Aivazian

Senior Organizational Effectiveness Specialist, IDEAL IT Program Lead -Stanford University

Dani has over 18 years of experience, working with staff, managers, and executives at all levels to improve organizational performance and capacity. She has worked in the central IT organization at Stanford University since 2001. Prior to joining Stanford, Dani performed a similar role at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

As the Senior Organizational Effectiveness Specialist for Stanford University IT (UIT), Dani creates, coordinates, and supports talent development programs for an organization of over 600 staff. Her role spans coaching individuals and teams; to devising curricula for leadership/management competency development; to planning and facilitating workshops aimed at increasing alignment and identifying strategic direction for workgroups. She coordinates a mentoring program for all UIT staff, and is the overall program lead for IDEAL IT, a program that promotes and advances the Stanford Presidential IDEAL initiative within the IT Community at Stanford. IDEAL stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Community, and is a cornerstone of Stanford’s diversity initiatives. The sub-programs that make up IDEAL IT reflect Stanford IT's commitment to providing opportunities where individuals with diverse backgrounds can collaborate, grow, and excel across different functions and disciplines.