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

Seminar: How to Network
Seminar: Finding and Applying to Research Jobs in Industry
Panel: Public Sector
Panel: Food Industry

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Seminar: How to Network

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.
Peter 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.

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Seminar: Finding and Applying to Research Jobs in Industry

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.
Bill 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.

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Panel: Public Sector

Interested in working for the government? Come to this panel to learn from PhDs who work in the public sector.
Amber Mace
Deputy Director of California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) - PhD in Marine Ecology
Amber Mace, PhD is Deputy Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and is a Policy Fellow with the UC Davis Policy Institute. Mace devotes her time to building new and revitalizing existing programs and organizations that are dedicated to increasing the impact and value of science-informed decision-making. Prior to this, Mace served as the Associate Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute. She also served as the executive director of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and assistant secretary for coastal matters at the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA). In this role she applied her background in marine ecology and collaborative leadership skills to guide the state in developing policies that promote the sustainable use of California’s ocean ecosystem. Prior to that, she served in the dual roles of science advisor to the OPC and executive director of the California Ocean Science Trust, a non-profit that provides objective, high-quality science to decision makers. She learned firsthand about the challenges of public policy-making as a Knauss Fellow in the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and at the state level as a California Sea Grant state fellow at the CNRA. Amber was recognized as a Coastal Hero by Sunset magazine in 2011 and her California coastal research experience includes piloting a submersible with the Sustainable Seas Expedition. She earned a bachelor of arts in geography from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in ecology from UC Davis.
Sarah Hake
Center Director at the Agricultural Research Service - PhD in Plant Biology
Sarah attended Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa and there became interested in plant biology. That experience led me to Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked with Ginny Walbot on the genome of maize. Working with maize DNA, she became interested in genetics, and decided to carry out postdoc work with Mike Freeling at UC Berkeley. Sarah did a 6 year postdoc with Mike and had two children during that time. She isolated the first plant homeobox gene using transposons while working with Mike. From the Freeling lab, she took a position with Agricultural Research Services of the USDA, at the newly created Plant Gene Expression Center. She has been there ever since, first as a scientist and now as Center Director. Sarah is also an adjunct Professor with the Plant and Microbial Biology Department.
David Erickson
Director of Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco - PhD in History
David J. Erickson, is director of Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and serves as Community Development Officer for the Federal Reserve’s Twelfth District. In this role, he leads the Community Development team toward its mission to advance economic opportunity for lower-income Americans. Erickson launched and now advises the Federal Reserve journal Community Development Investment Review and previously served as research manager for the Center for Community Development Investments, where he fostered initiatives exploring innovative community development financing models and greater intersections with the health, arts, and environmental sectors to identify new investible opportunities that benefit lower-income communities. Erickson led the collaboration between the Federal Reserve and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bring together the health and community development fields. To date, this partnership has resulted in over 26 conferences around the country and numerous publications, including a cluster of articles in Health Affairs in November 2011. Erickson’s book on the history of community development, The Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods, was published in 2009 by the Urban Institute Press. He also co-edited Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose (2012), What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities (2014), and What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities, and the Nation (2015). In addition to Health Affairs, he has had articles published in Pediatrics and the Journal of Policy History. Erickson has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on economic history and public policy. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Jason MacCannell
Assistant Director at the California Research Bureau of the California State Library - PhD in Geography
Jason MacCannell has served as Assistant Director at the California Research Bureau of the California State Library since January 2016 and Special Assistant for Research at the Office of Governor Jerry Brown since 2013. Prior to that he was a researcher in the Press Office of Governor Brown, a lecturer in Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis, and a consultant at the California Postsecondary Education Commission. MacCannell earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in geography from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Arts degree in English (Creative Writing Concentration) from the University of Texas, Austin. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Natalie Sidarous.
Allan Federman
VISN 21 Lead Engineer at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Allan Federman has over 14 years’ experience in campus utility distribution systems. He is currently serving as the Lead Engineer and Energy Manager for the Veterans Affairs Sierra Pacific Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 21) based in San Francisco, CA. As VISN Lead Engineer, Allan is responsible for the programmatic oversight and management of VISN-wide Capital Non Recurring Maintenance (NRM), Energy Management, Fleet Operations and Healthcare Engineering Programs. These programs result in the quality of life, protection and resiliency of mission critical infrastructure and operations throughout the Network. Allan delivers patient services to over 4 million Veteran patients and their families, staff and visitors across seven geographically distributed Health Care Systems comprising over 300 buildings and 7.3 million gross square feet in. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.
Jonathan Reichental
Chief Information Officer for the City of Palo Alto - PhD in Information Systems
Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2016 he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States. Dr. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on the future of urban innovation. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer, including recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics.

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Panel: Food Industry

You’re interested in sustainable agriculture/ food science but you don’t have a specialized degree? Learn from PhDs who successfully transitioned into working the food industry as entrepreneurs, research and policy-making scientists, technical consultants,...
Karen Leibowitz
Co-Founder of the Perennial - PhD in English
Karen Leibowitz is a writer and a restaurateur whose most recent project is The Perennial, an environmentally sustainable restaurant and bar in San Francisco. She's also a partner in Mission Chinese Food and Commonwealth and co-author of Atelier Crenn: The Metamorphosis of Taste (2015) with Chef Dominique Crenn and Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant (2011). Her writing has been published by Food & Wine, The New York Times, Lucky Peach, Modern Farmer, Cherry Bombe, and other publications.
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.
Jasmin Humes
Lead Food Chemist at Hampton Creek - PhD in Material Chemistry
Dr. Hume joined Hampton Creek in September 2015. At Hampton Creek Dr. Hume applies protein science to characterize functional food properties and identify novel plant proteins for various food applications. She completed her PhD in Materials Chemistry from NYU in 2015, a Masters in Materials Science from Chalmers University in 2007, and a bachelors in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 2006. Between receiving her M.Sc. and beginning her Ph.D. she worked at STMicroelectronics creating surface chemistries for DNA biosensors.
Eric Schulze
Senior Scientist at Memphis Meat, former Federal Regulator at U.S. Food and Drug Administration - PhD in Stem Cell/Molecular Biology
Dr. Eric Schulze is an award-winning science communicator, educator, and strategist. A professional genetic, molecular, and cellular biologist trained in broadcast communication, Eric is the current Senior Scientist at Memphis Meats, where he leads the scientific development and strategy of cell development, interacts with the public in lay and technical settings, and serves as a regulatory, communications, and scientific advisor to the Chief Executive and Scientific Officers.
Eric most recently served for six years as a Federal regulator within the US Food and Drug Administration set with the task of how to appropriately regulate the products of biotechnology, including both food and biomedical applications. During his tenure, Dr. Schulze helped worked alongside numerous Federal regulatory agencies to coordinate and execute regulatory decisions on a multitude of complex, innovative biotechnology applications, including genetically engineered animals and foods.
Eric also has served within the National Science Foundation in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Obama White House as a coordinator of Federal STEM Education policy. Dr. Schulze was a part of a team helped coordinate fourteen Federal agencies’ approach to how best to disburse and apply the 3.3 billion dollar annual Federal STEM Education budget to produce a million more STEM graduates and 100,000 new STEM educators within the next ten years. Eric currently hosts the Webby-nominated (Best Science/Education Series) show, “Ask Smithsonian,” for The Smithsonian Institution. His show is seen in over 30,000 schools nation-wide and by over 100,000 students and educators monthly. Dr. Schulze also writes and consults for popular science shows online and on-air, such as award-winning 'Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.' He has most recently spoken at The Washington Post ‘Transformers’ series about the future of communication in space. He has two cats. They are both adorable.
Jasmine Hughes
Ph.D. Candidate at UC Berkeley/UCSF, Co-director of Beyond-Academia 2016-2017 - PhD in Bio-Engineering
Jasmine is a Ph.D. Candidate in the UC Berkeley - UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering. She uses synthetic biology tools to control how cells communicate with their surroundings with the goal of better understanding cancer cell tissue invasion.Jasmine has taken an active role in shaping her program's community, serving as chair of the annual Berkeley/UCSF Bioengineering Conference and as co-president of the BioE Association of Students. She is also an advocate for funding medical research, and worked with the UCSF Science Policy Group to promote the importance of NIH funding to the US Congress. In her spare time, she enjoys throwing parties themed around her favorite tv shows and books.

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