Exploring Careers



Wednesday, April 14, 2010



If you are exploring your options, leaving your job, or want to learn more about career choices, please join us for our annual Alternative Careers in Science and Technology event. Meet our panel of over 10 “One-Night Mentors” who have experience breaking into and thriving in careers outside of academia including: business development, patent law, consulting, communications, project management, financial services, and technology transfer. Mentors will introduce themselves and then will be available for “speed networking” at separate tables, where you can talk with mentors and learn more about their careers.

One-Night Mentors Include:


Topic Speaker
Human Resources Sharon Collins, Director Human Resources, Novartis
Project Management Joyce Chiu, MBA, Senior Project Manager at PAREXEL
Consulting, Quality
Michelle Herrera Foster, PhD, Principal Consultant at CTD Quality Consulting
Academic Administration Judy Glaven, PhD, Associate Dean for Basic and Interdisciplinary Research at Harvard Medical School
Entrepreneur Tsvetelina Lazarova, PhD, Founder of MedChem Partners
Analyst Alexandra Makarova, PhD, Analyst at Decision Resources, Inc.
Corporate Education Carol Manahan, PhD, Associate Director, Science Education at Novartis

Grace Cuenco, PhD, Consulting Safety Officer, Safety Partners, Inc

Medical Writing

Linda Gritz, PhD, Associate Director of Medical Writing at Vertex

Business Development Monika Trzcinska, PhD, Director, Business Development at Repligen
Alliance Management Sandra Oguieta, PhD, Associate Director Program Management at Molecular Insight Pharmaceutical
Patent Law Mary Murray, PhD, Principal at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Tech Transfer Wannee Asavaroengchai, PhD, Licensing Associate at Tufts University
Medical Science Liaison May Lee Tjoa, PhD, Medical Science Liaison at Merck


Link to Bios of One-Night Mentors

COST:  Special pricing for this event thanks to our sponsors!

 Advance Registration: (by 9pm Monday, April 12)

$20 for Students and Postdocs (enter discount code "StudentPostDocX").  Scholarship Info

$25 for WEST Members, $30 for non-WEST members

Registration available at the Door: $10 additional

Refreshments are included.


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Event Location:

Microsoft New England Reearch & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

(One Block from Kendall Square T Stop.) 




6:00-9:00 Networking, and Refreshments

Mentors will make brief 3-5 minute presentations throughout the evening. The remaining time will be a series of timed intervals ('speed networking') in which participants meet in groups at the tables with mentors who are available to answer their career questions. 




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