Our workshops and panels for the 2016 Beyond Academia Conference are listed below. To see the pictures and full bios of our workshop leaders and panelists, follow the links below.


Monday keynote

From 9:00AM to 9:30AM

Nils Gilman (Associate Chancellor of UC Berkeley and Founder of Social Science Matrix  – Ph.D. in History)


Monday workshops and workshop leaders

From 9:45AM to 10:45AM, choose one of these workshops to attend

How to Captivate your Audience

Nathan Gold (Founder of the Demo-Coach (http://www.democoach.com) – B.S. in Computer Science and Theatre)

Enjoyment of Employment

Doug Kalish (Founder of dougsguides (http://www.dougsguides.com) – Ph.D. in Biology)

How to Network

Peter Fiske (CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc. – Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Materials Science)

How to Become an Effective Communicator Outside of the Academic World

Larry Petcovic (Founder of SciPhD (http://sciphd.com) – MS in Applied Behavioral Sciences & Environmental Radiation Sciences)

 

From 11AM to 12PM, choose one of these workshops to attend

Putting your PhD to Work

Peter Fiske (CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc. – Ph.D. in Geochemistry and Materials Science)

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

Teresa Dillinger (Manager, Professional Development Programs at Graduate Studies, UC Davis – Ph.D. in Geography)
Josephine Moreno (Graduate Diversity Officer at Graduate Studies, UC Davis – Ph.D. in Textiles)

Leadership Beyond Academia: Aligning your Passions and Goals

Renato Almanzor (Senior Director of Program at LeaderSpring – Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology)

How to Pitch Yourself During an Interview

Daniel Miglio (VP of membership at Toastmasters)


Monday panels and panelists

From 1:30PM to 2:30PM, choose one of these panels to attend

Research Beyond the Tenure Track (STEM)

Paula Johnson (Research Scientist and Lead at California Department of Public Health – Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences)
Nathan Pierce (Scientist at Verily – Ph.D. in Biology)
Nicole Fay (Research Scientist at Applied Molecular Transports – Ph.D. in Molecular & Cell Biology)
Cathy O’Hare (Scientist at Medivation – Ph.D. in Neuroscience)
Justin Elstrott (Scientific Manager at Genentech – Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience)

Management Consulting

Els Van Der Helm (Consultant at McKinsey & Co. – Ph.D. in Psychology)
Ashley Gibb (Consultant at Bain & Co. – Ph.D. in Chemistry )
Arthur Combs (Consultant at Schaffer&Combs – Ph.D. in Economic History)
Thomas Yang (Consultant at Deloitte – Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology)
Claire Oldfield (Future Consultant at Bain after PhD graduating from UC Berkeley in Neurosciences)

Science Writing and Outreach

Jyoti Madhusoodanan (Freelance Science Journalist – Ph.D. in Microbiology)
Nadia Drake (Science Journalist at National Geographic – Ph.D. in Genetics)
Brian Wecht (Co-Founder of The Story Collider – Ph.D. in Physics)
Hilleary Osheroff (Staff Biologist at Teacher Institute at Exploratorium – Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Developmental Biology)
Adam Becker (Freelance Astrophysicist for http://freelanceastrophysicist.com – Ph.D. in Computational Cosmology)
Kishore Hari (Director of the Bay Area Science Festival at UCSF – B.S. in Chemistry)

Non-profits & the Social Sector

Sean Carson (Program Manager at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive – Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition)
Shashi Buluswar (Co-founder, Former Executive Director of the Institute for Global Transformative Tech: LBL – Ph.D. in Robotics)
Roshni Kasad (Senior Program Manager, Academic Initiatives at Anita Borg Institute – Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology )
Renato Almanzor (Senior Director of Programs at Leader Spring – Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology)
Michael Arnold (Senior Research Associate at Harder & Company – Ph.D. in Social Welfare)

From 3PM to 4PM, choose one of these panels to attend

Recruiter’s Perspective (STEM)

Melisa Medrano (Senior Recruiter, Talent Acquisition at Gilead Sciences – Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology)
Nicole Nehring (Staffing Consultant at Genentech – B.S. in Philosophy)
Jenny Irwin (University Recruiting Manager at Exponent – B.S. in Biology)
Mareike Muff (Senior Technical Recruiter at Datameer – M.B.A.)

Policy Making and Analysis

John Lawrence (Former Chief of Staff, Office of Nancy Pelosi, at the US House of Representatives – Ph.D. in American History)
Dena Vallano (Physical Scientist at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Helen Lee (Senior Research Associate at MDRC – Ph.D. in Sociology)
Michael Kiparsky (Associate Director of the Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy at UC Berkeley, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment – PhD in Energy and Resources)

Transitioning into Tech

John Olmsted (Software Engineer at Credit Karma – M.A. in history)
Nathan Brahms (Engineer at Cisco Cloud Networking Group – Ph.D. in Atomic Physics)
Adriana Valencia (Program Manager, International Products at Lumos Labs, Lumosity – Ph.D.  in Architecture)
Josh Klein (Engineer at Verily — Ph.D. in Biochemistry)
Jessica Collier (Narrative & UX Lead at Stellar.org – Ph.D. in English)

Teaching and Corporate Learning

Kate Garrett (Dean of San Francisco University High School – Ph.D. in English)
Elizabeth Babcock (Chief Public Engagement Officer and Roberts-Wilson Dean of Education at California Academy of Science – Ph.D. in Anthropology)
Amy Jamgochian (Academic Director of the Prison University Project – Ph.D. in Rhetoric)
Jodi Davenport (Director of National Center for Cognition and Learning at WestEd – Ph.D. in Cognitive Science )
Paul Bulakowski (Co-Founder of Mind My Education – Ph.D. in Vision Science)
Michael Durwin Coleman (Senior Learning and Development Consultant at Wells Fargo – Ph.D. in Scandinavian)


Tuesday keynote

From 9:00AM to 9:30AM

Vivienne Ming (Founder of Socos)


Tuesday workshops and workshop leaders

From 9:45AM to 10:45AM, choose one of these workshops to attend

Enjoyment of Employment

Doug Kalish (Founder of dougsguides (http://www.dougsguides.com) – Ph.D. in Biology)

Next Steps after the Conference

Andrew Green (PhD Advisor & Associate Director at UC Berkeley Career Center – Ph.D. in Political Science)

Finding and applying for research jobs in industry (STEM)

Bill Lindstaedt (Executive Director of the Career Advancement, International & Postdoctoral Services at UC San Francisco – B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Higher Education/Student Affairs)

How to Become an Effective Communicator Outside of the Academic World

Larry Petcovic (Founder of SciPhD (http://sciphd.com) – MS in Applied Behavioral Sciences & Environmental Radiation Sciences)

 

From 11AM to 12PM, choose one of these workshops to attend

Recognizing Transferable skills and Job Searching (HSS)

Debra Behrens (PhD Career Counselor at University of California – Ph.D. in Education)

Leadership Beyond Academia: Aligning your Passions and Goals

Renato Almanzor (Senior Director of Program at LeaderSpring – Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology)

Redefining Networking

Sahar Yousef (Graduate Student at UC Berkeley, Leader and Organizer of Products, Initiatives and Humans – B.A. in Cognitive Science)

Leaving Academia: A Conversation with your Adviser

Arash Komeili (Associate Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley – Ph.D. in Cell Biology)
Cathryn Carson (Professor, Department of History, at UC Berkeley – Ph.D. in History)
Silvia Bunge (Professor, Department of Psychology, at UC Berkeley – Ph.D. in Psychology)
Els van der Helm (Consultant at McKinsey & Co. – Ph.D. in Psychology)
Marcia Gee Riley (Director and Ombuds at the Office for Student & Postdoctoral Appointees at UC Berkeley – M.S. in Counseling)


Tuesday panels and panelists

From 1:30PM to 2:30PM, choose one of these panels to attend

Media & Communications

Lynn Langmade (Director of Communication at Certain, Inc.— Ph.D. in English)
Katie Kanagawa (Communications and Public Relations Manager at Stanford – Ph.D. in Literature)
Carlton Evans (Executive Director/Co-Funder of The Disposable Film Festival – Ph.D. in Art History and Film Theory )
Jennifer Nichols (Senior Associate at Framework Institute — Ph.D. in English)

Research Beyond the Tenure Track (HSS)

John Boyd (Director of Research, Facebook – Ph.D. in Psychology)
Katy Sosnak (Researcher at Sagy Law Associates – Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Eric Blind (Director of Heritage Programs at The Presidio Trust – Ph.D. in Archaeology)
Alex Pang (Senior Consultant at Strategic Business Insights – Ph.D. in History of Science)
Julie Remold (Research Social Scientist, SRI International Center for Technology in Learning – PhD, Anthropology)

Technical Consulting

William Stork (Life Science Specialist at L.E.K. – Ph.D. in Biology)
Mariana Garcia (Scientist at Exponent – Ph.D in Vision Science)
Christina Glazier (Associate Consultant at IMS Consulting Group – Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology)
Steven Scroggins (Principal at Applied Predictive Technologies – Ph.D. in Chemistry)
Marc Hebert, (Design Anthropologist, City of San Francisco — Ph.D. in Anthropology)

Entrepreneurship

Jonathan Su (CEO of Pilot AI Labs – Ph.D. in Computer Science)
Christy Sheehy (Post-doctorate at UCSF, Co-founder of Light Technologies – Ph.D. in Vision Science)
Mark Godwin (Product Manager at Uber – Ph.D. in Control Theory)
Jeffrey Smith (CEO & Co-Founder of Smule, Assistant Professor at Stanford – Ph.D in Computer Music)

From 3PM to 4PM, choose one of these panels to attend

Public Sector

Patricia Soler (Presidential Management Fellow at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Ph.D in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies)
Steven Cliff (Assistant Director, for Sustainability at California Department of Transportation – Ph.D. in Chemistry)
Catherine Vu (Director of Research and Outcome Measurement at the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency – Ph.D. in Social Welfare)
Michael Sanchez (Presidential Management Fellow at VA Northern California Health Care System – Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology)
John Cabeca (Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO)

University Beyond the Professoriate

Arne Bakker (Assistant Director of BEAM, Stanford Career Education – Ph.D. in Tumor Immunology)
Elizabeth Vasile (Executive Director of the Center on Demographics & Economics of Aging – Ph.D. in Geography)
Annette A Angus (Academic Director of The California Alliance – Ph.D. in Microbiology)
Robin Marsh (Research Specialist at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI) – Ph.D. Agriculture and Development Economics)
Leora Lawton (Executive Director at the UC Berkeley Population Center – Ph.D. in Sociology)

Finance and Management

Josh Rowe (Senior Analyst at Orinda Asset Management – Ph.D. in History of Technology)
Linda Kreitzman (Executive Director & Assistant Dean of Haas School of Business – Master of Financial Engineering)
Jessica Weare (Manager, Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at Microsoft – Ph.D. in English )
Lane Weaver (Manager, Market Analysis & Strategy at Genentech – Ph.D. in Bioengineering)
Brandon Basso (VP Software Engineering at 3D robotics – Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering)

Data Analytics

Jake Klamka (Founder & CEO of Insight Data Science)
Mark Greaves (Technical Director, Analytics at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Ph.D. in Philosophy)
Allison Ryan (Director, Statistics R&D at Natera – Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering)
Patrick Callier (Data Scientist at Lab41 – Ph.D. in Linguistics)
Krystal St. Julien (Insight Data Science – Ph.D. in Biochemistry )