Please Join Us 

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Crowne Plaza Hotel 
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

9:00 am - 10:00 am 
Registration Opens 8:30 am 

Join us to hear Keynote Speaker Cori Duncan, CEO and Managing Partner of Jasper Ridge Partners, speak about her experience breaking barriers as a woman of color in the fast-paced finance industry, and Bennett Scholars alumna and published author Maria Garcia, GMS '03, share the impact of a Bennett Scholars Scholarship on her education and career.

The Bennett Scholars Breakfast serves as GMS' only fundraising event and supports the Bennett Scholars Program, GMS’ comprehensive scholarship program. In 2024, our goal is to raise $1.5M in table sponsorships, ticket sales, and donations on the day of the event. Proceeds fund ten scholarships for incoming students in 2024-2025. Our keynote speakers are always women leaders who are breaking barriers. Previous speakers include Vice President Kamala Harris, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sheryl Sandberg, US Senator Barbara Boxer, and Jessica Aguirre of NBC Bay Area News. 

Become a Sponsor

$10K Celebration Sponsor- Table for 10; Priority Seating 

$5.5K Inspiration Sponsor - Table for 8; Priority Seating 

$3.5K Innovation Sponsor - Table for 8 

Purchase an Individual Ticket

$200 per ticket 

All tickets include admission, breakfast, and parking.

Note: Tickets are not available to current students.
GMS will provide a recording of this year's event at a later time. 
 

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Keynote Speaker: Cori Duncan

Cori Duncan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Jasper Ridge Partners and Chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. She also has leadership responsibilities for the marketable securities team which handles the firm’s investments in public equities, fixed income and hedge fund strategies. Cori joined Jasper Ridge Partners in 2002 and has spent time researching and evaluating managers in all asset classes. Previously, Cori worked at Oak Hill Capital Partners in direct private equity and she began her career as a management consultant at Bain & Company, focused primarily on private equity clients. Cori serves on the Stanford GSB Advisory Council and on the board of directors of New Schools Venture Fund, an education-focused philanthropic funder. Cori earned a BA in Economics and an MA in Education, both from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 

 
 
Alumna Speaker: Maria Garcia ‘03

Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Maria immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area when she was just one year old. She attended Mariano Castro Elementary School in Mountain View and was accepted into the school’s GATE Program. A teacher connected her to GMS, where, thanks to the Bennett Scholars Program, she earned a full scholarship. After graduating from GMS in 2003, Maria went on to attend Menlo School, on a scholarship and work-study program. That experience provided her with valuable insights into the education field and led her to The International School of the Peninsula, where she served as a counselor to children ages 1-13, and later assumed the role of assistant to the Director of Summer Programs. Since 2013, Maria has been a valuable member of GMS as a Front Desk Administrator and, most recently, on the Admissions Team, where she often gets the chance to work with incoming Bennett Scholars. Maria is a proud graduate of Santa Clara University and Foothill College, a wife, and a mother of two.


 

 

We recognize that not everyone can join us at this time. We encourage you to consider making a gift  or pledge in support of The Bennett Scholars Scholarship Program. Your gift will be recognized in our Annual Report.