VETERANS AT STANFORD


The Stanford GSB Veterans Club is a small but tight knit community composed of about 33 U.S. veterans and 14 international veterans representing the countries including Israel, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, India, and the United Kingdom.

The MBA Class of 2017 has 2 US Army veterans, 6 Navy veterans, 1 Marine Corps veteran, and 4 Air Force veterans.  The MSx Class of 2017 includes 4 US Army veterans, 2 Navy veterans. The MBA Class of 2018 has 6 Army veterans, 3 Navy veterans, 4 Marine Corps veterans, and 1 Air Force veteran.

Each GSB class is incredibly diverse, with about 40% of students from international/non-U.S. backgrounds, and many from non-traditional professional backgrounds.  Veterans play an important part in this overall community and also benefit greatly from it.  We tend to add a valuable perspective on leadership and organizations that balances out gaps that we're filling in more traditional business subjects.  The collaborative and flexible curriculum at Stanford is ideal for this sort of individual learning path.

Our student club activities tend to focus on building community and helping vets transition from the military (some stay reserves or active duty while at Stanford, but many are fully separated).  This past fall, we held our first-ever Identity Weekend Retreat for veterans in the mountains of Santa Cruz and have stayed in touch throughout the term with regular social events.  Around Veterans Day, we also did another run of our highly successful "Whiskey & War Stories" small group military-civilian outreach program.  This is on top of the amazing access that Stanford provides for all students (a sampling of one quarter's speakers include: James Mattis, Condi Rice, Hank Paulson, Jamie Dimon, Penny Pritzker, and others).

We are also active in the broader Stanford community.  Each May we host our annual Military Service Appreciation Dinner where we acknowledge veterans for their public service and present the Service & Leadership Award Previous honorees include:

2016 - Timothy P. Sullivan, MBA '89
2015 - Bret Comolli, MBA '89
2014 - Steve Denning, MBA '78
2013 - George P. Shultz, Former Secretary of State
2012 - Les Denend, MBA '73, PhD '77
2011 - Paul "Bud" Bucha, MBA '67
2010 - Professor Charles A. O'Reilly III
2009 - Professor Jack McDonald, MBA '62

This past year our club also worked hard to connect veterans with potential future employers.  We have sponsored treks to visit local tech companies including Google, Facebook, Palantir, and Pinterest and previously hosted a "Vets in Venture Capital" panel where local VCs had lunch exclusively with our club to discuss careers in venture capital.

Our club is also actively involved with assisting applicants: please let us know if you plan on visiting the GSB campus, and we can help get you into a class visit and make sure you meet some of our vets.