Chadding with Dads: a conversation with Robert Wicks (Part 1)

“The greatest investment you make in yourself is investing in the live of others around you.”

With this Dadage, I share a conversation with my friend, Robert Wicks. He is a philanthropic advisor and an incredible dad who helped SPIRE get off the ground, in my days at Stanford. He has forged a unique path in life by practicing genuine authenticity. Explore the invaluable lessons Robert shares in our conversation.

Robert Wicks is the vice president of philanthropy at Gladstone and the chief executive officer of the Gladstone Foundation. Prior to joining Gladstone, he was the director of West Coast Advancement at Dartmouth College based in the Bay Area. From 2006 to 2014, he worked in a series of frontline fundraising roles for Stanford’s Office of Development and the Graduate School of Business, specializing in the venture capital and entrepreneurial communities. Robert is a board member for YCore, and has served as an advisor to the social entrepreneurs at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, and Care Message. Robert has a BA in English from Binghamton University, and was a PhD candidate in the English Department at UC Berkeley.