The Bennett Scholars Breakfast

The Bennett Scholars Breakfast is an inspirational fundraising event benefiting The Bennett Scholars Program. Every year we come together to celebrate a core GMS value: the importance of making a progressive all-girls GMS education accessible to every girl.


Save the Date!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:00 AM Breakfast and Program
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto
This year we are thrilled to welcome Senator Barbara Boxer as our keynote speaker.
Please join us for a morning of personal and poignant stories of determination, struggle, joy, and triumph. 
Keynote Speaker: Senator Barbara Boxer

A forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and her State of California, Barbara Boxer became a United States Senator in January 1993 after 10 years of service in the House of Representatives and six years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors. In January 2017, she stepped down after four terms in the Senate.

Senator Boxer was the ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. She was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she chaired the first subcommittee ever to focus on global women’s issues. A national leader on environmental protection, Senator Boxer was also the ranking member on the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).


Our honored Alumna Speaker will be announced in the coming months. 


The Bennett Scholars Program

GMS is committed to offering substantial financial assistance and comprehensive support to motivated girls who show academic promise and whose families cannot afford the cost of tuition. The Bennett Scholars Program provides girls from under-resourced schools the opportunity for an academically challenging education in a supportive environment. The Annual Scholarship Breakfast is our largest event supporting this critical program. 

We invite you to make a positive impact on the lives of our extraordinary girls. Help us build the foundation of next year's program!


Breakfast Keynote Speakers

Recent keynote speakers at the Bennett Scholars Breakfast include Persis S. Drell, provost at Stanford University and professor of engineering, materials science, and physics; Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood from 2006-2018; Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO and president of New America and author; Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times best-selling author; Condoleezza Rice, Stanford professor and former Secretary of State; Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author; Kamala Harris, California Attorney General; Diane Greene, CEO of VMware; and Carol Dweck, Stanford professor and author.

Please contact Kimberly Megna Yarnall if you are interested in being a part of this distinguished list of inspiring women leaders.



A Moment from the Scholarship Breakfast 2016

Stephanie Johnson, a Class of 2007 Bennett Scholar, moved many of us to tears with her story of resilience, resourcefulness, and strength. After GMS, Stephanie graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and Sarah Lawrence College. She received a BA in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Film and Television Production. Stephanie most recently created a short documentary for the Tahoe Yacht Club’s Concours d’Elegance and is developing a pilot for a comedic drama.