Partner, WRNS Studio
Lilian is a partner at WRNS Studio, where she helps lead the design process and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. Recently completed and current projects include the Salk Institute for Biological Studies Master Plan, the Center for Science and Innovation at USF, and UC Merced’s 2020's Public-Private-Partnership (P3) project. A leader within the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), she is the 2018-2021 Pacific Regional Chair. Committed to advancing the practice of architecture, Lilian also acts as a Board Director of AIA San Francisco and is the Co-Chair of the Equity by Design Committee, a call to action for equitable practice and to communicate the value of design to society.
Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
Alex has more than 18 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Immediately before launching Beyond 12, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at NewSchools Venture Fund where she conducted the research and developed the business plan for Beyond 12. Alex's previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review's Silicon Valley office, co-founder and vice president of marketing and online strategy at educational travel startup Explorica, director of operations at EF Education, and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the efforts of an international youth substance abuse prevention foundation.
Alex was also the executive director of Foundation for a College Education (FCE). She currently serves on the FCE advisory board, as well as the board of directors of the Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center. Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master's degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the 2011 NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the year award, and a 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service. In addition, Fast Company recently named Beyond 12 “one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in education."
Senior Director of Learning Environments, Stanford University
Richard Holeton is Assistant Vice Provost for Learning Environments at Stanford University, in the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL). Previously he was Senior Director of Learning Environments, Director of Academic Computing Services, and a lecturer for 12 years in Stanford's English department and writing program, where he helped pioneer digital and networked pedagogies and the design of technology-rich learning spaces. His scholarship includes articles, book chapters, and college textbooks such as Composing Cyberspace: Identity, Community, and Knowledge in the Electronic Age (McGraw-Hill). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the NMC (New Media Consortium) and is co-creator and co-author of the Learning Space Rating System (EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative). His fiction includes the critically-recognized hypertext novel Figurski at Findhorn on Acid (Eastgate Systems), widely exhibited electronic literature, and award-winning short stories. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Brown Foundation/Dora Maar House, and the California Arts Council.
Associate Director, Entrepreneurial Programming, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Singari manages the Stanford Venture Studio, an experiential learning resource and hub for students interested in entrepreneurship. As part of her role, Singari is also involved in developing programs, and collaborating with entrepreneurial centers and programs across the University. Her previous work experience includes over a decade of venture capital investing, incubating startups, and supporting women exploring entrepreneurship as a career path.Singari Seshadri is a venture capitalist turned social entrepreneur and startup advisor. She currently runs the Stanford Venture Studio, a program for student entrepreneurs at Stanford. She is also the co-founder of Sparkup, a collaborative community for women in career transition, and is currently working on launching her next passion project - Women.Ventures - an initiative to help women explore, learn and engage in entrepreneurship. Coming from a family of feminists, Singari has always been passionate about empowering women and has a strong interest in women’s empowerment in business and in the workplace.