Solving problems & thinking creatively
After travelling the world for six months in 2011, Srin Madipalli quit his job as a lawyer and joined the MBA program at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. A power wheelchair user living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Madipalli was particularly attracted to tech and startups, and quickly focused in on the power of technology to transform the lives of people with disabilities. While earning his MBA he taught himself to code, and soon co-founded Accomable, a web app that grew to list accessible accomodations in 60 countries around the world.
“I started off in engineering, was frustrated that smart people kept building products no one wanted, so became a product manager to build what people wanted,” says LaunchDarkly CEO and co-founder Edith Harbaugh in an interview published last year on Medium. “I then saw that you could build the right thing, but if no one knew about it, it didn’t exist. So I also got into marketing.”
Barbara Liskov was already breaking new ground in 1968, when she became one of the first American women to earn a doctorate in the emerging discipline of computer science.
After receiving that PhD at Stanford, she went on to design several influential programming languages, including CLU, an important precursor to Java. More recently, as an Institute Professor at MIT and head of the institute’s Programming Methodology Group, she has undertaken crucial research on distributed systems, information security and complex system failure issues.
Drop-in Studio: Experiment with art materials and new techniques by participating in the hands-on art-making experience. All visitors, regardless of age, ability, or familiarity with the creative process, are encouraged to attend.
Art Packs: Check out an Art Pack that includes themed activities for visitors of all ages and supplies for sketching while visiting the galleries.
Not long after landing at PagerDuty in 2016, Jennifer Tehada embarked on that harrowing rite of passage for CEOs of fortunate young startups: the pursuit of an IPO.
The company’s goal was to build and scale a new kind of incident management platform for software developers, one that wouldn’t just monitor technology infrastructure, but also deftly manage real-time alerts and on-call responsibilities, and even proactively recognize and flag emerging opportunities.
In 2012, inspired by the HR headaches they’d observed working for technology companies, Sarah Nahm and a few friends founded Lever, a talent recruitment platform aimed at transforming the hiring process with intuitive yet data-driven software. Two years later, in 2014, she was named CEO.
Ever wonder what it means to flourish as a human being? Come hear about the skills you can learn and apply to create a flourishing life.
Aneel Chima, PhD, associate director, Division of Health and Human Performance, and head, Wellness Education and the Flourishing Research Initiative (FRI)
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Increase your consciousness of negotiation as a life skill we use 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, identify tools for maximizing outcomes, and practice improving our influencing strategies while respecting and maintaining healthy relationships.
Jessica Notini, consultant and lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School
Learn how to manage graduate life with a positive attitude and productive work habits from two campus experts. Whether you’re a new grad student or just want a refresher to start off the year, this fast-paced session is worth your time.
John Boothroyd, PhD, associate vice provost for graduate education, VPGE, and professor, Microbiology and Immunology
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