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Rita B. Leahy Career Series - Recordings

Past Sessions & Recordings

Spring 2020

Careers in Consulting for PhDs - Thursday, 3/5/20

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 Kenyatta Albeny, PhD   Kenyatta Albeny, PhD, Comparative Literature & English, 2015, PMO Solutionist, PM Solutions

Kenyatta Albeny is a PMO Solutionist, where she provides writing, editing, and analysis support to SMEs across disciplines in support of a major health initiative with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Her management consulting career has included technical writing and project management assignments with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Justice. 


   Jen He, PhD, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, 2017, Senior Consultant, EY

 Jen He is a Senior Consultant in the Quantitative Advisory Services group within the Financial Services Risk Management practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She has 9 years of experience in quantitative research and policy evaluation. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics specializing in microeconomics and applied econometrics. 


Fall 2019

Advocacy & Policy Careers for PhDs - 11/20/2019

photo Marisa Franco  Marisa Franco, PhD

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Department of Psychology, Counseling Psychology, 2017

Marisa Franco uses research to help inform projects that target global poverty. She also writes for Psychology Today, where she shares research on friendship and relationships. She is a former professor at Georgia State University.

photo Katherine Johnson  Katherine (Jo) Johnson, PhD

Social Scientist and Earthquake Risk Mitigation Policy Analyst, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 
Department of Anthropology, Applied Environmental Anthropology, 2016

Katherine (Jo) Johnson is inspired to tackle complex problems which span the human, natural, and built environments. At NIST, Jo is involved with research that will help improve the performance of buildings to better mitigate natural hazards risks and accommodate the needs of inhabitants. Jo was a AAA Science and Technology Fellow from 2017-2019.

photo Giordano Palloni  Giordano Palloni, PhD

Research Fellow, Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Department of Economics, Economics, 2015

Giordano Palloni's current research focuses on three related topics: exploring the determinants of maternal and early childhood health, evaluating health and education programs targeted towards children, and understanding how childhood experiences evolve into adult outcomes.

Careers for PhDs in Data Science - 10/01/2019

  Vasilis Sotiris, PhD

Director of Data Science at Cerebri AI
Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation, 2011

Vasilis Sotiris has worked at Capital One, KPMG, Barclays and Dun and Bradstreet. He recently became the Director of Data Science at Cerebri AI - a successful tech start up with investment from M12, formerly Microsoft Ventures. Cerebri AI, has created a product that is fundamentally changing how customer-facing sales and success professionals can analyze the customer journey.

  Sherika Sylvester, PhD

Lead Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Department of Biology, Systems Neuroscience, Postdoctoral Alumna, 2016-2017

Sherika Sylvester specializes in providing analytical support and data science solutions to problems in the life sciences and healthcare industries. She is also an active member of DataKind DC, a volunteer organization that partners with organizations to deliver impactful data products for social good.

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