Carolyn Tajnai
Forum Director, 1988-1997

On July 31, 1997, I retired after being affiliated with the Computer Systems Laboratory and the Department of Computer Science of Stanford University for amost twenty-five years. In 1981, I became Manager of the Stanford Computer Forum, the Industrial Affiliates program for CSD and CSL and in 1988, the Director. Under my leadership Forum membership increased from 27 to 74 companies and annual income from $300K to over $2.25M.

In addition to Forum responsibilities I was the Assistant Chairman for External Relations and Graduate Studies for the Department of Computer Science. I also served as Chairman of the CSD Fellowship Committee and on the Ph.D. Program, Policy and Evaluation and the Library Committees.

I was involved in the Affirmative Action program at Stanford with a goal of encouraging more women and minority students to apply for admission to the Department of Computer Science Ph.D. program, and to assist them after they matriculated.

While at Stanford, I presented talks on The Links Between Stanford University and Industry and the Stanford Industrial Affiliate Programs to companies and universities in Japan, Korea, Germany and throughout the United States.


I am a former member and past president of Midpeninsula Zonta International which is a professional service organization with the mission of improving the status of women around the world. I am also a past member of the Steering Committees for the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and for the Stanford Administrative Development Program 'ADP Speaks', creator and former Webmaster of the Stanford Club of Palo Alto, and co-creator and former Webmaster of the Santa Clara Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.).

Currently, I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Associate member of the Pontotoc Hills, Mississippi, and the Sasebo, Japan, Chapters of the D.A.R., the Scott County, MS, Genealogical Society, and the Hearing Loss Association. Although not a member, I am active in the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.).