The Service and Leadership Award recognizes a person who has served in the military, has an extraordinary track record of leadership, and is an example of outstanding achievement in business or business education.
This year, the GSB Veterans Club is pleased to announce the 2018 award recipient and dinner honoree, Zoe Dunning, MBA ‘93, for her commitment to the Stanford community and especially for her generous support of military veterans at Stanford and the GSB.
In January of 1993, while a GSB student, Zoe Dunning came out as a lesbian in protest of the ban on gay service in the U.S. military. As a result of her admission, Ms. Dunning was discharged from the military. She appealed the decision, won, and continued to serve as the only openly gay member of the United States military. Thus began a journey to transform national policy and forever alter the lives of thousands of LGBTQ military service members. In 2010, after an 18-year battle fighting for equality, President Barack Obama honored Ms. Dunning by asking her to stand next to him when he signed the historic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act. Ms. Dunning retired as a U.S. Navy Commander after 22 years of service, and is currently a Consulting Portfolio Director at Future State, a Bay Area consulting firm that is purpose-driven and women-led.
As part of the evening, we will be re-naming the award the Jack McDonald Military Service Appreciation Award and conducting a tribute to recoginze Professor McDonald’s contributions to the Stanford veteran’s community. Evening Schedule: 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour. Dinner and program to begin promptly at 7.
Attire: Military: Service Dress or equivalent; Civilian: Semi-formal