Spring Brunch 2014

Blazing Trails: The Stories and Insights of 

Influential Women Leaders from Stanford


Stanford Faculty Club

April 19, 2014  10 a.m.

 Register today


Come hear from three Stanford women who blazed trails in their industries. Listen to their stories and learn from their inspirations, challenges and successes.


Carroll Estes, Medicine

Carroll Estes - Cap and Gown Spring Brunch SpeakerCarroll Estes is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she founded and directed the Institute for Health & Aging (1979-1998), and chaired the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing (1981-1992). She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of three national organizations in aging: the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Carroll was also the chair of the Board of Directors of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and is the current board chair of the National Committee Foundation. She also served as a consultant to the U.S. Commissioners of Social Security and to the U.S. Senate and House Committees on Aging for more than three decades. Estes is a prolific writer and public speaker who has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 24 books including The Long Term Care Crisis, which was cited as one of the nation’s Most Important Books (Choice Magazine, 1994), and most recently Health Policy: Crisis and Reform

Miriam Rivera, Law

Miriam Rivera - Cap and Gown Spring Brunch Speaker

Miriam Rivera is a successful attorney and entrepreneur. As a first generation college student and scholarship recipient, Miriam earned AB, AM, and JD/MBA degrees from Stanford University. After working at Accenture, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, and Ariba, she was the second attorney hired at Google and helped build the legal team from 2 to over 150 worldwide. Miriam is now the Managing Partner of Ulu Ventures, an early stage angel fund focused on IT investments that she co-founded. She is also the co-founder and co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an “open source network” of Stanford alumni investors and entrepreneurs. Miriam has taught in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program on start-up board issues and is a mentor in entrepreneurship at the Stanford GSB. She is also a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. Miriam currently serves on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and as an Advisory Board Member to the Venture Capital Directors College Program of Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance.  She is also an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University, Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing Advisory Board and the Board of Visitors of the Stanford Law School.

Heidi Roizen, Business

Heidi Roizen - Cap and Gown Spring Brunch SpeakerHeidi Roizen is an accomplished entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, educator and member of the boards of directors of numerous organizations. After receiving her AB and MBA degrees from Stanford University, Heidi co-founded an early personal computer software company, T/Maker Company, where she served as CEO for 11 years from the company’s inception to its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. After working at Apple as Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations, Heidi entered the venture capital world, working first at Mobius Venture Capital and now at Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). She is also a Fenwick and West Entrepreneurship Educator in the Department of Engineering at Stanford University, where she teaches a course on entrepreneurship. Heidi is a member of the board of directors of TiVo, DMGT, ShareThis, XTime, and Eventful and serves on the advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises and the National Center for Women in Information Technology.