Career Pivots Online Panel

Join our panel of professionals as they discuss the successes of their own career pivots, as well as things they wish they would have done differently.

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About the Past Event

While some professionals stay in the same field over the course of their entire career, it is becoming increasingly common to make career changes. In fact, recent data has shown that up to 70 perecent of the workforce is actively looking to transition fields. Still, the space between preparing for a transition and making the jump can be overwhelming. Career changes come with mixed emotions, financial and time management considerations, and plenty of uncertainty as you plan your next steps. 

Join our online panel of professionals on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6pm (CST) as they discuss the successes of their own career pivots, as well as things they wish they would have done differently. They will also share tips for leveraging previous experiences and skills in a new field to further empower attendees in their next steps.

Speaking at the event

Julianne Bartz, Medical Writing and Editing student.

Julianne Bartz (Panelist)

PDC Student Advisory Board Member | Scientist, Forge Biologics

Julianne Bartz is a Scientist at Forge Biologics where she is responsible for developing and qualifying release essays for human drug therapies. Before joining Forge, Bartz spent a combined 17 years completing pre-clinical drug trials for a contract research organization and an academic laboratory...

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Brooke Grant

Brooke Grant, JD, M.Ed., SHRM-SCP (Panelist)

PDC Student Advisory Board Member

Brooke Grant joined the University of Connecticut in 2023 as a labor relations associate and labor and employment attorney after serving over twenty years as a leader in the United States Coast Guard.Brooke earned her law degree from Tulane University and is licensed to practice in Connecticut. She...

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Cristina Naranjo Ortiz, UChicago certificate student

Cristina Naranjo Ortiz, PhD (Panelist)

PDC Student Advisory Board Member | Medical Writer

Cristina Naranjo Ortiz is a Scientific Writer at Yale Cancer Center, focusing on clinical and regulatory writing. Before her current role, Cristina accumulated two decades of experience in clinical practice, clinical research, and academia.Her educational background includes a Ph.D. and a Master of...

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Sherri L. Ter Molen

Sherri L. Ter Molen, PhD (Panelist)

PDC Student Advisory Board Member | Communication Professional, Writer and Editor

Sherri L. Ter Molen is a communication professional, writer, and editor based in Chicago. She completed the University of Chicago’s online Editing certificate program in 2022. She also holds a PhD in communication from Wayne State University, an MA in organizational and multicultural communication...

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Heather McAdams Caldwell

Heather McAdams Caldwell, MA, BA (Moderator)

PDC Student Advisory Board Member

Heather McAdams Caldwell has a master’s degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University. She has worked as a copy editor for ten years and was most recently the publisher at Bridge & Tunnel Books, an independent literary press based in...

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