Event Recap – The Art of Negotiation

Written by Jasmine Liu, Women at Work Coordinator

For Women at Work’s third workshop this year, Nita Singh Kaushal, founder of Miss CEO and lecturer in the Department of Engineering, led a workshop on how to negotiate for a job.

How can we frame negotiations to our advantage?

  • Create win-win situations. Convince your employer that what you are asking for will benefit both of you. A negotiation is not a hostile me vs. you scenario.
  • Stay organized about what you want. Go into the negotiation with a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve.

How do we prepare for a negotiation?

  • Know your value. What is your market value? What is your current salary? How substitutable is your work? What is the market value of your expertise/knowledge? What are salary ranges for similar positions? What outstanding offers do you have?

Do not get stuck in a negotiation with yourself—few are punished for countering an offer.

  • If they are giving you an offer, they really want you! A lot of internal work goes into extending an offer, so if you are getting one, they will not easily give you up.
  • Don’t get distracted by perks—compensation is what matters, because it is the most static once you accept the offer

How can we gain the upper hand in a negotiation?

  • Mention any competitive offers
  • “Is there anything you can do to simplify the decision for me?”

How do we close a negotiation?

  • Accept the counter if it feels right
  • On principle, it is important to negotiate!
    • Accepting the offer without negotiating may lead your future manager to question your leadership potential or ability to advocate for yourself

Event Recap – Rethinking Networking

Written by Jasmine Liu, Women at Work Coordinator

In Women at Work’s second workshop this year, Danielle Wood from BEAM and Kathy Davies from Stanford’s Life Design Lab shared their unique insights on how to meaningfully connect with people in professional ways.

How can we reframe our understanding of networking?

  • Explore. Other people are great resources for exploring areas we might not be familiar with. The best way to collect information about things we are curious about is through other people.
  • Amplifying happenstance. Through creating the conditions for luck through forming genuine connections, we are more likely to come upon it.
  • Setting values and priorities. Knowing what matters to us helps us understand what we are looking for.
  • Networking is just asking for directions!

How can we network to learn?

  • Prototyping conversations. This could be an informational interview or a coffee chat.
      • Be prepared to commit to spending 30 minutes just to find out more about something. Neither party should be expecting this to lead to a job/internship
  • Prototyping experiences. This could include internships, shadowing, etc.

Why network?

  • Research shows that we can’t project ourselves accurately into the future, and that the best way to predict how happy we will be with a certain experience is through asking others who have had the same experience.




Event Recap – Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Stanford

Event Recap – Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Stanford

Title IX, SARA, & CST Info Session and Q&A

Written by Gillian Dee, WCC Intern

There is a dizzying amount of resources thrown at you when you get to Stanford. Three very important resources, however, deserve a second mention.  On November 2nd, we were fortunate enough to have representatives from the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response (SARA), The Confidential Support Team, and the Title IX Office come speak at the Women’s Community Center. The representatives cleared up the confusion surrounding the services they each provide.  These are all offices that respond to sexual assault, each in their own way. Here is a breakdown of what each office does and a possible roadmap to guide where you should go if you need this support.

A possible first step if you need help:

1)Confidential Support Team

This service provides a range of supportive services and is completely confidential.  The office is staffed by professional therapists.  They have a 24/7 hotline ((650) 725-9955), and help all students ranging from victims to alleged perpetrators to a victim’s support system.

Kingscote Gardens (2nd Floor)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305-8231

CTS Hotline: Main office: (650) 736-6933; Hotline: (650) 725-9955


2) Title IX

This office works to facilitate the needs of students. It addresses Title IX concerns involving all students, making sure university programs/activities are free of harassment and violence based on sex/gender. They offer several services: investigations, accommodations (physical + educational), outreach and training. This organization is neutral and is not an advocate. If you want to report your assault to Stanford, this office will help you do that.

Kingscote Gardens (2nd Floor)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305-8231




3) SARA Office

This office focuses on education, expression, and caring relationships.  They offer holistic healing opportunities to survivors and are responsible for the Beyond Sex Ed during NSO and other such education programs.  This is a great place to get involved on campus if you are passionate about these issues as well.  This center is made for and by students.

Kingscote Gardens (Suite 220)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305




All three offices are staffed by professionals working to help the Stanford Community.  If you need any of these services they are all located at Kingscote Gardens, in one building.

Here are some more resources:





Workshop Recap: Digital Security for Activists (or Anyone) with EFF

On May 17, we had an awesome workshop on what everyone should know about digital security with SF-based technology advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation. The event was a hands-on discussion that included both suggested for tools to use and more general frameworks to think about your own security needs.

Here are a few of the key takeaways:

  • There is no such thing as perfect security. Often, there is an inherent tradeoff between security and convenience—the more convenient option is less secure, the more secure option is less convenient. However, taking even basic preventative measures to avoid being an easy target mitigates most of the risks you will face as a user.
  • Think about what you want to protect. Everyone has digital assets that they would like to protect, from devices, to personal data, to sensitive communications, to identities or associations. Thinking about your individual needs can help you prioritize where to be most cautious.
  • Think about what you want to protect against. The other part of the equation is the threat landscape: potential actors such as criminal hackers, local government, or federal government, or commercial entities that perform surveillance. At the event, we installed Signal, a secure messaging app with end-to-end encryption, and talked about the benefits of using a secure password manager to limit unwanted access to your accounts.

For more detailed information, you may read notes generously donated by an attendee of the workshop here. Additionally, for applications recommended by the EFF, please see ssd.eff.org,  and for specific inquiries you may reach out to info@eff.org.

– Maggie

Event Recap — ‘Practicing for Life’ Event #3 on Being ‘Enough’

Hi all!


Just wanted to post a recap for any of y’all who weren’t able to attend the event on Friday.

We started out with a check-in about in what areas of our life we felt we were ‘not enough’. We followed that up with a reading from Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly on scarcity mentality and feeling like we will never be enough. After the reading, here are some questions we discussed:
What makes us feel like we are not enough?
Can feeling ‘not enough’ ever be motivating, or is it only damaging?
How does the act of deciding which activities to engage in set us up for feeling like certain activities will leave us feeling like we are enough?
What are some practical ways to begin from a place of feeling like we are enough?
Some important takeaways included that we can use healthy competition, not scarcity mentality, to improve ourselves while still feeling like we are enough. If you would like a PDF of the reading, please reach out to Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu for a scanned copy.
Please come through for our last event next Friday, 3.10 at 4 PM to talk about Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong.
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please email Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu.

Event Recap: ‘Practicing for Life’ Event 1: The Power of Vulnerability

Just wanted to send out a recap for any of y’all who weren’t able to attend the event on Friday.
We started out with a check-in about messiness and what in our lives left us feeling vulnerable. We followed that up with Brene Brown’s TED talk “The Power of Vulnerability”. After watching the video, here are some questions we discussed:
What is the difference between insecurity and vulnerability?
What are some practical ways to acknowledge and practice vulnerability?
How is vulnerability gendered?
Some important takeaways included the idea that vulnerability is a daily practice and that by being vulnerable first, we make space for others to practice vulnerability. Thanks to everyone who came, and if you couldn’t make it, consider watching the TED talk anyway!
Please come through for our next event next Friday, 2/10 at 4 PM for a discussion about resilience.
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback surrounding this series of events, please email Lucas at blawrenc@stanford.edu.

Femtastic Friday: Week 6


Happy Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

The WCC is gearing up for an amazing year! Make sure to stop by and meet our amazing staff and interns!

Join the Women’s Community Center on Sunday nights for

Feminist Discussion Nights

9 – 10:30pm

Women’s Community Center

Looking for help on your PWR essay?

Hume Writing Tutors at the WCC

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 – 9 pm

Women’s Community Center



WCC Fall Gathering

Thursday, November 17, 2016

3:30pm – 5:30pm

at the Women’s Community Center, 1st Floor, Firetruck House

(433 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA)

Enjoy treats with us as we celebrate a new year and a newly redesigned space. Enjoy a special student performance at 4:30pm, and gather to meet artist Evelyn Anderson, who we recently commissioned to paint two new murals.

Boba from Teaspoons and fall treats will be served.

Don’t forget to cast your ballot this Tuesday, November 8th!

Consider taking FEMGEN 118: Transgender Cultural Studies!

 “In the United States, we seem to be in a ‘transgender moment,’ or we’ve reached what Time magazine has called the ‘transgender tipping point.’ In this Course, we will explore what this cultural moment means for the representation of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.]

Interesting Reads and Other News

With all the stress of the upcoming election, don’t forget to practice self-care and community care. So many of the challenges of this electoral season feel deeply personal. Here are some resources for learning more about election stress, and strategies for practicing care!


Femtastic Friday: Week 5


Happy halfway-through-fall-quarter Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

With this past weekend being homecoming, the WCC saw many alumni visiting and seeing the changes in the space since their time at Stanford.

We were thrilled to hear stories about their time as WCC staff and show them the work we are doing now.



The event of the week: Solange coming to campus!

On Oct. 27, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts welcomed Solange and Melissa Harris-Perry

to CEMEX auditorium to talk about #BlackGirlMagic.


Faces Screening

Not a freshman? Somehow missed Faces during NSO?

This year’s Faces of Community is being screened this afternoon!

Friday, October 28, 2016

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Cubberley Auditorium

Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Women in Leadership: What’s Next?

All members of the Stanford community are invited to discuss the findings of this task force.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

4:30 pm

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

More information here!

Interesting Reads and Other News

In South Korea, a controversy was started by a magazine cover showing the bare, bound legs of a woman in a car trunk.

In a country where a feminist movement is just emerging, the attempt to protest this cover has not been without backlash.

TV show to binge watch this weekend: Insecure, created by Issa Rae (Class of ‘07).

Click here to find out why one critic loves it.


[Promotional image for TV show Insecure with close up of creator and star Issa Rae]


Femtastic Friday: Week 4


Happy Friday!

What’s New in the WCC

Stop by to check out the new artwork in the space by Stanford alumnae Evelyn Anderson! Two of her pieces will be hanging in the WCC, the first of which is now hanging in the self-care corner. We hope the beauty in the space will encourage you all to take care of the beauty within you!


Event Recap

Yaa Gyasi, ’11 Book Talk

On Oct. 12, 2016, author and Stanford alumnae Yaa Gyasi spoke at Stanford’s Women’s Community Center in a well-attended Q&A moderated by Mysia Anderson, ’17.


“Why are some STEM* fields less gender balanced than others?”

with Sapna Cheryan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Washington

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Room 201, William R. Hewlett Teaching Center

Limited seating. To attend, please RSVP here!

Artist’s Salon

The Clayman Institute for Gender Research is featuring Irene Carvajal a multidisciplinary Costa Rican-American artist who will be speaking and showing her work.

Monday, October 24, 2016

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

Assembly Room, Bechtel International Center

The event is open to the Stanford community!

Get involved with the WCC Ambassador Program!

Find out more information here!

Interesting Reads and Other News

Rumor has it that the United Nations is set to appoint Wonder Woman its “Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.” Though the choice is not without push back, Wonder Woman will be the face of a new social media campaign for the UN.

Donald Trump’s “nasty woman” comments about Hillary Clinton on Wednesday ignited the trending hashtag #IAmANastyWomanBecause in a show of feminist solidarity.


Femtastic Friday: Week 3


Happy Friday! We hope you’re excited :)!

Please stop by and meet our new staff! Our office hours are 11 AM – 6 PM from Monday to Friday.


Every Wednesday from October 19 – November 16, Stanford students will be invited to watch and discuss Oprah Winfrey’s BELIEF Film Series. Special guests will be in attendance each week, to be in conversation on the topics raised in each episode. Viewings and discussions will be held at 8 PM in CIRCLE, third floor, Old Union.

Check out http://events.stanford.edu/events/635/63581/ for more info!

Be on the lookout for an announcement of our new interns and for more details about the Campus Ambassador program!

Interesting Reads and Other News

A new documentary, “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World,” premiered on CNN on October 12. It depicts the visit of the first lady, the actors Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, and the CNN correspondent Isha Sesay to Morocco and Liberia to meet with girls fighting to stay in school. Andra Day’s anthem “Rise Up” is the theme song.

Michelle Obama also gave a passionate and inspiring speech recently in New Hampshire, in which she denounces Trump’s bigotry and his comments about women. Read here.

This analytical article, “Election Update: Women are Defeating Donald Trump,” predicts what the polls would look like if just men or just women voted in the presidential election.

Check out this valuable video, “Building Effective Networks,” posted by Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report seeks to measure “the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics” for over 140 economies. This report has been released for a decade, so it can help measure progress of different countries over time.

Finally, here is a beautiful, inspiring video on self-confidence, “Soy Yo,” by an eleven-year-old girl in Bomba Estéreo.

Have a wonderful weekend!