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Stanford Women's Leadership Conference

The annual Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference (SWLC) is one of the longest running student-organized conferences on campus, starting in 2006. It attracts hundreds of attendees from a wide range of academic and career interests, and is open to current Stanford students, alumni, staff, and faculty. The conference celebrates women leaders around the world and provides Stanford women with actionable tools to enhance their leadership. Each year, the conference leaves participants inspired, motivated and with a renewed sense of how they can lead in their lives through a wealth of resources and support.

Mark your calendars: the 2019 Stanford Women's Leadership Conference will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2019!


The 2018 SWLC theme was Dare to be Powerful: Our Strengths, Our Vision, Our Community. Drawing inspiration from Audre Lorde, this theme reflects our commitment to empowering ourselves and our peers to take pride in our unique powers. Thank you to all who attended!

Past Conferences

Speakers from past years have included Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye (28th chief justice of the State of California), Debora L. Spar (president of Barnard College), Ai-jen Poo (director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance), Persis Drell (9th Dean of Stanford's School of Engineering), Kavita Ramdas (former CEO, Global Fund for Women), Kathy Levinson (former president, E*Trade), Priya Haji (founder, World of Good), Reem Rahim (founder, Numi Tea), Whitney Smith (founder, Girls for a Change), Victoria Hale (founder, OneWorld Health), Nancy Milliken, MD (associate dean of admissions at USCF Medical School, director of the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health), and April Chou (founder, New Schools Venture Fund).

Learn more about past conferences:

2018 Conference: Dare to be Powerful: Our Strengths, Our Vision, Our Community

2017 Conference: Courage to Bloom: Embracing Your Roots and Planting Seeds for Change

2016 Conference: Hear My Voice

2015 Conference: Still I Rise: Breaking Barriers, Building Change

2014 Conference: Add Your Piece: Redefining Success Individually

2013 Conference: Next Generation


2017 Stanford Women's Leadership Conference