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Identifying and Living Your Values for a Meaningful Career

Work that encompasses your personal values feels better than “just a job”. Tim Kendall, BS ’99, talked frankly about how he has incorporated his values into a career that has spanned diverse roles and senior leadership, and how he is living them as he invests in "tech for good" and advises founders on growth and scaling.

The Mindset of Meeting Your FutureSelf

Curious what this “Meeting Your FutureSelf” trend is? Experiencing FOMO as you hear others talking about the conversations they’ve had, and how they’ve helped them? Not sure how to approach these discussions? Watch an informative session from David Telleen Lawton, BS, MS, to get all the answers and cultivate the mindset that you’ll need to leverage a career-building approach that has outsized success rates. 

Getting a job in DS/ML and the things that matter the most once you’re in that no one tells you about

Getting in, and getting ahead. Wondering the best way to start your career in data science and/or machine learning? And how to stand out and get promoted once you’re in? Paul Magon de la Villehuchet, MS ’19, hosted a session full of practical advice about tailoring your resume, what to expect in interviews, and the skills that make the difference to be impactful.

Senior Project Revisited

Senior Project 2019 winners Alex Hellman, Sami Koire and Kate Salmon, with additions from teammate Maddie Kerr, talked through how they've used the skills learned and mindsets developed during that keystone experience as they've navigated the most recent four years to launch and excel in their careers.

Zoom recording (for Stanford affiliates only) is linked below.

Building Successful Products: The Role of the Product Manager

Alumna Laura Marino hosted a session covering important concepts in product management, product lifecycle, and tips and tricks for getting started on this exciting career path.

Internship Panel

Alumni Rollins Stallworth III and current students Ignacio Guarna, Lyna Kim and Sophia Love engaged in a lively and informative discussion about all things internships: finding them, getting them, and leveraging them.

The ABC’s of Career, Discover, & Exploration: The nitty-gritty for the fastest way to find your best, next career role

David Telleen Lawton delivered a highly practical workshop, where students worked on their messaging for outreach to people who are doing the kinds of roles they think they might want to be in themselves in the near future.

The Importance of Network for Careers in Finance

Meera Clark and Ranjana Clark gave a fascinating session full of anecdotes about their finance careers, insights into the industry, and practical tips about building and maintaining a network.

2022-2023 Academic Year

What They Don't Teach You About Data Science in School

Nick Benavides hosted a session covering the differences between different data science roles, on-the-job skills, and tips on how to get started in the industry as well as standing out once you're in.

MS&E Career Chat: Alex Lin, BS and MS in MS&E, Class of ‘21: Investor at JMI Equity

MS&E alumnus Alex Lin discussed his career path and the details of the titles he’s held – the work that he did and currently does, what they *really* involved, and how he transitioned from one role or area to another - across academic research, the life sciences, and even his own venture-backed startup before moving to the investment-side of the world. 

What is the role of Capital Allocator (aka Limited Partner) and why might it be my dream career?

The role of a capital allocator at a pension, family office, endowment or fund of funds (“LP investing”) is an important, but often overlooked, potential career path in finance. Jenny Chen described how determining asset allocations, understanding risk/return parameters, and evaluating and selecting fund managers is a complex, but rewarding job.

Building early stage product and how to get your foot in the door as a PM

Building early-stage product is a mixture of art and science that falls outside the bounds of most traditional coursework. Jacob Choi talked about his experiences building early-stage products, the wild adventures of taking a product from 0 to 1, and getting your foot in the door to product management. 

 

Internship Panel: Spring 2023

Current MS&E MS students Guillaume Noziere and Stepan (Stephan) Sharkov hosted a panel session discussing their internship experiences, including how they got them, and what they learned before, during and after.

Do Good While Doing Good: How Values and Profits Align

Rollins Stallworth shared how his personal and professional experiences as a former professional athlete, Head of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and current Venture capitalist shaped his views on how one can pursue a career path that aligns their economic desires and moral compass.

MS&E Career Chat: Jeff Fenton, MS Operations Research; Sr. Staff Governance, Risk and Compliance Analyst at Lockheed Martin

Jeff Fenton hosted an informal conversation, reviewing his career path and the details of the various titles he’s held over the years - what they *really* involved, the work that he did and currently does, and how he transitioned from one role or area to another.

Students, meet your future selves

In the quest for career insights, MS&E alum David Telleen-Lawton encourages MS&E students to start having conversations with their FutureSelf. Master's student Daniela Rendon shares her experience implementing the technique.

2021-2022 Academic Year and Earlier

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Designing the future of money: Crypto, CBDCs, and the broader global financial system

MS&E alumni Sean Howard (MS '21), Lead Project Manager at Criteo CBDC Solutions, and Catherine Gu (MS '21), Head of CBDC and Protocol at Visa Crypto, discuss challenges and advantages of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and how to design the future of money.

Strategic

The Strategic Thinking Mindset: Stanford Alumni Panel

We had a wonderful group of Stanford alums share their stories about how they applied a strategic thinking mindset to their professional careers. They discussed how one course, in particular, Global Entrepreneurial Marketing, shaped their perspective on strategically planning for the long-term.

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MS&E Black alumni panel

An open panel discussion with several MS&E alumni focusing on their experience as a Black student at Stanford and as a Black professional in industry. Panelists shared their stories, experiences, insight, and advice.

The road ahead: The post-COVID professional landscape

COVID-19 showed itself to be a significant disruption to key aspects of our society, and we've had time to learn several lessons that we could integrate into our vision of our individual and collective futures. In this session, MS&E alum Adib Kshirsagar discuss these noteworthy lessons, and how they can apply to the nature of work, the implications on the technology landscape as well as our relationship with uncertainty.

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Turning ideas into products: The product manager role

MS&E alumna Laura Marino, product executive with 20 years of experience leading product management teams across start-ups and large organizations, provides an in-depth session on one of the most interesting and challenging roles in product-led companies. Laura presents an overview of the role of product management and the responsibilities in each stage of the product lifecycle.

Women in MS&E: Alumni panel

An open panel discussion with several MS&E alumni focusing on their experience as a woman at Stanford and as a professional in industry and academia. Panelists shared their stories, experiences, insight, and advice. 

Startup life in the post-COVID era

In this session, Ahmed Reza discusses tips for startups on surviving and thriving in the COVID-19 economic crisis and the opportunities that arise from it.

MS&E Latino/a/x alumni panel

An open panel discussion with several MS&E alumni focusing on their experience as a Latino/a/x student at Stanford and as a Latino/a/x professional in industry. Panelists shared their stories, experiences, insight, and advice.

MS&E international alumni panel

An open panel discussion with several MS&E alumni focusing on their experience as an international student at Stanford and as a professional in industry. Panelists shared their stories, experiences, insight, and advice. 

Job searching in the virtual world

MS&E alum Thomas Igeme (BS ‘10) provides insights on how to navigate the current job market through the effects of COVID-19. Thomas also provides students with practical and strategic tips for navigating a job search remotely during shelter-in-place orders.

MS&E Black alumni panel

An open panel discussion with several MS&E alumni focusing on their experience as a Black student at Stanford and as a Black professional in industry. Panelists shared their stories, experiences, insight and advice.