Pathways to Success Symposium

2018 Pathways to Success Symposium

Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Location: G10 & G01 Biotech

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Pathways to Success (P2S) is the Graduate School’s framework for helping graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars be successful in their research and scholarship, and establish the necessary skills to their future careers.

This one-day event is a professional development opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that will provide participants with information and tools useful for their time at Cornell and beyond. Priority registration deadline is January 8, 2018.

Sponsored by the Graduate School, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CU-CIRTL), Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), English Language Support Office (ELSO), Career Services, and Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

Pathways to Success Symposium Agenda
8:15 am - 8:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:00 am
Opening Remarks
Speaker Sara Xayarath Hernández, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Student Engagement
9:00 am - 10:00 am Mastering Your Elevator Pitch and Networking Skills 
Speaker: Judith Rowe, Owner, Judith A. Rowe Consulting, LLC
P2S Focus Area: Build Your Skills
10:15 am - 11:15 am Concurrent Workshop A1
Navigating the Submission of Your Thesis or Dissertation
Speaker: Jason Kahabka, Associate Dean for Administration
P2S Focus Area: Navigate Academia

Concurrent Workshop A2
Food for Thought: How Well Do You Feed Your Mind?
Speaker: Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Program Director
P2S Focus Area: Balance & Resilience

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Workshop B1
Overcoming Your Writing Challenges
Speakers: Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, and Michelle Cox, Director of English Language Support Office
P2S Focus Area: Build Your Skills

Concurrent Workshop B2
Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan
Speakers: Colleen McLinn, Director of CU-CIRTL, and Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies
P2S Focus Area: Create Your Plan

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch
1:15 pm - 4:15 pm Non-Academic Job Search Mechanics
Speaker: Anne Krook, Owner, Practical Workplace Advice
P2S Focus Area: Prepare for Your Career
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Speaker: Sara Xayarath Hernández

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Networking Lunch Attendees


Title, Office/ Program


Mike Bishop

Director Student Leadership, Office of Engagement Initiatives and Cornell Cooperative Extension


 Matt Carcella

Director of Diversity Alumni Programs, Alumni Affairs and Development


 Kris Corda

Director, Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center


 Renee Farkas

Interim Director, Cornell Public Service Center


 Adi Grabiner-Keinan

Director, Intergroup Dialogue Project


 Rehana Huq

Organizational Development Consultant, Human Resources


 Kim Kenyon

Associate Director, Center for Teaching Innovation, and Director, International Teaching Assistant Program


 Vigor Lam

Assistant Director, Asian and Asian American Center


 Marla Love

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity in the Office of the Dean of Students


 Colleen McLinn

Director, Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CU-CIRTL)


 Julie Paige

Director of Off-Campus, Cooperative, and Graduate Living at Campus and Community Engagement


 Derina Samuel

Assistant Director, International TA Program at Center for Teaching Innovation


 Miranda Swanson

Associate Dean for Student Services at the College of Engineering


 Catherine Thrasher-Carroll

Mental Health Promotion Program Director at Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health


 Susi Varvayanis

Senior Director, Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training Program (BEST)


 Trey Waller

Interim Director, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives