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Empowering Your Journey: A Career Planning Workshop

Empowering Your Journey: A Career Planning Workshop

Friday, August 16, 2019, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM EDT

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By


Having Second Thoughts About a Career in Academia?

Many of us launch our career journeys with one destination in mind: a tenure-track position at a prestigious university or research institution. But the sad truth is that only a small percentage of graduate students and postdocs will ultimately secure a tenure-track job. And, even more importantly, a career in academia is not always the best fit — or the most fulfilling path — for every researcher. So what are your options?

The good news is you already possess many of the skills you need to succeed in a variety of other sectors, including industry, government and non-profit. For example:

  • The ability to multi-task, which you’ve gained from having to wear many hats
  • Skill in communicating technical information to non-technical audiences, which you’ve honed through your teaching engagements
  • The capacity to manage complex projects from start to finish, which you’ve learned through years of conducting research

Knowing you have the tools you need, the next step is to explore other career options you might enjoy. That’s what this workshop is all about.

You’ll participate in a series of small group exercises focused on case studies of individuals who have pursued non-academic careers. You and your team will identify the specific actions that enabled these individuals to take their careers in new directions, and analyze how they applied their academic skills in new ways. From there you’ll create a personalized roadmap towards a career that can fulfill you, both professionally and personally, in ways you never imagined.

The case studies of alternative career paths include:

  1. Consulting
  2. Medical Liaison
  3. Clinical Development and Quality Assurance
  4. Scientific Editing
  5. Grant Management and writing — Philanthropic Organizations
  6. Start-up — Operational and R&D
  7. Policy
  8. Venture Capital
  9. Wall Street — Equity Research
  10. Scientific Outreach
  11. Academic Administration
  12. Laboratory Manager
  13. Science Recruiting
  14. Legal — Patent Law

The group exercises will be followed by a panel discussion featuring scientists who have successfully parlayed their skills into non-academic careers. Then we’ll close out with a keynote speech from Marcus Lambert, on the topic of his career transition from PhD in Biomedical Sciences to Assistant Dean of Diversity & Student Life at the Weill Cornell College of Medical Sciences.


By 07/16/2019
After 07/16/2019
By 07/16/2019
After 07/16/2019
Earlybird Registration:


Marcus Lambert, PhD
Marcus Lambert, PhD

Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life


Srikant Iyer, PhD
Srikant Iyer, PhD

Unabridged Consulting

Alejandro de la Puente, PhD
Alejandro de la Puente, PhD

The New York Academy of Sciences


Juliet Hart
Juliet Hart

Hart & Chin Associates, LLC

Abhinav Dey, PhD
Abhinav Dey, PhD


Fanuel Muindi
Fanuel Muindi, PhD

Harvard University

Paul Dossa
Paul Dossa, PhD



August 16, 2019

8:30 AM

Check in and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Introductory Remarks

10:00 AM

Breakout 1

12:00 PM

Lunch & Panel

1:30 PM

Structure for Afternoon Session

2:30 PM

Breakout 2

4:15 PM

Breakout Reporting

5:30 PM

Keynote Talk

6:00 PM