2013 Program

Take Hold of the Future

April 24, 2013, 7:30am - 12:00pm, Tresidder Student Union, Oak Room
Followed by PhD-Postdoctoral Career Fair from 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Register before April 23 and arrive at the conference before 8:00am to be entered into a raffle for 3 iPad minis!


Registration and Breakfast


Welcome  – Anaïs Saint-Jude, Founder & Director, BiblioTech at Stanford


Keynote  –  Geoffrey Moore, Author, Speaker, Advisor
"Liberal Arts Docs in a Digital Era: A New Narrative"



Keynote – Jeff Thermond, Entrepreneur in Residence, XSeed Capital
"5 Big Ideas, 5 Great Liberal Arts Thinkers, 5 Humongous New Markets, and their links in 15 minutes"


PhD Pitch Competition

Scott Bartling, PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures - "Aesthetics and Thinking outside the Box"
Darci Gardner, PhD Candidate, French - "Rereading as Requirement"
Aleksei Lund, PhD Candidate, History - "Research is Entrepreneurship"
Whitney Trump, PhD Candidate, English - "Always Another Edition"
Tom Winterbottom, PhD Candidate, Iberian Languages and Cultures - "When in Rio"


Coffee Break


PhDs in Business: Stories from the Field

Bradford Harris, Executive Vice President, Xumma Cola, Inc. and PhD Candidate, History, Stanford University - "Reciprocal Inspiration: How starting a business made me a better academic...and vice versa!"

Adam Howell Barker, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, Magnum Wireless, LLC; MA, Art History Columbia University; BA Art History (Honors) and Internal Relations (Honors), Stanford University - "Shot to Pluto"

Ilja Gruen, Managing Partner, Silicon Valley Innovation Center; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University; Adjunct Professor, USF; PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University - "Connecting the Dots" 

Kathryn Hume, Marketing Content Specialist, IntApp; PhD, Comparative Literature, Stanford University - "Bringing Intellectual History to Product Marketing"

Jane Penner, Head of Investor Relations, Google; PhD candidate (ABD) and MA, English, University of Pennsylvania; BA, English Literature, Williams College - "The Humanities Gone Google"

Michelle Rhee-Weise, Education Senior Research Fellow, Innosight Institute; PhD, English, Stanford University - "Nothing wasted"

Jessica Weare, Citizenship & Philanthropy Coordinator, Microsoft Silicon Valley; PhD, English, Stanford University - "Accelerator"


Keynote – Herman Gyr, Founding Partner, Enterprise Development Group
"Take hold of the future: it's going to be a wild ride, and you'll end up doing things you never imagined possible -- and love it!"




Conference concludes

14:00 - 18:00

PhD-Postdoctoral Career Fair