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33 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Leadership Lessons with Jordan Birnbaum
On this week's episode, Jordan Birnbaum, VP and Chief Behavioral Economist at ADP, shares nuggets of practical, powerful wisdom for leading high-performing teams. Drawing from his unique career journey - from securities trader, to senior VP in the middle of an IPO at Juno Online Services, to owner and CEO of a multi-million-dollar media production and live event studio on Hollywood Boulevard - Jordan delivers high-impact, actionable advice during this week's interview, including: - How to interpret and understand motivations in human behavior within organizations - Applying a "What's-in-it-for-me" and "What's-in-it-for-us" leadership model to maximize organizational performance - Why to focus on 3 employee needs - autonomy, mastery, and relatedness - to be an effective leader - The role of persuasion and how to use authentic, honest strategies for moving your team forward As organizational and workplace structures are reconfigured in response to the pandemic, you won't want to miss Jordan's fascinating and widely applicable insights.
20 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Pathogens, Public Health, and the Pandemic with Iain MacLeod, Ph.D.
In this week's episode, Iain MacLeod Ph.D., co-founder, CEO and Chief Science Officer of Aldatu Biosciences, joins Mark in discussing a range of issues related to virology and public health - and why we can't "vaccinate our way out of the pandemic". Topics include: How Iain became interested in pathology and virology What motivated Iain to get his law degree and how it informs his work and professional perspective What led Iain to co-found Aldatu Biosciences and his priority projects there right now Iain's February 2021 article in StatNews in which he makes a point that may startle - and likely disappoint - readers, writing: “We can’t vaccinate our way out of this pandemic. And the myopic focus on achieving herd immunity through mass vaccination may even make it tougher for America — and the world — to defeat Covid-19.” The need to strengthen the U.S. public health infrastructure and how Iain would prioritize the improvements
34 minutes | May 28, 2021
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome with Kris Kelso
On this week's episode, serial successful entrepreneur, mentor, and author Kris Kelso discusses key leadership topics and his new book, “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence” (https://overcomingtheimpostor.com). Certified as a leadership coach, Kris has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and leadership teams. He is also a contributing writer for publications including Fast Company, Authority Magazine, and The Nashville Business Journal. Kris has founded multiple companies and served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations. His reading List for Entrepreneurs can be found at https://www.kriskelso.com/entrepreneurs-reading-list/ On this episode, you'll learn about Kris's high-impact work and insights, such as: - The similarity - in neurological terms - of brain activity triggered by anxiety and brain activity resulting from excitement and how to use this proximity as a way to manage Impostor Syndrome. - Whether Impostor Syndrome can be overcome or whether it merely must be managed - Why Chris thinks Impostor Syndrome isn’t discussed more and why there aren’t more resources for how to cope with, and overcome, it - How being part of supportive communities, such as those organized by UNH's Graduate School (e.g., Winter Writing Retreat, writing accountability group), can help reveal that others are struggling with similar problems, a realization that can be helpful in overcoming Impostor Syndrome - Imposter Syndrome through the intersectionality lens, i.e., how experiencing and addressing Impostor Syndrome can differ when our multiple and intersecting identities are considered, such as whether Impostor Syndrome should be addressed differently in cases of a white male, a black female, or an international graduate student - similarities, differences, and what educators need to keep in mind
34 minutes | May 14, 2021
Communicating with Policymakers with IEEE-USA's Government Relations Director Russ Harrison
This week's episode features Russ Harrison, Director of Government Relations for IEEE-USA, the American component of the world’s largest technical professional society, IEEE, with nearly 170,000 individual members across the United States. IEEE-USA supports the career growth and public policy interests of its members, who are technical professionals. Our conversation covered a range of advocacy and policy issues, including: Common misperceptions about policymaking Russ hears from audiences during his frequent talks with IEEE-USA members, their questions, and how he responds to them Areas Russ believes technical professionals - in general - need to further develop to be successful as advocates for their policy priorities Which assets technical professionals have in interactions with policymakers and their staffs - including some that perhaps engineers, for example, don’t even realize they have How advocacy has been affected by COVID Central principles of Russ's own advocacy approach, and how his approach has developed over the years IEEE-USA’s priorities for shaping policy and how Russ sees policy and regulation developing in the future
22 minutes | May 7, 2021
The Phuture is Now, with Roshi Rao, Ph.D.
This week's episode features, Roshni Rao, PhD, inaugural Director of PHutures, the new resource for PhDs and Postdocs at the Johns Hopkins University, discussing professional development, life design and connections. Topics include: The PHutures initiative at Johns Hopkins - its mission and Roshni's goals for the program What it was like and how she was able to address and overcome the challenges associated with all the major, on-the-fly changes required by the pandemic The kinds of programming PHutures offers As a leader who earned her PhD in the U.S. and did her Postdoc in Washington, DC, how her perspective on the international PhD and Postdoc experience is influenced by her own first-hand experience. How being a non-U.S. citizen studying and training in the U.S. at the PhD and Postdoc levels ties to career exploration and also how Roshni is addressing - as director of PHutures - some of these specific challenges, like navigating visas As someone now in a leadership role at one of the most prestigious U.S. universities, does imposter syndrome still manifest itself and how Roshni helps PhD students and Postdocs cope with - and hopefully conquer - imposter syndrome What Roshni means by “relationship building” when she emphasizes its importance to her students and trainees and how she “teaches” it, if you will, along with examples or illustrations she uses to help her program participants internalize it How relationship-building has benefited her career and whether she always was adept at building professional relationships One thing that listeners could do today to initiate or strengthen a beneficial professional relationship? Looking over the horizon, how she sees demand across PhD and Postdoc programs in the U.S. developing for the types of transferable skills that PHutures offers
36 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Ants, Academia, and Industry Transition with Palesa Mothapo, Ph.D.
In this week's episode, I'm joined by Palesa Mothapo, Ph.D., Head of Postdoctoral Research Support in Stellenbosch University’s Division for Research Development located in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s Western Cape province, for an informative and interesting discussion of topics including: - How Palesa first developed her interest in Zoology and then later, decided to focus on invasive species - In her role at Stellenbosch University, where she helps postdocs making the transition from academia to industry, the types of skill development strategies and resources she draws upon in working with her trainees - Which knowledge, skills, or abilities postdocs typically already possess that Palesa finds are most relevant to a transition to industry, and which are often most in need of further development - How Palesa goes about helping trainees learn to effectively communicate complex scientific topics to general audiences and her own approach to translating and distilling her research work so it’s engaging and accessible to non-experts - What it was like for Palesa to serve as a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2018 and how she feels the experience may have influenced her perspective and work - Palesa's plans and goals for 2021
23 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
"The Introvert Revolution" with Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD
In Dr. Kahnweiler's second appearance on the show, the "Champion of Introverts" discusses her new book, "Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces", and a range of related topics, including: - The benefits and risks for introverts of remote work and how to avoid “Creative Paralysis” - Finding the right balance of connection and downtime for introverts, who tend to need time alone to recharge, and the role of co-working spaces as a way to strike that balance - How the “Introvert Revolution”, as Dr. Kahnweiler calls it, has shaped attitudes of employers over time with respect to introverts - Should introverts mention that personality trait during a job interview with a potential employer? - How and whether extroverts should strive to also tap into characteristics of introverts - to be an ambivert, as she mentions in your book ? - How Dr. Kahnweiler sees the environment for introverts post-pandemic, in terms of the prevalence of introvert-friendly polices, more commonly accepted communication channels, and related issues
31 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Science Communication, Mentoring, and 3-MT with Jovana Milosavljevic-Ardeljan, Ph.D.
Jovana Milosavljevic-Ardeljan, Ph.D. is a scholar from Serbia who came to the U.S. in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Linguistics and stayed for her Ph.D. in Education specializing in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. In this episode, we discuss a range of science communication and mentoring topics affecting Ph.D.s, including: Why Science communication skills and their importance tends to be downplayed in Ph.D. programs The consequences of underdeveloped communication skills in various settings, from employment to mentoring relationships How Jovana's experience teaching English as a second language in her home country of Serbia informs her current work at University of New Hampshire Themes and learnings for healthy, productive mentor-mentee relationships covered during the 3-part series on mentor-mentee relationships she developed and delivers The Northeast U.S. and Canada regional competition of Three-Minute Thesis (3-MT) One thing listeners can do right after listening to the show that would improve their communication skills
38 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
"Living Brave" Leadership with Performance Coach Guy Bloom
In this special episode, executive coach, team effectiveness consultant, author, and podcast host Guy Bloom explains his "Living Brave" approach, talks about his new book "Living Brave Leadership" and related performance topics such as: What's "Living Brave" leadership and how can it strengthen your own leadership muscles? How Guy went from a 4-time martial arts Hall of Famer to a winner of the UK’s Training Journal Magaine’s Best Leadership Program How Guy enables leaders, teams and organizations to lead without the need of positional power. What Guy means by “Living Brave Leadership”, the term he coined to describe his leadership approach The types of services Guy delivers through his consulting firm What Guy means about “Beating the Drum” within an organization until the organization resonates. How can scientists - typically trained to follow the data - be effective leaders? How does someone get the courage - particularly experts who know the facts and have the evidence - to speak up? What’s one thing listeners can do after the interview to start on the journey to “Living Brave”?
37 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Science Policy and Communication with Bill and Emma Dauster
In a first father-daughter interview on the podcast, Bill and Emma Dauster discuss important science communication and policy issues, including: – Approaches that Bill, a longtime public policy expert, has found scientists employ that are particularly effective in getting their message across to politicians and common missteps to avoid – Notable differences between persuading a scientific advisor compared to a politician that a research project is important and/or deserving of funding – How Emma’s science background as a PhD student in Neuroscience and Behavior informs her views on politics – When Bill was working in the Senate and the White House, which qualities and skills did effective scientist-staffers he supervised or worked with seem to possess – The best entry points for scientists who want to get into the policy arena, including at the local, state, or federal level and Legislative Branch compared to Executive Branch – The importance of diversity in research – Scientists are trained to “follow the data”, but public policies are shaped by, and embedded with, political considerations like the “equity” of a proposal, not just how efficient it may be, or the power of certain group in society to bend a policy to its benefit, for example. How these factors can challenge scientists interested in policymaking, as it’s not just “all about the data”
20 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Translating Data as Stories, the Future of Work, and Career Advice with Unum Chief Operating Officer Mike Simonds
This week's episode features Mike Simonds, the Chief Operating Officer of Unum, a leading provider of disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision benefits through the workplace that serves 39 million people worldwide covering 182,000 businesses in the U.S. and the U.K. that offer benefits provided by Unum. We discuss a range of workplace culture and skills issues, including: Unum's strong Multicultural Leadership Development Program The leadership qualities Unum seeks to cultivate in participants in its talent development programs The importance of storytelling in presenting data and understanding data doesn't "speak for itself" The types of skills and attributes Unum considers to be key when recruiting potential new hires The future of work evolving or transforming as a result of changes in response to COVID? Mike's career advice for listeners who may be interested in data science outside of academia but don't know where to begin
25 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Connect Before You Communicate with Start-Up Founder Jenny Ro, PhD
This episode features Jenny Ro, Ph.D., who's had a fascinating career journey so far. While a college student, Jenny worked with four companies, including Proctor & Gamble, and commercialized her own invention without a patent. During our conversation, Jenny describes being mentored by “Super Connectors” and learning how to build human relationships to solve problems. Jenny's goal is to enable everyone to do that. We discussed a range of topics relating to innovation, mentoring, and the importance of effective communication, such as: - Jenny's story about her biologist days and how Ohio State football helped her conduct her field research - How she perfected her "story" as she made her way through the fields of Ohio looking for wild birds - What led Jenny to start her company CuriousReactor and what her plans are for the future of the company - How the company can benefit scientists, who often may be introverts - Jenny's belief that the tech transfer system is broken and what should be done to fix it - Jenny's thoughts on when an idea is worth patenting and when it’s not worth it, as much can be done without a patent - Why Jenny believes that COVID is accelerating connections - Why Jenny thinks the peer review process will be affected in the longer term, after we move beyond the current COVID circumstances
26 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Women's Leadership in Science and Entrepreneurship with Mary Phillips Foley, Ph.D..
Today's episode features Mary Foley Phillips, PhD. Mary’s mission is to empower women to take control of their destinies and make decisions according to their values, with the ultimate goal of growing the pipeline of strong women business leaders, women sitting on governance and scientific advisory boards, and women business mentors. We discussed a range of topics, including: - Mary's leadership in her 500 Women Scientists chapter and her motivation for creating monthly pub talks on scientific topics. - What surprised her about the pub talks - Why she thinks scientists are attracted to participate in these events and how she thinks participation has affected the way these scientists talk about their research to general audiences - The reaction from patrons at the pub during the talks and whether they ask questions or engage at all - As a leader in Research Development for many years, putting together teams to go after grants, for example, what common features Mary found across successful grant winners - The lessons Mary feels she learned as a start-up founder, and what would she would do differently - if anything - were she to start another company in the future
28 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
How to Succeed at Translational Science with Richard Nugent, JD
Richard Nugent is passionate about helping others make the most of their innovations. His expertise is Intellectual Property Strategy, Competitive Intelligence, IP Training, and related services. On this episode of When Science Speaks, we discuss a range of issues related to translating science into the commercial realm, including; - Richard's methodology for working with PhDs and researchers to help them translate their ideas and innovations into commercial products - Some of the common challenges he finds that can trip up scientists as they work to make the journey through translational science - Some examples of both successful translation to the marketplace and unsuccessful attempts - Certain attributes Richard has found during his long experience of working with scientists and their IP that are solid indicators a particular scientist or team is more likely to be successful - or not - The kind of training Richard recommends for scientists interested in translational science to help them improve the likelihood of success - Some of the blindspots inventors aren’t even aware of as they’re getting started in translational science - One piece of advice Richard would give inventors interested in translational science
26 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
How to Change Anyone's Mind with Author of the Catalyst Jonah Berger, PhD
In this episode, I discuss the roots and applications of effective, authentic persuasion with New York Times best-selling author Jonah Berger, PhD, including topics such as: How Jonah got interested in persuasion and decision-making What fascinates him about these topics In The Catalyst, Jonah writes about “Reactance”, which he describes as the negative feeling experienced when told what to do, often triggering resistance and rejection of whatever it is. How should policy makers address Reactance if the goal is to encourage widespread mask-wearing and vaccination, now that we have vaccines approved as safe and effective in the U.S. Jonah writes about another powerful force affecting people’s decision-making process- “Endowment” - which he defines as the increased value people place on things they’ve been doing or owning for a while, like a home, for example. How can those who want to authentically and honestly persuade take Endowment into account in their persuasion efforts. The role of emotion, not just data, is so important in persuasion. What Jonah says to those who aren’t comfortable invoking emotion or the type of training that expressly teaches not to invoke emotion? Where can listeners go to learn more about your work? Any plans yet for your next book?
66 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Venture Capital to Growth Marketing with Jessica Li - Parts 1 and 2
In this week's 2-part episode, Mark talks with Jessica Li, who has a range of experience in VC, content development, and growth marketing. Mark and Jessica discuss a range of topics, including: Jessica's approach to interviewing guests when she develops content and how it informed her approach when potential portfolio companies wer pitching to her and her former colleagues at Sonoma Capital What makes a good interview, in Jessica's view In translating their science to the market, what do many founders get wrong (including the recognition that "translation" is even required)? In addition to being an investor and entrepreneur with a strong background in quantitative skills, Jessica also is a frequent writer for general audiences. The combination of these two abilities at such a high-caliber is unusual. How did her dual talents develop, and does she see any connections to her approach to writing and how she tackles challenges requiring expertise in quantitative principles? In addition to her mentoring of founders mentioned in the introduction, Jessica also is Head of Content at Elpha, an online forum for women in tech. Are there specific obstacles that women in tech encounter that are not experienced by their male counterparts? How can men in the industry support their female colleagues who may be faced with these challenges? Jessica has achieved quite a lot in her career journey so far, which still is in its early stages. What qualities have helped spur Jessica's successes so far? What advice does Jessica have for listeners who may be scientists or engineers thinking about entrepreneurship as a career choice?
41 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Global Venture Catalyst's Real World Innovation in a Virtual Environment with Mike Grandinetti and Iklaq Sidhu, PhD
Mike Grandinetti and Dr. Ikhlaq Sidhu first appeared on the show in November 2020 to discuss their plans and the then upcoming launch of the Global Venture Catalyst (GVC) platform and community. The GVC initiative is aligned with a number of COVID-19 innovation-focused podcasts that I collaborated on with Mike in the Spring and Summer of 2020 to highlight how a number of institutions, from Mass General Hospital to Georgia Tech to Rutgers to the Smith College Picker School of Engineering were breaking down silos and bringing together previously disparate groups to create critically needed ICU-class mechanical ventilators, incubation boxes, and face shields to overcome supply chain bottlenecks and life threatening shortages of this critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In this promised follow-up episode, Iklaq and Mike provide an update on the key take-ways of the GVC event, which operated on five continents simultaneously between January 9-17, 2021 Here's a quick executive summary of this exciting - and groundbreaking - initiative: 170 students participated with representation from the top 25 research universities globally and the top 20 MBA programs globally Successful global corporate collaboration with Medtronic, Dassault, Next Era Energy, Applied Material, Celonis, Elkem, Axel Springer, and others Successful participation of global VC funds and tech accelerators, including LearnLaunch EdTechAccelerator, Blockchain Founders Fund, Amazon LaunchPad, and others Successful participation of global advanced tech startups Major learnings Tested AI algorithms for creating student teams GVC's project-based team collaborations/spring are the new job interview GVC is creating the education program of the future by: - Unlocking latent potential of students - Providing project - based learning in real life situations (STARTUP ventures and firms) - Developing a professional profile for tech skills and also for proactive team behaviors (IQ/EQ/collaboration skills) - Delivering a benefit to all stakeholders - Helping students unlock potential, learn on real projects, and meet industry leaders and learn about industry players they likely would not have otherwise encountered - Participating companies get visibility with a sought-after talent pool, targeted recruiting opportunities, and can benefit from the solution of, or progress towards resolving, actual problems - Nurturing emerging ecosystems, diversity slate, and CSR GVC major take-aways 1. Global community of innovators across 5 continents came together very quickly 2. Validated huge gap between companies and young, hyper-current skilled students 3. Great tech talent is truly globally dispersed 4. Undergraduate students can make huge contributions 5. The design sprint methodology, infused with the innovation-engineering methodology - is powerful and effective across many “use cases” (AI/ Machine Learning; tech assessment; UI/CX; Minimum Viable Product) 6. It’s remarkable what can be achieved in a 4-day focused sprint to unleash innovation 7. Some students hired to be interns, for example: - Czech student with strong hired as intern by Boston EdTech company led by MIT CSEE grad) - US MechEng student with career goal to work in auto industry to be hired as intern by a European company building next gen EV lithium ion batteries Going Forward Plans Build a platform and a community Continue to grow global community Provide additional opportunities for students to realize their professional goals and ambitions through a range of programs, including: - Short term consulting projects - funded by scholarships/ stipends / etc.) - Fellowships to contribute to building GVC community - Create additional opportunities for companies to hire the very best students (both EQ/IQ) to support access to critical talent (including racially and ethnically diverse talent) and innovation activation goals through a range of programs - Leverage hybrid faculty, students - Launch more sprints, short-term consulting projects - Provide developing countries and regions with opportunities to help advance their students educational STEM skills by transcending limited local resources and expertise and integrating these participants them into a larger global digital ecosystem Relevant Resources Mentioned in This Episode: https://www.globalventurecatalyst.org/ https://www.globalventurecatalyst.org/blog https://www.linkedin.com/posts/markdanielbayer_entrepreneurship-startups-education-activity-6728332715592040449-rK5U/ https://whensciencespeaks.com/podcast/caring-for-covid-19-patients-creating-ventilator-design-challenge-with-rich-boyer-md-phd/ https://whensciencespeaks.com/podcast/georgia-techs-inventive-responses-to-ppe-shortage-with-chris-saldana-phd/
36 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Biochemistry PhD to Program Community Manager at the Zuckerman Institute with Chiara Bertipaglia, PhD
On this episode of "When Science Speaks", Chiara Bertipaglia, PhD shares her perspectives on a range of issues related to making the transition from researcher to the field of professional development, including: The work she does at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute What led her to decide she wanted to focus on professional development and community building How she managed that transition and whether she had supportive mentors to support her along the way Her training work in transferable skills, which is so important, particularly during this turbulent time, and how she views the dynamic of the increasing need for natural and social science PhDs and trainees to learn skills such as business concepts for scientists The challenges she experienced as she continued her training (Chiara earned her PhD in Germany), how she embarked on her career in the U.S., and overcome obstacles Chiara's advice to listeners who may be facing some of the same, or similar, trials and tribulations she experienced Thinking about her training curriculum, where she typically finds the biggest areas in need of improvement The one thing listeners can do today to be better communicators of their science to general audiences
27 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Impact Investing with Jaishree Singh, MSPH
In this episode, Mark and his guest, Jaishree Singh, discuss a range of issues related to impact investing, including: How Jaishree got involved in this dynamic, meaningful field, and what sort of knowledge, skills, and abilities enable her to be effective in her work The evolution of impact investing, including how it got started and the major industry players in the field How Jaishree overcomes the challenges of communicating data to general audiences and how she goes about doing it in a way that’s relatable and engaging With Jaishree's public health background and communications expertise, how how she believes information about COVID-19 should be better communicated
26 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
How scientists can impact public policy with Congressional Deputy Chief of Staff Jeremy Marcus
Note for listeners: This week's episode with Jeremy Marcus, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania, was recorded in September 2020, prior to the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January 2021. This week's episode features Jeremy Marcus, who's served for 7 years as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director in the office of U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA). Previously, Jeremy served as Legislative Director for former Congressman Russ Carnahan, Democrat of Missouri. On this week's episode, Mark and Jeremy discuss topics including: How Jeremy views the role of science and academic research in the policymaking process How Jeremy and his colleagues rely on outside experts Strategies or activities Jeremy considers effective and beneficial for staffers who work cooperatively with outside scientific advisors Unproductive or unhelpful behaviors from outside experts Jeremy has observed and pitfalls for PhDs and other experts to avoid For scientists and other subject matter experts who want to help shape policy from the inside, some of the potential entry points into policymaking - either at the federal, state, or local level - that Jeremy considers likely to be more successful than others How the policymaking process has been affected by COVID-19, and what accommodations that are being made Jeremy could see continuing even after the need for social distancing has passed What Jeremy likes most about his job
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