During the week of September 23, SPWLA members and guests gathered together across the Los Angeles area to kick off the first SPWLA event of the 2019-2020 school year. We welcomed Stanford alumni and parents of Stanford students this year. Many thanks to our gracious hosts who supported this year’s regional dinners! Jacki Williams-Jones ’76, MA ’77 Baldwin Hills/Culver City Kathy Christie ’85, MS ’86 Rancho Palos Verdes Liz Melton ’13, MS ’14 Sherman Oaks/Sant
By Trisha Manaka MA ’10 On Sunday, August 25, SPWLA members and guests gathered at the beautiful Sea View Terrace in Malibu and met with this year’s fellowship recipient, Ginger Gramson ’20 who interned at Planned Parenthood. Ginger explained the ways that she was able to address the challenges that it faces as a nonprofit organization while she worked as an intern during the summer. In addition, Ginger shared her experiences at Stanford as a Hum Bio major and as a Health and Wellness Coor
Participants enjoyed a day of speakers on a range of topics, as well networking and making connections. Each of the speakers provided inspiration for the theme of “Your Evolving Career.” Many thanks to the speakers – Lori Vincere JD ‘00, Ryan Woodbury ’11, MBA ’17, Rose Chan-Loui ’82, Sandra Herrera JD ’05, Mika Wang ’11 and Susan Boltinghouse ’82 – for taking the time to share their experiences, and to Liz Melton ’13, MS ’14 for organizing this engaging event!
By Phyllis Michaels ’71 On March 24 a small group of SPWLA members and friends met at A Noise Within theater in Pasadena for our annual theater outing. We saw a production of Argonautika, based on the Greek story of Jason and the Argonauts. This was Jason and the Argonauts as you would never have imagined it. The exciting show was narrated by two goddesses: Hera – the imperious, mature goddess; Athena –sympathetic to mankind and its foibles, working to protect Jason and his crew
By Kari Staine ’02 December’s Holiday Tea was an afternoon filled with great connections. Our room Culver Hotel was more charming than its website described it to be. We filled the room to capacity and the conversations were so lively that we stayed to the last minute of our allotted time. It was a fantastic kick off to our holiday season!
By Kayla Williams ’13, MA ’13 On Thursday, January 10th, SPWLA members and guests met at the General Assembly in Santa Monica to kick off the new year with financial wellness workshops. Stanford alumna, Peggy Sheridan ’83, of Morgan Stanley presented several strategies for investing, as well strategies for ensuring finances are healthy and organized. A big thank you to Peggy for sharing her time and financial wisdom with the group!
By Kayla Williams ’13, MA ’13 On Wednesday, November 14th, SPWLA members met in Culver City for a night of networking and professional headshots with corporate photographer, Hector P. Between mingling, each attendee received a private session with the photographer and left with a brand new, impact-making headshot.
On Thursday, October 11, SPWLA members and guests met at Rush Street in Culver City for an intimate gathering. After a round of speed-networking introductions, attendees continued conversations and made connections. Many thanks to Kari Staine ’02 for organizing the event, and to Melissa Hsiao ’11 and Lisa Clark ’86 for helping facilitate it into a wonderful night!
By Trisha Manaka MA ’10 The SPWLA Fellowship Brunch brought together members and donors to meet with SPWLA’s 2018 Fellowship recipient, Marisol Zarate, a senior majoring in Political Science and Urban Studies. At the brunch, Marisol described the senior research project that she was working on while interning at Fostering Media Connections and The Right Way Foundation. Both organizations are based in Los Angeles and advocate for foster youth. Fostering Media Connections reports stories on