Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute announces its fifth cohort of fellows

Twenty-six highly accomplished people from across the United States and around the world will arrive on campus in September as the fifth cohort of the STANFORD DISTINGUISHED CAREERS INSTITUTE (DCI).

The class includes a former ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, an expert in global health issues and consultant to the Gates Foundation, a former executive mayor of the largest borough of London, and an expert in financial markets turned restauranteur and organic farmer, as well as advocates for educational reform and opportunities both in the United States and internationally.

This will be the fifth class to enter DCI since the program began in January 2015 and the first academic-year class. Prior classes have been on a calendar year schedule. With this cohort, the number of current and prior fellows and partners will reach more than 175.

Philip Pizzo
Philip Pizzo

DCI is designed for highly accomplished individuals who want to transform themselves for roles with social impact at the local, national and global levels. The fellows will participate in a year-long program focused on exploring and renewing their purpose for the next phase of their lives, building new communities and networks and recalibrating their wellness.

Ten of the incoming fellows hail from California; 12 come from other parts of the United States; and five will be relocating from different parts of the world, including Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, India and Switzerland. Seven will be joined by their spouses/life partners, who will participate in the program as DCI partners.

DCI fellows and partners will participate in seminars and colloquia with their peers in the cohort, taking courses across the university alongside undergraduate and graduate students in intergenerational learning experiences, and participating in the work of interdisciplinary centers and institutes across the campus. Previous cohorts have been involved at the Stanford Center on Longevity, the Clayman Institute and the Center for Social Innovation. Past fellows have also created an Innovation Hub that is aligned with DCI.

The New York Times is among the many media outlets that have recently written about the success of DCI.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome this remarkable group of highly accomplished individuals to the DCI community and to Stanford,” said PHILIP PIZZO, DCI’s founding director and professor of pediatrics and microbiology and immunology.

“I look forward to seeing how their own DCI experiences unfold and to seeing the many contributions they will make to the educational experiences of Stanford students, to their communities and to the world we live in,” he said.

Read more about the fellows and partners.