The Graduate School at Princeton to host 2022 GradFUTURES Forum: March 28 - April 1, 2022

March 24, 2022

Organized by The Graduate School, the GradFUTURES Forum, now in its third year, is an opportunity for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, alumni, administrators, and other campus partners to come together in the spirit of professional development and networking.

With dozens of engaging keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, and networking sessions, the GradFUTURES Forum is free and open to all community members 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.

The Forum will bring together graduate students, alumni, administrators, campus partners, and professionals from a robust range of industries to discuss the many opportunities that exist for graduate students in academia, business, and everywhere in between! In 2021, there were more than 3,600 attendees, 60+ speakers from across academia and industry, and 30+ sessions. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Schedule and Registration 

Fast Facts

  • Started in 2020, the GradFUTURES Forum is in its 3rd year
  • The Forum will occur both in-person and virtually, and all events will be livestreamed 
  • Last year, there were over 3,600 participants 
  • The forum offers 5 days of programming
  • There will be 38 sessions catering to a broad range of interests
  • 70 countries are represented in the Forum participants 
  • 96% of participants are likely or highly likely to recommend the Forum 


  • Industry and Non-Profit Luminaries: The 2022 GradFUTURES Forum is pleased to host industry leaders such as Udit Batra *96 (CBE), President and CEO of Waters Corporation, James Mi *91, Founding Partner of Lightspeed China Partners, Joy Connolly *91, President at the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and many others.
  • One-on-one consultations with Professional Development Experts: Attendees will have the opportunity to meet individually with professional development, social media, and storytelling experts such as Sarah Viner of LinkedIn Learning, and Carol Barash *89 (ENG), CEO and Founder of Story2. Free professional headshots are also offered at select events. 
  • Key Networking and Social Events: The 2022 GradFUTURES Forum programming includes two in-person receptions. A networking reception, including wine, beer, and heavy hors d'oeuvres, will occur on Wednesday, March 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. A second reception, including the Annual Clio Hall Awards Ceremony, will occur on Friday, April 1 from 4-5 p.m. RSVP on MyPrincetonU for the location on campus of both receptions. 

Spotlight on Events in the 2022 GradFUTURES Forum

Story Your Future: Individual Mentoring Sessions with Carol Barash *89 (English)

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 role as the Assistant Director of Princeton's first Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) – in the basement of Firestone Library – Carol's career connects education with technology to foster communities that nurture and engage multiple points of view.

A proud Princeton Ph.D., Carol is the founder and CEO of Story2, a Techstars funded community of over a quarter million storytellers across five continents. Carol brings stories from her experience as a mother, teacher, author, storyteller, university administrator, digital humanist, Pharma marketer, consultant, and entrepreneur to help you get where you want to go and be who you want to be.

Princeton graduate students are encouraged to sign up with Dr. Barash for personalized sessions to help you tell your story in and beyond academia. Space is limited!

Monday, March 28: 2-3:30 p.m. 

It’s All In the Translation: Finding Success & Happiness Beyond the Academy with Chris Caterine 

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 from his book Leaving Academia to help you disentangle your sense of self from your academic career and to develop strategies for demonstrating the relevance of your professional experience to employers in other sectors.

Monday, March 28: 12-1:30

Meet the Press: Connect with Editors from Princeton University Press

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 Matt Rohal, Associate Editor at Princeton University Press, as well as current University Administrative Fellows Isabelle Chen (French and Italian) and Lawrence Chamunorwa (Comparative Literature) to discuss ways graduate students can best connect with the Press!

The first 100 Princeton graduate students to register will take home a free book from their Skills for Scholars Series!

Free professional headshots are also available for Princeton graduate students who register in advance.

Monday, March 28: 1-3 p.m.

GradFUTURES Forum Keynote Breakfast: Inclusive Leadership Panel Moderated by Shawn Maxam

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.

Friday, April 1: 12-1:30 p.m.