Session 1: 9:45AM to 10:45AM, choose one to attend

Workshop: Getting to the job offer –  An interviewing and negotiating workshop
Panel: Media & Communication (HSS)
Panel: Public Policy
Panel: Technical & Specialized Consulting

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Workshop: Getting to the job offer – An interviewing and negotiating workshop

Most of us spend a lot of time focusing on gaining the technical skills and experience to get to the job offer. After all, you need to get your resume read to get a foot in the door. What is less obvious is the need for sound interviewing skills. Now that your resume has been reviewed, how can you differentiate yourself from the rest of the (similarly-qualified) pack? We will discuss techniques for preparing for and giving a good interview, following up, and negotiating a job offer. Come prepared for an active session!
Portrait of Jo-Ellen Pozner is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, photographed on September 19, 2016.
(Photo credit: Joanne H. Lee/Santa Clara University)
Jo-Ellen Pozner
Assistant Professor, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University - PhD in Management and Organizations
Jo-Ellen joined Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business in the fall of 2016. Before that, she was on faculty at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Jo-Ellen graduated with a PhD in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and also holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University; a Masters in Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; and a BSFS in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Her research focuses on questions of organizational ethics, corporate governance, social movements, and institutional change, with a particular interest in organizational misconduct, specifically the ways in which misconduct at the organizational level impacts top management and boards of directors at the companies involved. She is also interested in impression management, organizational and individual reputation and legitimacy, and ways in which people and organizations attempt to appear to conform to established institutional norms. Her teaching focuses on Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the graduate and executive levels. Other teaching focuses on Corporate Governance, Ethics, and PhD-level Organizational Theory. Jo-Ellen has done work on social movements, including research on movements that promoted acceptance of organic food, and those that led to the creation of a low-power FM radio service in the United States.

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Panel: Media & Communication (HSS)

Passionate about writing and media? Learn about how humanities and social science PhDs transitioned to careers as diverse as marketing, technical writing, and translation.
Suzanne Scala
Technical Writer at Mesosphere - PhD in Comparative Literature
Suzanne received her Ph.D. from Cal in 2013. She is currently a technical writer at Mesosphere, a technology startup. She previously worked in a similar role at IBM.
Mark Bajus
Director of Marketing at Trapit - PhD in Spanish
In 2014, after graduating from Stanford, Mark said a tearful goodbye to academia. It wasn't an easy decision. He loved archival research, had co-authored a book, and generally enjoyed the autonomy of grad school. Nevertheless, he is happy that he made the leap into industry. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Trapit, a start-up that sells employee advocacy and social selling software. At first blush, that seems like quite the leap from the world of twentieth-century Spanish poetry. But in reality, it's not all that different. On a regular basis, Mark finds himself pondering many of the same questions that his dissertation examined--just in a different context. Mark looks forward to meeting the attendees and helping them answer that annoying question: So, what are you going to do with that fancy degree of yours?
Trudy Obi
Editor/Assistant Project Manager at ION Translations, LLC - PhD in English
Trudy received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. Since completing her degree, she has worked as a freelance editor for a variety of clients. Trudy currently works in-house at a translation agency in Berkeley while maintaining her freelance business.
Jessica Ling
Editor at Stanford University Press - PhD in English
Jessica Ling is an editor for Stanford University Press and a Ph.D. candidate in the department of English at UC Berkeley.
Chris Kark
Director of Humanities Communications at Stanford University- PhD in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
Chris Kark is director of humanities communications at Stanford University. A scholar of early modern literatures of empire, he graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Cultures (ILAC). Chris earned concurrent B.A.s in Spanish and Political Science and an M.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University. At Stanford, his research centered on the nexus between prophecy and historiography at the zenith of Spain and Portugal’s seaborne empires. He now serves as editor of the Stanford Humanities Review and prepares news stories for the i. Many of Chris’s writings feature in Ellipsis, Forma de vida, Latin American Theater Review, Nuevo texto critíco, Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos, and Revista de estudios hispánicos. While publishing in scholarly journals, he also sought out venues to distill humanities research into crisp, yet vibrant prose that resonates with public interests. One such venue was Shmoop, an educational technology startup, where he authored much of the content that appears in its AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature curricula. Before returning to Stanford, he wrote extensively about online safety for the Trust & Safety and Public Policy departments at Twitter, a sampling of which appears on Quora, Vodafone UK, and Twitter’s Safety Center. He is also a founding member of the Twitter NeighborNest, a company-sponsored community service center, where he spearheaded its digital citizenship education program. More recently, Chris has weighed into the conversation about paving alternative career paths for humanities Ph.D.s, serving as a panelist at conferences organized by the Stanford Career Development Center (BEAM) and the Modern Language Association.

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Panel: Public Policy

Help research and translate results into real-world applications. A career in public, social & science policy will put you in the center of the action, directly addressing society's most complex problems, including climate change, social justice, health care, education, political participation, etc. A broad field full of possibilities!
Gopi Goda
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director at Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research - PhD in Economics
Gopi Shah Goda is a Senior Fellow and the Deputy Director at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) at Stanford University. She completed her PhD in economics at Stanford University in 2007. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Prior to joining SIEPR, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. Her recent research studies include an examination of retirement savings behavior in response to financial education interventions designed to educate employees about the relationship between current retirement contributions and future retirement income; the role of default options in the choice between retirement plans; and an analysis of several hypotheses that seek to explain low rates of long-term care insurance coverage by seniors, among other topics in public finance and the economics of aging. Her work has appeared in a variety of leading economics journals, and has been supported by the Social Security Administration and the National Institutes on Aging.
Erin Meyer
Senior Scientist at the California Ocean Science Trust - PhD In Integrative Biology Erin is a conservation biologist and naturalist who has weathered many storms in the pursuit of knowledge and partnerships. She earned her Ph.D. in integrative biology, specializing in marine ecology and fisheries science, from the University of California Berkeley. She has also conducted research at the University of Alaska Southeast, Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences, and Burapha University in Thailand. Erin’s professional career in marine policy, conservation, and education began in Washington. She worked for Sound Salmon Solutions – a state-created non-profit focused on advancing science-based salmon management policies and restoration activities – and for Pacific Marine Research as an educator. She then headed to California for graduate school, to take her career to the next level. As a Senior Scientist with California Ocean Science Trust, Erin works to bridge the boundary between science and policy. Ocean Science Trust is a non-profit established by state legislation to support science-informed decisions for California’s coast and ocean. Erin manages its largest program, focused on advancing a partnership-based MPA monitoring strategy for California’s MPA network based on sound science. She’s also leading a strategic planning effort to expand, build, and advance this program to meet science needs of multiple agencies across mandates, jurisdictions, and issues, from protected area management to water quality assessments to climate change adaptation. A large component of her work involves cultivating trust and building relationships with diverse constituents – agencies, Native Nations, fishermen, NGOs, scientists, and ocean enthusiasts.
Debra Cooper
Principal Consultant at the California State Senate - PhD in Neuroscience
Debra Cooper was born and raised in Houston, TX. She received her B.S. in psychology from Duke University and later received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University. Her graduate research focused on studying treatments for drug addiction. After receiving her doctorate, she continued doing research in drug addiction as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Cooper’s experiences participating in science outreach at K-12 schools and community events made her realize she enjoyed talking about science and wanted to transfer into a career that applied her scientific background more directly. She applied for and was accepted to the Science & Technology Policy Fellowship through the California Council on Science and Technology. The fellowship places scientists in the California Capitol to work on state policies.
stephanie young
Stephanie Young
Policy Analyst at RAND Corporation-PhD in History
Stephanie Young is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where she conducts research and analysis on a broad range of foreign policy and national security related issues. Her primary interests relate to defense budgeting and resource allocation, but other recent work has focused on security cooperation and building partner capacity, special operations, and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. In 2012 she spent three months as an analyst embedded with the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan, in Kabul. She was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a B.A. in physics and astrophysics, and a Ph.D. in history.

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Panel: Technical & Specialized Consulting

Use your technical knowledge and analytical skills to help clients solve problems and provide strategic consulting for specialized industries.
Karen McNeill
Senior Family Historian at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank - PhD in History
Karen McNeill earned her Ph.D. in history at Berkeley in 2006. Over the past decade, she has cemented her reputation as the leading expert of beloved California architect Julia Morgan's life and legacy in architecture and the California women's movement, frequently delivering lectures and consulting on a variety of related projects. Supported by the Bancroft Library, University of California Humanities Institute, the Autry Museum, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Karen will ultimately publish the first intellectual biography of the architect, but that is an occupation for her spare time. This interdisciplinary background has fostered Karen’s path through two careers outside of academia: for years, she worked in historic preservation, evaluating the significance of architectural resources through individual, site, and neighborhood surveys as well as successfully nominating resources to the National Register of Historic Places. Since 2013, Karen has been the senior family historian at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank. She works with families of significant wealth to explore their family and business histories to uncover the people, places, events, and contexts that have shaped the family and business culture – for better or for worse – and contributed to its financial success. These intergenerational projects can foster communication and help families coalesce around a shared vision of the impact they hope to have and how they will achieve it.
Sapna Thottathil
Supply Chain Specialist at School Food Focus - PhD in Geography
Sapna E. Thottathil, PhD is a first generation Indian American and the author of India's Organic Farming Revolution: What it Means for Our Global Food System. She has over 10 years of experience in international development, environmental management, and food and agriculture, and is currently a Supply Chain Specialist at School Food Focus, where she develops opportunities with producers, processors, and distributors of all scales interested in making better K-12 public school food. She has worked on environmental policy and climate change for multiple organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency and Health Care Without Harm and has contributed to several articles on sustainable meat procurement, featured in outlets such as Civil Eats and the American Journal of Public Health. She earned her BA from the University of Chicago, where she was awarded the Udall Scholarship for environmental leadership, before going on to receive an MSc from Oxford University and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship. She currently sits on the Board of Pesticide Action Network, serves as a Council Member for Oakland Food Policy Council, and is on the National Advisory Council for the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and identifying wildflowers and birds. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and son.
Aidin Fathalizadeh
Scientist at Exponent - PhD in Physics
Aidin is a scientist in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science practice at Exponent, a scientific and engineering consulting company. Since joining Exponent, Aidin has worked with clients ranging from law firms to start-ups to international tech companies. He received a B.A. in applied mathematics and physics from UC Berkeley and his M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley. His doctoral research was focused on investigating the synthesis, characterization, and application of carbon and boron nitride-based nanotubes and nanosheets. Aidin attended several Beyond Academia events as a graduate student and is excited to return as a presenter.
Ania Urban
Supervising Health Scientist at Cardno ChemRisk - PhD in Toxicology
Dr. Ania Urban is a supervising health scientist at Cardno ChemRisk. She received her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and her Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her background and training are in cancer formation and carcinogenesis. As a scientific consultant, her work has focused on weight-of-evidence analysis of various carcinogens including asbestos and talc.
Arne Bakker
Assistant Dean of Career Education at Stanford - PhD in Immunology
Arne Bakker is Assistant Dean of Career Education and Associate Director of Career Communities for PhDs & Postdocs at BEAM, Stanford Career Education. At BEAM, Arne helps Stanford Ph.D. students and postdocs with their career and professional development through career coaching, community building, career education, and program development. He believes there is a wide variety of career options available to PhDs in academia as well as beyond, and he is passionate to help PhDs be successful in all their career choices. Arne did his Ph.D. research in Tumor Immunology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. As a postdoc he worked at the Immunology & Pathogenesis division of UC Berkeley before transitioning into Career Education. Besides research, Arne was Director of the Discovery Festival in Amsterdam, co-organized Beyond Academia at UC Berkeley, and has worked as a consultant and visiting scholar for the UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) program. He has been at Stanford since 2014 where he also organizes a similar conference to Beyond Academia, called ‘PhD Pathways’.

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