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(Mostly) Painless Networking


Career exploration does NOT have to be painful or time-consuming! Much of the same technology used in daily life can be applied to learning about careers and making professional connections. This workshop will focus on using myIDP and other online resources to launch your career exploration. This workshop will cover: How to identify careers that […]

Informational Interviewing


This workshop is for graduate students who want to learn more about informational interviewing. Some of the topics we will discuss include: What is an informational interview? Who should I talk to? How do I request an interview? How can I prepare for the conversation? What questions should I ask? How can I follow up? […]

Ph.D. Connections Conference Career Panel: Biotech, Healthcare, and Pharma Organizations


The combined impact of the biotech, pharma, and healthcare industries on the future of human health outcomes is huge. Ph.D. degree holders have many career options within these industries in areas that are related to, but not limited to, scientific research. Panelists will discuss lessons from their career trajectories, describe their daily professional lives, and […]

Ph.D. Connections Career Conference Career Panel: Consulting


Panelists will share insights about the business challenges they take on in their consulting roles. The session will speak to what is required to uncover solutions for clients, the skills drawn upon to address issues, and the approaches used to solve complex problems. You will gain a better sense of how advanced degrees from a […]

Ph.D. Connections Conference Career Panel: Academic and Higher Education Institutions


Higher education institutions offer a wide range of opportunities for Ph.D.s beyond the tenure track, including roles focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, work in the pedagogical space, and positions involved in various aspects of research. Panelists from a variety of disciplines will share their experiences in these types of roles and answer […]

Ph.D. Connections Conference Career Panel: Government Organizations


Panelists from local and federal agencies will share their experiences as Ph.D. holders in government positions, details about the opportunities and challenges they face, and insights into what is necessary to launch a career in this arena. Panelists Julianne McCall, before her appointment by California Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019 to oversee the state's precision […]

Ph.D. Connections Conference Career Panel: Nonprofit Organizations


Careers in nonprofit organizations tap into the expertise of Ph.D. holders from a variety of academic backgrounds, and utilize skills including scientific expertise, program management, research, administration, and more. Panelists working on issues such as disease surveillance, sustainability, energy, health outcomes, environment and public policy, economics, and politics will share their own career stories and […]

Ph.D. Connections Conference Career Panel: Technology Industries


The technology industry is rapidly expanding and generating interesting and rewarding career opportunities for Ph.D. holders with a variety of academic backgrounds. Panelists will share lessons learned from their own career paths and provide insights into applying your Ph.D. in the technology industry. Panelists Mazy Gillis is senior director of principal based management at Georgia-Pacific, […]

Ph.D. Connections Conference Keynote: Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts-“The Alignment Quest: Aligning Strengths, Values, and Differences to Maximize Our Collective Potential”


Extraordinary leaders commit to creating contexts that engage all of their stakeholders maximally, from positions of strength. This means enabling people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to bring their best selves to work—leveraging their unique strengths and experiences to make valuable, authentic contributions to their organizations. Laura Morgan Roberts presents evidence-based insight that will help […]

Writing a Diversity Statement


Increasingly, hiring committees are interested in how prospective faculty job candidates will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, many academic employers have begun to request a diversity statement as part of the faculty job application process. In this interactive session, we will discuss best practices for writing diversity statements, examine sample statements, […]