How do I get to the event?

The 2017 Mothers Symposium will be held at:

Dinkelspiel Auditorium- 471 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305, Stanford University


(Please note, this is not the auditorium we have had the event in for the last few years so please review the map for directions).


Click on this link for directions: http://www.motherssymposium.org/directions



Please consider biking or carpooling to the Symposium as automobile parking may be limited due to other campus events.


Bicycle Parking:

There is plentiful bicycle parking right outside Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Make sure to securely lock your bike, preferably with a U-lock as cables can be cut easily.


Car Parking:

Automobile parking can be found near Tressider Union in the Tressider Parking Lot.


What time will the doors open?

Due to the large number of attendees expected at this sold-out event, check-in and refreshments begin at 8:30am. The auditorium doors will open at 9:15 am. We expect all guests to be seated by 9:50 am so we can begin the program promptly at 10am. Please pull up your ticket on your phone or bring a printout with you for quicker, easier check in.

Will there be refreshments served at the event?

Yes, we will have coffee, tea (hot and cold), Kind Bars, fruit and petite madeleines. Please note that no food is allowed in the Dinkelspiel Auditorium. We invite you to check in for the event between 8:30-9:30am and join us in the atrium to mingle and learn about our sponsors. Our venue is across the street from Tresidder Union, with a large food court, for a more substantial meal before/after the event.

Is there designated seating?

No, there is no designated seating. We recommend you check in between 8:30-9:30am and find a seat of your choice when the doors to the auditorium open at 9:30am. If you would like to request Wheelchair Access seating please email paloaltomotherssymposium@gmail.com so we can make arrangements. We will be reserving the first two rows for sponsors of the event.

What is the schedule of events?

8:30am       Check in at the top of the stairs leading into Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Please pull up your ticket on your phone or bring a printout with you for quicker, easier check in.


8:30-9:30am Refreshments, Sponsorship Fair and Mingling

9:15-10:00am Doors to Auditorium Open and guest settle into seats.

10:00 - 11:15 am Morning program with Anne Lamott, moderated by Mary Ruth Quinn

11:15 - 11:30 am - Closing remarks by Anne Lamott

11:30 - 12:30 pm - Book signing and Sponsor Fair

May I bring my baby/child?

The Mothers Symposium is a morning of inspiration, affirmation, and rest for the mothers of our community.  Traditionally it's a morning when partners or other childcare providers pitch in to allow local mothers a morning off from their routine responsibilities.  However, babes in arms precrawlers) are welcome to join us for the morning. We do ask that as a courtesy to the other guests, if your baby needs a little time to wiggle and exercise their lungs that you take a few minutes to step outside and give your baby the time to get comfortable again! Our volunteers will be available to help you find a comfortable spot in the atrium.

Will I have the opportunity to ask Ms. Lamott a question?

Yes…But! Given the large number of guests and the huge number of questions we anticipate, we are requesting that guests email their questions to us (at paloaltomotherssymposium@gmail.com) in advance by March 2, 2017, midnight. As there will be limited time, we will not be accepting questions during the event, however we will have a table set up before the start of the event where you can jot down your questions for Anne Lamott. Although we cannot guarantee that we will get to everyone’s questions, we will try our best to pull out the recurring themes. Please do send your questions in advance!

Will I have the opportunity to buy books by Ms. Lamott?

Yes, we will have the following titles available for sale in the atrium throughout the event:

Operating Instructions

Some Assembly Required

Traveling Mercies

Help, Thanks, Wow


Will I have time to have my book signed?

Yes, you are welcome to bring 1 (one) single copy of a book for Ms. Lamott to sign for you. You can bring a copy of a book from your own collection or purchase books at the event. Ms. Lamott will sign one book per person.  Ms. Lamott has kindly offered to sign books for one hour. She must depart at 12:30pm sharp and we apologize in advance if she is unable to accommodate all that want a book autographed. We will try our best to keep the process smooth and maximize the number of guests that can have their book signed. There will not be an opportunity to take a posed photograph with Ms. Lamott during the event.

I cannot attend the talk, what can I do with my ticket?

We are unable to offer refunds on the tickets. However, if you are unable to make the event, we appreciate if you would consider donating your ticket to our scholarship fund. Please inform us  via emailing paloaltomotherssymposium@gmail.com


For any additional questions/suggestions please email  paloaltomotherssymposium@gmail.com