The GradFUTURES Forum

With dozens of engaging keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, and networking sessions, the GradFUTURES Forum is free and open to all graduate students, graduate alumni, post-docs, faculty, and administrators at Princeton and beyond!

The Forum highlights the diverse career options within and beyond the academy, emphasizes inspirational stories and practical, data-driven advice, and facilitates connections and community.

This multi-day professional development conference was established in 2020 and brings together graduate students, graduate alumni, thought leaders, authors, and industry experts from across the country and around the globe. The Forum continues to grow each year with an annual reach of more than 3,600 attendees, dozens of speakers from across academia and industry, and more than 30+ sessions. 

Recordings of live-streamed sessions from previous years' GradFUTURES Forum are available on our YouTube channel. 

Watch for the announcement of the 2023 GradFUTURES Forum coming soon!

2022 GradFUTURES Forum Daily Schedule

9:00 am10:30 am
Data-Informed Graduate Student Professional Development
Location
Online Event
Join us for a discussion about data-informed graduate student professional development, with an eye to Princeton's context, as well as the national landscape.

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here: https://cglink.me/2gi/r1554652

All others, please register here: https://gradfutures.princeton
12:00 pm1:30 pm
It’s All in the Translation: Finding Success and Happiness Beyond the Academy with Chris Caterine
Location
Frist Campus Center MPR and Livestreamed, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
For academics, work is often more than a way to pay the bills: it is a vocation. Even thinking about a career change therefore causes many of us to experience an acute identity crisis—something Chris Caterine experienced first-hand when he left the professoriate to work for a global consulting firm. During this practicum, Chris draws on lessons…
12:00 pm4:00 pm
Connect with Princeton Podcasters: Learn About Launching a Podcast at Princeton from Campus Experts
Location
In Person Only: Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
Join us for individual consultations with Podcasters (Elio Lleo from African American Studies, Wright Seneres from Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, and Rebekah Haigh, PhD Candidate in Religion) who will demo equipment, share tips and resources, and answer all the questions you've ever had about podcasting as a graduate student, faculty member,…
1:00 pm3:00 pm
Meet the Press: Connect with Editors from Princeton University Press!
Location
In Person Only: Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
Join us in person on the first day of the 2022 GradFUTURES Forum for individual meetings with a Princeton UP editor! You will have the chance to connect with current University Administrative Fellows Isabelle Chen (French and Italian) and Lawrence Chamunorwa (Comparative Literature) to discuss ways graduate students can best connect with the…
2:00 pm5:00 pm
Stand Out Online: Social Media and LinkedIn Consultations for Scholars and Researchers
Location
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Join us for individual consultations with social media experts who will share how to develop a compelling profile and social media presence for graduate students, faculty, staff, and post-docs.

**Free professional headshots available for graduate students who register in advance.**

Princeton Graduate Students,…
2:00 pm3:30 pm
Story Your Future: Individual Mentoring Sessions with Carol Barash *89 (English)
Location
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Wondering how to leverage your unique skills, experience, and purpose? Carol helps you hone your story and plan next steps.

Carol advises CEOs, tech entrepreneurs, graduate students, and alumni of all ages how to build their biggest, boldest lives through the science of storytelling and community.

Since her pivotal…
2:00 pm4:00 pm
Inside Graduate Fellowships: 1/1 Consultations on the Best Practices for Securing Grants, Fellowships, and Funding
Location
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Join us for individual consultations on how to effectively navigate the complex worlds of grants, fellowships, and funding with Steve Gump, Associate Director of Fellowship Advising in the Office of International Programs at Princeton.

**Free professional headshots also available during this time for graduate students who register…
3:00 pm4:00 pm
Graduate Education: Then, Now, Next
Location
Live-streamed and In Person: Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
Join us at the GradFUTURES Forum to discuss what's next for the Ph.D.

What IS a scholar in the 21st century, and how might this vary or align across different cultural contexts? And how can PhDs turn insight into action to make the most of their degree, today and tomorrow?

We'll be joined by guests including Joy…
4:00 pm5:30 pm
GradFUTURES Networking Reception
Location
Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
Join us for a networking reception with wine, beer, and heavy hors d'oeuvres

**Free professional headshots available for graduate students who register in advance.**

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here: https://cglink.me/2gi/r1541946

All others, please register here: https:/…
9:00 am10:30 am
Leadership in Extraordinary Times, a Conversation with James Mi *91
Location
Online Event
A conversation with James Mi *91, Partner, Lightspeed Capital.

Ranked by Forbes as one of the top venture capitalists in China, James joined Lightspeed as a global partner in 2008, after helping to build Google China from the ground up. While leading Google’s investment in the multinational tech company Baidu, he discovered a…
12:00 pm1:30 pm
Vital Networks: Mentoring and Graduate Student Success
Location
Online Event
Join us for a panel discussion about mentorship and the graduate student experience.

Panelists include: Laura Murray, PhD; Bianca Dyer (PhD Candidate); Ken Noonan, PhD; Joe Tylka, PhD; Drew Harker, MPA, JD
Moderator: James M. Van Wyck, PhD

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here: https:/…
5:00 pm7:00 pm
Ethics of AI Industry Panel
Location
Julis Romo Rabinowitz A17, Reception in Weickart Atrium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
The growing field of tech-ethics draws upon multi-disciplinary research to mitigate some of the effects of technology on society, and steer us towards a future in which tech enhances all that is good in humanity. Sociologists, psychologists, data scientists, legal scholars, humanists of all stripes, machine learning experts, design thinkers and…
9:00 am10:30 am
Telling Your Research Story: Communicating Scholarship Today
Location
Online Event
How do you communicate research and scholarship in today's climate? Join Professor Shyam Sharma (Stony Brook) and Peter Krause (PhD Candidate, Fordham University) for a discussion centered on the the ways PhDs are communicating scholarship within and beyond the academy!

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here:…
1:30 pm3:00 pm
Global Perspectives & the International Higher Education Landscape, an Alumni Panel
Location
Online Event
Princeton alumni serving as faculty or in administrative leadership roles at international higher education institutions will share their perspectives and experiences. Learn about higher education systems and institutions in the EU and other regions of the world – and hear first-hand advice for how to navigate the global opportunity landscape in…
4:30 pm5:30 pm
Social Impact Fellowship Experience: A Panel of Graduate Student Fellows and Their Mentors
Location
Online Event
This panel will share the experiences of mentors and Fellows taking part in the GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship Program.

Panelists:

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here: https://cglink.me/2gi/r1541973

All others, please register here: https://gradfutures.princeton.edu/form
9:00 am10:30 am
PhD Leadership in Industry: A Conversation with Udit Batra *96, President and CEO of Waters Corporation
Location
Online Event
As President and CEO of Waters Corporation, Dr. Udit Batra brings more than two decades of leadership and operational expertise in the healthcare and life sciences industries. He has a proven track record leading multi-billion-dollar global organizations and driving results at the top of the industry.

Princeton Graduate Students,…
12:00 pm1:30 pm
Strengths of International Scientists and Scholars for Professional Success
Location
Betts Auditorium and Live-streamed, Architecture Building
N-09, Ground Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, United States
International scientists and scholars in the United States lead multifaceted lives despite challenges such as immigration and separation from social support systems. The distinct facets of the lives of international PhDs, beyond domain expertise and work ethics, deserve a spotlight.

In this session, Dr. Sonali Majumdar will focus…
2:30 pm4:00 pm
Where Research Begins: Choosing a Research Project That Matters to You (and the World)
Location
Online Event
Graduate school flies by quicker than many realize, and the decisions you make in the beginning have an outsized impact on your entire career trajectory. This is especially true when it comes to research. For grad students who take time to understand the stakes of their chosen research project—not just “what” their thesis or dissertation is about,…
4:30 pm6:30 pm
Demystifying Venture Capital and the Startup World with Yuyang Fan *17
Location
Keller Center Entrepreneurial Hub, 34 Chambers St, Princeton, NJ 08540, United States
The Venture Capital and Startup learning cohort connects an interdisciplinary group of graduate students interested in learning about the world of VC and startups in a casual environment. This is a great crash course for graduate students who are simply curious.

Whether students are interested in researching the world of VCs and…
9:00 am11:00 am
GradFUTURES Forum Keynote Breakfast: Inclusive Leadership Panel moderated by Shawn Maxam
Location
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A conversation with graduate students who completed the Inclusive Leadership Learning Cohort about ways they have applied diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices and implemented their personal action plans to impact positive change. Moderated by Shawn Maxam, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.

Princeton Graduate…
12:00 pm1:30 pm
Fireside Chat & Debut of the GradFUTURES Podcast --Conversations with Entrepreneur, Educator, and Author Ann Kirschner *78 and former Dean of the Graduate School Sarah-Jane Leslie *07
Location
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Join us for a luncheon and an engaging fireside chat and the debut of the GradFUTURES Podcast featuring conversations with Ann Kirschner, a 1978 graduate alumna with a Ph.D. in English and Sarah-Jane Leslie, a 2007 graduate alumna with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and former Dean of the Graduate School.
Associate Dean Eva Kubu will be in…
2:00 pm3:00 pm
The ReImagined PhD: Navigating 21st Century Humanities Education
Location
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Meet with editors and contributors to The Reimagined PhD: Navigating 21st Century Humanities Education (Rutgers University Press, 2021).

Long seen as proving grounds for professors, Ph.D. programs have begun to shed this singular sense of mission. Prompted by poor placement numbers and guided by the efforts of academic…
3:00 pm4:00 pm
Be a Business Savvy PhD: Accenture Managing Partner Jim Scully *03 (Economics) Discusses Skills PhDs need in the Academy and Beyond
Location
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Join Jim Scully *03 (Economics), Managing Partner at Accenture, for a discussion about the skills PhDs need in the academy--and beyond!

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here: https://cglink.me/2gi/r1554650

All others, please register here: https://gradfutures.princeton.edu/form/2022-gradfutures
4:00 pm5:00 pm
GradFutures Forum Annual Clio Hall Awards Ceremony and Reception
Location
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Join us for the second annual Clio Hall Awards Ceremony, as well as a reception to toast the honorees.

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here: https://cglink.me/2gi/r1544469

All others, please register here: https://gradfutures.princeton.edu/form/2022-gradfutures-forum-rsvp-form

1:00 pm2:00 pm
Memorable, Generative Informational Interviews
Location
Online Event
Join us for a bonus, stand-alone virtual Saturday event for GradFUTURES Forum attendees! As a scholar, you are trained to ask thoughtful questions that open up pathways for discovery. In this interactive session, we invite you to leverage your intellectual curiosity and empathy for memorable, generative informational interviews. You will learn…
11:00 am11:30 am
Welcome to Princeton University Library
Location
Online Event
You might be getting acquainted with the Princeton University Library for the first time, or you might be curious about how we can support you during this fall semester. This informal zoom conversation will start with a checklist on getting started with library services and collections. Learn how to make the most of our library! After the…

 

GRADFUTURES FORUM 2022 SPEAKERS & PRESENTER INCLUDE: