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Leadership Dinners

Dine with inspiring leaders from various industries and organizations. At Leadership Dinners, you will interact with proven leaders and a small group of graduate students over dinner at the Faculty Club.   

Learning Objectives

By participating in a Leadership Dinner, you will:

  • learn from the experience of proven leaders
  • appreciate different leadership styles and strategies
  • practice your small-group conversation skills

Program Description

Leadership Dinners bring proven leaders from various arenas together with a small group of graduate students for dinner and informal discussion about what it means to be a leader and to lead organizations, movements, and people. This is a great opportunity to discuss leadership and career development in a small-group setting with individuals who have had a major impact in a variety of settings, ranging from business to government, philanthropy, and education. 

Dinners are facilitated by Bernadine Chuck Fong, VPGE's director of leadership initiatives and special projects. Dr. Chuck Fong is President emerita of Foothill College, where she was also professor of psychology and child development. She is a former Stanford University Trustee. Her BA, MA, and PhD are all from Stanford. 


Open to graduate students at any stage in any discipline or degree. Space is limited. Due to the program's interactive format, full participation in the Leadership Dinner is required.

If you are accepted you must confirm your place by submitting a Student Participation Fee Agreement, which authorizes VPGE to charge $50 to your Stanford bill – only if you do not fully participate in the event. You will receive a link to the Agreement and instructions if you are offered a place.

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Registration Process

You will be asked to select and rank two Leadership Dinners you would like to attend for the quarter in the application. Please make your selection carefully, since participation in more than one Dinner a quarter, or even year, is not likely. You can see the list of guests for the whole year below.

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Bernadine Chuck Fong
Director of Leadership Initiatives and Special Projects

Upcoming Events in this Program

Photo of Gerald Vizenor - courtesy of Gerald Vizenor
Professor emeritus of American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
February 10, 2020 - 5:30pm
Picture of Naomi Chavez Peters
Vice president and head of talent development, Sprinklr
February 26, 2020 - 5:30pm
Activist and co-founder of Yasmin Leadership Academy
April 8, 2020 - 5:30pm
Photo of Nicole Taylor
CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
April 21, 2020 - 5:30pm
Photo of Sergio Garcia.
Senior executive officer and general counsel, public medical technology industry
May 12, 2020 - 5:30pm

Past Events in this Program

January 22, 2020 - 5:30pm
January 16, 2020 - 5:30pm
October 16, 2019 - 5:30pm
October 10, 2019 - 5:30pm
May 15, 2019 - 5:30pm
April 11, 2019 - 5:30pm
February 27, 2019 - 5:30pm
February 20, 2019 - 5:30pm
January 31, 2019 - 5:30pm