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

Workshop: Improving Your Presentation Skills #1
Panel: Teaching & Learning
Panel: The Recruiter’s Perspective
Panel: Internships in Grad School

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Workshop: Improving Your Presentation Skills #1

This interactive workshop will focus on techniques to help participants communicate clearly, confidently, and persuasively. Participants will explore techniques for identifying ineffective behavior, neutralizing stage fright, selecting persuasive language, using voice, eye contact, and gestures appropriately and effectively as well as the artful use of notes and slides. The workshop will provide a safe, constructive atmosphere to maximize participation. Space limit: 25 attendees, first-serve-first-come basis.
Lura Dolas
Senior Acting Instructor, UC Berkeley - MA, Theater Education
Lura Dolas is the senior acting instructor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies. In addition to her work as an actor and acting teacher, she has more than thirty years of experience using modified theater techniques to help individuals from the academic, business, arts and legal sectors communicate their visions clearly, confidently and persuasively. She has worked with organizations such as Google and Kaiser Permanente, and has conducted workshops for Haas Business School, Continuing Education for the Bar, UC Berkeley’s Office of Media Relations as well as many private firms and corporations.

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Panel: Teaching & Learning

Passionate about education? Learn from PhDs who are using their teaching and research skills to engage a variety of audiences through secondary and continuing education, curriculum design, educational research, and professional development for instructors.
Emily Sloan-Pace
Professor-in-Residence at Zoho Corporation - PhD in Literature
Emily Sloan-Pace is Professor in Residence at Zoho Corporation, where she serves as a chief learning officer. She holds a PhD in Literature (UCSC, '12), an MA in Humanities (Stanford, '03) and a BA in History (University of Utah,'01). Her dissertation focused on questions of female agency in Shakespeare's English history plays. In her salad days, Emily used to sing and dance for a living. More recent theatrical pursuits include serving as a dramaturg for Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Shakespeare in San Quentin. She also founded a flash mob Shakespeare troupe that performs reduced productions of the plays in locations ranging from private homes to public bars.
Adam Green
Science Curriculum Designer at IXL Learning - PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Currently, Adam Green works as a Science Curriculum Designer at IXL Learning, where he develops engaging, rigorous K-12 science content that sparks students' curiosity and promotes scientific thinking. He started his academic life with a BS in Molecular Genetics, followed by a MS in Molecular Biology. Then, Adam took a two-year break to volunteer with the US Peace Corps and taught biology to middle and high school students in Cameroon (Central Africa). After returning to the US, he earned a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Rochester in Upstate NY. His thesis work investigated the ecological and genetic consequences of polyploidy in flowering plants: a topic central to plant evolution that impacts biodiversity, biogeography and invasion biology. After a two year postdoc at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, he served as a visiting assistant professor in the Biology Department at Colgate University. There, he developed and taught classes and on Ecology, Evolution, and Parasitology. After spending much of his adult life striving towards a tenure- faculty position, Adam then decided to turn down an offer and move to San Francisco. His career goals now center around improving science literacy among K-12 students, and trying to make science fun and engaging for as many young learners as possible.
Kelly Mendoza
Director of Learning and Engagement at Common Sense Education - PhD in Media & Communication
Kelly Mendoza is Director of Learning and Engagement at Common Sense Education. She oversees Common Sense’s professional development offerings that help educators - and their students - harness the potential of technology for learning and life. She also develops multimedia courses, tutorials, training materials, microcredentials, webinars, and has produced 100+ videos to help educators teach digital literacy and digital citizenship, integrate technology into teaching, help parents guide kids’ media use, and build a positive school culture around media and technology. Kelly also oversees Common Sense Education’s Certification and Ambassador programs, as well as its community engagement strategy to support educators with digital teaching and learning. Kelly also developed Common Sense’s K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and iBooks Textbooks. Prior to Common Sense Education, through her work at the Media Education Lab at Temple University, Kelly produced media literacy curriculum and online games for students, education resources for PBS Frontline (Digital Nation and Growing Up Online), and a 2008 election resource guide for PBS Teachers. She has taught undergraduate media and communication courses, including a special topics course on children and media. She has a PhD in Media & Communication from Temple University.
William Heidenfeldt
Teacher French/ESL at Salesian College Preparatory - PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures
William Heidenfeldt completed a doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures in 2015. His research and publications have focused on second language learning and instruction, primarily in US high schools. He currently teaches foreign language French and English as a second language to a diverse student body at a San Francisco Bay Area high school. He is also co-editing a special issue of the L2 Journal and contributing to a forthcoming special issue of Critical Multilingualism Studies.
Jodi Davenport (Panel moderator)
Director, National Center for Cognition and Learning at WestEd - PhD in Cognitive Science
Jodi Davenport is Director of the National Center on Cognition and Mathematics Learning and serves as Associate Director of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program at WestEd. Dr. Davenport’s research and development is focused on transforming science and math instruction and assessment to enhance student learning and engagement. Davenport’s work includes significant collaborations with leading scientists and educators to research and develop educational interventions based on the latest cognitive science research.

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Panel: The Recruiter’s Perspective

Hear about the hiring process directly from recruiters representing various industries: what recruiters are looking for in advanced degree candidates, preparing resumes and job talks, and general interview advice.
Danny Song
Technical Sourcer/Recruiter at Facebook
Danny Song is originally from Sacramento, California and moved to Berkeley in 2008 when he was accepted to Cal (GO BEARS!). He received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in May 2011 and after a brief stint working in retail management and inside sales, he began his career in recruiting at Google in 2013. In 2014, Danny left Google to join a startup [SpoonRocket] with a couple of friends from college but after year he decided to take some time off for a recharge and found an opportunity to join the PhD recruiting team at Facebook. As a technical sourcer for the PhD recruiting team, his primary responsibility is to find the best researchers that will us help solve the most complex problems to make the world more open and connected.
Matt Valentino
Head Talent at Calico Labs
Matt Valentino is the Head of Talent for Calico Labs. He has spent the last 17 years recruiting for the life science industry and software engineering companies. Prior to Calico, Matt was the Senior Director of Recruiting at Pandora Media in Oakland, Vice President of HR at Validant Consulting, and Principal Recruiter at Genentech supporting Research and Development.
Kate McClain
Recruiter at McKinsey - APD Recruiter for the West Coast
Jennifer Irwin (panel moderator)
University Recruiting Manager at Exponent
Jenny is the University Recruiting Manager in the Human Resources Department at Exponent, a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm. In her role, she has worked with thousands of Ph.D. students and Postdocs over the past eight years. The engineers and scientists she has recruited have become some of the top performing consultants in various disciplines at Exponent. Jenny also has a leading role in people and career development projects within the firm.

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Panel: Internships in Grad School

Interested in doing an internship while completing your PhD but not sure where to start? Attend this panel to speak with current and former graduate students, as well as representatives from companies that hire PhDs, about the value of having an internship experience in grad school and how to find positions.
Eric Schmidt
Acquisitions Editor, UC Press
At University of California Press, Eric Schmidt is the acquisitions editor responsible for the book program in world history (ancient, medieval, and early modern), religion, and world literature in translation.
Mikele Bunce
Head, Quality of Care, Genentech - PhD in Public Health
Mikele Bunce is the Head for Quality of Care at Genentech. Mikele’s role is to determine the strategy for how a biotechnology / pharmaceutical organization can play an influential role in shaping a sustainable, patient-centric healthcare system. She is responsible for setting and executing cross-therapeutic strategies, direction, objectives, plans, required infrastructure, budget and other resources for innovative, effective and efficient execution of research initiatives and pilot projects aimed at improving the quality of patient care. Prior to joining Genentech, Mikele was the Administrative Director of Quality, Effectiveness, and Analytics at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Mikele had responsibility for identifying, designing, measuring, prioritizing and monitoring all clinical effectiveness and quality / performance improvement activities, including new processes, projects, and services. She also had responsibility for all clinical data collection and data analysis for the organization. In addition, Mikele was responsible for designing systems to evaluate and ensure the quality of clinicians for all new practice acquisitions.
Prior to joining Stanford, Mikele was the Corporate Vice President of Quality at Scripps Health in San Diego. In that role, she had responsibility for patient safety, patient satisfaction, clinical processes, and clinical outcomes for five hospitals and 20 clinics. Mikele has a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, a MPH in Health Administration from UCLA, and a PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Operations Management from UCLA. Mikele is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Yang Bai
Graduate Student at UC Berkeley- PhD Candidate in Psychology
My name is Yang Bai, a sixth year graduate student studying social psychology at UC Berkeley. Last summer, I did a PhD internship at Google People Analytic team.
Susan Hepp
Scientific Analyst Intern at Morrison & Foerster LLP - PhD Candidate in Biology
Susan is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley in Matthew Welch's lab. She studies how baculoviruses interact with and rearrange the host cytoskeleton in order to efficiently replicate. Currently, she is a Scientific Analyst Intern at the law firm Morrison & Foerster, LLP in San Francisco. Susan has also served as a student ambassador for the US Patent and Trademark Office during the 2015-2016 academic year, and has taken classes at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Her other interests include evidence-based activism and communicating science with the public.
Roy Maute
Co-founder & Head of Bioogy at Ab Initio Biotherapeutics, Inc. - PhD in Genetics and Development
Roy Maute received his BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. While a student at Cal he worked in the lab of Andrew Peterson at the UCSF Ernest Gallo Center, assisting in genetic studies of craniofacial patterning. During his PhD studies at Columbia University he worked in the lab of Riccardo Dalla-Favera, discovering and and characterizing a class of novel small regulatory RNAs in developing normal B cells and B cell lymphoma. After defending his thesis at the end of 2012, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Irving Weissman's lab at Stanford University, identifying novel drug targets and novel agents for cancer immunotherapy applications. In 2015, along with a group of fellow scientists and entrepreneurs he co-founded Ab Initio Biotherapeutics, Inc., a South San Francisco-based biotechnology company focused on the use of advanced protein engineering techniques to develop biologic drugs in a variety of disease indications. A key application of Ab Initio's technology and expertise is the engineering of antibodies that can modulate and activate the signaling of G Protein Coupled Receptors, and at the end of 2016 Ab Initio announced a strategic collaboration with Pfizer to pursue drug discovery in this area.
Dana Linda
Writer & Educator at UCLA - PhD in Comparative Literature
Dana Linda received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCLA and holds a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz. Alongside her academic research and teaching, Dana has pursued a parallel career in student affairs across the University of California and currently serves as a board member for the Oakland nonprofit, Justice Now.

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