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Mayfield Managing Director Navin Chaddha @ the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Navin Chaddha, Managing Director at the venture capital firm Mayfield Fund. Chaddha has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has been ranked ten times by Forbes on the Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors. A former serial entrepreneur,  Chaddha co-founded three companies, including VXtreme, which was acquired by Microsoft to become Windows Media.

Chaddha graduated from Stanford University with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan @ the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Balaji Srinivasan, CTO of Coinbase, a secure platform for buying, selling and storing cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and Ethereum, which serves more than 20 million users. Prior to Coinbase, Srinivasan was CEO of Coinbase-acquired Earn.com, a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz as well as Co-Founder and CTO of Counsyl, where he was honored with the Wall Street Journal Innovation Award for Medicine and named a top Innovator Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review.

Quick Bytes: Approaching the Job Search Beyond Academia

Discuss the purpose of building networks in advance of the job search and strategies for creating effective job application materials. You will learn how to 1) make inroads into organizations before jobs open up, and 2) articulate your most relevant accomplishments to demonstrate fit with a posted job opportunity. 

Urmila Venkatesh, assistant dean, Career Education & associate director, Career Communities - PhDs & Postdocs in Social & Natural Sciences, BEAM

Fellows Forum: Mentoring Up: Learning to Pro-Actively Engage with Faculty Mentors in Managing Expectations

Engaging with faculty mentors can be challenging, because you both come with expectations that are often hidden and not explicitly discussed.  This can impact critical issues in communication, research directions, authorship, and so on.  Through this workshop, you will   gain skills and confidence to engage pro-actively with faculty.

Quick Bytes: From Anxiety to Adventure: What is Your "Stress Mindset"

Based on Kelly McGonigal’s TED Talk (“How to make stress your friend”) and Book (“The Upside of Stress”), this workshop will give participants a basic introduction to mindset science and then dive into its application to the issue of stress coping. Be prepared to befriend stress.

Donnovan Somera Yisrael, student affairs officer, Health Promotion Services & lecturer, Med/SPRC - Health and Human Performance

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Fellows Forum: Top Tips for Early-Stage (or not!) Doctoral Students

Learn how to manage the challenges and joys of life as a doctoral student, focusing on managing your schedule, your relationship with your advisor, and making the most of what should be a truly special time.

John Boothroyd, PhD, associate vice provost for graduate education, VPGE, and professor, Microbiology and Immunology


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This interactive workshop will be followed by refreshments and networking.

Quick Bytes: Take the Wheel and Be the Driver of Your Graduate Education

Navigate through grad school with the Graduate Professional Development (GPD) Framework - also known as the "VPGE Wheel". You’ll walk away from this interactive workshop with a tailored list of campus resources and learning experiences to help you make the most of your time in grad school, succeed academically, and prepare for your career beyond Stanford.

Helen J. Doyle, PhD, associate vice provost for graduate education, VPGE

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