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Career Catalysts

The Center for Reproductive Science Career Catalysts are a seminar series aimed at preparing students for success! These events are a platform to expose trainees to different career paths in science, and is also a forum for hosting a variety of professional development workshops.  Due to COVID-19, Career Catalysts will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice

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Speaker Name(s) and Affiliation(s)



Teru Jellerette-Nolan, PhD, TS (ABB), Associate Director, Medical Science Liaison, Reproductive Medicine/Maternal Health, Ferring Pharmaceuticals

From Lab to Pharma: One Scientist's Career Path

May 2021

Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, Director of and Alison S. Carlson Endowed Professor for PRHE,  Professor, UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

 A Career of Working at Science and Policy Intersection

 April 2021

Dr. Gail Berger, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Deputy Director of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women,

Using Your Time Well: Doing "more" through Intentionality and Purpose

December 2020

Dr. Greg Kopf, PhD, Director of Research and Development and Contraceptive Technology Innovation 

The Long and Winding Road: A Career in Academia, Pharma and the Non-Profit Sector 

November 2020

Molly Beestrum, MLIS, Education and Curriculum Coordinator, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University Utilizing Library Resources to Maximize Your Academic Potential September 2020

Hugh Clarke, PhD, Co-Editor in Chief, Biology of Reproduction

Academic Writing and Publishing, Part 2

 May 2020

Bonnie Rochman 

 Science Journalism

May 2020 

Hugh Clarke, PhD, Co-Editor in Chief, Biology of Reproduction

Academic Writing and Publishing, Part 1

March 2020

Travis Kent, PhD, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Kristin N Smith, Program Manager for Fertility Preservation, Northwestern Medicine

 Advocacy and Policy Work

January 2020

 Molly Beestrum, MLS, Galter Health Science Library

Utilizing Library Resources to Maximize Your Academic Potential

October 2019

 Michelle Tack, PhD, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Small Business and Patents

May 2019

 James Rea, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University

Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop

March 2019

Sandeep Pawar, Managing Consultant, Navigant Consulting


February 2019

Elizabeth Jablonski,Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Training and Development, The Graduate School at Northwestern University

Postdoctoral Roadmap

September 2018

Kelly Mayo, Julie Kim, Monica Laronda, Mary Ellen Pavone

Moderator: Francesca Duncan

Academic Career Panel

May 2018

Melissa E. Resh, Assistant Principal, Brooks College Prep Careers in Secondary Education April 2018
Michelle Melin-Rogovin, Senior Associate Director of Foundation Relations, and Nicole Moore, DSc, Director, Office of Research Development (ORD) Finding and Securing Funding Opportunities March 2018
Timothy V. Duncan, PhD, Research Scientist, FDA Careers for Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other Government Agencies January 2018
Stacey C. Chapman Tobin, PhD, ELS, The Tobin Touch, Inc. Preparing Manuscripts for Publication November 2017
Patricia Smith, Research Librarian, Galter Health Science Library PubMed and Endnote October 2017
AbbVie Industry Careers and Perspectives from AbbVie September 2017