Session 4: 3:00PM to 4:15PM, choose one to attend

Panel: Science Outreach
Panel: Philanthropy and Grant Making
Panel: Public Sector
Panel: The Recruiter’s Perspective

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Science Outreach (STEM)

Come learn about how PhDs have dedicated their careers to promoting public awareness and making science fun and understandable for all!
Traci Grzymala
BASIS Senior Program Manager - PhD in Environmental Science
Traci Grzymala is the Senior Program Manager for BASIS (Bay Area Scientists in Schools), a science outreach program run by the local non-profit Community Resources for Science. BASIS connects graduate students and postdocs from UC Berkeley with local classrooms where they serve as role models and educators, teaching hands-on science and engineering lessons to elementary students. She specifically focuses on the recruitment and training of new volunteers, the development of lesson plans, and the implementation of professional development workshops for both graduate students and elementary science teachers. Traci received her PhD from UC Berkeley in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management in 2016. While a graduate student, she was a BASIS volunteer, taught outdoor science lessons through an NSF GK-12 fellowship, served as the project coordinator for a middle school science outreach program, helped to organize the East Bay Science Café, volunteered at CalDay, and presented during NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. She loves teaching and communicating with students of all ages and engaging them in the process of scientific inquiry. Her other interests include making ice cream, hiking local trails, and reading books for fun.
Franck Marchis
Senior Astronomer/CSO, SETI Institute & Unistellar - PhD in Astronomy
Dr. Franck Marchis is a senior planetary astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and Chief Scientific Officer and Founder at Unistellar. He began full-time work at the Institute in June 2011 after leaving a joint position with Institute and the department of astronomy at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the collaboration manager of the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging and characterizing Jupiter-like exoplanets using an extreme AO system designed for the Gemini South telescope. Today, Marchis dedicates most of his energy to instruments capable of imaging and characterizing Earth-like exoplanets by being involved in education, public outreach, technology, and scientific investigations related to those ambitious projects both in the United States and in Europe. Marchis is also involved in startups related to astronomy so he joined Unistellar as a Chief Scientific Officer and VR2Planets as a scientific advisor in 2017. Marchis is a member of numerous science committees including the SETI Science council, the GPI steering Committee, the TMT Science Definition Team, PLOS One editor board, the Project Blue and the PLANETS Foundation Advisory board. He has co-authored more than 380 scientific publications, trained numerous students, and served as a science consultant and interviewee for numerous documentaries and movies in English, French, and Spanish. The asteroid (6639) was named Marchis in honor of his discovery of the first triple-asteroid system in 2007. He has been an affiliated Astronomer at Observatoire de Paris since 2003.
Tiffani Quan
Curriculum & Professional Development Specialist, Science Education for Public Understanding Program - PhD in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Tiffani joined the Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) as a curriculum developer in July 2016. She is helping to develop and redesign middle school science curriculum to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as well as supporting the Amgen Biotechnology Experience program. Additionally, she works with other educators at the Hall to develop and implement outreach curriculum in collaboration with external partners. Tiffani has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of New Mexico and received her Ph.D. in molecular, cell, and developmental biology from UC Santa Cruz. Her doctoral research focused on the role of chromatin remodelers during transcription elongation. As a graduate student, she also developed and taught inclusive, inquiry-based curriculum for high school and undergraduate laboratory classes as part of the Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators (ISEE). Since graduate school, Tiffani has been an active member of ISEE as a core member of the instructional staff, developing and implementing professional development workshops around inquiry, assessment, and equitable and inclusive teaching practices for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, industry professionals, and early-career faculty. She completed postdoctoral research in the biochemistry and biophysics department at UC San Francisco, researching epigenetic regulation of embryonic stem cell self-renewal. At UCSF, Tiffani also worked with the Science and Education Health Partnership (SEP) as a volunteer, high school intern mentor, and a participant in the Pathways program where she developed and co-taught curriculum in AP Biology courses. After her postdoc, Tiffani joined Techbridge, an Oakland-based non-profit focused on inspiring girls to pursue STEM. She managed a professional development training program for afterschool staff to teach them how to adapt and incorporate inquiry-based science and engineering curriculum into their afterschool programs. She also observed staff in the classroom and provided coaching and mentoring.
Lauren Chong
Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist, Molecular Foundry - PhD in Geological Science
Dr. Laurie Chong is the Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist at the Molecular Foundry, a national user facility and division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In this role, Dr. Chong facilitates internal and external communications to promote the Foundry's mission and showcase its accomplishments to the DOE, Congress, the nanoscience research community and the public. Before joining the Foundry, Dr. Chong worked in Washington D.C. for Congressman Mike Honda as a AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Her portfolio included supporting the Congressman’s role on the committee responsible for funding the Department of Energy, as well as all issues pertaining to energy, environment, clean technologies, water, oceans, natural resources, climate change, and the postal system. Dr. Chong received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California, and spent significant time performing field research related to climate change in the Amazon while also spearheading a high school research program at the university. Her education and outreach experience also includes teaching ocean science, marine management, and policy aboard the Sailing Yacht Argo in the South Pacific.
Rachel Henderson
Independent science writer and education professional - PhD in Neuroscience
Rachel Henderson is an independent science writer and education professional whose work focuses on making science accessible and engaging to diverse audiences. She is currently developing biology animations and associated educational content aimed at undergraduates, for the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Her previous projects include creating online biology education resources for high school and undergraduate students and teachers — most notably, co-authoring an open-access College Human Biology textbook with the CK-12 Foundation that has been adopted by several community colleges. Before starting her business, Dr. Henderson was the Student Services Coordinator for the Biology Scholars Program (BSP) at UC Berkeley, which supports students from groups underrepresented in STEM. Her work at BSP focused on running the advising, tutoring, and internship programs, and providing professional development and career counseling to undergraduates, but she also coordinated a fellowship program for graduate students. Dr. Henderson has taught biology and neuroscience courses at UC Berkeley Extension, Cal State East Bay, and Stanford University for students ranging from high school to post-baccalaureate levels. She has participated in a variety of volunteer mentoring and science outreach activities for students from elementary through college levels, and is particularly interested in promoting equity and inclusion in science. Dr. Henderson serves on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Education and Outreach (CEO), a group of UC Berkeley and surrounding community members who work in science education and outreach. Dr. Henderson has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University and a B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University.

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Panel: Philanthropy & Grant-Making Organizations

Come learn about the possibilities of putting your PhD to work by bridging talent and great ideas to the appropriate and necessary resources. Professionals in this field identify worthy causes and make them happen!
Emma Jones
Grant Writing and Strategy Consultant - PhD in Philosophy
Emma Jones completed her doctorate in philosophy at the University of Oregon in 2011 with emphases on 20th Century Continental thought, psychoanalysis, and Ancient Greek philosophy and a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her dissertation focused on the work of French philosopher and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray, still a mentor of hers. Finding herself drawn to more tangible and outcome-oriented work, Emma began working with nonprofit organizations as a grant writer, leveraging many of the skills she had honed in academia. As Director of Grants at Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Emma had the opportunity to build and staff a Grants Department from the ground up, raising $4M in new governmental revenue for the organization and increasing foundation funding by 30%. She also had the opportunity to learn about the challenges of executive leadership and managing change processes at a large social services organization. Emma started her current business, Emma Jones, PhD, Grant Writing and Strategy Consultant, in order to share her unique skill set and expertise with other nonprofit organizations, particularly those focused on trauma, mental health, and domestic and family violence. In addition to her consulting work, Emma is also earning a degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is currently a trainee psychotherapist working with teens and families, developing therapeutic modalities inspired by her study of philosophy. Emma ultimately intends to weave these diverse threads together into a psychotherapy and consulting practice that puts ideas into action to make a direct impact in the lives of others.
Christa Cesario
Community Organizing Manager, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - PhD in Anthropology
Christa Cesario joined YBCA as Community Organizing Manager in September 2017 through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. Her community outreach work includes identifying key issues and building relationships with residents, community-based organizations, and institutions throughout the Bay Area, aiming to grow YBCA’s connections and embed the fabric of the community into YBCA’s exhibition-making and public programs. This work also includes the development of marketing, outreach, and evaluation strategies for the successful creation and implementation of public programs both within the YBCA campus and beyond. Christa received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. Before joining YBCA she was a faculty member in Penn’s Critical Writing Program, teaching courses on NGOs, development, and humanitarianism. She has also served as a consultant with Wharton’s Executive Development Program, where she used her ethnographic training to coach groups of executives on behaviors that contribute to high performing teams. In 2008, Christa began working as a Research Associate with the Penn Museum’s Cultural Heritage Center, which involved organizing conferences and serving as the Ethnographic Research Coordinator for a community heritage project in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Today, she continues her work with the Penn CHC as a Consulting Scholar, conducting research on regional labor migration to the Maya Riviera. Her work with YBCA and previous work in academia have been animated by the belief that culture and the arts are indispensible tools in building community and creating lasting social change.
Julie Barton
Development Director, Tandem: Partners in Early Learning - PhD in Literature
Julie Barton is passionate about the power of story to enact positive social change and believes that quality children’s literature can change the world. Julie is currently the Development Director at Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, a Bay Area nonprofit dedicated providing books and training to thousands of families and children every year. Prior nonprofit development work includes positions with the Harry Potter Alliance and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Julie holds a PhD in Literature and a MA in Children’s Literature. While pursuing her graduate work in London, Julie served on the UK chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People; currently she serves as a committee member for the US branch, USBBY. In addition, Julie serves on the board of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and was a 2016 Leadership San Francisco Fellow. She is finance co-chair on the New Leaders Council - SF Executive Board, on the National NLC Advancement Committee, and serves as a Life Entrepreneurship Trainer for NLC Institutes. Julie is determined to never be too old (or too busy!) to read books written for children.
Amy Hee Kim
Chief Operating Officer, Iridescent - PhD in Physical Chemistry
Amy Hee Kim is trained as a physical chemist from University of Chicago where she conducted biophysics research and grew a strong passion for science policy and education. She was a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences. Since completing her graduate work, she has been actively involved in STEM education as STEM program manager at Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Director of Women in Engineering program at University of Southern California, and currently as the COO of Iridescent (global science education nonprofit). In her spare time, Amy volunteers at various science education efforts in Los Angeles as well as helped organize March for Science LA. Amy is passionate about helping people find meaningful career pathways outside of academia. She strongly believes that many of the skill sets you develop while conducting graduate research and coursework can translate well into many career pathways. She will love to share more information about how she has found a meaningful career outside of academia through some trial and errors.
Yiwei Wang
Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory - PhD in Environmental Studies
Dr. Yiwei Wang is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, a 35 year old bird conservation and educational nonprofit. She manages a team of 15-20 staff and interns, who work on over a dozen different projects related to bird conservation, habitat management, and environmental education. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and her dissertation examined how human development impacted mountain lions and their relationships with other smaller carnivores. While at UCSC, she also started two internships to help undergraduates gain experience in fieldwork with small mammals and carnivores. After completing her Ph.D., she worked in northern Kenya to coordinate research efforts among four NGOs to study regional human development and wildlife movement as part of a project supported by the Nature Conservancy. Most recently she was a post-doctoral scholar in Santa Barbara, where she worked to increase and facilitate the management and sharing of ecological data. She has more than 10 years of experience conducting research projects in the greater Bay Area and has worked with a range of avian and mammalian species on three continents.
Arne Bakker
Manager, Scientific Meetings & Reviews, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - PhD in Tumor Immunology

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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.
Hannah Dietterich
Research Geologist, US Geological Survey - PhD in Geological Sciences
Hannah Dietterich is a Research Geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) California Volcano Observatory in Menlo Park, California. Originally from Oregon, where she first cultivated an interest in volcanoes, Hannah has a B.A. in Geology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon. After completing her Ph.D. investigating lava flow emplacement dynamics, Hannah did brief postdoctoral work at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and the University of Bristol, before starting a postdoctoral Research Geologist position at the USGS in Menlo Park. At the USGS, Hannah studies the dynamics of volcanic eruptions and works to develop numerical models of volcanic hazards to improve volcanic hazard assessment, eruption forecasting, and the mitigation of volcanic impacts. After three years in Menlo Park, Hannah will soon transfer to a permanent Research Geophysicist position at the USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory, where she will apply her work on remote sensing, eruption dynamics, and modeling of volcanic processes, to monitor, study, and assess hazards at the many active volcanoes in Alaska.
Marc Hebert
Design Anthropologist and Director of the Innovation Office, City and County of San Francisco - PhD in Applied Anthropology
Marc Hébert is a design anthropologist for the City and County of San Francisco. He works in the Human Services Agency, which helps residents who are experiencing poverty and abuse. Marc manages the Agency's Innovation Office with the aim of improving how clients and employees experience service delivery. He co-creates and implements strategies to improve service delivery in digital and non-digital spaces. His practice of service design blends human-centered design, Lean Process Improvement, visual facilitation, and user experience (UX) research, among other tools. He looks forward to geeking out with you at Beyond Academia. Let's do this!
Michael Sanchez
Administration and Operations Officer for Research and Development - PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology
I am a 2014 UC Berkeley graduate in MCB and a current graduate of the Presidential Management Fellows program in STEM (PMF-STEM). As a PMF in STEM I was assigned to the Office of the Associate Director for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System, East Bay. I functioned as a Health Systems Specialist, where I helped implement the strategic direction, mission, goals and objectives of the Veterans Health Administration in order to execute national policy in providing and improving health care to our nation's Veterans and the public. My projects were diverse and spanned a wide array of services within the VA, from contracting to surgical services to research, to name a few. I currently serve as the Administration and Operations Officer for Research and Development where I am currently trying to expand basic research and clinical trials in areas that impact our Veteran population and the nation as a whole.
Hyunsoo Hur
Associate Professor at the Defense Language Institute
Dr. HyunSoo Hur earned her PhD in Language and Literacy Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She has taught a foreign language from beginning through advanced levels, and worked as a teacher trainer for foreign language teachers working for the government mission. She currently works on the language project DLI has in connection with MIT.
Patricia Soler
IT Specialist at HUD - PhD in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies
I am an IT Specialist in the Real Estate Assessment Center at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. I primarily undertake a wide variety of special projects as needed, especially those that require collaboration with other program offices within the agency as well as strong external partnerships with other entities. I also focus on strategic, internal, and external communications; and employee engagement. My responsibilities have required a diverse set of skills, including extensive writing and drafting; critical thinking; the ability to achieve results in a fast-paced environment; and a willingness to take the initiative. As a former Presidential Management Fellow, I recently spent six months in the Office of the Deputy Secretary as a project manager dedicated to the management and operational review of HUD. I also spent six months in the Office of Native American Programs working on Federal Grants Evaluation. Prior to coming to the federal government, I was an academic for approximately ten years, teaching undergraduate classes in Spanish and Portuguese while completing my dissertation at Georgetown University. I am very dedicated to raising awareness among Ph.D. candidates of job opportunities in the federal government, particularly the PMF program.

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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.
Lauren Gearhart
Managing Director, Co-Founder at Mighty Talent Group - MBA in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business owner, recruiting expert, tech enthusiast- Lauren Gearhart pushes for innovation and success in everything she does. Lauren began her career in real estate/ office management, but shifted into recruiting and quickly became an influencer in the field. During her 10+ years in recruiting, managing teams, and business ownership, Lauren has focused on providing excellent collaborative partnerships to everyone she interacts with.
Jenny Irwin
University Recruiting Manager at Exponent - B.S. in Biology
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.
Alejandra Ceja
Talent Manager at KIPP Bay Area Schools - B.A. in Sociology
Alejandra Ceja believes education is the social justice issue of our time. She is passionate about making high quality education accessible to ALL students and about youth empowerment - sometihing she believes stems from her upbringing in Santa Maria, CA, experiences as the first in her family to graduate from college, and being the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Alejandra has worked in education since being a Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools in East San Jose. Her expertise lies in recruiting top-talent for nonprofits, developing career pathways and onboarding to retain top talent, strategic partnership-building, and leadership development for young professional people of color. She graduated from the Brown University with a degree in Sociology and now works as a Talent and Recruitment Manager for KIPP Bay Area Schools.
Melisa Medrano
Senior Recruiter, Talent Acquisition at Gilead Sciences - PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology
My name is Melisa S. Medrano, and I graduated with a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts’ Sackler School in 2008. While pursuing roles in industry out of graduate school, I realized my scientific background might be an asset to recruiting for scientists. I began Recruiting with Kelly Scientific Resources I supported a wide variety of scientific role, from pharma/device to biofuels and chemical companies. I spent 2 years recruiting for scientific roles across the greater Boston area, and 3 years in the greater Bay Area. I joined Gilead Sciences in 2013 to support a new Biologics site in Oceanside, CA. At Gilead, I have had the wonderful opportunity to support scientific, process development, engineering, and manufacturing/operational activities in Northern and Southern California.
Kate McClain
Senior Recruiter at McKinsey - APD Recruiter for the West Coast
Kate, a Senior Recruiter based in the LA office, has been with McKinsey for the past 5 years. Primarily focused on Advanced Professional Degree talent, she leads recruiting efforts for PhDs, Postdocs, MDs, JDs, and Masters at campuses on the West Coast.
Claire Oldfield
Consultant at Bain & Company - PhD in Neuroscience
Claire Oldfield is a management consultant at Bain and Company in San Francisco. She transitioned to consulting 18 months ago, focusing on clients in the tech and biotech industries across a range of capabilities including portfolio strategy, go-to-market, and customer satisfaction. She received her PhD in neuroscience from UC Berkeley in 2016. For her thesis research, she studied how experience changes neural activity and connectivity in the nervous system, and became an expert in zebrafish brains, microscopy, and image analysis. While in graduate school she was part of the Beyond Academia conference founding team and is now an adviser to the group. Prior to graduate school, Claire studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris where she completed her Masters in neurobiology. Outside of work she enjoys traveling far and wide, hiking, and eating figs!

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