Black Excellence in STEM (BE-STEM) Career Conversations:
Professional Profile Learning Community
Tuesday, May 3, from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PST

Last Fall, we kicked off our “Career Conversations” series by introducing our Mentor All-Stars team: professionals of color (including UCSF alums) working in a variety of careers. 

This spring, our mentors are back! This time they’re going to be talking about their résumés, and giving you insight into the choices they made on those documents: what they included, what they left off, and what they’re still not sure about. Whether you attended the last event or not, we invite you to join us in May to ask the mentors all your burning questions!

The first half of the event will be a panel/Q&A, and the second half will give you a chance to talk to the guests in small “speed mentoring” groups. Career counselors from the Office of Career and Professional Development will also be present as resources. 

We hope to see you there!

Guest Speakers:
Associate Principal Scientist, ADME & Discovery Toxicology, Merck & Co., Inc

Ask me about: 
  • Transitioning from academia to careers in drug discovery and development in pharma
  • Leading an employee resource group at a pharma company 
  • Internships/co-ops and open full-time positions at Merck
STEM Communication Specialist and Lecturer

Ask me about: 
  • Transitioning to a career in science communication 
  • Funding the right career path for your skills and values 
  • Building a dream team of mentors 
  • Mental health in academia 
  • Thriving as an introvert
Alliance and Business Development Manager at UCSF Innovation

Ask me about: 
  • The importance of a support system 
  • Mentors and role models 
  • 500 Women Scientists
  • Interviewing for a job and accepting an offer while being 5 months pregnant 
  • Being the only brown Latina postdoc in my department 
  • Mentorship vs sponsorship 
  • Networking your way to your dream!
President & CEO at Turner Healthcare Quality Consulting, Inc

Ask me about:
  • Leading DEI in a corporate environment (without a DEI title) 
  • Working part time while completing your PhD 
  • My unconventional career journey: Transitioning from clinical pharmacy to pharmaceutical research to molecular pharmacology (all in academia)…to clinical research to commercial market access and health policy (in the pharmaceutical industry) to entrepreneurialism (serving the pharmaceutical industry)
  • Welcome and Introduction (4-4:15 p.m.)

  • Panel Discussion/Q&A (4:15-4:45 p.m.)
  • The mentors will talk through their résumés and give advice on designing your professional profile
  • No active participation is required for this part of the event; however, you are invited to participate by asking questions.

  • Speed Mentoring (4:45-5:30 p.m.): Conversations with guests in breakout rooms
  • Three 15-minute rotations in small groups
  • No preparation is required; however, you will choose in advance which of the guests you’d like to speak with. 
  • An OCPD career counselor will also be available to answer general questions about preparing for careers.

Sponsored by Black Excellence in STEM (BE-STEM), Graduate Division Diversity and Learner Success, and Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD)
Contact Linda Louie, Program Director for Career Exploration, Experiential Learning, and Employer Engagement, at
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