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SPWLA Day: Your Evolving Career

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!

Recap: Argonautika at A Noise Within

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

Recap: Holiday Tea

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!  

Recap: Be your own CFO: Financial wellness workshops with Peggy Sheridan MBA ’83 

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!  

Recap: Professional Headshots

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.   

Recap: Networking Night

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!

Recap: 2018 Summer Fellowship Brunch

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

Recap: Fall Regional Dinners

By Phyllis Michaels ’71 During the week of September 11, over forty SPWLA members and guests attended a series of festive dinners in members’ homes to celebrate the Fall season and welcome SPWLA’s new season.   Thanks to our gracious hosts, we were able to offer dinners in members’ homes across the Los Angeles area.  Members and their guests enjoyed a variety of delicious dinner menus in homes decked with colorful decorations, and discussion themes ranging from book recommendations and rec

Recap: SPWLA Annual Summer Solstice

On June 21, Stanford women from different industries gathered at the Magnolia House in Pasadena. Participants enjoyed the food and drinks while reacquainting with previous connections and making new connections.