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Real Talk: What It's Really Like to Work in Life Sciences and Tech
If you've ever wondered what a "day in the life" is like in two of the fastest-growing industries in the Philadelphia region - life sciences and tech - particularly for a recent graduate or young professional just starting their career, check out this panel discussion featuring:
- Aileen Gallagher, Manager of Uncrewed Aerial Teams at PECO and Young Professionals Council (YPC) Board Member
- Erin Davison, Senior Manager of Community Engagement at LaunchCode
- Gregory Lee, VP, Strategic Accounts and Solutioning at Quantuvius
- Moderated by Bryan Tsao, Manager, Life Science & Healthcare Initiatives at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Unexpected Careers in Life Sciences
Calling all non-science, non-tech majors! If you're passionate about working for a company doing groundbreaking work in the life sciences space, but aren't necessarily a science/math person, you're not going to want to miss this panel, where we highlight some impactful, and unexpected, careers within the booming life sciences sector. We'll hear from:
- Liza Kudach, CSL Behring – Manager, Quality Systems & Compliance Global Programs
- Min Ro, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Talent Acquisition Specialist
- Moderated by Jennifer Kebea, President of Campus Philly
Philly Tech Stories - LIVE! (Part 2)
This panel discussion took place as part of 1Philadelphia's "Innovation Weekend," which aims to unlock the potential of Philadelphians of all ages and create an equitable tech community.
Learn some tips on getting into tech from this great group of panelists:
- Dominique Clarke - Senior Software Engineer, Elastic
- Jobi John - Customer Success Manger, CampusESP + 2021 Venture for America Fellow
- Anshika Nangia - Project Management and UX Research Intern, Draft Studios
- Moderated by Campus Philly President Jen Kebea
The Power to Create: Creative Careers for Creative People
"Creative" careers exist in nearly every company. Companies of all sizes, across all industries, need creative young professionals to write, design, plan, and create in order to build their brand and tell their story. Creativity comes in all forms, and during today's panel discussion, moderated by Campus Philly's Vice President of Strategy and Communications, Marissa Christie, you'll hear from three young professionals in three very different creative roles about how they launched their career, how they knew a creative career was right for them, and why the Philadelphia region is the ideal place to work, and thrive, as a creative young professional.
You'll hear from:
- Camellia Brown, Marketing Apprentice – Writer at Vanguard
- Julia Paiano, Social Media Intern at CSL Behring
- Jenny Scott-Roberts, Graphic Designer at Witty Gritty Marketing & Events
Philly Tech Stories - LIVE!
As part of the City of Philadelphia's Most Diverse Tech Hub initiative, Campus Philly has worked to amplify the voices of Black and Brown tech professionals, founders, and entrepreneurs who chose the Philadelphia region and its vibrant community to launch their careers. Through monthly features and dynamic interviews, we're sharing the stories of diverse young professionals working in tech or tech-adjacent roles, demonstrating why Philadelphia represents the future of tech talent.
Join us for a conversation featuring the "Philly Tech Stories" of Black and Brown tech professionals from Comcast, Accenture, Cigna, and Lutron in a special panel discussion moderated by Campus Philly Event Host, Ayannah Kamryn. You'll hear from:
- Candice Holt, User Experience Specialist II at Comcast
- Joshua Funches, Software Engineer Associate at Accenture
- Terrell Belfield, Data System Analyst at Cigna
- Hannah LaTourette, Sr. Project Application Software Engineer at Lutron
Work Style: Which one is right for YOU?
There are hundreds of articles and podcasts on work styles - is the future hybrid, remote, or in-person? What's really important is determining what you want, or need, in a workplace, so you know what types of roles are the right fit for you.
Our panelists talk about how they work most productively, what their company is doing to help them thrive, and the questions they asked during their interviews to ensure that the role they were applying for was the right fit. Featuring:
- Danielle Freeman, Marketing Coordinator at Aramark
- Demetrius Knight, Associate Consultant at Elastic
- Gabby Scanga, Social Media Community Management Specialist at IBX
- Moderated by Campus Philly President Jen Kebea
Let's talk about your $$: How to save and budget (and still splurge!) with these tips from Citizens
Being a young professional in the region means you'll have a lot to learn about, understand, and manage when it comes to your finances. Check out this all-star conversation between Terry Goggans, Assistant Vice President - Corporate Banking Credit Analyst at Citizens, and Campus Philly Event Host Ayannah Kamryn, all about saving and budgeting as a young professional.
Terry and Ayannah talk all about navigating retirement plans (yes, this is important... even right now!), setting $$ aside each month for rent and utilities (while still having some for those coffees with coworkers!), allocating money to pay off loans, and even more saving tips, tricks, and advice from the experts at Citizens.
Global Advantage: How International Students Can and Should Use their Status to Land their Dream Gig
Navigating the job market comes with its challenges, particularly for international students and scholars. Join us for a special panel discussion as we talk about how you can bring your whole self to work by sharing your personal experiences and embracing your culture. This panel features:
- Katie Chisholm, Director, Employee Experience, Intealth
- Bill Keyes, Program Manager, International House Philadelphia
- Moderated by Marissa Amos, Assistant Director at Rutgers-Camden
Coffee and the Cosmos with The Franklin Institute
Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered about what’s out there, or been curious about how to make sense of the moon, comets, and the seemingly endless expanse of space? Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts wants YOU to know how amazing astronomy is, and how accessible the cosmos are… no telescopes needed.
Want even MORE cosmos content? Check out the Franklin Institute's "A Practical Guide to the Cosmos" video series on YouTube, featuring Derrick Pitts and Kalpana Pot (@TokNerdyToMe on TikTok!)
How to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship
Check out this special panel discussion on everything you need to know about Philly’s best neighborhoods (the best cafes, food deals, and places to spend your lunch break); saving, budgeting, and financial tips to get you through the summer with money saved for the fall; and how to connect with coworkers, fellow interns, and your supervisor to cultivate professional relationships that can help you land a full-time job after graduating. Here's who's on the panel:
- Terry Goggans, Corporate Credit Analyst at Citizens
- Maddie Gebert, Supply Chain Finance at Campbell Soup Company
- Ayannah Kamryn, Campus Philly Event Host and Storyteller
Careers At Vanguard
Hear from three young professionals at Vanguard and learn how they landed the job, why they love working for one of the world’s largest investment management companies, and how YOU can apply to one of their open roles, including open opportunities as a Client Relations Associate. Here's who's on the panel:
- Ashley Clarke, Senior Recruiter
- Brian Weaver, Regulatory Oversight Specialist
- Janae Fecondo,
- Julia Murphy, Talent Acquisition Specialist (moderator)
Careers in Healthcare
with Saint Joseph's University Grad School
Join us for a special panel discussion with young professionals working in healthcare about how their experience at Saint Joseph's University's graduate school helped them launch their career... and how YOU can do the same. Hear from these panelists:
- Brooklynne Younker, Associate Director, Strategic Operations US Tech – IQVIA
- Demetrius Terrell, Patient Advocate at Penn Medicine’s Presbyterian Medical Center
- Christine Payne, USciences Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2022
- Moderated by Ayannah Kamryn, Campus Philly Event Host + Content Marketing Coordinator
You Just Graduated... Now What?
OK, so graduation is on the horizon... but what comes next? Check out this panel discussion from JobFEST on how to navigate being a young professional in the Philadelphia region, including topics on finances, networking, staying engaged at work, and how to find a true work-life balance in your first job. Here's who you'll meet on this panel:
- Erin Stevens, VP, Student Lending Relationship Manager at Citizens
- Melissa Cronin, Recruiting Manager - Onboarding and Training at GLG
- Toyin Ogunfolaju, Infrastructure & Social-Economic Inclusion Leader at Jacobs
- Moderated by Sarah Steltz, Vice President, Economic Competitiveness at The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Tech Careers for Non-Tech Majors
Interested in a career in tech, but not a computer science major? Join us for a special conversation with professionals from Elastic, Campus Philly, and Coded By Kids as they discuss the many different career paths and opportunities available to those with a passion for working in tech, without the computer science background. Hear from:
- Stephanie Nissen - Global Program Manager, Students and Higher Ed at Elastic
- Gwen Bugglin-Borer - Director of Organization and Service Operations at Coded By Kids
- Deepika Satyadev - Manager, University Partnerships and Analytics at Campus Philly
- Moderated by Campus Philly President Dr. Jennifer Johnson Kebea
Careers in Life Sciences
Careers in the Life Sciences industry are innovating every. single. day. Learn what it's like to work in this rapidly-growing industry in a panel discussion with young professionals at Spark Therapeutics, one of Philadelphia's largest companies in this sector.
On this panel, you'll meet:
- Ashley Carter - Histologist at Spark Therapeutics
- Emily Fabyanic, PhD - Next Generation Sequencing Scientist at Spark Therapeutics
- Moderated by Sarah Steltz, Vice President, Economic Competitiveness, Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Create: There's a Creative Opportunity for Everyone in Philly
At this year's Create, our annual event for creative majors, we were thrilled to host a panel discussion featuring young professionals in different creative careers in Philly as they shared their “Philly story."
The panel featured:
- Dani Fruehan, Copywriter at Digitas Health
- Jermaine Jenkins, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at the Center for Architecture and Design
- Angela McQuillan, Program Manager and Experience Designer at Venture Café Philadelphia
- Camille Velasquez, Creative Director at Philly Creators
5 Reasons why Philly is the BEST City to Launch your Tech Career
Check out this special panel discussion all about why Philadelphia is THE best city to launch your tech career. The panel is moderated by Campus Philly President Dr. Jennifer Johnson Kebea, and features:
- Heloise Jettison, Deputy Commerce Director - Office of Workforce Development, City of Philadelphia
- Gulsun (Gu) Cavusoglu, Director of Philadelphia, Venture for America
- Melanie Hidalgo-Britt, Chief Revenue Officer, Coded By Kids
3 Things Tech Recruiters Want to See On Your Resume
Join us for a special conversation with Mark Llobrera, Head of Technology at Bluecadet, a team of dreamers, designers, developers, and doers. Mark shared the 3 things that his team of tech recruiters wants to see on your resume, so that you can stand out from the other applicants and be the best fit for the Bluecadet team.
Careers that Help People
Check out our conversation from Spark, our virtual recruiting event, with Terry Pittman, Lead Recruiter - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Team, at Merakey, to learn all about his own career, and how YOU can join Merakey to start your career that helps people.
Merakey is hiring for many health and human services roles. If you have a passion to help others, this is a great company. Merakey has flexible hours and there are opportunities located in all parts of the Philadelphia region.
GLG is hiring 50+ entry-level roles. Here's how YOU can land one.
Check out our interview with Emily Willard, Senior Client Solutions Associate - Healthcare, at GLG as she shares how YOU can be one of the over 50 people who GLG hires this year. Emily will share more about her own experience at GLG, including how she prepared for the interview in order to land the job, and how you can do the same.
5 Ways to Turn Your Internship into a Job Offer
We chatted with Melanie Hidalgo-Britt, Chief Revenue Officer at Coded By Kids, and Farhan Syed, Vice President of Healthcare Client Solutions at GLG (they're hiring!) about how to make the most of your summer internship, key advice on networking with other coworkers in a company of any size, and how you can turn your summer work experience into a full-time job.
If you're someone with a non-linear career path, this one's for you!
Coffee Chat with Councilman Isaiah Thomas
Interviewed by interns Savannah Richerson, Temple University; and Aditi Bawa, Drexel University
Interns from Councilmember Thomas' office led an engaging roundtable discussion with the Councilman, diving into all things city-council-related, including how to make an impact in your community, how to get involved as a political science major, and the first steps on how you can create change.
BYO coffee and questions as you tune in!
Grad School Virtual Happy Hour
with Michael Jones of Citizens; and Jacquie Panto and Lauren Weiss of Saint Joseph's University
Join us for a panel all about attending, affording, and applying to grad school, with a special virtual cocktail making class to start things off, led by Bartender Barry.
How I Changed My Career by Going Back to School
Considering graduate school? Join us for a special panel discussion with three former and current Saint Joseph's University grad school students about why they chose grad school, and how this decision helped them to change their career path. We'll be speaking with:
- Enrica Pacitto—Master of Science, Marketing, Class of 2019
- Derek MacKinnon—Master of Business Administration (MBA), Class of 2020
- Stacey Thompson—Master of Science, Computer Science, Class of 2021
Science Careers for Non-Science Majors
Careers in STEM are rapidly growing, especially in Philadelphia. But what if you're not majoring in biology, chemistry, engineering, or another science-related major? Join us for a special conversation on careers within the STEM industry that are not science-based (think marketing, communications, human resources, legal, and so much more!).
Virtual Interview Tips by Comcast
Join us for this special conversation with Comcast's Campus Tech Recruiter, Jon Schulman, as he shares best practices, tips, and advice for interviewing and networking in a virtual setting, more about his work at Comcast, and how YOU can apply to jobs and internships at Comcast.
Careers in the FBI: How to Become a Special Agent
Whether you’re an English major who loves classic literature, a Biology major with intern experience at a hospital, or someone who is still not quite sure what their “dream job” looks like (but is passionate, analytical, and driven), it’s very possible that you’d make the ideal FBI Agent.
Check out this Campus Philly Conversation as Cerena Coughlin demystifies careers in the FBI and shares advice, insight, and anecdotes from her own 20+ year career in the Bureau.
Careers in Life Sciences & Biotech
As part of Campus Philly's Life Sciences and Biotech Career Fair, check out this special panel discussion featuring two professionals working within the Life Sciences and Biotechnology industries in Philadelphia.
A special thanks to our presenting partners for this panel, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and the CEO Council for Growth, and event sponsor Amicus Therapeutics!
Careers that are Changing the World: Curing Rare Diseases with Amicus Therapeutics
Biotechnology company Amicus Therapeutics is changing the world. No, really—those who work on the Amicus team are working to discover, develop, and deliver novel medicines for rare diseases.
In this special panel discussion, we learned about three different careers that are making a difference in the world. We spoke with:
- Brian Ranes, Principal Investigator, Discovery Science
- Kinesha O’Brien, Senior Clinical Trial Manager, Clinical Operations
- Shawn Singh, Senior Analyst, Account & Finance Reporting, Finance
Careers in Advertising & Public Relations
No two days are ever the same in an agency like Tierney, and if you’re someone who enjoys fast-paced work, and an environment where you’ll learn something new every day, perhaps a career at an agency is for you.
Learn all about careers in advertising and public relations from three young professionals on the Tierney team:
- Eric Kennedy, Account Coordinator
- Matthew Vesely, Junior Copywriter
- Crystal Williams, Account Executive, Public Relations
There's a creative opportunity for everyone in Philly!
Our annual event for creatives, Create, was incredible! Check out this virtual panel, moderated by Ayannah Kamryn, Writer, Event Host, and Storyteller, featuring:
- David DeLooper, Senior Manager – Communications, Red Bull
- Scarlet Estelle Hernandez, Director of Member Success, REC Philly
- Hector Nuñez, President and Founder of Wooder Ice
- Brittany Wenner, Senior Copywriter, Digitas Health
The panelists shared career advice, personal stories, and creative insights that you do NOT want to miss. Check it out!
with Kenya Bullock, Campus Recruiter; and Rene Benson-Skone, Center Manager - CSL Plasma
The biotechnology industry is shaping our future, and at CSL Behring, based in King of Prussia, PA, their team is saving lives and protecting the health of people around the world. And, they’re interested in hiring people that are passionate about their work, eager to learn, and just starting out in their career. Learn all about the different careers in the biotechnology industry and CSL Behring in this packed-with-advice interview.
with Eamon Gallagher, Director of Strategy Innovation and Startup Acceleration at University City Science Center
Learn all about how YOU can practice (and perfect) your pitch and promote your personal brand, or your newest business idea.
How do you use your skills, portfolio, experience, and passions to present yourself in the best way? Eamon covered all of this... and so much more.
with Vaughn Brown, Talent Experience Manager, Diversity & University Programs, at Campbell Soup Company
We've been doing this virtual thing for awhile now - Zoom interviews, online classrooms, and even networking events. But what's it like to be hired virtually, and start a new job in a remote environment?
In this special "Ask Me Anything," we cover all the tips and tricks to building community, learning new skills, and growing professionally in a virtual environment.
with Precious Samuel, The Voter Project & Aerion Abney, All Voting Is Local
Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Are you registered to vote? Whatever our color, origin or zip code, our vote is our power. And our ability to vote depends on hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. That’s where you come in.
Get everything you need to know about voting & becoming a poll worker in this interview. Apply to be a poll worker (and get paid $250!)!
with Marvin Mack, Video Producer and Creator/Host of the Good Ass Job Podcast
You CAN turn your creative passion into a career, and Marvin shares exactly how to do it. He has more than 10 years experience in digital media and branded content creation, working for companies including Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Group 9, and The Fader, and now shares how others are pursuing similar creative career paths in his podcast Good Ass Job.
If you're someone who is naturally good at math, passionate about problem solving, or interested in working with numbers in some way, you're not going to want to miss this special panel conversation with these three young professionals who turned their passion (and expertise) for math into a career:
- Reena Shanker, Assistant Actuary, Global Casualty at Chubb
- Cara Drago, Senior Vice President, Catastrophe Modeling at Guy Carpenter
- Joanna Dearolf, Data Scientist, Global Analytics at Chubb
with Mickey Mullin, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Every day throughout this pandemic, we’ve seen how essential nurses and healthcare workers are to our world, and every day, we’ve seen these heroes in action saving lives affected by COVID-19. After working as a nurse for 30+ years, Mickey is now the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, helping future nurses discover their best fit at one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals.
with Charisse McGill, Founder of Lokal Artisan Foods and French Toast Bites
In November 2018, Charisse McGill resigned from her day job and two days later, opened her French Toast Bites stand in the middle of Philadelphia. In the first 45 days, she grossed 3/4 of her former annual salary, and since then, has opened up two retail locations, brought a product to market, and has participated in more than 180 events all over the region.
Check out our interview with Charisse where she told her story on how she built her business and pursued her passion for entrepreneurship… and how you can do the same.
with Kevin Chemidlin, Host and Creator of "Philly Who?"
In 2018, while working as an insurance software developer, Kevin Chemidlin launched the Philly Who? podcast telling the story of the doers, thinkers, and performers in Philadelphia. Now, he’s producing podcasts full time, and helping other podcasters to do the same.
Our conversation with Kevin on Instagram Live was PACKED with career advice on how Kevin turned podcasting into a full-time job, tactics for launching your own podcast, resources, book recommendations, equipment you should (or shouldn’t) buy, and so much more.
with Celina McCabe, Campus Recruitment Programs Manager at Dorman Products, Inc.
We had the opportunity to get all the secrets from a recruiter’s perspective on what job seekers should be doing when they apply to a job or internship opportunity. Celina has worked in talent placement for more than 20 years… so you know she had some good tips to share!
with Jen Devor, Civic Impact Manager at The Economy League
This is a fantastic conversation with Jen Devor, Civic Impact Manager at The Economy League on Instagram Live. Jen shared SO MANY tips on how to network during virtual events, the best ways to connect with someone on LinkedIn, and even the most embarrassing thing that has happened to Jen at a networking event…
We say it all the time: Philly is the best city to be a young professional and launch your career. We love learning about “Campus Philly success stories” – students that went to college in the Philadelphia region, and stayed here after graduating, falling in love with the city as a spot to grow professionally.
Check out our interview with three young professionals with different “Philly stories” to share:
- Debora Charmelus, Events and Marketing Specialist
- Cory Dulaney, Support Coach – Center for Male Engagement at Community College of Philadelphia
- Ella Strauss, Coordinator for Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation
Kambi’s Rebecca Keane, Talent Acquisition Specialist, and Ben Porter, Sports Trader
Kambi is the leading provider of premium sports betting and technology services, with eight offices across the globe—including their Philadelphia location in The Wanamaker Building.
Check out this interview with Kambi’s Rebecca Keane, Talent Acquisition Specialist, and Ben Porter, Sports Trader and learn all about the innovative sports betting industry, along with Kambi’s amazing perks (office ping-pong, anyone?) and more!
Shaun Baer, a full-stack developer at Bluecadet; and Phoebe Quincy, technical community builder at Elastic
Knowing the fundamentals of coding opens up the door to the many different career paths in the tech industry. But where do you start?
Check out this special panel discussion centered on launching a career in coding – how to teach yourself to code, the resources available to you RIGHT NOW, and how our two panelists got to where they are today, and what they love the most about their jobs.
with PR & Marketing Specialist Jaime Martorana
Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, today Eastern State Penitentiary stands in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.
We sat down with Eastern State Penitentiary’s Public Relations and Marketing Specialist all about her career in PR at Philly’s coolest, and creepiest, location.
with Pennoni's Talent Acquisition Associate Marvin Johnson
We asked Marvin Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Pennoni, everything we wanted to know about what it’s like to be on the other side of the interview table, including how to stand out among the other applicants, how to write a cover letter, and the ways that YOU can grow your network, from anywhere, at any time.
with Dave Silver, Founder and CEO of REC Philly
Check out our interview with Dave Silver, Founder and CEO of REC Philly, the hub for Philly’s creative creativity, about what it was like starting a business and the lessons he’s learned along the way, plus how to turn creative passions into a career, and how college students can get involved in the creative community today.
Danielle from @full_on_philly, and Liz & Syama from @allwedoiseatt
We chatted with three college student foodies – Danielle from @full_on_philly, and Liz & Syama from @allwedoiseatt – about how you can kickstart your own IG foodie account (or any IG brand!), enjoy complimentary tasting menus, and experience the best of Philly’s food scene.
with Patrick Best, Vice President and Manager of Talent Acquisition at WSFS Bank
This is a not-to-miss conversation for anyone who is feeling unsure about their next steps after graduation. We chatted with Patrick Best, Vice President and Manager of Talent Acquisition at WSFS Bank, about career resources for college students and recent graduates, including resume and job search advice, job boards to check out, and how to own your non-linear story, especially in a job interview.
with Anna Papalia, Founder of The Shift Profile
Let's face it: while virtual interviews might not be the same as in-person interviews, there are a lot of ways that this can be a positive thing, and Anna Papalia, Founder of Shift Profile, shared a ton of resources, tips, and advice for nailing the virtual interview.