Alum Tom Bedecarré honored for mentoring students


Portrait of Tom Bedecarre / Courtesy Distinguished Careers Institute
Tom Bedecarré

Stanford Career Education recently presented the 2018 Jon Blum Outstanding Alumni Mentor Award to Tom Bedecarré, ’78. The award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has strengthened the Stanford community by engaging Stanford students in candid career conversations and by helping students identify their passions and develop their potential.

Over the past two years, Bedecarré has mentored multiple student startup teams in the Lean LaunchPad courses offered in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

Bedecarré, a 2016 fellow of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI), also led a group of DCI Fellows working with MBA students in the Graduate School of Business.

“Mentoring students has been a highlight of my incredible DCI Fellowship experience and I am looking forward to participating in DCI’s mentoring partnership with the incoming Knight-Hennessy Scholars in the fall,” he said.

Phil Pizzo, DCI’s founding director and a professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology, said one of the key goals of the DCI program is to give highly accomplished individuals the chance to contribute their extraordinary expertise and wisdom to students just beginning their professional journeys, through intergenerational learning, teaching and mentoring.

“Tom Bedecarré has been an outstanding example of how DCI Fellows have connected with students across the Stanford campus,” Pizzo said.