Where Do I Go From Yale?
Tuesday May 16, 2017

Workshop, 9:30 am–4:15 pm, Loria Center (190 York Street)
Luncheon, Noon–1:30 pm, The Graduate Club (155 Elm Street)
Networking, 4:30–6:00 pm, The Golden Center (268 Park Street)

9:30–10:00 am:  Welcome and Introductions

Andrew Richter (1979 PhD, Sociology), GSAA chair, is founder and president of Richter Associates, and former Senior Vice President, Compensation & Benefits, at NBC Universal in NYC.

Lynn Cooley is Dean of the Graduate School and C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics.

Mary Ann Carolan (1989 PhD, Italian), workshop co-chair, is Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.

Amy Savage (2010 PhD, Epidemiology and Public Health), workshop co-chair, is director of the Citizen Science Program and visiting professor of biology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.


10:00–10:15 am:  Keynote (title to be announced)


Emily Bakemeier is the Deputy Provost, and Dean of Faculty Affairs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Yale University

10:30–11:30 am: Making Big Changes 



Peter Andersen (1978 MS, Physics) is the Chief Investment Officer at Fiduciary Trust, Boston, MA.


Rebecca Peabody (2006 PhD, History of Art and African Studies) is the Head of Research Projects & Programs at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

Colleen Shogan (2002 PhD, Political Science) is a senior executive at the Library of Congress. She also writes mystery novels set in Washington, D.C. and teaches at Georgetown University.

James Shulman (1987 BA, 1993 PhD, Renaissance Studies) is a senior fellow in residence at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City.

Mike Zimm (2016 PhD, Classics) is a creative strategist at Digital Surgeons, a marketing design and innovation company headquartered in New Haven, CT.

Noon–1:30 pm: Luncheon at the Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street.  Graduate students will be assigned to tables with alumni who share interests in common.


#1.  Where Do I Go from the Sciences



Faustin Carter (2015 PhD, Physics), moderator, is part of the South Pole Telescope collaboration at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago and a regular lecturer at the Adler Planetarium.

Brian Donnelly is Director of the Americas Region, Global Security, Pfizer Inc in New York City. Prior to joining Pfizer, Dr. Donnelly spent 21 years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He received his PhD in the areas of Pharmacology and Toxicology from Saint John’s University, New York in 1990.

Stacey Hero, (2010 PhD, Biomedical Engineering) is a life sciences strategy consultant for L.E.K. Consulting in Boston, MA. She previously worked for Unilever R&D as a senior scientist and project leader.

Ellen Matloff is the President & CEO of My Gene Counsel, LLC in North Haven, CT and a former Yale Medical School Faculty member in Genetics.  She has a BS in Biology from Union College and an MS in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern Medical School.

Greg Raczniak (2004 PhD, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry) is a senior medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Global Health in Atlanta, Georgia.  He also holds a MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School and a MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

#2.  Where Do I Go from the Humanities   



Louise Bernard (2005 PhD, African American Studies & American Studies), moderator, is Director of Exhibitions at the New York Public Library and an interpretive consultant to the Barack Obama Presidential Center.

Ricardo Chavira (1995 MA, Philosophy) is a Senior Solutions Consultant at Aptris, Inc. Prior to his work at Aptris, he worked at Yale University Information Technology Services in various capacities. He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and has authored whitepapers on the intersection of technology and higher education.

Marshal Grant (1990 PhD, Medieval Studies) is a solo attorney in North Andover, MA, specializing in estate planning and administration. He also earned his JD from Cornell and his LLM from Boston University

Frank Pellicone (1994 PhD, Italian) is the Dean of Harrison College House and lecturer in the Departments of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Steve Scher (1956 BA, 1966 PhD, History of Art) taught at Brown for twelve years before leaving academia to become owner and CEO of Scher Chemicals, Inc. He has also been a guest curator at the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Frick Collection. He received the Yale Medal in 2015.


#3.  Where Do I Go from the Social Sciences



Rene Benitez (1985 MA, International and Development Economics), moderator, is an investment banker and entrepreneur based in Sydney, Australia, New York City and Manila, the Philippines.

Shah Karim (1981 BA, 1987 MA, Economics) is an expert on big data and omni-channel retail, and CEO of SafeRock a retail analytics and strategy company. He is a leading researcher and speaker on retail megatrends, convergence of retail stores and ecommerce, mobile and digital solutions, U.S. retail sales, education technology and customer engagement. 

Elizabeth Sullivan (1974 BA, 1976 MA, Soviet and Eastern European Studies) is director of opinion for and also heads the editorial board for and The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper.

Rosita Thomas (1987 PhD, Political Science) is Director of Research Services at Market Connections, Inc. Fairfax, VA.



#1.  Careers in Industry   



Glen Hickey (1974 PhD, Physics) moderator, was an executive leader in financial services, specializing in information technology, and is a principal at Stamford Associates, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Eli Meir is the president of SimBiotic Software in Boston, MA. He earned his PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington.

Bryan Woods (2010 PhD, Geology and Geophysics) is a Principal Engineer at HERE in Burlington, MA. He previously worked as a staff scientist at Verisk Analytics.

Nathan Yardley (2012 PhD, MCDB) is a Medical Writer at Infusion Communications/Ashfield Healthcare, in Middletown, CT. He also has a Masters in Biology from NYU (2006).


#2.  Entrepreneurial Careers .



Felipe Pait (1993 PhD, Electrical Engineering) moderator, is an associate professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, doing research on automatic control and related fields. He has worked for engineering companies in Brazil and in the U.S.

M. Kemal Ciliz (1995 MA, International and Developmental Economics) is a professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey and a founding partner in a number of technology start-ups in Turkey. He is currently very active in various civil service organizations in the IT Sector in Istanbul. He earned his PhD. in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.

Meisha Bynoe (2010 PhD, Microbiology) is a currently a Director at Philips Canada. Her prior experience includes working with not-for-profit and public healthcare organizations, and serving as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Heidi Knoblauch (2012 MA, American Studies; 2015 PhD, History) is an entrepreneur and restaurant owner living in Troy, NY. Before leaving academia she taught in the History department at Bard College and ran their digital humanities program.


#3. Academic Careers   



Ken Silver (1981 PhD, History of Art) moderator, is the Silver Professor of art history at New York University and adjunct art curator at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science in Greenwich, CT.

Annette (Nina) Gray is the Executive Director of the Neuroscience Institute at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Brown University in 2006.

Robert Lagueux (2004 PhD, Music) is the Dean for Faculty Development at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Mariko Moher (2005 BA in Psychology and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry) is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Williams College. In 2011 she earned her PhD in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

#4.  Careers in in the Non-profit Sector



Jeff Mankoff (2006 PhD, History) moderator, is deputy director and senior fellow, Russian and Eurasia Program, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

Joseph Franklin (2010 PhD, Cell Biology) is an associate director for policy at the US Food and Drug Administration, focusing on the regulation of therapeutic biologics and biosimilars.  He also has a JD from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jeff Hardwick (2000 PhD, American Studies) is a senior program officer in the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C

Molly Martinez (2008 PhD, Sociology) is the Senior Administrator (COO) of Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Previously, she was Director of Special Projects at World Enabled and Associate Vice President at TicketNetwork.



4:30–6:00 pm:  Networking Reception at the Golden Center, 268 Park Street.  Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and conversation for students and alumni.

Additional alumni will be participating in the workshop as mentors. They will attend the luncheon and reception, and may also join the discussion in relevant breakout sessions.