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SC48: I Am Not My Hair

It's 2018 and we are still having conversations about hairstyles and fashion choices as a career differentiator or limiting factor in the workplace. We say that we embrace diversity and are inclusive, but are we? When we produce websites, brochures and other material that showcase the people who work at our organizations, do they reflect the people who we say we are trying to attract?


SC47: Are You Ready

This Hot Topic episode asks a simple, yet thought provoking question that will help you both assess and prepare for being promoted to the next level.


SC46: Preventative Maintenance is Not Just for Vehicles

This is the kickoff of Year TWO of Beyond the Bench: STEMulating Career Conversations. We perform preventative maintenance for our vehicles, but do we do it for our careers? In this episode we explore 4 key items that should be on your Career Preventative Maintenance checklist.


SC45: One Year Anniversary Episode

A milestone reached! Celebrating one year of the podcast with a compilation favorite quotes and words of career advise from the Beyond the Bench guests over the past year.


SC44 Hot Topic: Open Letter to STEM students

A little over two years ago, I wrote an open letter to STEM graduate students about preparing for their next steps. Today, I give voice to the letter!


SC43 Hot Topic: Success Questions

There are no right or wrong answers. You will not have to share your responses with anyone. All you have to do is be honest and the answers just may reveal the key to your success. 1. When you measure your successes, whose measuring stick do you use? 2. If “success is a failure turned inside out”, how many of your failures have you turned into successes? 3. How often has a fear of success prevented you from pursuing your dreams? 4. What is your plan for sustaining your success once you...


SC42: From STEM Researcher to College President Tuajuanda Jordan

Ascending to the position of college president is likely not at the forefront of one's mind while doing scientific research in graduate school or when beginning as a new faculty member. It definitely was not the case for Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, but after heeding the advice of a mentor, she accepted an opportunity to explore the other "enlightened" side academia. Though she loved teaching and doing research, this initial experience in administration was one that would change the course of her...


SC41: Dr. Angela Ragin Wilson is a Chemist Leading a Public Health team at the CDC

Chemists are needed in the public health sector. When Dr. Angela Ragin-Wilson completed her Master's degree in chemistry, she landed a position as a bench scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. It didn't take long, however, for her to realize that she needed more. With the support and encouragement of a strong mentor, she enrolled in a PhD program. The next steps on her path led her to begin a rewarding and unexpected career at the Centers for Disease Control. After spending a few...


SC40: The PhD-JD Career Path of Kenrick Vidale

A PhD in a STEM field combined with a JD is a powerful combination and has afforded our guest an exciting career path. In this week's conversation, Dr. Kenrick Vidale shares his journey from a PhD in organic chemistry, through going to law school part time while working a full time job in the pharma industry, to passing the Bar in multiple States, and now a full fledged attorney who has worked in both pharma and the chemicals sectors. Connect with him on Facebook or Linked In!


SC39: Latane E. Bracket, III-The Electrical Engineer Who Creates Mental Morsels for Leadership

An internship at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) was a great experience for the budding electrical engineer because it prompted him to seek careers outside of the traditional lab environment. Over the course of his career, he gained experiences in a variety of fields spanning foods to pharmaceutical manufacturing and held roles at levels of increased responsibility. At each step, he learned and observed some valuable leadership skills which he now coins as "...


SC38 Hot Topic: What Does your Yes Mean?

If you never say no, what does your yes really mean? Your ‘yes’ may have various meanings, but in this Hot Topic we explore what a ‘yes’ means in the context of 1.) association 2.) prioritization 3.) prioritization.


SC37 Hot Topic: Celebration, Motivation, Vacation!

Celebrating the success of others can serve as a motivator.


SC36: Dr. Gloria Thomas- Researcher, Leader, Mom and Teacher

Keeping an open mind is one of the things that has been critical to the successes of Dr. Gloria Thomas. A series of professional and personal events led her back to her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she has expanded her STEM wings and now serves as the Director of the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University. This superwoman mom is a prime example of how marketable and valuable a STEM degree is. She is also a member of a distinct group of scientists who have...


SC35:Dr. Melissa Vaught-the Biochembelle of Social Media

Dr. Melissa Vaught, known on social media platforms as @biochembelle, started her STEM journey at a community college in Virginia with initial hopes of going into a medical field. However, she fell in love with chemistry and her career path took a turn which led her down the road to a PhD, two postdocs, and two very rewarding positions--one on the East Coast, the other on the West Coast. Listen in as @biochembelle not only shares her STEM journey beyond the Bench, but also talks about why...


SC34: DEA Laboratory Director Mr. Darrell Davis

When Darrell Davis completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry, he had aspirations of teaching. However, a networking connection at a NOBCChE conference temporarily altered that path, and he began his career as a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Though several years of hard work and being open to opportunity, he became the laboratory director for the South Central District of the DEA. He became an expert in clandestine laboratories, and he made sure he...


SC33: The Truth About STEM Diversity and Inclusion

How do you give meaning and action to Diversity and Inclusion? It's not simple, and it will make most uncomfortable. If we truly want to become more diverse and inclusive in the STEM community, we must provide opportunities to and take risks on those who are not mirror images of ourselves. @drqualls on Twitter


SC32: The Wright STEM Career Transitions- Emotionally, Mentally, Spiritually and Physcially.

In Episode 22, we met the newly minted PhD Dr. Melody Wright and she shared her joys of landing her first role outside since obtaining her degree. She transitioned into a role that was atypical for someone with her background, but with hard work and determination, she landed the role. Fast forward 3 months, and she gives an update that she has resigned from that position. Stress seriously impacted her mental, emotional, and physical well being. Her message as to why and what prompted her...


SC31 Hot Topic: Growth Areas

When you look back over your career journey, what are the areas that you can see personal and professional growth?


SC30 Hot Topic: 28 Days of Growth

February is Black History Month but did you know it was also Growth Month?


SC29 Hot Topic: February 1 is my PhD Anniversay!

February 1st marks the anniversary of my journey Beyond the Bench. In this episode, I share advice on the STEMulating conversations I would have liked to have had as a graduate student.