2024 Annual Conference Program


The complete conference schedule is close to being finalized. The overview below provides you with all of the confirmed details so far. The complete descriptions for all keynotes and presentations will be available in the coming weeks on this website, and eventually on the Whova app

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PROVISIONAL GCC Conference Agenda Overview 2024

Tuesday, June 25
8:00am - 9:00amPre-Conference Registration 
9:00am - 5:00pmPre-Conference(add-on event)
11:00am - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Service/volunteer opportunity at The Wardrobe413 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
3:00pm - 8:00pmConference Registration 
5:00pm - 6:00pmNew Member Meet & Greet    
6:00pm - 7:30pmConference Welcome Reception 
7:30pm - 9:30pmCommunity-of Practice dinners 
Wednesday, June 26
7:15am - 8:00amNetwalkingOutside (weather permitting)
8:00am - 3:00pmRegistration 
8:30am - 9:30amBreakfast and Networking 
9:30am - 9:45amDay 1 Welcome  Rob Pearson, GCC President; Joseph Barber, 2024 Conference Chair
9:45am - 10:15amDesign thinking activityJoseph Barber, 2024 Conference Chair
10:30am - 11:20amMember Generated Session 1CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
DEI Exploration Weeks: Employer-Led Career Exploration for Marginalized Graduate Students through Site Visits and Skill-Building Programming
  • Kate Rockey-Harris; Danielle Cristal; Victoria DiMonica; Marlene Brito
Looking back at an innovative postdoctoral program in humanities career diversity
  • Jessica Taylor; Desiree Barron-Callaci; Amelia Dietrich; Nichole Nelson; Michael Miller
Transforming Graduate & Postdoctoral Education: Deep Dive into Strategies for Nurturing & Advancing International GCCers
  • Ioannis Chremos; Benedicte Gnangnon; Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan; Rashmi Raj; Jennifer Tasneem
Designing Your Life: PhD Edition Pilot
  • Aubrey Korneta
The Torrey Pines Training Consortium:  A Model for Enhancing Professional Development Programming Through Inter-Organization Collaboration
  • Heather Dillon; Delaney Dann
11:35am - 12:25pmMember Generated Session 2CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Archer Session
  • Pam Schilling; Jeremy Morse
Demystifying Employer Engagement
  • Alyssa Studer; Colleen Gleeson; Anastazja Harris
Navigating Dual Academic Job Searches: Strategies for Couples
  • Dan Olson-Bang; Laura Coutts
C.H.A.O.S. Planning for the Unplannable
  • Alexis Boyer; Amanda Cornwall
Lightning talks:
Our Year 1 Journey: Insights from the inaugural pd|hub Collection
  • Cynthia Fuhrmann; Bill Lindstaedt
Skills for a Successful Transition from PhD to Postdoc: A New Online Course Series to Enhance Biomedical Training
  • Steven Paniagua; Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, Rosa Vegilla Rosado
Recruiting Minoritized Graduate Students to Achieve Postdoctoral Diversity
  • Alberto Roca
Supporting Non-Biomed Postdocs: The First Year of SPHERE, a Community of Practice
  • Victoria Hallinan
12:30pm - 2:00pmNetworking LunchIncluding mentor/mentee conversations
2:00 - 2:15pmIntro to keynote 
2:15 - 3:15pmKeynote #1Details coming soon
3:35pm - 4:25pmMember Generated Session 3CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Leveraging Data-Informed Storytelling for Influence & Impact
  • Evangeline Kubu
Implementation of a PhD student internship policy in a life science environment
  • Lauren Easterling
Career Everywhere, for Every Bulldog: A Scalable Faculty Engagement Program to Enhance Student Career Planning
  • Megan Brock
OPTIONS Unveiled: Insights and Best Practices for Implementing and Scaling a Career Program
  • CJ Neely
Lightning talks:
Development of a theory-informed evidence-based mindfulness intervention to increase well-being among graduate students
  • Danielle Williams
Parenting in Academia: Cultivating Supportive Spaces for Students and Scholars in Resource-Challenged Environments
  • Sadiya Ahmad
An asynchronous commitment to allyship: 21 Days of Unlearning Racism and Learning Anti-Racism
  • Sasha Goldman
The Trainee Podcast: Building Your Research Community
  • Rosa Veguilla; Alexandra Schnoes
4:40pm - 5:30pmGCC Regional MeetingsRegional Directors will share more information
5:30pm - 6:30pmFree Time 
6:30pm - 8:30pmMain Conference ReceptionJoin us onboard the Moshulu!
Thursday, June 27
7:15am - 8:00amNetwalkingOutside (weather permitting)
8:00am - 3:00pmRegistration 
8:15am - 9:15amBreakfast 
9:15am - 9:25amDay 2 WelcomeDianne Hull, Social Subcommittee Chair
9:25am - 9:40amIntro to Keynote 
9:40am - 10:40amKeynote #2Details coming soon
11:00am - 11:50pmMember Generated Session 4CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Un-Bake the Cake: A Framework for Addressing the Biggest Obstacle to Grad Students and Postdocs Transitioning Out of the Academy
  • Jaime Hough
Playing the Matchmaker: Supporting internships for graduate students to explore careers (they like to think) they will love
  • Ronald Heustis; Daniel Emmans; Bryan McGrath; Evan Walsh; Katelyn Federico
Leveraging Emotional Intelligence and Introverted Strengths in Career Development
  • Marzena Ermler
Love Letters, Breakups, and Other Metaphors: A Hands-On Approach to Exploring Our Relationship to Work
  • Derek Attig; Jen Teitle; Mearah Quinn-Brauner
Lightning talks:
The Impact of Life Design in Graduate Career Development
  • Jessica Roman
Preparing Graduate Students & Postdocs for Exploring Career Options Utilizing the myHub Career Exploration Modules
  • Eric Vaughn; MaKenna Cealie; Pam Schilling
Integrating Career and Immigration Planning for International Scholars
  • Paola Cepeda; Natalie Chernets
Individual Development Plan-Processes and an IDP Evaluative Toolkit in Action: Impacting Undergraduate and Graduate Student Professional Identity Development.
  • Corrie Kuniyoshi; Nancy Bakowski; Joerg Schlatterer
11:50pm - 1:20pmLunch  Treasurer’s Update and GCC Committee recognition
1:20pm - 2:10pmMember Generated Session 5CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Breaking new ground: cultivating a mentorship and career design ecosystem
  • Brenda Martinez; Seth Igarta; Kirstin Moreno
Connecting Grads and Postdocs to Career Possibilities through Employer Site Visits
  • Whitney Taylor; Christina Keeton; Jessica Abner; Penny Baga
A New Career Development Model to Support International PhD Students and Postdocs
  • Yi Hao; Priya Date
Doing Less with Less: Strategic Decision-Making to Prevent Burnout and Boredom
  • Jennifer Teitle; Julie Rojewski; Elysse Longiotti
Communicating Innovation: Insights from GCC's Carpe Careers Contributors
  • Katie Homar; Mabel Perez-Oquendo; Sarah Hardesty Bray; Robbie Pearson; Rebekah Layton; Nana Lee
2:25pm - 3:15pmMember Generated Session 6CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Increasing Learner Investment in Professional Development through Needs Analysis and Tailored Approaches
  • Diane Safer; Mallory Fix-Lopez
Unleashing AI: Prompting to Transform Graduate Career Advising
  • Evan Walsh; Caroline Rende
ImaginePhD 2.0 - Time for an Upgrade
  • Teresa Dillinger; Annie Maxfield
Near-Peer Mentoring Between Postdocs and Graduate Students
  • Anne Mecklenburg; Blessing Enekwe
Lightning talks:
Scaling an Alumni Micro-mentoring Program
  • Nicole DeLeon; Rachel Bernard
Driving Graduate Student Engagement Using CRM Technology
  • Michael Decker
Ask Me Anything: Re-engaging and Rebuilding
  • Ruth Schemmer
Navigating the Nexus: Bridging the Gap between Academic Department Level Administrators and University level Professional Development Programs
  • Jenny Presgraves
3:30pm - 5:00pmPresentation Showcase In addition to GCC Committee posters, the following is a list of sessions currently scheduled for the Presentation Showcase (there may be some changes before the schedule is fully confirmed):
Harness YOUR Data - A live demo using an Intersectional Approach to Mental Health and Wellness Data - And interactive consult on collecting, displaying, and analyzing YOUR data!
  • Rebekah Layton; Aurora Washington; Patrick Brandt
Harnessing Data to Support Outreach and Learner Engagement: A Case Study of Hyper-Personalized 'Nudge Emails' in the Postdoc Academy
  • Alexandria Yen
Propelling Historically Excluded Populations Toward Faculty Careers
  • Josh Rebello
Passion in Practice: Case Studies and Resources to Empower Your International Scholars
  • Catharine Groover; Christina Hall
Global Employer Immersion Experiences: Individualized Employer-Led Shadowing and Interactive Programming On-Site during Winter Term
  • Danielle Cristal; Victoria DiMonica
Navigating Disruption, Redefining Success: Higher Ed Careers Beyond the Professoriate
  • Katie Kearns; Alexis Boyer; Sarah Hokanson; Trevor Verrot; Diedra Wrighting
International Student Professional Development Through Service Learning Programs
  • Kelly Graham
In It Together: Collaborating Effectively to Maximize Your Reach and Impact
  • Miriam Miller; Aubrey DeCarlo
Career Planning among PhD Students in the United States: A Systematic Literature Review
  • Kuang Li
Leveraging cross-institutional collaboration to grow career development tools
  • Deepti Ramadoss; Susi Varvayanis
Cultivating Excellence: Enhancing PhD students and Postdocs Well-being in Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt University
  • RC Stabile
Building 'Non-traditional' Relationships: Partnering with Philanthropy to Introduce Students and Postdocs to Donors and Alumni
  • Lee Tacliad
All is Fair in Love and Employer Engagement
  • Briana Konnick

The CareerHub: Establishing a Collaborative Career and Professional Development Institutional Resource Platform
  • Lindsey Cauthen

Please Advise: Launching and Learning From a Graduate Student Advisory Committee
  • Caitlin DeClercq

Vanderbilt University's ASPIRE Internship Program: Opportunities for Enhanced Experiential Learning during Biomedical Sciences Training
  • Ashley Brady, Angela Zito
6:20pmNetworking at the ballparkPhillies v. Marlins at Citizens Bank Park (add-on event)
Friday, June 28
7:30am - 8:30amBreakfast 
8:30am - 8:40amFinal day thoughtsRob Pearson, GCC President
8:40am - 8:50amFuture plans – president-electLauren Easterling, GCC President-Elect
8:50am - 9:00amintroduction to 2025 GCC Annual Conference Chairs 
9:15am - 10:05amMember Generated Session 7CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Innovate Your Job with Design Thinking: Part 1
  • Laura Stark; Beth Olson
Designing for Modern Learning: Leveraging our Pandemic-Era Innovation for the Long Haul 
  • Linda Louie; Ray Care
Beyond the 3 Minute Thesis: A Comprehensive Support Program for Professional and Communication Skill Development
  • Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan
10:20am - 11:10amMember Generated Session 8CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
Innovate Your Job with Design Thinking: Part 2
  • Beth Olson; Laura Stark
Evolving Careers of Biomedical PhD Alumni: a longitudinal analysis
  • Janani Varadarajan; Kim Petrie
A holistic consideration of career transitions through a competency lens
  • Pallavi Eswara; Lauren Lyon; Jinelle Wint; Eric Vaughn
11:25am - 12:00pmInteractive conference wrap-up, reflection, and closingJoseph Barber. 2024 Conference Chair
12:00pmEnd of Conference 
1:00pm - 3:00pmService/volunteer opportunity at The Wardrobe413 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
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