The Annual GradFUTURES Forum Professional Development Conference

Thank You for Joining us at the 2024 GradFUTURES Forum!

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2024 GradFUTURES Forum: Building Clarity, Confidence, and Connections

With more than a dozen engaging speakers, skill-building workshops, alumni panels, and networking sessions, the GradFUTURES Forum offers sessions with real-time relevance to success in graduate school and providea glimpse into a world of possibilities beyond. Visit the GradFUTURES YouTube Channel to view recordings from this year's forum. 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Days of engaging workshops, panels, and networking events!


Events with virtual and in-person attendance options!


Speakers, presenters, and facilitators!


Registrants from all over the globe!

Forum 2024 Speakers, Presenters, and Panelists Include:

Rodney D. Priestley
Dean of the Graduate School
Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow
Desiree Barron-Callaci
Senior Program Officer at the American Council of Learned Societies
Carin Berkowitz
Executive Director, NJ Council for the Humanities
Jessica Calarco
Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Leonard Cassuto
American Higher Education Learning Cohort Convener
Inaugural GRADitude Award for Advancing Graduate Professional Development Recipient
Chris Crawford, *22, SPIA
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, USDA
Amy Cuddy, *05, PSY
Social psychologist, NYT-bestselling author, and award-winning Harvard lecturer
Gadi Dechter
Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs, Princeton University
Janellen Duffy, *03, MPA
Senior Vice President, River Crossing Strategy Group
Austin Edwards, *23, MPP, SPIA
Senior Policy Counsel at Salvation and Social Justice
Ruth Gotian
Speaker, Business Skills for PhDs in Academia and Beyond
Chief Learning Officer; Associate Professor of Education in Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medicine.
Julie Groeninger
Assistant Vice President, Office of Government Affairs, Princeton University
Ian Gunady, GS, MAE
University Administrative Fellow
Facilitator, Structured Problem Solving like Consultants Learning Cohort
Michael Hotchkiss
Assistant Vice President for Communications, Princeton University
Sargun Kaur Lalia
Digital Engagement and Programming Specialist, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum
Ann Kirschner *78, ENG
Educator, Author, Entrepreneur
Acting President, Hunter College
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Peter Krause
Assistant Director/Career Coach, Dartmouth
Evangeline "Eva" Kubu
Senior Associate Dean of Professional Development
Martin Lercher
Professor of Computer Science and Biology, Heinrich Heine University
Camila Llerena-Olivera, GS, CEE
Professional Development Associate 2023-24
Sonali Majumdar
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Emily Miller
Deputy Vice President of the AAU
Jennifer Morrill
Director of Media Relations, Princeton University
Michelle Nedashkovskaya
Policy Lead, YouTube
Pablo Oyler-Castrillo, GS, QCB
Professional Development Associate 2023-24
Breanne Pitt
Project Research Fellow, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum
Adam Rosenberg, *03, PPPL
Democratic Staff Director for the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Benjamin Sacks *18, HIS
Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Shyam Sharma
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stony Brook University
Achinthya Sivalingam
Moderator, 2024 GradFUTURES Forum
Jason Sullivan
Data Analyst at Academic Analytics
Future Faculty Workshop Speaker
Paul M. Sutter, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Institute for Advanced Computational Science, Stony Brook University
Skill-Building Workshop Speaker
Hansen Tjo, GS, CBE
Professional Development Associate 2023-24
Robert Townsend
Director of Humanities, Arts, and Culture Programs, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Itai Yanai
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Qiqi Yang, GS, EEB
Professional Development Associate 2023-24
Elizabeth Zeitler, *14 CHM
Associate Board Director, Energy and Environmental Systems, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Ali Nouri
“I want to thank GradFUTURES for pulling together this event because there are so many issues right now in public policy that have a nexus with science and technology. We really need more students, postdocs, and faculty members to bring their advice to policymakers on these issues. Not only that, but this event is helpful for students to pursue a career path from academia to public policy. GradFUTURES has done a terrific job of building that ecosystem and community here at Princeton in order to help support those efforts.” 

––Ali Nouri, *06 (MOL)

Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, The White House