Kathy Chou

Stanford IRiSS Board Chair
Senior Vice President of SaaS Engineering, Nutanix
Kathy Chou
Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. She most recently served on the Stanford Presidential Search Committee, has chaired the Stanford Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations, and served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is currently Vice Chair for the Stanford Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRISS), member of the Santa Clara University Board of Regents, and a director for the Asian Pacific Fund.
Kathy received the Stanford Medal in 2013, Wise Woman A ward from Deloitte LLP in 2011, and was the Winner of the Franz Edelman Award for excellence in Operations Research in 2009. The Silicon Valley Business Journal selected her as one of the Top 100 most influential women in 2011. Kathy has been a strong advocate and promoter of diversity and inclusion at VMware, she serves on the VMinclusion Council, regularly meets and provides executive support for VMware’s PODs (Power of Difference), and she shared her personal journey in the “Belong Here, Transform everywhere” video and campaign for both internal / external audiences meant to foster a sense of belonging for everyone in the workplace.
Kathy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four sons. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, architecture, and dance.


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