Meet SWIB Board Member, Sidney Brown

Sidney is a Senior at Stanford pursuing a B.S. Honors in Science, Technology, and Society. She was born in Tampa, FL, and has played competitive sports her entire life. She works part-time at ICONIQ Capital and will be joining them full-time once she graduates.

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WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR TAKE-AWAY FROM SWIB?

SWIB is a place where I get to be with incredible women who inspire me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without SWIB.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STANFORD JOURNEY

I was part of the Women’s Volleyball Team at Stanford. However, I struggled as an athlete – volleyball took away time from other things I really needed. I decided to leave the team after two years and opened up to other opportunities. I joined SWIB, decided to write a thesis, and took up a leadership position in a sorority.  

HOW ABOUT YOUR WORKING JOURNEY?

I spent the Summer of Freshman year in Italy. Sophomore year, I got a job with the New York Yankees, working with client services for luxury sales. I don’t like baseball but it was great to get the work experience. Junior year, I worked with a career accelerator, helping 40 to 50-year-old women get back into the job market. Finally, during Senior year, I took a part-time job at ICONIQ Capital, working mostly with growth equity, venture capital, and sourcing. I will be going back full-time once I graduate!

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ADVICE FOR STANFORD FRESHMEN?

I always thought I needed to maximize my time. This initially meant being social, going out, and not doing much school work. I eventually discovered, however, that a much better way to maximize time is by doing things that are meaningful to you, such as studying something you love or working on a big project. My advice is to focus less on the grandeur of Stanford and more on what makes you happy. 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU HAD DONE AT STANFORD THAT YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO DO?

I wish I had taken Latin. I took it all throughout high school and had hoped to continue pursuing it in college. I also wish I had taken Chinese!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF CHOCOLATE?

I love dark chocolate with almonds and sea-salt. I also like minty dark chocolate…or just chocolate that is so dark it is painful to eat!