P2S Symposium

Pathways to Success: A Professional Development Symposium for Graduate Students and PostdocsPathways 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 for their future careers.

The biannual Pathways to Success Symposium is a professional development opportunity focused on providing graduate and professional degree students and postdoctoral scholars with valuable career exploration and professional development learning and skill development opportunities. Participants may register for an individual session or all sessions offered within the symposium.


June 2, 2021


Part I (11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET)

Executive Presence in a Virtual World

Session Summary: Virtual meetings are here to stay.  How do you put your best foot forward when you are presented to others in a 1” x 1” Zoom frame?  Learn how what you say and how you say it can impact your ability to be seen as a capable professional when recruiting for jobs, meeting with others and presenting your ideas on camera or off.  Prof. Noble-Grange will present 10 tips you can practice to present yourself better and make communication one of your strengths.

  • Angela Noble Grange, Senior Lecturer of Management Communication, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
  • Session presentation/handout

Part II (1:30 pm to 3:00 pm ET)

Linguistic and Cultural Diversity as Critical Assets

Session Summary: With a large proportion of Cornell’s postdoctoral and graduate student body hailing from other nations, it’s important to embrace the assets that this linguistic and cultural diversity brings to our campus community.

  • Jonathan Rosa, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University 

June 3, 2021


Part III (11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET)

Thinking Flexibly About Experiential Opportunities and Skill Building

Session Summary: Doctoral career outcomes survey data reveal Cornell graduates contribute valuably in all employment sectors. Professional skills are sought by employers in addition to discipline-specific knowledge and expertise. But how to highlight these skills you already have and how to carve out time to build the ones you need? In this session you will learn how flexible experiential opportunities contribute to skills that can position you as a top candidate. We’ll explore ways you can efficiently acquire and practice these skills that will complement your research and empower you for your future.

  • Denise DiRienzo, Experiential Programming Director, Cornell Graduate School Careers Beyond Academia
  • Susi Varvayanis, Executive Director, Cornell Graduate School Careers Beyond Academia

Sponsored by the Graduate School, the English Language Support Office (ELSO), Cornell Career Services, and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies

Participating Graduate School offices: Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, Academic and Student Affairs, Graduate Student Life, Careers Beyond Academia, and Future Faculty and Academic Careers.

Previous P2S Symposia