Our Keynote Speakers

Bill Lindstaedt and Liz Silva, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development

A PhD’s Transition from Dissatisfaction to Career Renewal
We’ve all heard rumors of former classmates, labmates or colleagues who have gone “Beyond Academia” and are now reported to be absolutely thrilled with their new careers.  But the rumors never include details of how they got into those positions?  Did Betinareally turn in her thesis, and turn into that Wall Street Investment Banker overnight?  Did Samir even finish his postdoc, or is it true that Google just swooped in one day after lab meeting and whisked him away to that $130,000 job in GoogleX’s development program?  The fact is that they all worked really hard, and really smart, to move into the careers of their dreams.  This fast-moving chalk talk will present the play-by-play details of how one PhD moved away from academia and into his ideal career.


Bill  Lindstaedt,  Executive Director of Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services (CAIPS), UCSF

bill_lBill Lindstaedt has been helping scientists and engineers make career decisions for over twenty years. Since October 2014, he has served as the Executive Director of the umbrella unit known as Career Advancement, International & Postdoctoral Services (CAIPS), comprised of three offices: The Office of Career and Professional Development, International Students and Scholars Office and the Postdoc Office.  Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to his leadership responsibilities, his career advising work focuses on helping pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research scientists with their career and professional development issues. He previously served as Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Lindstaedt is a co-author of “myIDP”, a popular career development tool hosted by Science magazine’s careers site. In his one-on-one practice he has developed particular expertise working with life and health scientists as they transition from academic positions to careers in biotech and other non-academic settings.

He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree from the joint Counseling Psychology and Higher Education/Student Affairs programs at Indiana University.

Liz  Silva, Program Manager, Motivating INformed Decisions (MIND) Program, UCSF

silvaphotoLiz Silva works with a very talented and committed team from both the Office of Career and Professional Development, and the Dean’s Office for the School of Medicine, to implement and test the efficacy of an experimental career exploration program.

Prior to her current position at UCSF she was a Senior Editor at PLOS ONE, the world’s largest scientific journal. There her roles included investigating issues in publication and research ethics, assisting the board over over 4,000 Academic Editors to assess manuscriptis against publication and editorial criteria, and improving the process and tools for moving thousands pof manuscripts through peer review, ensuring prompt, fair and thorough evaluation. She completed a bachelors and a masters degree in Canada, and a PhD in Developmental Biology at Cancer Research UK and University College London (UCL). She also has postdoctoral experience at UCL and at UCSF, in the department of Biochemistry.

Maren Wood, Lilli Research Group

marenwoodDr. L. Maren Wood, who earned a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is founder of Lilli Research Group. Prior to founding LRG, Dr. Wood was a Research Associate at LEARN NC, a K-12 non-profit outreach program, where she helped build a digital textbook on the History of North Carolina.  She knows first hand the challenges of being an adjunct, having worked as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History at UNC Chapel Hill, where she taught classes on US History, Women’s History, and the History of Sexuality. You can read about her decision to leave academia over at The Chronicle of Higher Education.   She currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Rosemary Joyce, Associate Dean of the Graduate Division,  UC Berkeley

rosemary-joyce-web-sq-300x263Associate Dean Rosemary A. Joyce is an internationally renowned expert on gender, sexuality, and the body; on how the use of alcoholic beverages as social lubricants provided the surprising stimulus to develop chocolate; and on how archaeologists can rethink social life by attending more carefully to the most common intersection archaeologist have with people in the past: their death and burial. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and has received numerous other awards for her scholarship.

Professor Joyce joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1994, following a decade of faculty and leadership roles with Harvard University. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011 to serve as one of eleven members of the Federal Cultural Property Advisory Committee. In this role she advises the State Department on its response to foreign nations requesting protection of their cultural heritage from looting and antiquities trafficking. A former curator and assistant director of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, Professor Joyce came to UC Berkeley to join its anthropological archaeology faculty and was also the Director of UC Berkeley’s Hearst Museum of Anthropology (1994-1999). She has directly supervised or co-advised scores of doctoral students. Dedicated to increasing diversity among both faculty and students, Professor Joyce was a co-recipient of the Leon Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service from the Academic Senate’s Committee on Student Diversity and Academic Development.

Professor Joyce received her A.B. in Anthropology and Archeology from Cornell University in 1978 and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1985. She has taught and lectured around the world, and is the author or editor of fifteen books including The Oxford Handbook of ArcheologyAncient Bodies, Ancient LivesThe Languages of Archaeology; and Material Relations. Podcasts of her lectures for Anthropology 114: History of Anthropological Thought (Spring 2010) are viewed on iTunes U: UC Berkeley, where they have received a four-star rating.

As a chair of the Department of Anthropology (2006-2009), a member of the Advisory Committee on GSI Affairs (2002-2009), a member of the Graduate Council of the Academic Senate (2008-2010), an Associate Dean of the Graduate Division (2011-Spring 2014 and Spring 2015), and Interim Dean for Fall 2014, Professor Joyce has led in designing and guiding academic programs to advance Berkeley’s commitment to excellence and access.