Phyllis has spent her career at the intersection of family support systems, work-life integration, women's leadership development, diversity and inclusion work, and culture change leadership. She's always seen the way these issues impact one another, but the pandemic has highlighted the strong intersectionality of these areas of work. Building the foundational culture of care, implementing impactful programs and services, supporting managers with training and tools, and encouraging self-advocacy are the pillars for a workplace that encourages commitment and engagement while supporting the aspirations we have for a full and healthy life. Phyllis will share lessons learned from this work at Stanford and beyond, and her personal journey as a leader, people manager, change agent and caregiver.
As the Assistant Vice President of WorkLife Strategy at Stanford University, Phyllis designs and manages programs that support the Stanford community in navigating the competing demands of work, study, personal and family lives. Phyllis founded the award-winning Family Services programs at Cisco. She held a variety of HR, communications, and diversity roles, including serving as the Global Head of Diversity for SAP. Phyllis has her Master’s Degree in Human Development from UCLA.