Elizabeth Stanners

Employer Relations

M.B.A., Finance, University of California, Irvine/Los Angeles
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Irvine

How did you get here?
Over 22 years as a Managing Director in global investment banking, coupled with numerous senior board and staff positions in the entrepreneurial and philanthropic ecosystem, have provided me with unique technical and multicultural perspectives when hiring, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. This includes both domestic and global opportunities as well as forming alliances with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and international businesses. My most recent experience coaching students at Duke University and DeLaSalle High School inspired me to join the Cal Career Services team.

Who do you work with? What is cool about your job?
I work with the most dynamic, driven, and effervescent students in the world! Their energy is contagious and invigorating.  I have had the privilege of working with Haas students and I am now working with students in Letters & Science and Engineering programs. The coolest part of my job is engaging with students as they tackle evolutionary opportunities in a variety of disruptive industries, while always being cognizant of making a positive social impact either now or in the future. Our students are amazing in so many ways.

What's the best career advice anyone has given you?
Michael Jordan (yes, I love basketball...) once stated, "I've missed 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost over 300 games, 26 times I was to take the winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life...and that is why I succeed." Thus the best advice given to me is to embrace taking risk, because as many venture capital firms will state, failure is a prerequisite and motivation for innovation and success! Be courageous!  

I enjoy golf, tennis, and running... finishing a marathon feels like a nice accomplishment, but the process for getting to the starting line is what it is all about. Friendships, encouragement and a solid plan.

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