Online Career Conference For PhDs
2019 Program

Attend Live: May 4th & 11th starting at 11:00 am ET both days.
Where: Online! Attend the conference from wherever you are via Zoom webinar.
Video Replay: Watch all conference sessions on demand from 15 May 2019 until 15 June 2019.
Price: Early Bird (March 1st to April 14th): $49 US (+ fees) | Late Registration (From April 15th): $59 US (+ fees)
Who Should Attend: Graduate students, recent PhDs, postdocs, adjuncts, faculty members … and anyone else interested in learning about career options for PhDs!
Discounts: Buying tickets for your students or postdocs? Discounts available for bulk purchases of 10 or more. Learn more here.

Beyond the Professoriate Community Members get 40% off conference tickets.

Thank You To Our 2019 Partner

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NEW for 2019: PhD Career Spotlights 

Wondering what it takes to launch a career as a Freelancer, UX Researcher, Policy Analyst, or as a Scientist in Biotech?  We’ve asked 4 PhDs who work in these fields to teach a one hour seminar to help PhDs learn more about working in this career field.  They’ll provide an overview of the industry, highlight skills PhDs already have that will allow them to succeed, what additional knowledge or experience you may need, and entry level positions suitable for grad students or PhDs.   Reserve a spot during the live webinar, and catch the replay after, for $5. Spotlights will be held in the evening at 8 p.m. ET. Learn more.

May 4th : Strategies for Career Success

Demystify the non-academic job search process!

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L. Maren Wood, PhD

Jennifer Polk, PhD

Welcome to the Conference
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. ET

Beyond the Professoriate Co-Founders L. Maren Wood, PhD & Jennifer Polk, PhD will give conference attendees advice on how they can make the most out of the online career conference.  

Jennifer Polk, PhD (history, University of Toronto), and L. Maren Wood, PhD (history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), possess first-hand knowledge of the challenges PhDs encounter when they leave academia for careers beyond the professoriate. Maren and Jen have dedicated their careers to helping graduate students and PhDs find success in academia and beyond. 

Beyond the Professoriate runs a blog series for University Affairs and publishes in Inside Higher Ed.


Hillary Hutchinson, MA, MEd

Career Transition Coach &
Owner, Transitioning Your Life

Moving On: Dealing with the Emotional Aspects of Leaving Academia
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

In this webinar, you will:

  • Explore the stages most people go through when faced with leaving academia;
  • Examine your emotional energy to create more positive outcomes;
  • Discover how a new perspective can build momentum for taking action.

Hillary has a passion for the special challenges faced by academics, and calls herself “The Change Strategist.” She is an expert in helping those who have decided to leave academia find their way, and helping those choosing to remain inside academia successfully navigate a highly structured career path. Professors, administrators and graduate students have all benefited from her expertise, built on her own work and educational experiences both in and out of academia. Clients say she has an amazing capacity to illuminate the options and focus a light on the way ahead, with compassion, empathy, and humor, allowing clients to cut through the mental clutter of negative self-talk, and recognizing and celebrating their own amazing contributions to the world of knowledge.


Joseph Barber, PhD

Senior Associate Director, Career Services
University of Pennsylvania​

How to Network for Career Success
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. ET

Participants will walk away from this presentation with:

  • A plan for asking the right questions to establish a solid foundation for networking;
  • Strategies for finding, researching, and then connecting with networking contacts who can help;
  • Best practices for presenting a confident version of themselves when reaching out to contacts online and in-person.

Joseph is the Senior Associate Director of the Graduate Student/Postdoc Team at the University of Pennsylvania’s Career Services. Dr. Barber earned his PhD from the University of Oxford, spent three years as a postdoc at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and still serves as an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College (CUNY). In his current role at Penn, Dr. Barber provides career advice to graduate students, postdocs, and graduate alumni, encouraging them to develop professional and career development strategies that help them to identify future career paths. He enjoys the creative process of helping people reframe their past experiences to align them more effectively with their future career goals.


Stephanie Warner, PhD

PhD Career Development Specialist, Career Services
University of Calgary​

Leveraging Your Graduate Education & Experience to Research Careers
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop thoughtful strategies and identify key resources for researching career paths;
  • Recognize how graduate training can aid in the job search;
  • Gain confidence in making mindful career decisions based on values.

Stephanie completed a BSc in Biochemistry, followed by a PhD in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She moved to Calgary for a postdoctoral position in 2014, and in 2016 she followed her interests in teaching and communication to join Career Services. She now uses her curiosity and research skills to provide career advising, coaching and mentorship to PhD and Master’s students, as well as to external clients including athletes and industry professionals. She also moonlights as an immunology instructor, guest speaker, and facilitator. A lifelong learner, she’s currently completing a Certificate in Career Development and Academic Advising.


Clarence Anthony, Jr., PhD

Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development
Center for Career Discovery and Development
Georgia Tech

Break It Down: How to Effectively Present Your Strengths and Skills in Resumes & Cover Letters
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET

Participants will:

  • Understand the need to highlight transferable skills in resumes and cover letters;
  • See examples of how to highlight transferable skills in resumes and cover letters;
  • Learn strategies to develop and communicate their brand in their application materials.

Clarence is the Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development at Georgia Tech. Clarence has a passion for working with students to “figure their lives out” and has experience in career services stemming from his time at the University of Florida and the University of Michigan. Additionally Clarence is passionate about innovation gator football (Go Gators!), diversity, and advocacy on behalf of the students that he serves. Clarence has a bachelors degree in sociology and a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling and counselor education from the University of Florida, and a masters degree in psychological counseling from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

May 11th: PhD Career Panels

The conference continues!  Hear what it’s really like to work beyond the professoriate! After these workshops you’ll be able to:

  • Set expectations and identify ways to be successful after you leave academia;
  • Identify exciting, meaningful careers that leverage your knowledge and skills;
  • Develop a strategy to get a job in the current job market;
  • Recognize employer expectations and get hired.

Panellists live and work in cities across the United States and Canada and hold PhDs in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines.

PhD Career Panel: Higher Education
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET


Marian Toledo Candelaria, PhD
University of Guelph

Marketing Assistant
Wilfrid Laurier University Press


Dave McDonald, PhD
Genetics & Genomics, Duke University

Associate Director of
Graduate Student Services
Duke University Career Center


Amber Bloomfield, PhD
Cognitive Psych, Northwestern University

Data Scientist, Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment
University of Maryland

PhD Career Panel: Non-Profit
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. ET


John Garrison Marks, PhD
Rice University

Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives American Association for State and Local History


Dominique Riviere, PhD
Curriculum Development,
University of Toronto

Program Manager, Grants and Operations Talent Development
MaRS Discovery District


Jennifer Chain, PhD
Microbiology & Immunology, University of Oklahoma

Science Officer for
Cellular Therapies
Oklahoma Blood Institute

PhD Career Panel: Business
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET


Vincent Picciuto, PhD
Philosophy & Cognitive Science,
University of Maryland - College Park

Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley


Erika Y. Spear, PhD
Communication & Media Studies,
University of Kansas

Experience Design Researcher


Daniel Bubb, PhD
Applied Physics,
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Principal Artificial Intelligence Researcher
American Water

PhD Career Panel: Government
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. ET


Ryan Cobb, PhD
Philosophy, University of Iowa

Account Manager
US Small Business Administration
US Federal Government


Clau González, (PhD Candidate)
Strategic Management,
University of Washington

Senior Management Analyst
National Institutes of Health


Clark Richards, PhD
Physical Oceanography,
Dalhousie University

Research Scientist
Government of Canada

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PhD Career Spotlights

May 6 - 9th, 2019

Learn more about specific careers! In these one-hour seminars, PhD experts teach you about career fields in both the private and the public sectors. These focused spotlights provide you with the opportunity to explore what it takes to be successful in a specific career field.

Career spotlights will be recorded and available as a replay. Advanced registration required. Community members can attend Spotlights for free. The event replay will be added to the community platform.  

Price: $5 each in addition to conference registration fee 


Katie Rose Guest Pryal, JD, PhD

Writer and Consultant,
Pryal Consulting, Inc.

PhD Career Spotlight: Freelancing & Independent Consulting
May 6, 2019 | 8 - 9 p.m. ET

After attending this Spotlight, you will:

  • Understand the varied landscape of freelancing & independent consulting;
  • Learn about the daily and long-term tasks of someone working as a freelancer or independent consultant;
  • Identify useful transferable skills for freelancers and independent consultants;
  • Develop strategies for pursuing a career in this field.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist, essayist, and former professor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She earned her master’s degree in Creative Writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship, her JD from The University of North Carolina School of Law, and her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is the author of two nonfiction books on higher education: the Amazon bestseller Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (Snowraven Books, 2017) and the forthcoming The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (Snowraven Books, 2019).


Adam Ruben, PhD

Molecular Biologist
Biotechnology Industry

PhD Career Spotlight: Biotechnology
May 7, 2019 | 8 - 9 p.m. ET

After attending this Spotlight, you will:

  • Know more about career paths in biotechnology for PhDs;
  • Understand and describe the tasks of someone working in biotechnology;
  • Identify transferable skills important to career success in this field;
  • Develop a strategy for pursuing careers in biotechnology.

Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, and molecular biologist. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton, with minors in Creative Writing, Theater, and Bioengineering, and his PhD from Johns Hopkins, where he taught classes in five departments. 

Adam writes a monthly humor column in the journal Science Careers and is the author of Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School and Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball. He has appeared on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, the Weather Channel, Discovery International, Netflix, and NPR; he currently hosts Outrageous Acts of Science on the Science Channel. Learn more at


Nichole Carelock, PhD

Principal UX Researcher
Ad Hoc LLC

PhD Career Spotlight: UX Research
May 8, 2019 | 8 - 9 p.m. ET

After attending this Spotlight, you will:

  • Know more about the growing field of UX research;
  • Be able to describe the tasks of someone working in UX research;
  • Identify transferable skills essential to the field;
  • Develop a strategy for pursuing careers in UX research.

Nichole Carelock graduated from Rice University with a PhD in Cultural Anthropology in 2012. She is currently the Principal User Experience Researcher at Ad Hoc LLC, where she works in Civic Tech and presents all over the country on UX strategy and innovative practices. She serves on the committee for the premiere organization for ethnography in industry (EPIC). In addition, Nichole is launching a new one-to-one coaching service to help PhDs launch careers in industry.


Craig Roxborough, PhD

Manager, Policy Department
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

PhD Career Spotlight: Policy
May 9, 2019 | 8 - 9 p.m. ET

After attending this Spotlight, you will:

  • Know more about typical careers in policy for PhDs;
  • Understand the varied daily and long-term tasks of someone working in policy;
  • Identify transferable skills useful to careers in policy;
  • Learn to develop a strategy for locating and pursuing a career in this field.

Craig is the Manager of the Policy Department at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He leads a team of policy analysts and oversees the development and review of all College policies. Craig also continues to act as staff lead on key policy files including Continuity of Care, Medical Assistance in Dying, and End-of-Life Care and plays a central role in leading the College’s Public Engagement Program. He is also responsible for implementing elements of a change agenda within the College, transforming how College policies are developed and written. Craig holds a PhD in Philosophy from York University.

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At check-out, you will see the option to add Spotlights for $5.


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