Ask An Alum: Lessons from Graduating in the Great Recession

Cap and Gown Ask an Alum Series #1, May 14, 2020 Kathryn Kilner:  Lessons from Graduating in the Great Recession By Ellen Petrill, Eleanor Walker, and Kathryn Kilner The word unprecedented was thrown around regularly in 2020. The year brought great uncertainty and chaos as we grappled with a global pandemic, an economic recession, social unrest, and political division. While the exact factors and combination of scenarios may be unique, there have been other times of great uncertainty and challenge that we can learn from as we navigate through our current environment.  With that in mind, Cap and Gown invited Kathryn Kilner, Stanford ’08, to share about her experiences graduating in a recession for our first Ask An Alum event. Kathryn is a past president of the Cap and Gown Alumni Board and current executive committee member. Professionally, she is a technology marketer and currently works at Tableau leading global go-to-market programs. Here are some of the takeaways and nuggets of wisdom Kathryn shared when she spoke to 35 Cap and Gown members and guests about her experiences graduating into a recession.  Kathryn was a member of the distinguished class of 2008 at Stanford, double majoring in History and Human Biology.  She quipped, “I didn’t get the memo that most who claim as sophomores that they will do double majors drop one before they graduate.  I was obsessed with completing both my majors.”   Kathryn also minored in Dance and led the Cardinal Ballet.  Kathryn worked so hard up until the day of graduation senior year that she admitted, “I wasn’t able to complete a sentence on June 15,...

Save the Date for Our 2021 Spring Event with CNN Reporter, Natasha Chen!

This Spring, in lieu of meeting in person, Stanford Cap and Gown is thrilled to host a virtual discussion with national CNN correspondent and Stanford Cap and Gown alumna, Natasha Chen! Mark your calendars for Wednesday May 19th at 5PM PST to a part of this incredible event aimed at sharing insights across generations and learning from each other.  Natasha Chen is a national correspondent for CNN based in Atlanta, GA. Her reporting experience has put her at the heart of major national stories from the impact of COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter protests to immigration. While she’s busy finding the “universally human element” in stories she re-creates, Natasha is also building her career one story at a time — and balancing that with a fulfilling life as an arts enthusiast and more! Register for the May 19th Zoom event with Natasha Chen HERE! We’re looking forward to this wonderful opportunity for alumni and students to connect and hope to see you...