The Beyond Academia Conference, February 20th&21st, 2014

Beyond AcademiaThe team at Beyond Academia would like to take this chance to welcome you back from your winter breaks! It’s been a quiet few weeks for us, but that won’t last; we’re busy preparing for our upcoming events! On January 22 (this coming Wednesday), in conjunction with the Molecular and Cell Biology Department at UC Berkeley, Beyond Academia is pleased to bring you a talk with Peter Hirth, founder and former CEO of Plexxicon. Dr. Hirth will be speaking to PhDs and graduate students about “How One Can Shape the Future as a Biologist or Chemist.” For more information or to register for the event, please follow this link.

We’re excited for Peter Hirth, but we’re really excited about the 2014 edition of the Beyond Academia Conference, which will take place on February 20-21 at the International House at UC Berkeley. There are still plenty of good tickets available, and they can be purchased (for either one, or both days) at our Eventbrite page.

The Beyond Academia Conference, 2014

The Beyond Academia Conference strives to educate PhDs and graduate students about their career options outside of academia. Conference attendees will be exposed to the expertise of our speakers and panelists and have the opportunity to meet them in a more intimate setting than is usually the case. Specifically, our networking lunches and receptions give attendees the opportunity to practice their networking skills and approach our “experts” with more focused and personal questions about career development. The Beyond Academia conference is unique in that it is not a job fair; it is an opportunity for attendees to educate themselves about their career options and lay the groundwork for a potential transition from academia to industry.

For the complete lineup of speakers and panels, see our Conference Schedule Page and our Panels/Speakers Page

Day 1

The conference kicks off at 9am on the morning of Thursday, February 20 with keynote speaker Peter Fiske. Dr. Fiske is a nationally-recognized author and lecturer on the subject of leadership and career development for young scientists and engineers. He is the author of To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists(AGU Press, 1996). A new edition, Put Your Science to Work, was published in December of 2000. From 1996 to 2000 he wrote the career advice column Tooling Up, read by over 60,000 scientists and engineers monthly. He has lectured on the subject of career development for scientists to over 8,000 young scientists and engineers in the US and the UK. Presently, he writes the monthly column Opportunities on AAAS’s website

Day 1 continues with morning panels on Science&Social Policy and Non-Academic Research (one panel focused on the fields of Psychology and Neurscience, another on Biotech), followed by our morning workshop and Networking Lunch. The afternoon will feature panels focused on Communication, Careers in Education, and Scientific Consulting, as well as the second workshop session. Finally, the networking reception will close the day.

Day 2

Day 2 of the conference commences with a keynote address by Ellen Levy. Ellen is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation.” Ellen spent most of the past decade working with LinkedIn, including having served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development, and her original role as Advisory Board member when the company was founded.

Prior to LinkedIn, Ellen spent two years running a groundbreaking program at Stanford University, facilitating collaboration between the university research community, industry partners, and Silicon Valley. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta; DFJ), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer; PriceWaterhouse), and universities (Harvard; Stanford). Recently referred to as the “Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley,” Ellen now focuses much of her time on the dynamics of social networks within “the enterprise”, social productivity and the consumer Internet, innovation ecosystems and supporting organizational models. She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University.

Day 2 continues with morning panels on Working in Startups, Senior Scientific Management, and the Technology Industry, followed by morning workshops and a Networking Lunch. The afternoon panels include Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Management Consulting, and Data Analytics. There will be another workshop session and a final networking reception will close the conference.

We sincerely hope you will join us on February 20-21 at the International House on the UC Berkeley campus. Beyond Academia will help you consider your options carefully, and hopefully lead to a decision for lifelong career satisfaction and fulfillment!