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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.

Chip Heath: The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series

Join us for a conversation with Chip Heath, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Heath’s research focuses on what makes ideas succeed in the social marketplace and how people design messages to make them stick. Out of his research, he designed a course, How to Make Ideas Stick, that’s now a popular elective at Stanford, and has been taught to hundreds of students, as well as managers, teachers, nonprofit leaders, doctors, journalists, venture capitalists, product designers and film producers.

Fellows Forum: Negotiating to Improve Results

Increase your mastery of negotiation as a life skill used every day in academic, business and personal situations in this fast-paced workshop. We will explore the competitive and collaborative tensions present in most negotiations and identify tools for maximizing outcomes while respecting and maintaining healthy relationships. We will also discuss and practice different approaches to influencing others, with attention to the psychology that underlies effective persuasion in a negotiation.

Jessica Notini, lecturer, Stanford Law School


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