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    At Least You're Not That Girl (Anymore)

    Recently, one of my best friends from college sent me a photograph, with the subject line, "At Least You're Not That Girl (Anymore)". It was a picture from 1992 - the two of us standing in front of Branner right before our end-of-the-year party. At the time, I thought I looked quite fetching. Newly permed and a vision in a black sheath dress, the image in my head of myself that night and the reality of this photograph were, dare I say, competitive. Let's take a peek, shall we? (I've removed his face to save face.)

    Now, in my defense, the wind was particularly strong behind me that day. Ahem. But, gust or no gust, that is one large head of hair, lady.  Honestly, my first reaction was, well, sheer horror. Then I snorted, which I tend to do when I'm laughing uncontrollably. Then there was that brief moment of "Dear God, this photograph must be destroyed." Which is a sentiment I usually feel w...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Apr 13 2012 12:53PM | 2 comments

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    Chip Conley's "Emotional Equations"

    Have you ever met someone for the first time and—not in a romantic or sexual way—inexplicably tumbled into a space-time vortex of pure human-to-human connection? As you talk with this stranger, a sense of urgency emerges, while simultaneously you lose track of how many minutes have passed. There’s so much to share! Your speech hastens, your gestures grow larger, your facial expressions more elaborate. Then you find you’re interrupting each other with gasps of, “Me, too!” and “You had a similar experience?” and “Wow.” You feel certain, even if you don’t really believe in reincarnation, that you met this individual in a previous life.

    Suddenly, the spell breaks. Sounds and sights from your current reality come flooding back into your awareness. Your partner taps you on the shoulder. “Can we go now, please?” he groans, eyes rolling. Or you get to the front of the line at your favorite local caf&eac...

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    Posted by Ms. MeiMei Fox on Jan 11 2012 9:13PM | 0 comments

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    Corporate Governance and Director Training in Japan ... of All Places!

    Recent events around the world have once again demonstrated the extreme importance of corporate governance and risk management to our future well-being, and the need for training of effective board members. 

    I founded The Board Director Training Institute of Japan (BDTI) as a grass-roots, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the improvement of corporate governance in Japan through simple training and information sharing - the most effective and underutilized methods.  Our mission is to help revitalize Japan, raise awareness of governance, and promote the domestic and cross-border dialogues which at the end of the day will be the primary drivers of ESG (environmental, social and governance) advances in Japan and elsewhere.  The world has a lot of work to do, if we are to make governance work for a more sustainable world.  

    BDTI has been certified as a rare "public-interest organization" by the Japanese government, and its founders and advisors are ...

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    Posted by Nicholas Edward Benes, J.D. on Sep 30 2011 7:20AM | 0 comments

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    Simply Adorkable

    What an amazing time for geeks! First, Stanford is ranked as the 2nd nerdiest college in the United States by Localicious ( Then, this week I was introduced to a new term which will forever be cemented into the lexicon of my geeky life: "Adorkable." Seriously? Adorkable? How have I missed this? Or rather, how did I not coin this phrase years ago? Regardless, whatever FOX intern/producer/writer coined the phrase to describe Zooey Deschanel's character on the new sitcom New Girl is my new hero. 

    For anyone who has watched the pilot and 2nd episode of New Girl, you'll totally get what I'm talking about here. Zooey's character is quirky, smart, geeky, prone to spilling and, well, simply adorkable. With her glasses askew and a proclivity for singing her own theme song ("It's Jess!"), Zooey's role captures all that I love about geeks, dorks and nerds - the ability to be completely self-effac...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Sep 29 2011 5:05PM | 0 comments

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    My Life as a Geek: Defining Moments

    Just this week, the United States National Science Foundation released its annual report listing the "geekiest cities in America." The findings were less than surprising. Hello, San Francisco! Great to see you, San Mateo! How's the weather, Boston? A few dark horses threw themselves in here and there (Nice to meet you, Destin, Florida!), but for the most part the so-called "geekiest" cities were just about where you'd expect them to be. What was surprising about the report was the definition of "geek" as detailed by the Foundation. According to them, a geek is "any worker with a bachelor's level of knowledge and education in science or engineering-related fields or workers in occupations that require some degree of technical knowledge or training." Now, granted, this definition of geek works specifically within the parameters of the Foundation itself and is meant more as a broad term for those engaged in the technical or scientific professions. But then are they really geeks? Are...

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    Posted by Mrs. Katie Mauro Zeigler on Aug 10 2011 8:24PM | 2 comments

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    The State of the Student: Take Back Our Kids

    With films like Race to Nowhere hyping up parental hysteria about pressure, stress and competition, it's time to take a step back and consider what is REALLY important for our kids. 

    Think back to a time when your children were little, perhaps to when they were in preschool. What did they like? Dinosaurs? Polly Pocket dolls? Playing on the swings at the park? Super Mario Bros.?

    Whatever, odds are that you can very clearly picture that child and his or her particular interests. You knew what they liked to do, what they liked to eat, what they liked to wear (or not wear). Bottom line, you KNEW your child. 

    And now you have a high schooler. What happened to that precious child, the one that could name all the dinosaurs or who loved the smell of rubber cement? The one who hated how socks felt on her feet? Or who waited for the sound of passing trains?

    How well ...

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    Posted by Charlene Scholtes Margot, M.A. on Aug 6 2011 5:03PM | 0 comments

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    State of the Student: See Ya, Mom!

    When your first child leaves for college, there is a gaping hole in your life. The child that you so carefully cared for and natured for 18+ years is suddenly gone. When your second child leaves home, the loss is less severe, since you know what to expect.

    When my youngest left for Stanford, I became a proverbial ‘empty nester.’ But, since we live just a baseball toss from the University, the change was more one of degree than substance. Somehow, the fact that home was just a few miles away meant that the separation (at least for me) did not carry the agony or grief of the first loss.

    And then something begins to happen. The house that seemed preternaturally quiet without the thumping sounds of hip hop music, mad dashes out to school, friends coming and going, etc. suddenly seems…peaceful. I could sleep in past 6:45 am. I could watch what I wanted on TV.  No more school lunches! And there was less laundry. Lots  less ...

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    Posted by Charlene Scholtes Margot, M.A. on Jul 24 2011 1:21PM | 0 comments

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    I Don't Want to be the Only One: Why I'm Helping Get Women Elected in 2012








    In January, The Unofficial Stanford Blog posted a picture of me handing out free condoms in White Plaza to celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Excited to share the news, I sent out the link to family and friends. Within a half an hour, I received a reply from my mom: “Oh well, I guess my daughter won’t be president.”

    Some people might point to my political views as the reason I would not get elected to office; in fact, my gender is a more historically grounded reason to believe I would not make it to an elected position. Besides the fact the U.S has yet to elect a female president, only 17% of Congress and 23% of state legislatures are women.


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    Posted by Ms. Natalie Joelle Goodis on Jul 5 2011 12:56PM | 0 comments