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Stanford in the Wild
Stanford Sierra In the Wild

April 25–28, 2019

Journey to beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake for an inspirational conference that weaves together outdoor adventure, Stanford connections and stimulating presentations from faculty and alumni. Morning talk sessions are designed after TEDxStanford, and afternoons are free for hiking, paddling or simply relaxing at Stanford Sierra Camp. In the evening, hosts lead interactive sessions with attendees and presenters.

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Spring 2019 program


Rich Cox Braden

A lecturer at the Graduate School of Business and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( at Stanford and at the London Business School, Cox Braden has an extensive background in business, finance and technology. He has walked from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, lives in San Francisco with his two dogs, Ali and Shug, and is also an improv performer and coach.

Tina Seelig, PhD ’85

A professor of the practice in the department of management science and engineering at Stanford University and faculty director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Seelig teaches classes on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. She has written 17 popular books, including Insight Out (2015) and inGenius (2012), and she is the recipient of many awards, including the SVForum Visionary Award and the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering.

Michael Bernstein is an assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University and a member of the Human-Computer Interaction group. His research, which focuses on the design of crowdsourcing and social computing systems, has received seven best paper awards and 16 honorable mentions at premier computing venues. Bernstein has been recognized as a Robert N. Noyce Family Faculty Scholar and has received an NSF CAREER award, Outstanding Academic Title citation from the American Library Association and Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He holds a BS in symbolic systems from Stanford University and an MS and PhD in computer science from MIT.
Jennifer Cochran is the Shriram Department Chair of Bioengineering at Stanford University. Her research interests include protein-based drug discovery and development for applications in oncology and regenerative medicine. She is passionate about translating basic scientific discoveries from bench to bedside; several of the designer proteins created in her lab are at various stages of commercialization and clinical translation. While on leave from Stanford from 2015 to 2017, Dr. Cochran cofounded Lagunita Biosciences, a healthcare investment company and incubator that creates and grows early-stage companies to commercialize impactful translational science, along with several other biotech companies.
Mark Duggan is the Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics and the Trione Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). His research focuses on the health care sector and on the effects of large-scale government programs, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, in the United States. Duggan was recognized in 2010 as a leading U.S. health economist under the age of 40, and he served from 2009–10 as the senior economist for health care policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and more. Mark received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from MIT and his PhD in economics from Harvard University.
David Eagleman is an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. He is also a neuroscientist, an internationally bestselling author, a Guggenheim Fellow, and the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated television series on PBS and BBC. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include sensory substitution, time perception, vision and synesthesia; he also studies the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system, and in that capacity, he directs the Center for Science and Law. Eagleman is the author of many books, including the widely adopted textbook on cognitive neuroscience, Brain and Behavior, and his bestselling literary fiction book, Sum. Dr. Eagleman writes for the Atlantic, the New York Times, Slate and more, and appears regularly on NPR and BBC. He has spun several companies out of his lab, including NeoSensory, a company that uses haptics for sensory substitution and addition.
Sharad Goel is an assistant professor of management science and engineering and, by courtesy, of law. He is also the founder and executive director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, a group of researchers, data scientists and journalists that uses technology to tackle pressing issues in criminal justice, education, voting rights and beyond. In his research, Goel looks at public policy through the lens of computer science, bringing a new, computational perspective to a diverse range of contemporary social issues. Before joining Stanford faculty, Goel received his PhD in applied mathematics at Cornell University and worked as a senior researcher at Microsoft in New York City.
Allyson Hobbs is the director of African and African American studies and associate professor of history at Stanford University. She is a contributing writer for the New, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and more. In addition to delivering a TEDx talk at Stanford, she has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC and NPR. Hobbs’s fellowships and awards have included a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize and a Freedom Fighter Award from the Silicon Valley branch of the NAACP. Hobbs’s first book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, won numerous awards and was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her next book, Far From Sanctuary: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.
Katharine Mach is the director of the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility and a senior research scientist in the Earth system science department. Her research is focused on integrative assessment of climate change risks and response options, and her goal is to innovate and evaluate new approaches to assessment while simultaneously applying those approaches to inform decisions and policy. From 2010 to 2015, Mach codirected the scientific activities of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which focused on impact, adaptation and vulnerability; this work culminated in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and its Special Report on Extremes. The associated global scientific collaborations have also supported diverse climate policies and actions, including the Paris Agreement. Mach received her BA from Harvard College and her PhD from Stanford University.
Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University and was voted one of Stanford University’s top ten professors by the Stanford Daily. He is the chair of the art and art history department and teaches and writes widely about the history of art. Nemerov is the author, most recently, of Summoning Pearl Harbor (2017) and Soulmaker (2016) about the child-labor photographs of Lewis Hine. In 2017, Nemerov gave the 66th annual Andrew W. Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art, speaking on “The Forest: America in the 1830s.” He is featured in the HBO documentary The Price of Everything about the money-mad art world.
Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell is an adjunct professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also an award-winning science writer and photographer, a world-renowned expert on elephants and the author of eight books about elephants. Her book The Elephant Scientist won five national awards, and A Baby Elephant in The Wild won the 2015 NSTA award for Outstanding Science Books for students K-12. Elephant Don is the culmination of ten years of research on the complex society of male elephants and is the basis for the documentary Elephant King. Together with her husband, Tim Rodwell, she cofounded the nonprofit organization Utopia Scientific, which focuses on elephant conservation, science messaging and education. They also cofounded an independent production company, Triple Helix Productions, with a mandate to develop more accurate and entertaining science content for the entertainment industry.
Camille Utterback is an assistant professor of art and art history and, by courtesy, of computer science at Stanford University. An internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the field of digital and interactive art, Utterback explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement in visually layered ways. Her extensive exhibit history includes more than 50 shows on four continents, and her awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2009) and Transmediale International Media Art Festival Award (2005). Camille’s “Text Rain” piece, created with Romy Achituv in 1999, was the first digital interactive installation acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Utterback holds a BA in art from Williams College an MA from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her work is represented by Haines Gallery in San Francisco.

Program details and rates

Stanford in the Wild is affiliated with the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA). While applications are accepted from all interested parties, Stanford alumni are given first priority and applications are further ranked by postmark. SAA members receive a $100 discount.*

SAA member rate


Non-member rate


Recent alumni (’09–’18) rate


Double-occupancy member rate


Double-occupancy non-member rate


Recent alumni (’09–’18) double occupancy


Rates do not include taxes on meals and lodging. Double-occupancy rate based on two participants signing up together.

Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

*If you would like to become a member, please visit the membership page.

The camp package includes the following:

  • Admission to the full three-day program

  • Three nights of single accommodations in a private cabin

  • All meals, prepared by Stanford Sierra Camp's chef

  • Hosted pre-dinner socials and evenings in front of the fireplace

  • Access to Camp's spectacular outdoor setting with guided hikes and boats

  • Specially designed Camp gift

Private lodging includes cabins with lake views, decks, full private baths and daily housekeeping, plus one queen bed and a writing table for each room. Double-occupancy cabins are available for those signing up with another participant; these cabins include two private bedrooms and a shared bath.
Buffet-style breakfasts, lunches and served dinners include an assortment of healthy selections prepared by Sierra Camp’s chef.
Attendees can access Stanford Sierra Conference Center by car or by shuttle. Planning on driving? Get directions. Taking the shuttle instead? Get shuttle information.
To reserve a space, please send the non-refundable deposit of $100 (checks only) to SAA Sierra Programs, LLC, along with the completed reservation form. A confirmation with additional program information and an invoice for the balance due will be sent shortly after.
Cancellation policy
Payments will be refunded (less $100) only if Sierra Camp receives written notice of cancellation before April 11; no refunds for cancellations will be made after this date.