Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute accepts fourth cohort

Phil Pizzo
Phil Pizzo

Twenty-seven people from across the United States and abroad will arrive on campus in January to take part in the STANFORD DISTINGUISHED CAREERS INSTITUTE, a year-long program focused on helping people discern their purpose for the next phase of their lives, build new communities and networks and recalibrate their health and wellness.

Fourteen of the incoming fellows hail from California; seven come from other parts of the United States; and six will be relocating from other parts of the world, including Singapore, England, Spain, Brazil and Nigeria. Thirteen will be joined by their spouses/life partners, who will participate in the program as DCI partners.

The class includes a conductor/pianist, a pioneer in the cosmetics industry, an attorney turned creative writer and political cartoonist, environmentalists and finance executives. The fellows will spend the year in seminars and colloquia, taking courses across the university alongside undergraduate and graduate students in inter-generational learning experiences. They also will participate in the work of interdisciplinary centers and institutes across the campus. Past fellows have been involved at the Center on Longevity, the Clayman Institute and the Center for Innovation.

“The incoming DCI class is a truly remarkable group of individuals who, in addition to working on their own studies, will contribute to the learning of students as experienced mentors to those just entering their professions. In turn, the students will contribute to the fellows’ learning by providing their own expertise and perspective,” said PHIL PIZZO, DCI’s founding director and a professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology.

“We are looking forward to welcoming them to Stanford and to the DCI community, which will now number more than 140 current and prior fellows and partners,” he said.

This will be the fourth class to enter DCI since the program began in January 2015. It will be the final calendar year class. DCI will be on an academic calendar beginning with its fifth class, which will enter in the fall of 2018.

To read the bios of all of the fellows and partners, visit the DCI website.