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

Workshop: Improving Your Presentation Skills #1
Panel: Transitioning into Tech
Panel: University Beyond the Classroom
Panel: Social & Science Policy

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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: Transitioning into Tech

Discover opportunities in the tech sector, such as program management, data science, software engineering, and user research.
Amanda Waldo
Talent and Community Program Manager at the Climate Corporation - PhD in English
Amanda Waldo received her PhD in English from the University of California, Los Angeles in December, 2015. She worked as a business communications instructor and then program manager for the nonprofit career development program Year Up before joining The Climate Corporation as Talent and Community Program Manager. In this role, she manages communication and training initiatives supporting Climate's ability to leverage novel infrastructure, data science, metrics, insights and data services. She also leads a workstream under Monsanto's Data Science Center of Excellence that seeks to attract, develop, retain and reward talent in data science community roles across the company. She enjoys both the connection to her long standing passion for learning and the challenge of working with highly skilled practitioners in a rapidly developing field that has very little to do with literature in English.
Patrick Callier
Data Scientist at Square - PhD in Linguistics
Patrick Callier is a Data Scientist at Square, doing analytics, modeling and infrastructure development to combat fraud and increase automation. He came to Square from Lab41, where he worked on machine learning prototyping and research in a variety of applied problem areas. Before working in technology, Patrick was a sociolinguist, having received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown in 2013 and then working as a postdoc at Stanford University until 2015. Patrick is an alum of Insight Data Science, a program for doctoral degree holders who want to become data scientists.
Marie Mika
Senior User Researcher at Glu Mobile - PhD in Sociology
In a previous professional life, Marie earned a PhD in Sociology at The Ohio State University. After defending her dissertation, she stayed on in the department as a Senior Lecturer. She enjoyed teaching Sociology 101 and Honors 101, while areas of specialization in teaching and research included Social Problems, Marriage and Society, Marriage and Family, Social Gerontology, and Sociology of Sexuality. Soon after becoming Senior Lecturer, her husband, Jason, a high-school English teacher, taught himself programming and quickly transitioned to a career as a software engineer. He was soon recruited to San Francisco by a startup. Marie then bought a one-way ticket to the Best Coast, and said, “What do I do now? The academic job market is brutal - especially in the Bay Area!”. She attended a 10-week boot camp in User Experience Design, and joined a design research consultancy. This is where her academic training and experience in qualitative research methods — ethnography, interviews, and focus groups — came in really handy. As a consultant, her clients included Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Research spaces included autonomous driving, tablet and smartphone design, and understanding the patient and caregiver experience. Today Marie is Senior User Researcher at Glu Mobile. They are most famous for Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
Elsa Birch
Software Engineer at Pinterest - PhD in Chemical Engineering
At Pinterest, Elsa currently focuses on small business and advertising users. She has worked in this full stack Software Engineering role since Spring 2016. Previously she spent two years in a technical consulting role at Exponent, providing rapid hands-on testing, troubleshooting, and litigation support related to physical consumer products. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford, with a computational thesis based on building simulations of the chemical processes in microorganisms. Her undergraduate work (also Chemical Engineering) was completed at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Throughout this experience, data and data visualization have served as an important tool in understanding complex systems. Based on this she has a particular interest in using data and visualization tools to support day to day operational engineering decisions and inform strategic planning.
Tiffany Williams
Software Engineer at Helix - PhD in Cancer Biology
Tiffany Williams, originally from eastern North Carolina, received her B.S. in Biological Sciences (2007) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She completed her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology (2015) at Stanford University under the advisement of Amato Giaccia, M.D. where her research focused on finding novel therapies for skin cancer. As a graduate student, she was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and Stanford’s Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (D.A.R.E.) Fellowship. She was an active member of BioAIMS (Biological Association for the Interest of Minority Students) and a program assistant to various programs across campus providing summer research opportunities to students underrepresented in the STEM fields. Following the completion of her Ph.D., Tiffany combined her passion for science and technology with directed and self-taught software development education. Currently, Tiffany is a Software Engineer at Helix, a Silicon Valley based consumer genetics company that uses DNA sequencing to provide a marketplace for personalized products. Her team builds tools that manage the processing of customer genetic materials in Helix’s sequencing laboratory. Outside of work, she is active amongst the community of women in software and technology education and mentorship.
Krystal St. Julien
SMB Program Manager, Core Processes at Facebook - PhD in Biochemistry
Krystal St. Julien is a Program Manager specializing in Operational Process at Facebook. Krystal is responsible for organizing, aligning, and enabling teams to clean and maintain data, automate reporting and processes, and develop tools to help Facebook’s Small and Medium Business team function in an optimized and efficient manner. Before switching industries, she completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University. In order to smooth her transition, Krystal joined the Insight Data Science program, which helped bridge the gap between academic science and industry analytics as well as helped her get her first job in the tech industry as a Data Analyst for ModCloth, an online women’s fashion e-tailer.

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Panel: University Beyond the Classroom

Interested in providing university services outside and alongside teaching? Hear from PhDs working in a variety of exciting positions on campus, including advising and administration, fundraising, program development, and career education.
Victoria Sharma
Program Director, Responsible Conduct in Research - PhD in Biochemistry/Biophysics
Victoria Sharma, PhD., is the Program Director for Responsible Conduct in Research at UC Berkeley. Formerly Program Director for Biotechnology, Mathematics and Green Chemistry at UC Berkeley Extension, she has extensive experience in career counseling and professional-development programs both in industry and academia, as well as experience in mentoring, teaching and academic program creation and execution. Previously, she has held positions as a researcher and project leader at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics and at Chiron Corporation. She was also a fellow at Genentech after receiving her doctorate degree in biochemistry and biophysics from UC Berkeley. Victoria has been teaching, managing, and developing research ethics courses at Berkeley since 2011.  
Linda Louie
Professional Development Resource Coordinator, UC Berkeley - PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures
Linda Louie joined the staff of Graduate Professional Development at UC Berkeley in September 2017. As Professional Development Resource Coordinator, she does outreach presentations, student consultations, and workshops on professional development; and liaises with internal and external providers of graduate student professional development programming (like Beyond Academia!). She also writes for GradNews, coordinates the Grad Slam competition, and compiles the Graduate Student Professional Development Digest. Linda received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley in January 2018. Her dissertation focused on translation and canon formation in Renaissance France. Prior to grad school, Linda spent three years working at nonprofits and law firms in New York.
Jeremy Ott
Classics and Germanic Studies Librarian, UC Berkeley - PhD in Art History and Archaeology
Jeremy Ott is Classics and Germanic Studies Librarian at UC Berkeley, where he oversees library collections and services across the breadth of the Classical Greco-Roman world as well as the subsequent Byzantine civilization, and on all aspects of German-speaking countries and their Nordic neighbors. He undertook his undergraduate studies at Wabash College, where he completed a double major in Classical Civilization and Psychology while playing a leadership role in the student German association. He went on to New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts to complete an MA in the History of Art and Archaeology with a focus on the Classical Mediterranean and a secondary emphasis on Medieval and Renaissance Italy. While continuing in the same institution’s doctoral program, his research interests brought him to Greece, where he was a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and participated in a number of archaeological excavations, and Bulgaria, where he was a fellow at the American Research Center in Sofia. He worked in academic libraries and archives throughout his graduate career, beginning as a library graduate assistant at New York University and eventually serving as Collection Development Librarian at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He received his PhD in 2016 following the completion of his doctoral thesis, “Mortuary Practices in Late Antique Corinth”. He is currently conducting research on the uses of scholarly resources within dissertations and academic publications and is active in local and national library organizations.
Clarice de Azevedo Souza
Project Manager, Innovative Genomics Institute - PhD in Plant Biology
Clarice obtained a BS in Biology from the University of Sao Paulo and her PhD in 2007 from the University of British Columbia, where she studied functional and comparative genomics in plants. She received postdoctoral training in molecular microbiology at the University of Miami Medical School and in plant immunity at UC Berkeley's Energy Biosciences Institute, studying plant cell walls in the context of bioenergy production. She transitioned from laboratory science and research into program administration in early 2017, working in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology prior to joining the Innovative Genomics Institute in October 2017, where she manages programs and operations.
John Paulas
Director of Fellowships and Special Projects, Townsend Center for the Humanities - PhD in Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
John Paulas oversees the Townsend Center for the Humanities fellowships, workshops, and grants programs for UC Berkeley faculty, students, and research professionals. He works closely with Center leadership on the development and administration of sponsored projects, such as the Art of Writing program and the Course Threads undergraduate curricular enhancement project. After receiving his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Chicago, John taught at several U.S. colleges and universities. His research and publications consider Greek literature of the Roman Empire, ancient Mediterranean culinary practices, and literary and scientific discourse on food in Greek and Latin texts. John is a member of the Berkeley Food Institute.

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Panel: Social & Science Policy

Help research and translate results into real-world applications. A career in 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 in the private or public sector!
Teresa Stoepler
Executive Director at the InterAcademy Partnership for Research; Senior Program Officer with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences - PhD in Biological Science
Teresa Stoepler is the executive director of the InterAcademy Partnership for Research (IAP-R), a multinational organization of science academies that provides advice to international organizations and national governments. She is also a senior program officer with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences where she leads the Pakistan-U.S. Science & Technology (S&T) Cooperation Program and contributes to other international scientific programs. As a member of the Global Young Academy, Teresa is co-leading an initiative to induct at-risk and refugee scholars into the membership of the organization. Previously, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science &; Technology Policy Fellow at U.S. Geological Survey where she helped the U.S. government build a standing capacity for strategic science following environmental disasters. In this role, Teresa led the formation of academic partnerships to expedite the formation of “crisis science” teams. She holds a B.S. in Biology and Botany from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the George Washington University. Trained as an ecologist, Teresa’s previous research focused on plant-insect interactions, including pollination, parasitism, and disease ecology in both natural and agricultural systems.
John Thompson
Consultant, Senate Office of Research at the California State Senate, PhD in Materials Science & Engineering
John Thompson is a trained materials scientist and aspiring policy wonk, working on the interface between science and policy. He is currently a consultant at the Senate Office of Research within the California State Legislature, where he covers a wide range of policy issues. His primary focus includes cannabis policy, occupational licensing, and state and federal taxation. He studied Physics and Music at New York University and received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 2015. His graduate research focused on metallurgy and manufacturing, developing models of techniques used in the production of high strength turbine engine blades. After he completed his doctoral studies in 2015, John was a California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Placed in the office of Assemblymember Jay Obernolte, he worked as a legislative aide, managing legislation and advising the Assemblymember on issues including energy and utilities, environmental quality, and privacy. Prior to that, John was a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies. There, he worked at the Koshland Science Museum, designing and developing an interactive prototype exhibit on disaster resilience, based on a National Research Council report.
Molly F. McIntosh
Research Team Leader, Defense Workforce Analyses at Center for Naval Analyses- PhD in Economics
In 2008, Dr. McIntosh joined CNA as a manpower analyst. Dr. McIntosh held the position of Senior Research Scientist until assuming her current position in April 2017: Research Team Leader for the Research Analysis Division’s Defense Workforce Analyses team. Since joining CNA, McIntosh has worked on a variety of Navy, Marine Corps, and OSD manpower issues, including: effectiveness of special and incentive pays, metrics to inform manpower policy decisions, differences in first-term performance by citizenship, and effect of combat deployments on continuation. McIntosh previously served as CNA’s Scientific Analyst to Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division, U.S. Navy (OPNAV N13) and CNA’s Field Representative to Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (COMMARFORPAC). McIntosh earned her B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001 and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2008. Between college and graduate school, Dr. McIntosh was as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution with a domestic policy research portfolio.
Menaka Mahajan
Principal at Mahajan Consulting- PhD in Political Economy/International Studies
Dr. Menaka Mahajan worked on policy and legislation for the City & County of San Francisco, first at the Ethics Commission and later at the Office of Small Business. She was involved in policy and legislation related to elections / campaign finance, cannabis regulation, taxation, economic development, the environment, and labor rights. She founded Mahajan Consulting, a firm specializing in legislation, policy, and regulatory affairs in the cannabis industry, and continues to draw upon her research and teaching background as an entrepreneur. Menaka earned her BA from the University of California, Irvine, where she first discovered her interest in Politics, Economics, and Public Policy, particularly two issue areas – human rights and prohibition politics. She completed her MA and PhD at the University of Miami, focusing on international political economy, drug policy, and human trafficking in the Americas. Her doctoral research explored factors that drive policy-making, particularly the interaction between government, business, and civil society. Menaka also devotes time to organizations related to politics, women’s leadership, socioeconomic issues, the environment, and animal welfare.
Patricia Soler
IT Specialist at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - PhD in Spanish
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.
Kathy Shield
PhD student in Nuclear Engineering Department
Kathy Shield is a second year PhD student at UC Berkeley in the Nuclear Engineering department. Her research is in solution thermodynamics of the actinide elements, with a particular focus on nuclear fuel-relevant questions. She is also the founder of the Science Policy Group at Berkeley, which brings STEM graduate students face to face with policy issues and helps them bring science expertise to the policy table. When not in class or the lab, Kathy can usually be found in the mountains skiing or hiking, or with her nose in a book.

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