Cap and Gown Events Update

Cap and Gown Events Update

“Meet the Leaders” Recap:

Our first fall event, “Meet the Leaders,” gave potential new members the chance to learn from our women leaders’ experiences. Here are a few takeaways:

“Cap and Gown is as much about growing leadership and learning from other leaders as it is about being a leader yourself. You don’t need to have any specific qualifications to want to learn from others.”

 — Lauren Newby, Students Supporting Body Positivity

“It’s important to have a community of role models, supporters, advocates and sounding boards; I think that we need to be each other’s strongest supporters.” 

— Maya Israni, She++

“I think we should all change unhealthy environments, and I think that starts with resilience and hard work; It’s about stepping up and being a leader, regardless of what other people say you can or should do.”

— Shelby Mynhier, Stanford Improv, Theater Laboratory, JamPac’d 

The event empowered attendees to take advantage of the vast activities and opportunities at Stanford. The panel speakers encouraged other students to not be afraid to challenge themselves and step out of their comfort zones, to pursue their passions, and to not be afraid to take initiative and step up as a leader.

Upcoming Event:

Our next fall event, Insights Over Ice Cream, is coming up soon! Please save the date. This event will be geared to all undergraduate students. The event will take place on Thursday, November 10th, from 7 – 9 PM at the Black Community Services Center (BCSC).

At this event, prospective and current Cap and Gown members will be able to hear stories of growth and resilience from a panel of young alumni before breaking out into small group discussions with ice cream sundaes. A reminder that all prospective members are expected to attend at least one fall event. Excuses can be emailed to

Our Speakers:


Frances Wehrwein

Psychology BA, 2012

Stanford Business School, 2018


Brief Bio: While she was an undergraduate student, Frances Wehrwein played for the club rugby team and was named First Team All-American and Academic All American twice, as well as competed in 3 D1 National Championships. Following graduation, Frances worked for The Parthenon Group, a management consulting firm. Frances specialized in private equity due diligences and covered a variety of industries ranging from truck parts to makeup. In May 2013, Frances joined Stitch Fix, a retailed start-up in San Francisco as the first Business Analyst. She worked on behavioral analytics for a year before being promoted onto the Strategy team to launch the Men’s clothing line. In September 2016 Frances began at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, expecting her MBA in the spring on 2018. 


Janelle Tang

Human Biology BA, 2014

Sales Strategy and Operations, SalesforceIQ

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Brief Bio: Along with being a member of Cap and Gown, Janelle Teng served as President of Stanford’s International Undergraduate Community and was also a board member of the student government’s Community Action Board. She currently oversees Sales Strategy and Operations at SalesforceIQ, a startup in Palo Alto, which was recently acquired by Salesforce. Prior to tech, Janelle was a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company, where she served a variety of clients across different functions and industries including retail, travel, and healthcare.


Julia Barrero

History BA, 2014

Marketing, Xola

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Brief Bio: While at school, she was an active member of the Greek community, a researcher and TA for the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and worked for a boutique, nonprofit consulting practice. In her senior spring, Julia stumbled across an opportunity with Xola, a startup that provides reservation software for tour and activity businesses. Julia joined as the fourth employee in Xola’s San Francisco office, tasked with the responsibility of building the marketing department from the ground up. Over the last two years, Julia has faced the growing pains of a small startup and the challenges of mastering a new field. She’s excited to share the advice that has helped her navigate these early years in her career.


Rebecca Yanes

MCS BS, 2015; MS&E MS, 2015

Business Consultant, APT

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Brief Bio: Originally from Venezuela, Rebecca Yanes grew up in the East Bay before attending Stanford. While at Stanford, Rebecca was very involved in the Latino community, having worked at El Centro Chicano y Latino, served as President for the Society of Latino Engineers, and worked at the Admission Office as a Diversity Outreach Associate. After junior year, Rebecca spent her summer as a Business Consultant Intern at Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) where she later joined full time as a Business Consultant after graduating. In her first year at APT, Rebecca worked across a number of clients including retailers and restaurants and a variety of strategic initiatives such as remodels, pricing, and marketing. Her job entails using APT’s leading cloud-based analytics software to make recommendations using a data-driven and statistical approach for leveraging client sales, customer, transaction, and operations data.


Kristen Pownell

Electrical Engineering BS, 2016

EE MS, 2017

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Brief Bio: Kristen Pownell is a coterm student in electrical engineering, concentrating in analog circuit design. During her time at Stanford, she has done research with the Stanford Virtual Reality Lab and the Designing Education Lab, volunteered extensively with Society of Women Engineers outreach, and completed hardware internships at Nest and Microsoft. She hopes to combine her passions for engineering and education by designing technology to help lower the barrier of entry for women in STEM.


Jacquelyn Wong

International Relations/Economics BA, 2013

People Analyst, Google

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Dr. Regina-Celeste Ahmad

UChicago MD, PhD

Biological and Biomedical Sciences BS, 2000


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Lisa Vermillion

Biology, BS; MBA

Product Manager, 23andMe

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Authored by Crystal Zheng, Media Chair 2016