Career Symposium


Our Fall 2017 Career Symposium will be held on Saturday, November 18th, at Boston University.

Online registration has closed.

Walk-in registration will be accepted at the Career Symposium, $10 cash only.

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2017 Fall Career Symposium Schedule


Workshop Information

"Own Your Worth: Building Salary Negotiation Skills"

Salary negotiation is a scary word! However in this tough job market, it can be intimidating to can ask for more. This especially affects women and people of color who are often not empowered to negotiate for the same salary as their peers. Massachusetts has taken several initiatives to correct this wage gap ( and it begins with professional development at the start of your career. 


What will you will gain from this workshop?

  • Understanding the gender wage gap and why it matters
  • How to define your worth in the job marketplace
  • Salary negotiation best practices
  • Practicing negotiation techniques
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About the Instructor

Ashley Paré is the Founder of Own Your Worth, LLC.  Her mission is to break glass ceilings through career negotiation.  Ashley has over 12 years experience in corporate HR and is passionate about equal pay. She coaches women to ask for what they are worth, busts HR myths, leads workshops, is a speaker, and develops fair pay policies for companies.  Ashley lives in Boston, is a Lean In Circle leader, facilitates for the AAUW Work Smart program, and leads HR efforts for the Americas and EMEA regions at Tufin Software .  You can find out more about her work, upcoming webinars, and events at


On Saturday, November 19th 2016, we held our inaugural Fall Career Symposium. We thank all who joined us and helped make the event a great success. Going forward, we plan to continue offering this event every Fall, separate from our Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) that we offer every Spring.

Below are photos from this first Fall Career Symposium.

Starting this year, we will begin hosting our annual Career Symposium in the fall, to allow us to offer even greater programming to both the Career Symposium and the Research Conference.

Schedule and Events

*Due to scheduling issues, we had to eliminate the Alternative Careers Panel. These topics will be addressed in the first workshop.

Workshop #1: How to Start Your Own Biotech Company

This workshop will be a town hall style discussion with Dr. Chaturvedi about the ins and outs of starting your own biotech company. Pravin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Oceanyx Pharmaceuticals, the President and CEO of Pivot Pharmaceuticals, and the CSO of Napo Pharmaceuticals. He has spent the last 25+ years in drug development and as an entrepreneur in the biotech industry.

Come prepared with questions!

Workshop #2: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interviews

This essential skills workshop will cover resume basics, cover letter tips, and interview preparation. The career consultants will teach attendees how to format resumes (or C.V.’s). Basic interview questions will also be covered and tips about the “job search” process will be discussed in relation to proper social media use.

Roy Simmons, Freelance Consultant, Simmons Management Services, LLC
Professor Patrick Gordon, Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Roy and Patrick are career consultants with both industrial (R&D, Manufacturing, Project Management, Divisional Staff, and Department Management) and academic (Lecturer and Adjunct) experience. They have joined forces that apply to present career programs for undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and mid-career scientists/engineers.

Networking Mixer

After the symposium, attendee's are welcome to join us for food and drinks at the Red Hat. The bar is located at 9 Bowdoin Street a few blocks from the Simches Research Center. We will be there from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.


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