Connect ’17 – Gender in the Workplace and Notes from the Lab: Careers in Research

Connect ’17. This conference-style event will bring together 20+ distinguished alumni from the College to help students learn about diverse career paths that begin in the liberal arts and sciences.

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Gender in the Workplace

Part of Connect ‘17

Friday, March 3

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Maple Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Discuss the role gender plays in the world of work with alumni from a variety of industries and environments. Topics include: workplace expectations, gender equity, and self-advocacy.


Notes from the Lab: Careers in Research

Part of Connect ‘17

Friday, March 3

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Connect with alumni who discovered interesting and unique jobs with their technical skills and research acumen. Topics include: career paths outside academia and finding opportunities.


Here is a list of confirmed alumni who will be attending the conference:


Linda Voss, Journalism

Project Creation, Direction and Management – NASA


Katie Fagan, IMP

A&R Manager at Prescription Songs – Kemosabe Records


Thom Patterson, Journalism and English

Digital Senior Producer – CNN


Jim Trilling, Political Science and Economics – LAMP

Attorney – Division of Privacy and Identity Protection – Federal Trade Commission


Nancy Labiner, French

Vice President, Global Business Partner for Finance and HCM – Goldman, Sachs & Co.


Gail Robertson, Psychology and Religious Studies

Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow – Children’s Mercy Hospital


Keith Sims, Anthropology and NELC

School Therapist – Adult and Child Care


Krista Short, Journalism

Digital Marketing Production Associate – Hannapin Marketing


Rebecca Homkes, Political Science

Founder and Director – 21st Century Strategy


Greg Shugar, Telecommunications

Co-Founder – Thread Experiment


Jennifer Rinker, Chemistry

Senior Researcher – Proctor & Gamble


Shannon Hori Cogan, Journalism

Anchor – CBS 4 Louisville


Lia Mortensen, Theater



Sacha Thieme, Sociology

Executive Director, Admissions – Indiana University


Julie Singer, Sociology and Religious Studies

Financial Advisor – Raymond James & Associates


Abrim Schmuker, Chemistry

Senior Chemist – The Dow Chemical Company


Paul Bosler, English and Political Science

Product Manager – Fuchs Lubricants Co.


Michael Dixon – Biology

Vice President, Client Service & Support – Charles Schwab & Co, Inc.


Jennifer Grubb – Biology

Researcher – The Bishop Lab; Actor


Dana Olsen – Apparel Merchandising

Lecturer – Indiana University


Brandi Vardiman – Psychology

Founding Principal – KIPP Star Harlem College Preparatory Elementary School