Workshop Descriptions

Monday, March 16: Workshops (AM)

How to Captivate any Audience

Nathan’s presentation will teach you how to engage and captivate any audience, whether 1 or 1,000 people. Entrepreneurs and business people will learn how to design and implement their own specific value statement. An optional brainstorming exercise will engage participants in applying new knowledge to the discovery of more compelling ways to articulate the value of what they do and why they do it.
nathangoldNathan Gold, also known as The Demo Coach, hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where he spends his days coaching people around the world on how to prepare for high-stakes presentations through workshops, keynotes, and 1:1 sessions both in person and online. Gold has personally delivered over 15,000 presentations and 10,000 hours of professional coaching and training and is a published author. He has worked with small and large companies, including Glue Networks, Education.com, Innovation Norway, Kaiser Permanente, and IBM on designing, scripting and delivering more compelling and memorable presentations, especially in situations where you cannot afford to miss.

Branding Your Brain

A workshop on identity and amplifying the PhD’s influence

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.

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Celia Sepulveda – Communications strategist and entrepreneur

    Dr. 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

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.

AGreen0408Andrew Green –University of California at Berkeley

      Andrew 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 Enjoyment of Employment

What kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style

Are you considering a non-academic career after graduate school or your postdoc? Are you aware of the different kinds of workplace cultures you’ll
encounter? 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 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.

Before the workshop, go to http://www.dougsguides.com/personality,
take the personality assessment and bring the results with you.

Doug KalishConsultant, entrepreneur, and author of www.dougsguides.com

dougkalishDoug Kalish is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, with a PhD in Biology from Harvard and more than 30 years of management experience. He’s been a founder or early executive in four startups, as well as
being Managing Partner of the Price Waterhouse World Technology Centre and Chief Knowledge Officer at Scient. He has advised the IT and
biotechnology industries on issues from knowledge and content
management to collaboration and conflict resolution. Having navigated
the switch to a nonacademic career, he devotes his time to delivering
workshops helping students make the transition from academia to the
business world, and maintains an extensive set of free resources at
www.dougsguides.com.

Monday, March 16: Workshops (PM)

Q&A: Mastering the Unpredictable

What is the one thing you can count on happening as soon as you finish your formal presentation or pitch to potential investors…clients…customers? The Question & Answer session!  Nathan’s presentation will teach you how to answer questions more effectively, especially the most difficult ones and those you for which you don’t have ready answers.  You will learn several techniques to make Q&A sessions more memorable (in a good way!) and effectively build on the strength and credibility established during your presentation. In an optional interactive brainstorming session, you’ll be provided 37 examples of tough questions posed by investors, and you will have the opportunity to practice how to present skillful answers to the toughest questions you may face.

nathangoldNathan Gold, also known as The Demo Coach, hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where he spends his days coaching people around the world on how to prepare for high-stakes presentations through workshops, keynotes, and 1:1 sessions both in person and online. Gold has personally delivered over 15,000 presentations and 10,000 hours of professional coaching and training and is a published author. He has worked with small and large companies, including Glue Networks, Education.com, Innovation Norway, Kaiser Permanente, and IBM on designing, scripting and delivering more compelling and memorable presentations, especially in situations where you cannot afford to miss.

Starting Your Business and Creating Your Business Plan

Every successful business start-up needs a plan and this presentation provides an overview of the key factors needed to transform great ideas into well thought-out written business roadmaps. You will learn the needed information and structure on how to prepare a practical plan that includes:

  • Why you need a Business Plan
  • Key outline and content requirements and how all the plan sections fit together
  • Marketing, Sales, Management, Operations and Financial sections
  • Funding Sources (with Handouts)
  • Understanding of the Issues and Concerns that are involved in starting a business

jamescoganJames Cogan, SCORE (Eastbayscore Chapter 506)

James Cogan joined SCORE in September 2010 after his semi-retirement. After Navy service, he worked as an engineer in the chemical industry at DuPont and in Aerospace at MacDonald Douglas, and in management positions at defense firms. He spent the last thirty+ years in the telecommunication and industrial electronics fields in executive management positions, serving as a President, COO, VP and General Manager. His positions provided him with extensive development, operational, materials and quality experience. He has extensive contract experience in both domestic and international contract negotiations, planning, metric management and personnel mentoring.   He has a part time consulting business in Operational and Quality Excellence and enjoys adventure travel, photography and walking tours with his wife, Kathy, in foreign and fun places.

Educational Background: BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a MS in Management from George Washington University plus a number of financial, engineering, management and quality courses.

Using myIDP to Choose Your Ideal Career – Bill Lindstaedt

bill_lWhether you’ll be a tenure-track faculty member at a research university, a medical science liaison for a biotech company, or a policy advisor for a US Senator, you want to find a career path that you’ll enjoy and find rewarding.  But HOW can you be confident that the path you will pursue is the best fit for your skills, interests and values?
There are dozens of attractive career options available to PhD’s in the sciences and engineering. If you’d like to learn how to select the best option for you, and start your own Individual Development Plan (IDP) that will help you achieve success along your path, then don’t miss this thought-provoking interactive workshop!
**You are highly encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to this workshop**

 

Bill 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.

Communication on Camera: Media Training for Academics

cody tesnow head shotCody Tesnow is the Director of Development and Marketing at Zealot Networks, and has over 16 years of advertising and production experience. At Zealot, he provides traditional creative, content development, and digital media insights, as well as creative consult, content development and marketing for all Zealot partner companies.

Cody likes everything but willful ignorance and offal. Top of his list for things to do are: traveling, writing, and being “creative.”

Tuesday, March 17: Workshops (AM)

The Enjoyment of Employment

What kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style

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

dougkalishDoug Kalish is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, with a PhD in Biology from Harvard and more than 30 years of management experience. He’s been a founder or early executive in four startups, as well as
being Managing Partner of the Price Waterhouse World Technology Centre and Chief Knowledge Officer at Scient. He has advised the IT and
biotechnology industries on issues from knowledge and content
management to collaboration and conflict resolution. Having navigated
the switch to a nonacademic career, he devotes his time to delivering
workshops helping students make the transition from academia to the
business world, and maintains an extensive set of free resources at
www.dougsguides.com.

Branding Your Brain

A workshop on identity and amplifying the PhD’s influence

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

Celia Sepulveda – Communications strategist and entrepreneur

    Dr. 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.

Transforming Your CV into a Resume and Writing Effective Cover Letters

This workshop will focus on how to transform your academic CV into an effective industry resume, and how to write a strong cover letter and prepare for future interviews.

AGreen0408Andrew Green –University of California at Berkeley

      Andrew 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.

Leadership Beyond Academia

Aligning Who You Are and What You Do So it Matters

The presenter believes that leadership is taking responsibility for what matters. In this workshop participants identify what matters to them and what it means to “take responsibility” for it. In addition, a leadership framework will be offered that can support a greater alignment between context, competence and commitment toward success in the social sector, private sector and public sector. Specifically, this experiential workshop will give opportunities to participants to explore their stories, declare what matters and utilize tools to exercise their leadership.
Renato Almanzor
Renato Almanzor headshotRenato P. Almanzor’s experience emerges from many years consulting and training groups committed to multicultural organization development and social justice. His clients have included universities, non-profit organizations, medical clinics, and government agencies. His services range from executive coaching and strategic planning to change management and team development. He has delivered keynote addresses, conference workshops, and panel presentations on issues related to leadership for equity, cultural diversity, community development, and organizational change with a social justice agenda.

Dr. Almanzor received his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, his M.S. in counseling from San Diego State University, and his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Davis. Recently an assistant professor at Argosy University, he has also taught at CSU East Bay, Alliant International University and the University of San Francisco.

Renato currently runs a two year fellowship program for nonprofit executive  directors in the Bay Area for LeaderSpring (www.leaderspring.org). In addition, he oversees the organization’s consulting group. He provides executive coaching to organizational leaders in support of organizational development efforts – strategic planning, program development and team capacity building. Previously he served as the Director of the Family and Community Office in the Oakland Unified School District, and as the Associate Director of the Dean of Students Office at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Almanzor served as Chair of the School Site Council for his son’s school, on  the Planning & Oversight Committee for the Oakland Fund for Children & Youth; and was President of the Board of Directors for the Oakland Asian Student Educational Services (OASES), Board of Directors for Filipino Advocates for Justice, and Board of Directors for the San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools. Renato actively supports many Community and Multicultural groups.

Tuesday, March 17: Workshops (PM)

Identifying Transferable Skills

Identifying transferable skills can be one of the most difficult processes in preparing for a post-academic search.  PhDs are trained to talk about what they know, not what they do.  Employers, however, want to know what you can do for their organization.  This isn’t to discount the extensive expertise PhDs have gained; graduate students need to learn how to communicate their skills and their expertise in a way that makes sense to employers.

PhDs often describe their transferable skills as “researching, writing, and teaching.” But these are actually categories, not specific skills.  This workshop will help PhDs dive deep to identify the skills they have gained while in graduate school and to sort these skills into their appropriate industry categories : project management, communications, facilitation, advising, analytical thinking, management, etc.

Maren WoodFounder, Lilli Research Group

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    Dr. 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.

The Job Hunt Process

From Start to Finish

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.

eseiverElizabeth Seiver – Researcher at PLOS Labs

Elizabeth is a researcher at the Public Library of Science (PLOS), an open access, non-profit science publisher. She received her PhD in psychology from UC Berkeley in 2013, studying how culture shapes emerging attributional biases in young children. She has used her skills from graduate school to design user experience research protocols, lead a research team, conduct surveys and interviews, analyze data, write research reports, and develop projects. Elizabeth’s research at PLOS has focused on peer review, open science, and understanding how scientists work.

Putting your innovations to work!

Commercializing your technology in today’s innovation eco-systems

Are you interested in commercialization? How can you optimize the value of your doctoral studies? How is commercialization different than academic research? How can you engage in the lively innovation eco-systems that are springing up around the world? Jerry Engel has been engaged with technology commercialization and working with students to create their careers for over two decades. As the founder of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Haas School of Business here at Berkeley, and as the National Faculty Director of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program, he understands the challenges facing many of us, and the strategies we can use to engage to put our ideas to work, whether in big companies or in Entrepreneurial  start-ups.

Jerry Engel

Jerry EngelProfessor Jerome S. Engel is an internationally recognized expert in innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, lecturing and advising business and government leaders around the world. After a successful business career, he joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he currently serves as Senior Fellow and Founding Executive Director Emeritus. At Berkeley he has fostered the creation of an internationally distinguished program that provides entrepreneurship education across the University and its constituent community. Mr. Engel also serves as the National Faculty Director of the National Science Foundations’ I-Corps, a US government program that develops entrepreneurial teams at leading universities across the United States. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business and instructs in both the School’s MBA and Executive Education programs, specializing in Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation, New Venture Finance, and Venture Capital. He serves on the Advisory Boards of several universities and innovation centers around the world. An author and frequent speaker, he has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and other global media.
Mr. Engel is active in the private sector. He is a General Partner of Monitor Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in early stage ventures and technology commercialization. Over his career Mr. Engel has served on the Boards of a number of emerging companies and non-profit organizations. Current Board positions include Jupiter Systems, MedAmerica, and VentureWell. He advises major corporations, emerging companies and private equity investors on strategy, innovation, technology commercialization, and capital formation.
Professor Engel’s new book, Clusters of Innovation: Entrepreneurial engines of economic growth around the world explores the workings of entrepreneurial economies in in Germany, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, China, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and of course Silicon Valley. It explains how they work and why. His insights yield actionable strategies for business, government and entrepreneurs.

Negotiating Job Offers

Debra Behrens 

You have the job offer. How do you negotiate effectively to get the salary you deserve? The session topics include:
Basic elements of the negotiation process, key strategies used by successful negotiators, common pitfalls, how to leverage your strengths and create a win-win situation.

Behrens (1)Dr. Debra Behrens is a PhD Counselor at UC Berkeley, where she addresses the career concerns of graduate students, postdocs and international scholars in  the sciences. Debra’s specialization areas include career change, negotiation, dual career issues, cross-cultural interview skills and international job search strategies.

After completing a PhD at UC Santa Barbara, Behrens taught in the graduate counseling program at California State University. Dr. Behrens’ recent publications include Interview Practice US Style: A Workshop for International StudentsJournal of Employment Counseling She is also a contributing author for the (vol.1.)  Encyclopedia of Counseling.