Career Principles: Liz Li of LinkedIn

Careers are filled with endless decisions and countless opportunities. How do you figure out which path is right for you and be proactive in building a meaningful career that is right for you? On Tuesday, January 18, Cap and Gown hosted a virtual discussion (Career Principles and How To Use Them) with LinkedIn’s Senior Director of Product, Liz Li. Liz graduated from Stanford in 2006 and has been working at LinkedIn for the past 11 years. She has worked across both the monetization and consumer orgs, launching LinkedIn’s first Sales Solutions product, leading acquisition and retention for LinkedIn Premium subscriptions, and guiding the redesign of the consumer onboarding flows and success metrics to focus on long term engagement, shifting the company from purely focusing on top of the funnel growth. Despite graduate level studies in electrical engineering, Liz emphasized viewing one’s career as a product, just like what a product does for the users, a job should do for one. Personally, she valued a breadth of impact over depth of impact, no matter what the position title would be. When given an opportunity to promote to a higher position but in a different team in LinkedIn, Liz prioritized her own love of advocating for users, growing her career through her principles rather than position titles. Following her values, she stayed within the consumer organization to deliver impact to a large audience.  Li also described career principles as being dynamic, shifting as she grew and developed. For example, she specified a nice work-life balance to prioritize her family’s needs but also time for herself to improve her mental health. She...

Cap and Gown Leader Award Recipients 2020-21

On the evening of  On Thursday,  Nov. 18, 2021, we hosted the Cap and Gown Leader Award Ceremony over Zoom in which recipients, families, students, and alumnae were able to join us.  The Cap and Gown Leader Award honors demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, and commitment and contribution to Stanford and the community at large. We are extremely proud to introduce to you our eight 2020-21 Leader Award recipients below, which were inducted into Cap and Gown as lifetime members:   Julia Simon Julia Simon is a senior at Stanford originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Julia is passionate about sustainability and water conservation and treatment to create a cleaner and more equitable future. On campus, she has served as the Co-Director of Students for a Sustainable Stanford, and she has been heavily involved in the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers on campus, who she now serves in addition to the entirety of the Western region of the National Society of Black Engineers as the Region VI Programs Chair. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, golfing, and writing.          Meg Richey Meg Richey is the Co-President of Cap and Gown and a former Mentorship Chair, as well as Intern for Cap and Gown. She is a Cameron Impact Scholar majoring in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence and a minor in Econ. She has previously worked for the Department of Defense and Booz Allen Hamilton and has received two provisional patents for her work in wearable technology and women’s safety.           Megha Parwani Megha Parwani is a rising senior interested...

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...

Save the Date for Cap and Gown’s Winter Women Welcome!

This year, Cap and Gown’s Winter Women Welcome will take place on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Vidalakis Dining in the Schwab Residential Center, 680 Serra St. Come hear from Dr. Margot Gerritsen, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Initiatives, Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and, by courtesy, of Mechanical Engineering and of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This year’s theme is “Walking Fine Lines: How to find and keep a healthy balance and positive perspective as a woman in a male-dominated field.” Hear Dr. Gerritsen’s story and build your network with Stanford faculty, students, and alumni who support the development of women. We’ll be serving tasty snacks and desserts. We want to see you! Please see the Winter Welcome 2017 page for more information. RSVP encouraged but not required: stanford.capandgown@gmail.com.  ...

Fall 2016 FAQs on Cap and Gown Changes

These FAQs cover the changes made to Cap and Gown as mentioned in the Fall 2016 Letter form the President of the Alumni Board. What process did you go through to rewrite the constitution? After learning about the changes in the policies of the administration, we created a cross-generational task force to examine the possibilities and determine our next steps. It was serendipitous that over the summer we conducted a survey of our membership and gained insight into what our alumni members appreciate about Cap and Gown and how and why they engage with the organization. The responses to the survey informed the conversations of the task force. One thing that stood out was how many members described what an honor it was to be asked to join Cap and Gown. We didn’t want to lose that. The Actives Board met with the leadership of SAL several times last fall to better understand their concerns and requirements. Though SAL flagged our application process as out of compliance, we were able to use this method for one final year to tap 41 new members last November. Alumni-University Relations Chair Carol Benz led our conversations with the Stanford Alumni Association. Based on these conversations, the task force explored several options of how we might proceed and in the winter, we convened a special meeting of the entire board to discuss the options. At this meeting we took a moment to reflect on the essence of Cap and Gown and came up with four unique characteristics that we value in Cap and Gown: • Intergenerational community • Honoring excellence • Service •...

Fall 2016 Letter from the Incoming Actives Presidents

Hello to our wonderful Cap and Gown community! We are very excited to lead Cap and Gown through a transitional year. While this year is a time of change and creating new expectations, we continue to value academic excellence, leadership, and service to the university. We are immensely excited to seize this opportunity to welcome the addition of younger undergraduate faces, create friendship and leadership opportunities for them and with them, and use our constitutional change as a chance to strengthen Stanford Cap and Gown as a community beyond a professional network. The entire Cap and Gown Executive Board worked hard this past summer to brainstorm and plan ways to make Cap and Gown’s recruitment process this Fall unique, engaging, informative, and fun for both the current Actives and the incoming members. Fall has been a full force recruitment season, centered around reaching underclassmen, with our first appearance at the Activities Fair and two Fall recruitment events. Our first event, “Meet the Leaders” on October 20th, showcased the diversity of student leaders in Cap and Gown as eight Actives shared how certain on-campus activities have aided in their individual leadership development. Through the variety of experiences discussed, we connected the event content back to our organizational pillars of excellence, service, and leadership. Our second fall event, “Insights Over Ice Cream” took place on November 10. The aim of the second event was to provide prospective and current Cap and Gown student members the opportunity to hear stories of growth and resilience from a panel of young alumni, before breaking out into small group discussions with ice cream sundaes. To...