First Person: A conversation with ...
Lisa Van Dusen interviews unique Palo Alto personalities in this one-on-one series.
David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Stanford d.school talks with First Person host Lisa Van Dusen about his mission to help as many people as possible regain their creative confidence.
First Person host Lisa Van Dusen talks with Camilla Olson, founder and CEO of Savitude and a serial entrepreneur, about her work in Silicon Valley and launching a company built on matching online shoppers with clothes tailored to individual body shapes.
VIDEO: First Person: A conversation with Jacqueline Hartman, co-founder of Stanford Red Barn Leadership
Jacqueline Hartman, co-founder and chief facilitator of the Stanford Red Barn Leadership Program at Stanford University, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about how horses can illuminate the truth and, ultimately, the best in people.
Jeff Dean, senior fellow at Google Research, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about deep neural networks, detecting cats and dabbling — scientifically, that is.
Esther Wojcicki, also known as "Woj", talks with Lisa Van Dusen from the new Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center about writing for a real audience, blended learning and mastery learning.
Caution: being near Sarah Mummah can cause healthy habits to form because Mummah believes that if you can change people's behaviors, you can change the world. A self-described minimalist, she runs, writes and eats vegetables.
Armed with a matter-of-fact cheerfulness and her fellow Palo Altans' willingness to help, Stephanie Martinson, a part-time speech pathologist at the VA, mom and founder of Racing Hearts, is on track to save a lot of lives. She talks with Lisa Van Dusen about her journey.
The Very Reverend Dr. Jane Shaw talks with Lisa Van Dusen having arrived on the Stanford campus this fall as the Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies after a four-year stint as Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She just might surprise you.
Lucy Blake, a MacArthur Fellow and Palo Alto resident, describes her work as "wrangling" her collaborators to protect the Northern Sierras from Mount Lassen to Lake Tahoe.
Bob Wenzlau, pioneer recycler and compost champion is now focused on what's under our workplaces, schools and homes that is known to be harmful to our health. Through his Palo Alto-based environmental information company, Terradex, Wenzlau developed a web application called What's Down as a kind of "Yelp for the environment."
Shilpa Yarlagadda is a 2014 graduate of Gunn High School in Palo Alto and founder of Club Academia. She talks with Lisa Van Dusen about starting a video tutorial website that promotes "education of the students, by the students and for the students.
Elton Sherwin, former cleantech venture capitalist turned accidental climate change entrepreneur talks with Lisa Van Dusen about his efforts to hunt down the most practical ways to make the planet "net zero" in carbon emissions by mid-century.
John Markoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times senior writer and author, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about growing up in Palo Alto, covering Silicon Valley for more than 30 years and his current interest in artificial intelligence and robotics -- the "next big thing."
David Winsberg talks with Lisa Van Dusen about what it's like to operate one of the last commercial farms in East Palo Alto. Son of a Florida pepper farmer, during his "bachelor days" in 1980, he started Happy Quail Farms. The half-acre greenhouse (aka "crop protection system") filled with pepper plants is tucked behind Winsberg's family house, and can change as much as 60 degrees in temperature within two minutes of an electronic flip of a switch. Video by Palo Alto Online.
Jim Fruchterman shares how he applies Silicon Valley's existing technology to meet humanity's needs that the traditional marketplace fails to address. Benetech's current focus areas include the visually impaired, human rights and the environment. (Posted July 14, 2013)
Scott Sagan, nuclear disarmament expert, Senior Fellow at CISAC and Stanford professor of political science, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about his life-long career in academic research, teaching and policy devoted to disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation. (Posted Jan. 20, 2012)
Stanford grad Jonathan Strange talks to Lisa Van Dusen about what it takes to be the Stanford Tree, mascot of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band. (Posted Dec. 31, 2012)
Angela Buenning Filo, Palo Alto-based photographer and creator of the "Palo Alto Forest Project," speaks with Lisa Van Dusen about her community-activated photo installation, part of the Palo Alto Art Center's grand reopening exhibition. (Posted Oct. 4, 2012)
Ben Lee, the U.S. Olympic Badminton coach and Palo Alto Police Department Patrol Officer, talks with Lisa Van Dusen before heading to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. (Posted July 29, 2012)
Andrew Luck, the NFL's top draft pick from 2012 and Stanford's graduating star quarterback, talks about starting his career as a professional football player with the Indianapolis Colts and reflects on his time at Stanford in this exclusive one-on-one interview. (Posted June 15, 2012)
Phil Jaber, founder of Philz Coffee talks with Lisa Van Dusen -- over a cup of coffee -- at his downtown Palo Alto coffee shop at Forest Avenue and Alma Street. (Posted April 15,2012)
Linda Williams, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), discusses the challenges of leading the nation's largest Planned Parenthood affiliate. (Posted March 11, 2012)
Mary Lynn Fitton, founder of The Art of Yoga Project, discusses her work helping teen girls in the criminal justice system develop self-control and self-esteem through yoga and the creative arts. (Feb. 26, 2012)
NBA point guard Jeremy Lin, a graduate of Palo Alto High School (Class of 2006) and Harvard University (Class of 2010), reflects on his Palo Alto basketball roots, his experiences as a trailblazing Asian and Ivy League player in the NBA, and his dreams for the future. (Dec. 19, 2011)
Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., discusses her wide-ranging research and teaching. (Posted Oct. 30, 2011)
Matt Severson, a 2007 Palo Alto High School graduate, talks about his involvement with The School Fund, among other issues. (Posted Oct. 9, 2011)
Sal Khan, founder of the Mountain View-based Khan Academy, talks about his life and career. (Posted Sept. 25, 2011)
Dr. S.V. Mahadevan, director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI), talks about his professional challenges and accomplishments. (Posted Aug. 21, 2011)
Novelist Meg Waite Clayton talks about the challenges and triumphs of writing, and gets in some quality time with her pet Golden Retriever, Frodo. (Posted June 26, 2011)
Ed Weiss, M.D., a pioneering practitioner of acupuncture in Palo Alto for more than 35 years, talks to Lisa Van Dusen about his career. (Posted June 11, 2011)
Sandy Stadler, the superintendent of Palo Alto Animal Services for more than 14 years, talks to Lisa Van Dusen about her career helping animals. Interview by Lisa Van Dusen. (Posted April 24, 2011)
Nanci Kauffman, a Palo Alto resident and the new head of Castilleja School, talks with Lisa Van Dusen about educating young women, her ideas on new approaches to science and technology education, and global citizenship. (Posted April 10, 2011)
Michael Kieschnick, Palo Alto resident and co-founder and president of CREDO Mobile, a San Francisco-based wireless company that donates a portion of its revenues to progressive groups world-wide, talks to Palo Alto Online about his work and life. Interview by Lisa Van Dusen. (Posted March 13, 2011)
Betsy Franco, Palo Alto resident and mother of Oscar-nominated actor James Franco, talks to Palo Alto Online about her upcoming play "Metamorhosis: Junior Year" and other topics. Interview by Lisa Van Dusen. (Posted Feb. 25, 2011)