Session 3: 1:30PM to 2:45PM, choose one to attend

Seminar: Converting your Academic CV to a Non-Academic Résumé (STEM)
Panel: Entrepreneurship
Panel: Arts & Culture (HSS)
Panel: Data Science

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Workshop: Converting your Academic CV to a Non-Academic Résumé (STEM)

What happens when PhDs consider careers alongside or outside of the Academy? Learn how to analyze job descriptions, translate skills and experiences, and truncate an academic body of work into a quantitative professional résumé that works beyond academia.
Jared Redick
Principal, The Résumé Studio
Executive résumé writer, career transition coach, and former retained executive search recruiter Jared Redick is principal of The Résumé Studio in San Francisco. Jared helps people from the sciences to the humanities “decide upon and message” their career intentions, with expertise spanning start-up to Fortune 10 companies across technology, consumer, life sciences, finance, industrial, and nonprofit / higher education. Jared has presented at institutions including CFA Institute, Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., Moss Adams Certified Public Accountants, National Résumé Writers Association, The Foundation Center, UCLA Graduate Career Center, University of California Humanities Research Institute, and beyond. He is the author of Jared Redick’s Job Description Analysis—a self-assessment tool that helps people map the intersection between where they’ve been and where they want to go. Other book contributions include Résumés That Pop! Barron’s 4th Edition; Happy About My Résumé; Gallery of Best Cover Letters, 4th Edition; Networking Cards for Lawyers & Law Students; and Résumés for the Rest of Us. Jared has recently co-authored or contributed to articles in American Bar Association, Legal Career Central and Forbes Coaches Council.

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Panel: Entrepreneurship

Do you have the next big idea? Attend this panel showcasing young entrepreneurs and learn about their start-up journey. They will discuss how they set up their innovative businesses, used campus resources available to them and made the right connections to succeed.
Kelly Gardner
Director Marketing at ProteinSimple - PhD in BioEngineering
Kelly Gardner is currently Director of Marketing at ProteinSimple. Previously, she was CEO & co-founder at Zephyrus Biosciences, a venture-backed start-up company she spun out from her Ph.D. lab to commercialize a microfluidic based platform for single-cell analysis. She led Zephyrus from incorporation through to acquisition by ProteinSimple and was recently selected as a Global Innovator under 35 (TR35) by the MIT Technology Review for her work. She holds a Ph.D. in bioengineering from U.C. Berkeley, an MBA-equivalent from Cambridge University where she was a Gates Scholar, and a B.S. from Yale University.
Tchiki Davis
Founder, Consultant at Berkeley Well-Being Institute - PhD in Psychology
Tchiki Davis, M.A., Ph.D., is a well-being research and product development expert. After graduating with a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Davis founded The Berkeley Well-Being Institute ( to focus her efforts on developing effective well-being products for the world. Dr. Davis spends the majority of her time translating emotion and well-being research into products, courses, and tools that actually work. In addition to developing an innovative set of well-being products in house, Dr. Davis writes articles for the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and she consults with wellness companies to help them deliver products that reach tens-of-thousands of people all over the world.
David Breslauer
Co-Founder, at Bolt Threads - PhD in Bioengineering
David Breslauer is the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Bolt Threads, an Emeryville, CA startup committed to the idea that the combination of molecular biology and materials science can revolutionize how people think about and use natural materials. Bolt is developing the next generation in performance apparel, leveraging the latest advances in industrial biotechnology, automation, computation, and materials science. At Bolt, David guides the design, production and testing of new silk polymers and fibers with desired performance properties. David earned his B.S. in Bioengineering from UC San Diego and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and UCSF. In 2009, he and his co-founders turned their graduate work on spider silk into a vision for a protein-based materials platform that can produce engineered silk fibers combining all of the advantages of natural fibers with the ability to integrate advanced properties only currently available in synthetics. They started with spider silk – a protein-based fiber that is one of nature’s most remarkable materials in strength and weight. They can now produce nearly any silk or protein-based material known in nature, as well as customize-designed variants. Six years in, Bolt Threads is >70 people with over $90 million in funding developing the technology platform and process to mass produce performance-engineered spider silk fibers and to deliver the next-generation of textile fibers and apparel functionality.
Heidi Forbes Öste
CEO & Behavioral Scientist at 2BalanceU - PhD in Human & Organisation Systems
Dr. Heidi Forbes Öste is a behavioral scientist who works with wellbeing technologies and innovations that enhance ability to be one’s best. She combines 25 years experience in social technologies and social strategy for organizations with research in presenteeism, wearable well-being tech development and user experience design.
She connects individuals with solutions that seamlessly fit their needs and user experience, corporate wellbeing providers with innovative solutions that match their employees needs and innovators with insight into human and organization behavior that impact their solutions ability to succeed. A scholar, practitioner, connector and global citizen, Heidi lives by the motto: Knowledge is Power, Sharing is Powerful.
Christy Sheehy Post-doctorate at UCSF, Co-founder of C. Light Technologies Christy K. Sheehy received both her BS and MS degrees in Optics from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and most recently her PhD in Vision Science from the University of California, Berkeley in December of 2015. Her interests lie in the fields of high-resolution retinal imaging, optical engineering, and retinal eye-tracking. As a postdoctoral scholar now in the Green lab, she plans to study how fixational eye movements in patients with neurodegenerative disease differs from those in normal healthy control subjects. She is passionate about finding ways to use non-invasive retinal imaging technologies as early-stage screening tools for patients of neurodegenerative disease. Additionally, Christy is the Co-founder of a start-up, C. Light Technologies, whose mission is to commercialize the eye-tracking technology she designed and built for her PhD (the TSLO) to use as a future neuro-diagnostic. When she’s not doing research or start-up activities, Christy loves to salsa dance, paddleboard, go camping, and explore new cooking recipes.
Timothy Day (Panel moderator)
Co-Founder of DNAlite - PhD candidate in Neuroscience
Tim Day is a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Program at UC Berkeley. His thesis focuses on the development of treatments for inherited eye diseases both by understanding underlying disease mechanisms and by engineering viral vectors for gene therapy. He has received multiple awards including the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Fellowship and the Marian Diamond Neuroscience Fellowship. While in graduate school, he has focused on mentorship through both teaching and participating as a graduate student adviser for the Amgen Scholars Program. He co-founded DNALite Therapeutics Inc., a company focused on the development of chemopreventative treatments for colon cancer, which is currently participating in the CITRIS Foundry and the Berkeley LAUNCH accelerator. Outside of work he enjoys traveling, technology, and burritos.

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Panel: Arts & Culture (HSS)

Committed to public engagement with the arts and fostering cultural exchange? Hear from humanities PhDs thriving in careers in film & media, museums, and the nonprofit sector.
Nilofar Gardezi
Impact Analyst & Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at BAVC - PhD candidate in English
Nilofar Gardezi is an Impact Analyst and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow with BAVC, a nonprofit in San Francisco providing media arts and tech education and workforce development for underserved communities in the Bay Area. Nilofar holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in English and a B.A. from Yale in African American Studies.
Olivia Sears
Founder & President of the Center for the Art of Translation / Two Lines Press - PhD in Italian language and literature
Olivia E. Sears is the founder of the Center for the Art of Translation (CAT), a non-profit organization that champions literary translation and cultural diversity through Two Lines Press books, the Two Voices reading series, and the education program Poetry Inside Out, teaching children to write and translate poetry. For more than a decade, she edited the journal Two Lines, which she founded in 1993. She served as translation editor for the anthology The Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction (Dalkey Archive Press) and co-translator of A Primer of Italian Fascism. As a translator of Italian poetry, she has published work by Patrizia Cavalli, Eva Taylor, Tiziano Rossi, Chandra Lidia Candiani, and Maria d'Arezzo, as well as Renaissance poets Veronica Gambara and Vittoria Colonna. She recently translated an experimental volume from 1915 by Ardengo Soffici, BÏF§ZF+18: Simultaneities and Lyric Chemisms. She is a frequent collaborator with visual artist Aline Mare on multimedia poetry performances about science, most recently photo/synthesis, and her original poetry has appeared in numerous art exhibits. A graduate of Yale University, she earned her doctorate in Italian literature from Stanford University. In addition to serving as the president of CAT, she is also on the board of the Center for Writers and Translators in Paris. Olivia has performed with Indonesian gamelan ensemble Pusaka Sunda for nearly 20 years, and appears on their latest recording, Live at the Jazz School.
Dominic Willsdon
Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice at SF MOMA - PhD Philosophy
Dominic Willsdon is Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice at SFMOMA. He directs a curatorial department of pedagogical and cultural programming that comprises school initiatives, public dialogue, performance and film. Willsdon was Pedagogical Cloud Curator of the 9th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013) and a co-curator of the 9th Liverpool Biennial, UK (2016). He is a former co-editor of the Journal of Visual Culture, a co-editor of The Life and Death of Images: Ethics and Aesthetics (Cornell, 2008), Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa (YBCA, 2016), Visual Activism (Sage, 2016), and Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT, 2016). In 2010, he was the inaugural Kress Research Fellow in Museum Education at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. From 2000 to 2005, he was Curator of Public Events at Tate Modern organizing discursive, film and music programs. He has taught in graduate studies in curatorial practice 1999-2014, at the Royal College of Art, UK, and the California College of the Arts, and he organized the curatorial intensive Curating Beyond Exhibition-Making (2012) for Independent Curators International in New York. Willsdon holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Essex, UK, a DEA (Diplôme d’études approfondis) in Philosophy from the University of Paris, France, and an MA with honors in Fine Art from Edinburgh University, UK.
Carlton Evans
Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Disposable Film Festival - PhD Art History/Film Theory
Carlton Evans is the Co-Founder and Director of The Disposable Film Festival, currently in its 9th season, which celebrates achievements in new media filmmaking internationally. As an independent film producer, Carlton has has screened his work at top festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca, and Rotterdam. Carlton's feature documentary work includes CONNECTED (Sundance 2011), DEATH METAL ANGOLA, and ALL EYES AND EARS (Tribeca 2015). He also worked on the narrative feature THE WOODS (Sundance 2011), and is currently producing Joseph Talbot’s THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, to be completed in 2017. Carlton produced the shorts AMERICAN PARADISE (Sundance 2017), YELP (Sundance 2011), and THE TRIBE (Sundance 2006) and executive produced CHINA IN THREE WORDS (Palm Springs 2013). Carlton was awarded two Kenneth Rainin Foundation grants for TERROR TUESDAY, a narrative feature written and directed by Matthew Lessner, currently in development. Carlton holds a PhD in Art History and Film Theory from Stanford University.
Julia Nelsen (Panel moderator)
PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley / Co-Organizer, Beyond Academia 2017
Julia Nelsen is completing her dissertation in UC Berkeley’s Department of Comparative Literature. A native San Franciscan, she received her B.A. in English and Italian Studies from UC Berkeley in 2006 and returned to Cal after completing her “Laurea magistrale” in European Languages and Literatures at the University of Milan. Her current research combines literary and media studies in examining the influence of radio on avant-garde art and literature in Italy from 1900-1940. Alongside her scholarly work, Julia is an avid translator.

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Panel: Data Science

Data Science
As data becomes easier to collect and store in large quantities, there is growing demand for individuals with the skills to analyze such datasets. Learn how you can transition to a career in data science.
Nikhil Deshmukh
Director of Research and Development at Nauto - PhD in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology
Nikhil Deshmukh grew up in the South Bay before leaving perfect weather to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Bioengineering. Upon graduating in 2008, there were not very many jobs outside of consulting and financial services, so Nikhil decided to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience at Princeton University. Why not? He spent several years at the intersection of theory and very hard experiments, studying the biophysics of signal processing in the inner retina. While at Princeton, he and several members of his cohort started talking about “alternate” paths after graduation, which they then recorded and turned in the PhD In Progress Podcast. Around the same time, Nikhil attended the 2014 Beyond Academia conference. After 6.5 years of dissertating and finally receiving a piece of paper with Latin words, Nikhil entered a small data analytics partnership with two of his PhD friends. Soon after that, a contract project turned into a full time position as a data scientist at Nauto, a company that is embedding artificial intelligence into camera systems for connected vehicles. Or in other words, building “insect brains” for cars. He is now leading a team of 5 PhDs with expertise in computer vision and physics to build novel technology.
Jackie Brosamer
Data Scientist at Square - PhD in Physics
Jackie completed her PhD in 2016 in experimental particle physics, analyzing LHC data from the ATLAS experiment. She now works as a data scientist at Square, a financial technology company, where she uses machine learning algorithms to determine credit risk from payments data.
Kirstin Aschbacher
Data Scientist at Jawbone & Assistant Professor at UCSF - PhD in Clinical Psychology
Dr. Kirstin Aschbacher has worked as a Data Scientist at Jawbone for one year and retains an affiliation as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Kirstin previously held a K23 Career Development Award from NHLBI, and she is currently an author on roughly 40 peer-reviewed publications. Kirstin is also licensed as a Psychologist with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine. Through this training, she worked directly with patients in medical settings to help them use lifestyle medicine to manage health conditions. At Jawbone, Kirstin helps translate empirically supported principles for behavior change into mobile health interventions. She runs large-scale, longitudinal experiments through SmartCoach and the UP band to learn how to help users optimize their activity, sleep, diet, and weight. She also uses machine learning to identify the optimal levers for intervention and to learn how best to segment the user base for personalized interventions. When not at work, Kirstin enjoys being a mother to her son Tarin, running and biking, and learning Mandarin.
Nathan Wang
Senior Data Scientist at - PhD in Geography
Dr. Nathan Wang has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Geographic Information Science. He was a pioneer in social computing and heavily relied on data analytics in his Ph.D. research. His research work included geographic data collection, location data mining and modeling, and computer simulation. That work prepared him well for his later career in Data Science, which is all about data modeling and real world applications. He started his career at Experian, the largest credit bureau of the world, for credit modeling and marketing analytics. Later he moved to, the third largest eCommerce company in China, and is now in charge of the recommendation engine. Nathan leads an elite data science team and applied a wide range of advanced algorithms to the recommendation system. He also helped to build the credit model for's own consumer finance program.
Eric Giannella
Research Data Fellow at the California Department of Justice - PhD in Sociology
Eric is a recent graduate of Berkeley's Sociology Ph.D. program and a Research Data Fellow at the California Department of Justice. In addition to serving as an in-house social science consultant, he's auditing, documenting, and anonymizing data to share on DOJ's OpenJustice site ( Drawn to research design and methods, Eric is a mostly unashamed dilettante when it comes to substance, moving from history to science policy to social support to criminal justice. He has to contain himself when describing how exciting he finds government work so you may want to take his opinions with a grain of salt.
Jake Klamka (Panel moderator)
Founder and CEO of Insight Data Science - PhD in Physics
Jake Klamka is the founder of the Insight Data Science Fellows Program, a post-doctoral fellowship that helps quantitative PhDs transition from academia to careers in data science. Over 200 Insight Fellow alumni are now data scientists at top tech companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Apple, Yelp and many others. Jake was an entrepreneur in the Y Combinator winter 2011 session and prior to that was a particle physicist at the University of Toronto, working on the Large Hadron Collider experiment.

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