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Informational Interviewing: An Excellent Way to Enhance Your Career Search

Friday, September 30, 12-1 p.m. ET

This seminar provides an overview of informational interviewing and discusses the important role that informational interviewing plays in a career search. This seminar provides advice on how to identify individuals for an informational interview, how to structure the interview and what questions to ask in order to gain useful knowledge for your career choices. This seminar also provides advice on how to follow up after the discussion to build meaningful connections.

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Lauren Celano1Lauren Celano
Founder and CEO, Propel Careers

Lauren is the Co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers, a life science search and career development firm founded in 2009. Lauren presents often on career development topics to inspire the next generation of talent.  She has recruited for > 60 innovative life sciences organizations to help them hire talent and has coached thousands of students, postdocs, medical residents and professionals to advance their careers. Before Propel, she spent about 10 years in life sciences advancing drug molecules through SNBL USA, Aptuit, Quintiles, and Absorption Systems. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and an MBA (focused in the health sector and entrepreneurship) from Boston University.  She is on Boards including: MassBioEd (Vice-Chair), National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association; and Advisory Boards: the Professional Science Masters Program at Framingham State University and NE GWISE.  Lauren actively mentors young scientists through groups like the Association of Women in Science and The international center for professional development (http://icpdprograms.org/).   


Elizabeth N. Ndontsa Ph

Elizabeth N. Ndontsa, Ph.D.
Senior Project Manager at Gilead Sciences

Elizabeth N. Ndontsa, Ph.D., is a Senior Project Manager at Gilead Sciences (Foster City, CA). Elizabeth serves as a liaison between Research Leadership Team and Research Project Teams. She manages multiple discovery teams and works closely with project team leaders to ensure timely and adequate progress on research activities and milestones. Prior to Gilead Sciences, Elizabeth worked as a Senior Scientist at Aduro Biotech (now Chinook Therapeutics), Berkeley, CA and she supported the development of novel small molecules as targets for oncology and autoimmune disorders. Elizabeth earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry with a minor in Material Science and Engineering (University of Buea, Cameroon), then she received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (Auburn University, Auburn, AL) with a focus on protein structure/function on bacterial virulence. After her doctoral studies, she did a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA) and at the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA). In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys mentoring young scientists through STEM programs sponsored by her past and present employers.

Additional Info

  • Presentation Date: Friday, 30 September 2022

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