Talks and Presentations

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For information about upcoming talks and other events, see my Events page.

Past Events

Should You Quit Your PhD? Hear From 5 People Who Did. Beyond the Professoriate. 23 March 2017. Check out a recap on Storify.

“From Graduate School to …? Your Values, Priorities, and Strengths,” The Graduate School, University of South Carolina, 17 March 2017. Check out my slides and handouts.

“Crafting A Meaningful Career After Graduate School,” The Graduate School, University of South Carolina, 16 March 2017.

Engaged Academics in the Age of Mass Distraction with L. Maren Wood and Michelle Dionne Thompson, 3 March 2017.

6 Quick Start presentation design strategies that grad students & PhDs can implement TODAY, EchoRivera.com, 11 February 2017.

“How to Start Your Academic Side Business,” webinar for Chronicle Vitae, Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 3-4pm ET. Watch the archived presentation here.

Talk and Q&A, “Redefining Success after Graduate School: Personal Reflections and Lessons Learned,” Health Sciences Graduate Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 27 Sep 2016. Check out my slides here.

Webinar co-host with Maren Wood, “Maren & Jen’s 7 Tips for Going Beyond the Professoriate,” Chronicle Vitae (online), 22 June 2016.

Facilitator, “Exploring Careers Outside of Academia,” CUPE 3902, Unit 5 (Postdoctoral Fellows), University of Toronto, 21 June 2016.

Speaker, with Maren Wood, “PhDs That Work: New Stats, Tough Transitions, Concrete Solutions,” Future of the PhD in the Humanities conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, 18 May 2016.

Co-host with Maren Wood, 3rd Annual Beyond the Professoriate, two-day conference for PhDs in transition (online), 7 and 14 May 2016.

Guest speaker, “How to successfully expand your business,” Toronto Professional Women’s MeetUp, 12 May 2016.

Speaker and facilitator, “The Post-Ac/Alt-Ac Job Market: Finding Work Outside the Academy,” 3-Part Series at Massey College, University of Toronto:

  • “Navigating the Ac/Post-ac/Alt-ac Landscape,” 29 Mar 2016.
  • “Transitioning into the ‘Real World’,” 12 Apr 2016.  
  • “Beyond the PhD Round Table Discussion,” 26 Apr 2016.  

Q & A in Nathan Vanderford’s class, “Preparing Future Professionals / Preparing Science Professionals,”  University of Kentucky, Lexington (via Skype), 7 Apr 2016.

Keynote speaker and facilitator, “Finding Success After Graduate School,” English Graduate Student Association, University of South Florida, Tampa, 2 Apr 2016.

Session facilitator, “Putting the Liberal Arts to Work,” Transitions: Learning Across Borders, Sectors and Silos conference, Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, 24 Mar 2016.

Speaker and facilitator, “Rethinking Success after Graduate School,” Graduate Student Caucus Special Event, NeMLA Convention, Hartford, CT, 19 Mar 2016.

Panelist, “Achieving Success in Non-faculty Careers: Learning to Navigate an Uncertain Job Market,” Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education, Drew University, Madison, NJ, 11 Mar 2016.

Panelist, GRADTalks Winter Lecture, Ryerson University, Toronto, 24 Feb 2016.

Keynote speaker, Projections: Making Film Studies Public – Graduate “Un-Colloquium,” Film Studies Association of Canada, Ryerson University, Toronto, 18 Feb  2016.

Speaker and facilitator, “From PhD to Life: Rethinking Success after Graduate School,” Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver, 22 Jan 2016.

Speaker and facilitator, “Rethinking Success after Grad School,” Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC (afternoon) and Vancouver (evening), 21 Jan 2016.

Co-host and discussion facilitator, American Historical Association Career Fair, Atlanta, GA, 9 Jan 2016.

Keynote speaker, “From PhD to Life: Rethinking Success after Graduate School,” Optimize Your Graduate Experience and Beyond, Gradlife, University of Toronto, 28 Oct 2015.

Speaker and facilitator, “From PhD to Life,” Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, Toronto, 22 Sep 2015.

Speaker, “Making a Successful Transition to Academic or Alt-Academic Careers,” Planning Your Post-Graduation Transitions: Academic and Alt-Academic Options, Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) Graduate Student Preconference, Ottawa, ON, 30 May 2015.

Panelist, “Scholars as Critics,”Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society conference,” Centre for Media & Celebrity Studies,Toronto, 27 May 2015.

Panelist, “Mentorship Matters: The Case for Graduate Professional Development,” Career Seminar Series #2, Institute of Medical Science Students’ Association, University of Toronto, 19 May 2015.

Keynote address, “From PhD Candidate to Life Coach: Rethinking Success after Graduate School,” Beyond Academia, University of California, Santa Barbara, 15 May 2015.

Co-host with Maren Wood, 2nd Annual Beyond the Professoriate, two-day online conference for PhDs in transition, 2 and 9 May 2015.

Panelist, “Pursuing Alternative Career Paths,” NeMLA 46th Annual Convention, Toronto, 1 May 2015.

Speaker and facilitator, Conversations in Academia, McMaster University, 31 Mar 2015.

Speaker and facilitator, Graduate Sociology Students Association meeting, University of Toronto, 19 Mar 2015.

Panelist, “Imposter Phenomenon 101,” Grad Minds, University of Toronto, 20 Jan 2015.

Panelist, “Opening Doors: Careers for Graduate Students in the Humanities,” School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, 13 Nov 2014.

Panelist, “Preparing Graduate Students for the World Outside the Academy,” Canadian Association for Graduate Studies 52nd Annual Conference, St. John’s, NL, 28 Oct 2014.

Keynote speaker, “From PhD Candidate to Life Coach: Rethinking Success After Graduate School,” Universities Art Association of Canada / ArtCan, 26 Oct 2014.

Panelist, “Imagining Otherwise: Expanding the Narrative of Academic Success,”Universities Art Association of Canada / ArtCan, 26 Oct 2014.

Panelist, “Managing Stress Throughout the PhD Program,” Versatile PhD Boston (online event), 23 Oct 2014.

Panelist, Queen’s Career Week, talk and Q & A, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, 17 Oct 2014.

Panelist, “The Flexible Graduate Degree in Theory and Practice,” York University, Toronto, 19 Sep 2014.

Panelist, “How to Create An Exit Strategy: Informational Interviews and Networking,” Versatile PhD Boston (online event), 28 Aug 2014.

Panelist, “What Do Researchers Do Next? Hangout on Post-PhD Careers,” Vitae (UK) (Google Hangout on Air), 26 Jun 2014.

Speaker and facilitator, “Next Steps: Figuring out Your Career after Your PhD or Postdoc,” Western University, London, ON, 12 Jun 2014.

Panelist, “Graduate student & PhD professional development panel discussion,” Congress 2014, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, 26 May 2014.

Co-host with Maren Wood, 1st annual “Beyond the Professoriate: A Virtual Conference for PhDs in Career Transition,” 3 and 10 May 2014. I also presented “Networking and Social Media for PhD Job Seekers,” with Maren Wood, 10 May 2014.

Speaker, SHIFT Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, 1 May 2014.

Speaker and facilitator, “Post-Academic Q & A,” Department of History, University of Texas, Arlington (via Skype), 17 Mar 2014.

Speaker and facilitator, “From PhD to Life: Beyond the Tenure Track,” Department of Speech Language Pathology, University of Toronto, 5 Feb 2014.

Co-host with Kim Geil, “Flourishing in Grad School & Beyond,” teleworkshop, 12 Dec 2013.

Panelist, “What are #Altac and #Postac, and How Can a PhD Prepare You for Them?” University of Toronto, Mississauga, 1 May 2013.