Workshop descriptions 2016

Monday workshops

How to Captivate your Audience

Nathan_Gold_headshotNathan Gold, Founder of the Demo-Coach (http://www.democoach.com)

Nathan 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.

 

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.


Enjoyment of Employment

dougkalishDoug Kalish, Founder of dougsguides (http://www.dougsguides.com)

Doug 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.

 

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.


How to Network

Peter_FiskePeter Fiske, CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Peter S. Fiske is a seasoned executive and a scientist, with two decades of experience across industries including Defense, Natural Resources, Renewable Energy, Water and other utilities, and entrepreneurial technological development.

Fiske is also a nationally-recognized author and lecturer on the subject of career development, leadership and entrepreneurship for scientists and engineers. He is a regular contributor to Nature and a past columnist for Science. Fiske is the author of Put Your Science to WORK!, the career development book for early-career scientists and engineers, and has given workshops to over 23,000 scientists and engineers in the US, the UK and Belgium. Fiske received his PhD in Geochemistry and Materials Science from Stanford University in 1993 and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 2002.

 

Networking. In the minds of most PhDs the word conjures up images of forced and uncomfortable introductions, awkward conversations, and tedious hours spent passing out business cards. Dr. Peter Fiske feels your pain. As a graduate student he too dreaded the “networking event” and was at a total loss as to how to “network” without feeling like a phony.  Over the years, however, Fiske has found that his own fears about networking were misplaced. Networking, when done effectively, can actually be enjoyable, empowering and a highly effect means of finding great career opportunities beyond academia.  In the lively and funny workshop, Dr. Fiske will unpack the stereotypes that surround networking and discuss how PhD students and graduates can enjoy building a powerful professional network.


How to Become an Effective Communicator Outside of the Academic World

Larry_Petcovic_headshotLarry Petcovic, Founder of SciPhD (http://sciphd.com)

While Larry started his professional career as a Health Physicist, he quickly recognized the importance of mastering communication techniques and added an additional degree in applied behavioral sciences with continuing studies in the social neurosciences. As a cofounder of SciPhD.com, Larry is focused on new science PhD’s transitioning to industry and enabling them to translate their research experience into performance competencies desired by industry. He is also cofounder of MuseumsUSA.org and 3rd Order Communications LLC.

 

So what is different about communicating almost anywhere than in academia? Answer – LOTS! Getting a PhD and working in academia fosters a style of communications that has a specific purpose.  We will look at research that shows what are the needed skills and communication styles that prove to be successful in technical organizations by technical leaders. Hint: academic style correlates negatively!  In one hour, we will focus on the two most basic communication technique requirements in industry: technical literacy with a very diverse populations AND immediate capacity to establish rapport and trust.  Good news is that you already mastered these techniques before you got your PhD.  Show up with an open mind and you will leave with an “open communication style.”

Putting your PhD to work

Peter_FiskePeter Fiske, CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Peter S. Fiske is a seasoned executive and a scientist, with two decades of experience across industries including Defense, Natural Resources, Renewable Energy, Water and other utilities, and entrepreneurial technological development.

Fiske is also a nationally-recognized author and lecturer on the subject of career development, leadership and entrepreneurship for scientists and engineers. He is a regular contributor to Nature and a past columnist for Science. Fiske is the author of Put Your Science to WORK!, the career development book for early-career scientists and engineers, and has given workshops to over 23,000 scientists and engineers in the US, the UK and Belgium. Fiske received his PhD in Geochemistry and Materials Science from Stanford University in 1993 and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 2002.

 

In this workshop, Peter presents a thorough and practical overview to the process of career planning and job hunting in today’s job market, from the perspective of a young PhD. He covers specific steps that young PhDs can take to broaden their horizons, strengthen their skills, and present their best face to potential employers. An important part of this is the realization that most PhDs possess a range of valuable “transferable skills” that are highly sought after by employers outside of academia. He also covers all the specifics of job hunting, including informational interviewing, building your network, developing a compelling CV and resume, cover letters, interviewing, and more. With each topic he discusses the particular challenges and opportunities faced by those with an advanced degrees in sciences, social sciences and humanities


ImaginePhD: A Career Planning Tool for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Teresa DillingerTeresa Dillinger, Manager, Professional Development Programs at Graduate Studies, UC Davis

Teresa Dillinger manages and coordinates professional development programs for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis. She is the director of the GradPathways program, a campus-wide initiative that partners with other units such as the Internship and Career Center, the University Writing Program, and the Center for Educational Effectiveness, among others to provide professional and career development opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.  In addition, she co-directs the Professors for the Future program and serves on the Mentoring at Critical Transitions committee – a faculty development program.

Dr. Dillinger currently chairs the ad hoc committee for the Graduate Career Consortium tasked with developing an online career planning and exploration tool for the humanities and social sciences called ImaginePhD.  Similar to “myIDP” for STEM fields, ImaginePhD will provide an online assessment and resources for guided career exploration.  Teresa Dillinger has over 15-years of experience in career and professional development advising.  She completed both her master’s and Ph.D. in Geography at UC Davis before embarking upon a career in academic administration

JMoreno photo-1Josephine Moreno, Graduate Diversity Officer in Graduate Studies at UC Davis

Dr. Josephine Moreno is the Graduate Diversity Officer in Graduate Studies at UC Davis where she focuses on the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education fields.  At UC Davis she works collaboratively with faculty, students, staff and administrators to increase the pool of talented, competitive students from diverse backgrounds who apply and are successful in graduate school. Dr. Moreno is invested in the success of graduate students from all backgrounds and is particularly interested in graduate student mentoring and career preparation.  She is a member of the professional organization, the Graduate Career Consortium and is deeply invested in the development of the ImaginePhD assessment and electronic IDP tool. Previously Dr. Moreno was the Graduate Diversity Director in the Arts & Humanities at UC Berkeley for 12 years.  She holds a B.S. (UC Davis) and Ph.D. (Iowa State University) in Textiles and Clothing and spent a postdoctoral year at UC Davis.  Prior to returning to California in 2001 Dr. Moreno was an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island.

 

The PhD can be a gateway to a broad array of careers both within and beyond academia for humanists and social scientists.  However, many PhD students in these fields may be unaware of these opportunities and/or be uncertain as to the next steps in identifying careers that match their skills, interests, and values.  In response to the need to create a process that would help uncover these attributes, the Graduate Career Consortium launched an ad hoc committee consisting of over 30 career and professional development advisors who work directly with PhD students at research-intensive institutions to develop a free online career exploration and planning tool –   ImaginePhD.   

In this workshop, we will explore the skills, interests, and values and corresponding job families for PhDs in the humanities and social sciences developed by the ImaginePhD team.  You will have the opportunity to use some of the tools developed by the ImaginePhD team to engage in self-assessment and career exploration.  We will also gather your feedback and ideas to help us further shape the ImaginePhD tool as we move forward with making it widely available electronically to all PhDs in the humanities and social sciences.


Leadership Beyond Academia: Aligning your Passions and Actions

Renato AlmanzorRenato Almanzor, Senior Director of Program at LeaderSpring

Renato P. Almanzor’s experience emerges from many years consulting leaders committed to multicultural organization development and social justice. His clients have included executive leaders from universities, non-profit organizations, medical clinics, and government agencies. His expertise ranges 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.  He has also taught graduate courses at CSU East Bay, Alliant International University, University of San Francisco, and Argosy University. Renato currently runs all of the programming for LeaderSpring, including their two year fellowship program for nonprofit executive directors and LeaderSpring Consulting Group (www.leaderspring.org). In this capacity, he strengthens the leadership and management competencies of leaders, develops communities of leaders, and supports the transformation of the systems in which they work.

 

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.


How to pitch yourself during an interview

Daniel MiglioDaniel Miglio, VP of membership at Toastmasters

Daniel Miglio is a member of the leadership team of Toast of Berkeley, a Toastmasters club on campus of UCB, and life long east bay resident. He looks forward to leading a session focused on clear communication in social and professional conversation.


Tuesday workshops

Enjoyment of Employment

dougkalishDoug Kalish, Founder of dougsguides (http://www.dougsguides.com)

Doug 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.

 

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.


Next Steps after the Conference

Andrew green(better)Andrew Green, PhD Advisor & Associate Director at UC Berkeley Career Center

Andrew Green earned his PhD at UC Berkeley and has over 17 years of experience working with graduate students, PhDs and postdocs as a career advisor. Before returning to Berkeley where he serves as Associate Director of the Career Center, he spent five years on the faculty of Connecticut College. His specialty is working with grad students, PhDs and postdocs from all disciplines pursuing professional opportunities in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors as well as those seeking faculty jobs. He has given invited presentations at major scientific meetings and research universities across the country; and appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, NatureJobs, and The Atlantic Online.

 

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.


Finding and applying for research jobs in industry (STEM)

bill_LindstaedtBill Lindstaedt, Executive Director of the Career Advancement, International & Postdoctoral Services at UC San Francisco

Bill Lindstaedt has been helping scientists and engineers make career decisions for over twenty years. Since 2014, he has served as the Executive Director of an umbrella unit known as Career Advancement, International & Postdoctoral Services (CAIPS). Prior to this, he was 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 challenges. 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.Bill is a co-author of “myIDP”, a popular career development tool hosted by Science magazine’s careers site.

 

Everyone knows that you must connect with industry scientists when applying for industry jobs, but how?  This is not a “networking” seminar!  Rather, you will learn specific strategies for finding job postings in industry, locating names and contact info for scientists who can help you, and getting your application in the hands of scientists who will advance your application.


How to Become an Effective Communicator Outside of the Academic World

Larry_Petcovic_headshotLarry Petcovic   Founder of SciPhD (http://sciphd.com)

While Larry started his professional career as a Health Physicist, he quickly recognized the importance of mastering communication techniques and added an additional degree in applied behavioral sciences with continuing studies in the social neurosciences. As a cofounder of SciPhD.com, Larry is focused on new science PhD’s transitioning to industry and enabling them to translate their research experience into performance competencies desired by industry. He is also cofounder of MuseumsUSA.org and 3rd Order Communications LLC.

 

So what is different about communicating almost anywhere than in academia? Answer -LOTS! Getting a PhD and working in academia fosters a style of communications that has a specific purpose.  We will look at research that shows what are the needed skills and communication styles that prove to be successful in technical organizations by technical leaders. Hint: academic style correlates negatively!  In one hour, we will focus on the two most basic communication technique requirements in industry: technical literacy with a very diverse populations AND immediate capacity to establish rapport and trust.  Good news is that you already mastered these techniques before you got your PhD.  Show up with an open mind and you will leave with an “open communication style.”

Recognizing Transferable skills and Job Searching (HSS)

Debra BehrensDebra Behrens, PhD Career Counselor at University of California

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 Students,  Journal of Employment Counseling.  She is also a contributing author for the (vol.1.)  Encyclopedia of Counseling.


Leadership Beyond Academia: Aligning your Passions and Actions

Renato AlmanzorRenato Almanzor, Senior Director of Program at LeaderSpring

Renato P. Almanzor’s experience emerges from many years consulting leaders committed to multicultural organization development and social justice. His clients have included executive leaders from universities, non-profit organizations, medical clinics, and government agencies. His expertise ranges 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.  He has also taught graduate courses at CSU East Bay, Alliant International University, University of San Francisco, and Argosy University. Renato currently runs all of the programming for LeaderSpring, including their two year fellowship program for nonprofit executive directors and LeaderSpring Consulting Group (www.leaderspring.org). In this capacity, he strengthens the leadership and management competencies of leaders, develops communities of leaders, and supports the transformation of the systems in which they work.
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.


Redefining Networking

Sahar YousefSahar Yousef, Graduate Student at UC Berkeley, Leader and Organizer of Products, Initiatives and Humans

Sahar is a 4th year PhD student in Vision Science. Her research interests are centered mostly on neuroplasticity—the possibility of the brain changing for the better, and applications for tools and therapies stemming from these changes, specifically aiming to train attention and memory. Before and during her BA in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley, she was active in community building and leadership, elected as the youngest student member of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees to date. Sahar co-founded and directed the California Cognitive Science Conference, served as President to multiple organizations, and was granted several awards for leadership excellence. Sahar has also been facilitating a course at Cal teaching Tamarkoz® (Sufi meditation) since 2010.

 

Generally people think they know what networking is and how it’s done. But most are missing the foundation of what it really is and the main principles of effective networking. In this workshop we’ll begin by deconstructing networking from the ground up and building up principles of “real” networking that translate to actual success in life and career. We’ll make practical action plans about what you can do today to start building your network.


Leaving Academia: A Conversation with your Adviser

Arash komeiliArash Komeili, Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, at UC Berkeley

Arash received his PhD from UCSF in 2001. His thesis work was conducted in the laboratory of Professor Erin O’Shea on the mechanisms of nucleocytoplasmic transport of transcription factors. He then began a project to understand the formation of magnetosome organelles in Professor Dianne Newman’s laboratory at Caltech. In 2005 he joined the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley where he is now an Associate Professor. He holds an Affiliated Associate Professor position in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, is a faculty of the UC Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute and a faculty affiliate of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). Professor Komeili believes that a rigorous graduate training can prepare students for diverse careers. Former members of his group hold careers in academic publishing, work as researchers in industry and hold faculty positions in teaching intensive academic settings.

Cathryn CarsonCathryn Carson, Professor, Department of History, at UC Berkeley

Cathryn Carson is a historian and ethnographer of contemporary science and technology. Before getting her PhD in history, she was trained in computational condensed matter physics. As Associate Dean of Social Sciences, she built D-Lab, which opened in 2013 and serves social scientists (and others) across campus doing data-intensive research. Her historical research is on Heidegger and science, including theoretical physics and conceptions of data and on risk and simulations in nuclear waste management. She currently leads the ethnography research group in Berkeley Institute for Data Science.

silvia bungeSilvia Bunge, Professor, Department of Psychology, at UC Berkeley

Dr. Silvia Bunge is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Her other affiliations include the Institute of Human Development and the Research in Cognition and Mathematics Education program. Professor Bunge is also one of 11 members of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and a founding member of the Frontiers of Innovation initiative. Dr. Bunge directs the Building Blocks of Cognition Laboratory, which draws from the fields of cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, and education research. The laboratory seeks to better understand both negative and positive environmental influences on brain and cognitive development. Through her research and public service, Prof. Bunge seeks to promote academic readiness among children at risk for school failure. She and colleagues at UC Berkeley and the Children’s Hospital Oakland have recently established the UC Berkeley & Children’s Hospital Oakland C.H.I.L.D. Research Center. A full 70% of the children at Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO) are on Medicaid. Further, CHO treats many patients with Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI). PABI is said to be the leading cause of death and disability for children and young adults in the United States (ref: Sarah Jane Brain Project). Thus, the overarching aim of this UCB-CHO partnership is to study how the course of brain development is altered, for the better or for the worse, by environmental factors and/or by early brain injury.

Marcia Gee RileyMarcia Gee Riley

Marcia Gee Riley is a Cal alum and has been a Berkeley staff member for over twenty-five years. For twenty-one of those years, she has worked with students in conflict. She started this work as a student group adviser, engaging and advising to student groups with intergroup and intragroup conflict, as well as groups participating in protests and demonstrations. After fourteen years including time spent as the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs, Marcia became the Ombudsperson for Students and Postdocs. She has served in this role for the past seven years. In her many years of experience, she participated in many trainings on conflict resolution, mediation and ombuds work. Marcia also has an M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in Higher Education.

Workshop Moderated by:

Els Van Der HelmEls van der Helm, Consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Els van der Helm was the founder and lead organizer of the Beyond Academia 2013 conference and now serves a member of the Beyond Academia advisory board. Els hopes Beyond Academia will continue to help fellow-PhD students and post-docs find their way in the non-academic world. She is a sleep adviser coaching businesses and leaders on how to improve effectiveness, health and engagement through better sleep management.For over 2.5 years she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey where she combined her passion for leadership development and sleep. As a Fulbright scholar she studied the effects of sleep on the brain during her PhD in Psychology (University of California Berkeley) resulting in peer-reviewed articles in Current Biology, PLoS One, Psychological Bulletin, SLEEP, PNAS and several book chapters. For more information, email at els@elsvanderhelm.com or visit her website www.elsvanderhelm.com.