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NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART: Lessons in Courage, Power, & Persistence

Few people have sat across from the Iranians and the North Koreans at the negotiating table. WENDY SHERMAN has done both. During her time as the lead US negotiator of the historic Iran nuclear deal and throughout her distinguished career, Ambassador Sherman has amassed tremendous expertise in the most pressing foreign policy issues of our time.

WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) Speaker Series: Brenda Wilkerson

The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) aims to create an engaged Stanford network linking women graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and alumnae in STEM fields, and their allies and advocates, through regular meetings and communications. WINS seeks to provide all with opportunities to learn from a diverse array of stand-out women in science and engineering about the realities of their lives and work, successes and lessons learned, and to connect individuals with a network of potential mentors, protégés, and other colleagues.

Steve Vassallo: The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Steve Vassallo, General Partner at Foundation Capital. He began at Foundation Capital in 2007 from Ning, a social platform he helped launch in 2004 and where he was vice president of product and engineering. Before Ning, Vassallo was director of engineering at Immersion. Previously, he was a project leader and design engineer at IDEO, where he developed more than a dozen successful products for companies including Cisco, Nike, BMW, Steelcase, McDonalds and Caterpillar.

Lisa Alderson: The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Lisa Alderson, Co-Founder and CEO of Genome Medical, a digital health company. She is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur with experience in strategy, business development, marketing, product management and operations. Her expertise includes identifying, negotiating and closing strategic partnerships and raising capital for early-stage companies.

Gabe Parisi-Amon: The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Gabe Parisi-Amon, Co-Founder, CTO and COO of Nebia.He leads the Nebia team, consisting of world-class thermo and mechanical engineers, industrial designers and brand builders that have created The Nebia Shower, an environmentally conscious product that allows for up to 70 percent water savings. Prior to his work at Nebia, Parisi-Amon was a global supply manager at Apple and head of development at an Italian startup.

He received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Joshua Hoffman: The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Joshua Hoffman, CEO and Co-Founder of biotech company Zymergen. Prior to Zymergen, Hoffman was a partner at Norcob Capital and a managing director in merchant banking at Rothschild, where he served on the management committee. He began his career at McKinsey & Company, where he served industrial and technology clients on matters of strategy, operations and organization.

Hoffman earned a B.A. in social sciences from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from Yale University.


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