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What Matters to Me and Why

What Matters to Me and Why is a presentation and discussion series featuring Stanford Faculty and Administrators addressing life questions. The purpose of What Matters to Me and Why is to encourage reflection within the Stanford community on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University. The presenter is encouraged to share how s/he has chosen to live her/his life, the core values s/he has adopted, and the personal choices s/he has made. We also encourage the presenter to choose any other topic that fits her/his definition of “what matters to me and why.”

Program History | Past WMMW Speakers


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12:00-1:00 pm, CIRCLE Common Room (Old Union, 3rd floor)

Srinija Srinivasan '93, Co-founder of Loove and Vice-Chair of the Stanford Board of Trustees

Srinija Srinivasan is Co-founder of Loove, a developing music venture designed to demonstrate how commerce and technology can be guided by artistic values rather than letting our culture be led by market values. An accidental tech exec, Srinija joined Yahoo! in 1995 as one of their first five employees and self-titled Ontological Yahoo. With a background in AI beginning with her BS at Stanford in Symbolic Systems, Srinija's work at Yahoo! centered on the human experience, starting with the categorization system of the Yahoo! Directory and rapidly expanding into leading editorial and policy issues globally. She served as Yahoo!'s Vice President, Editor-in-Chief until stepping down in 2010. During that time she also chaired the board of non-profit SFJAZZ, and these experiences together forged her determination to co-found Loove.

At Stanford, Srinija serves as a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Humanities & Sciences Council, the Stanford Live Advisory Council, and the HAI Advisory Council. She's a board member of the On Being Project, she recently concluded participation in the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, and she's a member of the 2000 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. She lives bicoastally between Palo Alto, CA and Brooklyn, NY.



2019-2020 What Matters to Me and Why Schedule

Fall Quarter 2019

October 2: Jenny S. Martinez, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School

November 13: Srinija Srinivasan, Co-founder of Loove and Vice-Chair of the Stanford Board of Trustees


Winter Quarter 2020

January 22: Matthew Tiews, Associate Vice President for Campus Engagement


Spring Quarter 2020