Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute announces its sixth class

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

DCI was founded by Phil Pizzo, professor of pediatrics and of microbiology and immunology and former dean of the Stanford School of Medicine.

The class includes leaders of major Silicon Valley companies; a pioneer in digital media and digital music law; international investment experts; physicians; film/television producers; and influencers in the fashion world.

This will be the sixth class to enter DCI since the program began in January 2015. With this cohort, the DCI community has expanded to more than 200 individuals. The program offers people in midlife with major career accomplishments the opportunity to renew their purpose, develop new communities and recalibrate wellness, and to transform themselves for new roles with social impact.

Phil Pizzo
Phil Pizzo

Fifteen of the incoming fellows hail from California; eight come from other parts of the United States; and nine will be relocating from different parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Brazil and China. Twelve will be joined by their spouses/life partners, who will fully 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, and engage in the work of schools,  interdisciplinary centers and institutes across the campus, including the Stanford Center on Longevity, the d.school, the Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Graduate School of Business. Through the dciX* initiative, both alums and current fellows work together across cohorts on deeper dives into common areas of interest.

“With each new cohort of fellows and partners, the impact of DCI on our Stanford community becomes deeper and more palpable,” Pizzo said. “We are particularly pleased by the formal and informal interactions of the DCI community with undergraduate, graduate and professional students, which gives evidence to the importance of intergenerational learning, teaching, advising and mentoring about important life issues. Such interactions are helping to further define the university of the future.”

Read more about the Stanford DCI Class of 2019 fellows and partners.

Note: Stanford DCI cohorts are named according to the date they enter the program.