History



Stanford Speakers Bureau has been bringing speakers to campus since 1935, and it’s the largest student-organization sponsor of events. We seek to service all different facets of the Stanford community by bringing speakers from a diverse array of backgrounds, such as politics, service, entertainment, technology, the arts, and academia.

The speaking events we put on come in various shapes and sizes, from student-initiated symposia to large-scale special events in Memorial Auditorium. But what they all have in common is the goal of bringing students into contact with new people, ideas, and experiences.

As one of the most well-funded organizations at Stanford, we have tremendous latitude to bring big name speakers from all different fields and backgrounds to our campus. Some recent speakers from past years include: Trevor Noah (Daily Show), John Boehner (Speaker of the House), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), Jessica Williams (Daily Show), Katheryn Bigelow (Director), …

To check out our upcoming events, as well as our events from recent years, please visit our events page.

The Stanford Daily: October 9, 1940
The Stanford Daily: October 9, 1940


Committees

Student
Affairs

Coffee
Chats

Media and Marketing

Cosponsor-
ships

Student-initiated talks and workshops on topics of their choosing, supported by small stipends.
Intimate coffee discussions between a group of ~10 students and members of faculty/industry.
The data analysis-driven publicizing engine of Speakers Bureau, working with all other committees to optimize event planning.
Some events are just too awesome for one organization to handle… Work with other leaders throughout campus to put on diverse events!

Student Symposium
(AKA Symps)
Student-initiated talks and workshops on topics of their choosing, supported by small stipends.

Coffee Chats
(AKA Chatz)
Intimate coffee discussions between a group of ~20 students and members of faculty/industry.

Media and Marketing
(AKA M&M)
The data analysis-driven publicizing engine of Speakers Bureau, working with all other committees to optimize event planning.

 

Executive Team

Suvir Mirchandani, President
Xiaohai Liu, Executive Vice President
Usman Hanif, Financial Officer
José Luis Sabau Fernández, Vice President, Partnerships
Zheng Yan, Vice President, Marketing
Kate Frimet, Director, Receptions
Juan Fueyo-Gomez, Director, Coffee Chats
Sahithi Pingali, Director, Student Affairs
Jason Ah Chuen, Director, Event Media
Alwyn Tan, Director, Social Media
Ciera Okere, Director, Brand Marketing
Cale Correos, Director, Social Events
Carissa Lee, Director, Event Marketing

Recent Presidents
2018-2019 — Horace Chu & Navya Konda
2017-2018 — Nikhil Bhattasali & Alex Wei Lee
2016-2017 — Carly Houlahan
2015-2016 — Tobin Asher
2014-2015 — Jono Bentley