A graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law, Julie Lythcott-Haims practiced law in the Bay Area for many years before returning to Stanford as an Associate Dean, and then Assistant to the President (John Hennessy). After that, she spent a decade as the Dean of Freshmen, a position she created in 2002. Almost 20,000 undergraduates matriculated on her watch, and in 2010 she received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award. To her students she was affectionately known as “Dean Julie.”
Lythcott-Haims stepped down from her administrative job at Stanford in 2012 to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is deeply interested in humans living lives of meaning and purpose, and enjoys working with humans of all ages interested in finding their authentic self and honoring what they hear. In June of 2015 she released her book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, published by Henry Holt and Co. Today she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, her teenagers, and her mother. After years of speaking to students, family, faculty, and University administrators as Dean of Freshmen at Stanford, she is an engaging, inspiring speaker who takes pleasure in working with her audiences.