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Stanford women Winter Welcome

About Winter Welcome


Over 100 years ago, the founders of Cap and Gown strove to bring all Stanford women together to build collegial relationships among women. In 2006, Cap and Gown renewed this original purpose with the first Stanford Women Winter Welcome. This event brings freshman and sophomore women together with upper-class undergraduates, Stanford faculty, staff, and alumni for an evening of informal roundtable conversations, a fireside chat with a featured speaker, and delicious desserts.

Past speakers include Honorary Cap and Gown members Dr. Condoleezza Rice; Dr. Pam Matson, Dean of Earth Sciences; Dr. Pat Jones, Professor of Biological Sciences; and Dr. Sharon Long, Professor of Biological Sciences and a founder of the Winter Welcome.

The annual Winter Welcome prides itself in providing opportunities for women leaders to form meaningful connections, gain insight from those with diverse experiences, and learn from the stories of successful women. The Stanford Women Winter Welcome is hosted by Cap and Gown and supported by the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences, WISE Ventures, Undergraduate Advising and Research, Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Clayman Institute for Gender Studies, and the Women’s Community Center.

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Past Winter welcome events


Learn What it Takes to Be a Trailblazer

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo

California's 16th Congressional District


Be Open to Serendipity, Be Kind, and Build Your Squad

Jenny Martinez

Dean of Stanford Law School


Walking Fine Lines - How to Keep a Healthy Balance as a Woman in a Male-dominated Field

Margot Gerristsen, PhD. Senior Associate Dean, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences


How I Discovered Where I Belong

Sharon Long, PhD. William C. Steere, Jr. - Pfizer Inc. Professor in Biological Sciences and Professor, by courtesy, of Biochemistry


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Winter Welcome Recap


Be Free from Fear. Be Audacious!

Dr. Iris C. Gibbs

Associate Dean of MD Admissions at Stanford Medicine


Think Broadly! Not Ballistically

Jennifer Widom, Dean of Stanford Engineering

Debra Satz, Dean of Stanford Humanities & Science


Learning from Personal Journeys of Intelligence and Terrorism Pioneers

Amy Zegart, Political Science Professor

Martha Crenshaw, Political Science Professor


Fireside Chat

Condoleezza Rice, Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at Hoover and Professor of Political Science


Take Action:  The World Needs You

Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, PhD.  Associate Director for Research and Senior Research Scholar, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. 


Success, Grace, Inspiration

Farnaz Khadem, VP of University Communications


You Have the Capabilities the World Needs

Megan Pierson, Chief of Staff


Techie or Fuzzie: Follow Your Passion


Sheri Sheppard, PhD. 


The Zig-Zagging Road from Student to Dean

Pamela Matson, PhD. Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences


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