Workshops

Our workshops for the 2014 Berkeley Conference are listed below.

Workshop handouts:



  • Thursday, February 20 – Morning Workshops
  • The enjoyment of employment
    What kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style

    • Workshop Description

      • People look for different things in a job: one person might want to change the world, while another just wants a paycheck. Matching your work personality to the culture of the organization is one of the prime factors in workplace happiness. In this workshop taught by Doug Kalish, PhD, you’ll assess your workplace personality which we will then match against different work environments to see what kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style. We’ll end with a checklist and timeline for starting your job search so that you’ll be fully prepared when the time comes.
    • Doug KalishConsultant, entrepreneur, and author of www.dougsguides.com

      • Doug KalishDoug Kalish is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, with a PhD in biology from Harvard and more than 30 years of management experience. Kalish has advised the information technology and biotechnology industries on a range of issues, from knowledge and content management to collaboration and conflict resolution. He now devotes most of his time touring college campuses helping students make the transition from academia to the business world, and shares his experience and knowledge at http://www.dougsguides.com.
  • Communicating your research, in academia and beyond

    • Workshop Description

      • This workshop will explore different ways of sharing your science in both academic (job talks, interviews) and non-academic settings (outreach, social media). It will also include a discussion on using social media as effective tools to promote yourself and your science.
    • William GunnHead of Academic Outreach for Mendeley

      • William GunnDr. William Gunn is the Head of Academic Outreach for Mendeley, a research management tool for collaboration and discovery. Dr. Gunn attended Tulane University as a Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow, receiving his Ph.D in Biomedical Science from the Center for Gene Therapy at Tulane University in 2008. His research involved dissecting the molecular mechanism of bone metastasis in multiple myeloma and resulted in a novel treatment approach employing mesenchymal stem cells, the body’s own reparative forces. Frustrated with the inefficiencies of the modern research process, he left academia and established the biology program at Genalyte, a novel diagnostics startup. At Mendeley, he works to make research more impactful and reproducible and is an expert on altmetrics, reproducibility, and open access.
  • A real life case study (Focus on technology)

    • Workshop Description

      • What type of problems will you encounter in the business world? What technology should your company choose to develop? What market should you chose to target? In this workshop you will put yourself in the shoes of a company’s management faced with a real-life problem, you will explore options, and come up with solutions with Keith Alexander, head of the Product Development Program at UC berkeley.
    • Keith AlexanderAdjunct Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Executive Director ofthe Product Development Program

      • Keith AlexanderKeith Alexander is Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Product Development Program (PDP) of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California

        – Berkeley. The PDP is a graduate-level professional Master’s degree program whose central aim is to fill the unmet need at the national level for chemical engineering graduates who have knowledge and experience in the complex process of transforming technical innovations into commercially successful products. PDP graduates gain exposure to common product development practices in a range chemical process-intensive industries including biotechnology, consumer products, chemical products, microelectronics, and nanotechnology. The first class entered the PDP in August 2006.

        Prior to his appointment at UC Berkeley, Keith Alexander was a Senior Vice President of CH2M Hill, Inc. CH2M Hill is a $5 billion international environmental engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Located in the Corporate HQ office, Dr. Alexander had executive profit-and-loss responsibility for the firm’s global management and information solutions services business unit. He has had over 15 years of experience in new venture start-up, new product development, strategic planning and change management.

        Prior to coming to CH2M Hill, Dr. Alexander spent 5 years with the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he served clients in several industries including chemicals, natural gas, vehicle manufacturing and food processing. He was a key contributor to the initiation and development of McKinsey’s environmental management practice. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Alexander holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley.


  • Thursday, February 20 – Afternoon Workshops
  • Branding your brain
    A workshop on identity and amplifying the PhD’s influence

    • Workshop Description

      • After so many sacrificed years immersed in such a specific topic within academia, it can be challenging for you to recognize the broader value of your work or to remember the vision that initiated your pursuit of a graduate degree.This workshop will help you re-identify with your motivation in order to communicate effectively and connect with potential employers, organizations, and those with a similar vision. This workshop will help you identify your ‘brand pillars’—focused principles on who you are and how you want others to experience what you are bringing to the table. We will cover the fundamentals of effective communication, story telling and connecting with your audience.Those who are interested in amplifying their influence and drawing others into their vision via media platforms will learn the basic starting point in media development, as well as a roadmap to securing opportunities to partner with brands and organizations. The tail end of the workshop will provide basic media training tactics.
    • Celia SepulvedaCommunications strategist and entrepreneur

      • Celia SepulvedaDr. Sepulveda earned her Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona in 2001 and has over 15 years of experience in strategic communications, public relations, and business development.

        Having spent over a decade working in the corporate sector, she has combined her nonprofit and for profit experience in attracting social ventures—those companies with the intention to improve the lives of consumers and create a positive social change.

        Currently, Dr. Sepulveda consults with corporate clients, small startups, and nonprofit organizations. Her specialization involves directing communications, media relations, celebrity engagement, and partnership strategies. Previous clients of Dr. Sepulveda include Jamba Juice, Social Venture Network, Tetiaroa Society, CellHealth Institute, Shark Armor, and WellnessFX.

  • Getting the Most out of the Beyond Academia Conference
    Building your knowledge base, networking, informational interviews, and more

    • Workshop Description

      • You hear an interesting presentation during the conference and become intrigued by the possibility of becoming a professional in area X. What do you do now? This presentation provides specific examples of how your build out your knowledge of a new, potential career field, and forge valuable connections that can facilitate your successful transition out of academia using professional societies, LinkedIn and other resources.
    • Andrew GreenUniversity of California at Berkeley

      • Andrew GreenAndrew Green holds a PhD in political science from Berkeley, and has spent the past 14 years as PhD career counselor for UC Berkeley graduate students, PhDs, and postdocs. Before joining the Career Center, Dr. Green taught for 6 years as an Assistant Professor at Connecticut College. He has given invited presentations at major scientific meetings and research universities across the country, and appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education and NatureJobs.

  • Friday, February 21 – Morning Workshops
  • The enjoyment of employment
    What kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style

    • Workshop Description

      • People look for different things in a job: one person might want to change the world, while another just wants a paycheck. Matching your work personality to the culture of the organization is one of the prime factors in workplace happiness. In this workshop taught by Doug Kalish, PhD, you’ll assess your workplace personality which we will then match against different work environments to see what kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style. We’ll end with a checklist and timeline for starting your job search so that you’ll be fully prepared when the time comes.
    • Doug KalishConsultant, entrepreneur, and author of www.dougsguides.com

      • Doug KalishDoug Kalish is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, with a PhD in biology from Harvard and more than 30 years of management experience. Kalish has advised the information technology and biotechnology industries on a range of issues, from knowledge and content management to collaboration and conflict resolution. He now devotes most of his time touring college campuses helping students make the transition from academia to the business world, and shares his experience and knowledge at http://www.dougsguides.com.
  • A real life case study (Focus on management)

    • Workshop Description

      • What type of problems will you encounter in the business world? What market should you chose to target? Should you invest more money in R&D? In this workshop you will put yourself in the shoes of a company’s management faced with a real-life problem, you will explore options, and come up with solutions with Keith Alexander, head of the Product Development Program at UC Berkeley.
    • Keith AlexanderAdjunct Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Executive Director ofthe Product Development Program

      • Keith AlexanderKeith Alexander is Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Product Development Program (PDP) of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California

        – Berkeley. The PDP is a graduate-level professional Master’s degree program whose central aim is to fill the unmet need at the national level for chemical engineering graduates who have knowledge and experience in the complex process of transforming technical innovations into commercially successful products. PDP graduates gain exposure to common product development practices in a range chemical process-intensive industries including biotechnology, consumer products, chemical products, microelectronics, and nanotechnology. The first class entered the PDP in August 2006.

        Prior to his appointment at UC Berkeley, Keith Alexander was a Senior Vice President of CH2M Hill, Inc. CH2M Hill is a $5 billion international environmental engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Located in the Corporate HQ office, Dr. Alexander had executive profit-and-loss responsibility for the firm’s global management and information solutions services business unit. He has had over 15 years of experience in new venture start-up, new product development, strategic planning and change management.

        Prior to coming to CH2M Hill, Dr. Alexander spent 5 years with the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he served clients in several industries including chemicals, natural gas, vehicle manufacturing and food processing. He was a key contributor to the initiation and development of McKinsey’s environmental management practice. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Alexander holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley.

  • Getting the Most out of the Beyond Academia Conference
    Building your knowledge base, networking, informational interviews, and more

    • Workshop Description

      • You hear an interesting presentation during the conference and become intrigued by the possibility of becoming a professional in area X. What do you do now? This presentation provides specific examples of how your build out your knowledge of a new, potential career field, and forge valuable connections that can facilitate your successful transition out of academia using professional societies, LinkedIn and other resources.
    • Andrew GreenUniversity of California at Berkeley

      • Andrew GreenAndrew Green holds a PhD in political science from Berkeley, and has spent the past 14 years as PhD career counselor for UC Berkeley graduate students, PhDs, and postdocs. Before joining the Career Center, Dr. Green taught for 6 years as an Assistant Professor at Connecticut College. He has given invited presentations at major scientific meetings and research universities across the country, and appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education and NatureJobs.

  • Friday, February 21 – Afternoon Workshops
  • Branding your brain
    A workshop on identity and amplifying the PhD’s influence

    • Workshop Description

      • After so many sacrificed years immersed in such a specific topic within academia, it can be challenging for you to recognize the broader value of your work or to remember the vision that initiated your pursuit of a graduate degree.This workshop will help you re-identify with your motivation in order to communicate effectively and connect with potential employers, organizations, and those with a similar vision. This workshop will help you identify your ‘brand pillars’—focused principles on who you are and how you want others to experience what you are bringing to the table. We will cover the fundamentals of effective communication, story telling and connecting with your audience.Those who are interested in amplifying their influence and drawing others into their vision via media platforms will learn the basic starting point in media development, as well as a roadmap to securing opportunities to partner with brands and organizations. The tail end of the workshop will provide basic media training tactics.
    • Celia SepulvedaCommunications strategist and entrepreneur

      • Celia SepulvedaDr. Sepulveda earned her Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona in 2001 and has over 15 years of experience in strategic communications, public relations, and business development.

        Having spent over a decade working in the corporate sector, she has combined her nonprofit and for profit experience in attracting social ventures—those companies with the intention to improve the lives of consumers and create a positive social change.

        Currently, Dr. Sepulveda consults with corporate clients, small startups, and nonprofit organizations. Her specialization involves directing communications, media relations, celebrity engagement, and partnership strategies. Previous clients of Dr. Sepulveda include Jamba Juice, Social Venture Network, Tetiaroa Society, CellHealth Institute, Shark Armor, and WellnessFX.

  • Going Live
    How to Prepare for Interviews and Presentations in the Business, Government, and Nonprofit Worlds

    • Workshop Description

      • Many graduate students have never had to interview for a job in their life, and feel totally unprepared to overcome this final, critical barrier in the job search process. Learn about how to talk about you, your work, and how you can contribute to the success of the organization smart enough to hire you, and prepare effectively for the stress and anxiety inherent in the interview process.
    • Andrew GreenUniversity of California at Berkeley

      • Andrew GreenAndrew Green holds a PhD in political science from Berkeley, and has spent the past 14 years as PhD career counselor for UC Berkeley graduate students, PhDs, and postdocs. Before joining the Career Center, Dr. Green taught for 6 years as an Assistant Professor at Connecticut College. He has given invited presentations at major scientific meetings and research universities across the country, and appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education and NatureJobs.
  • The job hunt process
    From start to finish

    • Workshop Description

      • This workshop will help prepare you for the transition from graduate school to a job outside of academia. Learn how to turn your CV into a resume, organize each phase of the job search, and find the job you want. We’ll also have a brainstorming session to get you started translating your skills and experience to people outside your field.
    • Elizabeth SeiverResearcher at PLOS Labs

      • Elizabeth SeiverElizabeth works at the Public Library of Science (PLOS) as a researcher in the new Labs division headed by Jonathan Dugan. Within the context of open access publishing, she develops and tests new software tools to improve science communication. Elizabeth received her PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley in the spring of 2013. Her dissertation research explored how culture shapes emerging attributional biases in young children. After graduation, she began working as a freelance editor, specializing in academic and scientific editing, including dissertations. Her first project at Labs was to develop an online tool for scientists to quickly and easily evaluate articles in their field. Using research skills from her graduate career, she designed and implemented novel protocols for user experience testing. She works with scientists and science advocates across a wide variety of disciplines to make science research a better process for everyone involved.

        Elizabeth was an attendee at the 2013 Beyond Academia conference and is thrilled to be returning as a panelist.