Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life's Biggest Decisions

Thu February 9th 2023, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Oberndorf Event Center, Graduate School of Business (655 Knight Way, Stanford 94305)

Parking: Parking Structure 7 (P7) at the Knight Management Center. After 4pm, you can park in any open spot in the garage (A, C and Visitor) with the exception of spots marked "Special Permit Only." Take the stairs or elevators up to the 1st floor and make your way to Oberndorf Event Center, across Town Square.

Join the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Stanford Graduate School of Business for a book talk and signing event to celebrate the release of Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life's Biggest Decisions by Myra Strober (founding director of the Clayman Institute) and Abby Davisson.

We are often told that love and money decisions need separate approaches; we should leave romantic decisions to our hearts and make financial choices with our heads. However, in their new book Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisions, Stanford professor Myra Strober and social innovation leader Abby Davisson argue that relationship decisions involve money and career as well as love, and career decisions affect family.

The authors provide a reassuring framework, the 5Cs, to ensure that readers consider all aspects of love and money decisions–vital decisions that determine the course of their lives. Should you move in with your partner, have another child, move to a new city, accept a career promotion? The 5Cs framework offers a simple approach to making complex choices.

This book is the perfect guide we all need as we grapple with the dramatic shifts in relationship and career roles in today’s post-pandemic era.


Registration is required to attend.  We encourage you to bring a friend or partner and invite them to register as well!  Questions?  Email: gender-email [at] (gender-email[at]stanford[dot]edu) or gsb_alumnicareers [at] (gsb_alumnicareers[at]stanford[dot]edu)

About the Speakers:

Myra Strober photo

Myra Strober is a labor economist and Professor Emerita at the School of Education and Professor Emerita of Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Myra’s research and consulting focus on the economics of work and family and gender issues at the workplace and home. She was the founding director of the Stanford Center for Research on Women (now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research) and the first chair of the National Council for Research on Women (now part of the International Center for Research on Women). Myra holds a BS degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, an MA in economics from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. She was married to Sam Strober and Jay Jackman (both now deceased) and has two children, three stepchildren, and six grandchildren.



Abby Davisson photo

Abby Davisson is a social innovation leader and career development expert. Most recently, she spent nine years at global retailer Gap Inc., where she served as president of the Gap Foundation and a senior leader on the ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) team. Abby also co-founded the company’s employee resource group for working parents, which has been featured as a best practice for how employers can support dual-career couples. Abby's expertise in career development comes from serving as an alumni career coach at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and from forging her own non-traditional career path (across the public, private, and non-profit sectors). Abby holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University. She lives with her husband and their two sons in San Francisco.




Myra and Abby as a Team

Abby and Myra photo

Fifteen years ago, Abby and her then-boyfriend Ross took Myra's class when they were second-year MBA students; it gave them the encouragement and tools to have difficult but crucial conversations about money and love. After Abby and Ross married, they returned to Myra's class as guest speakers for a decade. When Myra retired, she and Abby decided to write a book together to take the lessons of the course to a broader audience. Myra and Abby bring complementary perspectives to their collaboration; they represent theory and practice; the academic and the corporate spheres; and distinct generations. They share a belief in the power of humor, intentionality, and Zabar’s chocolate babka.