Career Business Workshops

[ Also see: Career Workshops ]

Career Workshops and Resume Reviews / Leadership Workshops

Thursday, May 31, 2012:

    • 8:00am-9:30am -- MEYR272   ACS Planning Your Job Search: This workshop addresses employment trends and professional values (self-assessment). Then, the process of networking is explored: who is in your network, how to expand it. Strategies such as informational interviewing will be discussed.

    • 9:30am-11:00am -- MEYR272   ACS Preparing a Résumé: Your resume is a personal introduction and leaves an impression. In this workshop you will learn which personal data format is right for your "marketing plan," and construct a winning resume.

    • 11:00am-12:30pm -- MEYR272   ACS Effective Interviewing: Many job seekers think their work ends once an interview is secured. Think again! This workshop will examine the entire interview process, types of interviews, frequently asked questions, and how to evaluate an offer.

    • 1:00pm-5:00pm -- MEYR256   ACS Leadership Workshop: Fostering Innovation: We are constantly challenged to come up with new ideas, approaches, and solutions, yet most of us feel ill-equipped to do this effectively. With a systematic and proven process to generate ideas you can lead your team to develop new ideas. Gain the understanding and tools to tap into your own innovation style and stimulate innovative thinking among your committee members. Sponsored by ACS Leadership Advisory Board

    • 1:30pm-5:00pm -- MEYR272   ACS Individual Résumé Review: Description: An ACS Career Consultant will be available to provide individual résumé reviews and career assistance from 1:30 -5:00 pm. You must bring a copy of your résumé. Sign-up will be available at meeting registration.

All Career Workshops and Resume Reviews sponsored by the ACS Office of Career Management and Development.

Small Business and Entrepreneur Workshops

Friday, June 1, 2012:

    • 9:30am-12:00pm – MEYR120  Best Steps for the Chemical Entrepreneur:

      Join our wide spectrum of panelists for a facilitated discussion as to best steps for the chemical entrepreneur. Topics discussed will include: creating an organizational structure; various forms of intellectual property and their use as strategic business assets; alternative forms of funding/financing; and factors relating to enterprise success such as technology, customer base, marketing, management. This is your opportunity to ensure the success of your new or planned entity.  Panelists include: Konstantina Katcheves (Lonza International)-intellectual
      property and collaborations, technology transfer, and acquisition; Jacque Allan (Saul Ewing)- entity formation and steps to prep for exit diligence; Robbie Melton(Tedco)- MD resources for the early stage entrepreneur.  Planned by the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB) and presented by SCHB organizer Gianna Arnold
      (), . Additional support from Saul Ewing LLP.

    • 1:30am-5:30pm -- MEYR120 

      Symposium:  You Too Can Be an Entrepreneur or Partner with One
      • Introductory Comments: Bill Suits, ACS Career Consultant, Bedminster, NJ

      • How a Medicinal Chemist became the CEO of the Year: Ramesh C. Pandey, Ph.D., GDP Ayurvedic University (GDPAU), New Brunswick Technology Center, New Brunswick, NJ- Importance of the delivery on your commitment(s), which builds the credibility. Focus, Goal and Vision have been the key in my life. A difficult journey: from a scientist to an Entrepreneur/Businessman in bringing the first “Generic Vancomycin” with LyphoMed, partnering with key individuals, surprises with new corporate affiliations, and first herbal product NICOSANTM for the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).  Choosing the right partners, tenacity, persistence, passion and motivation of the group is important.

      • Entrepreneurship in Early Drug Discovery Research, Allen B. Reitz, Ph.D, CEO, ALS Biopharma, LLC, Doylestown, PA- The drug discovery effort worldwide has seen tremendous change in recent years involving high levels of generic substitution, stagnant productivity and innovation, and the globalization of contract research opportunities.  However, innovation is coming more frequently from smaller, focused research groups, either in biotechnology companies or at drug discovery institutes affiliated with universities and non-profit research organizations.  This talk will focus on best practices in product development and innovation.

      • The Reality of Entrepreneurship (Not the venture capital kind – the kind where you hang a shingle and start looking for customers), Donald Truss, Executive Director Staffing, Students2Science, Inc, East Hanover, NJ-One account: transformation from an analytical chemist to a 30 year business owner, perspectives on the typical entrepreneur and the ideal entrepreneur, lessons learned while assisting hundreds of small business owners with staffing issues, and suggested steps to take if starting a new business

      • How Can an Incubator Help the Entrepreneur? Some Success Stories, Ned D. Heindel, Lehigh University, Department of Chemistry, Bethlehem, PA- After four years of declining venture capital support for start-up biopharma companies, the first quarter of 2012 showed a rousing investment to early-stage innovators in the health science space.  Investors, however, continue to favor device/diagnostic firms with a prototype in hand or therapeutic firms with a compound in the clinic. The phrases “de-risked investment” and “proof of concept” are on every investor’s lips as a virtual requirement for putting funding in play. Comparisons will be presented of the technology plans, financial platforms for a dozen new firms and their products, and how association with an incubator contributed to their respective successes. 

Financed by PROF and cosponsored by BGMT, CHAL & SCHB.

Saturday, June 2, 2012:   Workshop CANCELLED due to insufficient enrollment

    • 2:00-6:00pm (one half-day session)   MEYR256

      Lens of Science and the Market:
      How to Position your GREEN and SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS:

      Are you a researcher in green and sustainable materials? Do you want to translate your research into a commercial innovation? Do you need to define which markets and what you need to do to get to those markets? Gain the vocabulary of the market and the key basics to help translate your GREEN and SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS research into commercial innovations for use in any market!  Your team of innovators will:
      • Define how markets are structured and how they relate to your research (Market Definition).

      • Determine what aspects of your research can become innovations – and whether it is a technology platform and why that is important (Technical Solution).

      • Develop the potential markets your innovation can serve (Market Segmentation).

      • Define next steps and who you need to contact (Market Research).

Sponsored by the Chemical Entrepreneurship Council (CEC), a joint effort by the ACS Divisions of BMGT and SCHB, the WCC and NCIIA/VentureWell.


    BS = Biological Sciences,

    MEYR = Meyerhoff Chemistry Building,

    UC = University Center

    LH = Lecture Hall (LH) Locations: 

    LH 2, MEYR;

    LH 4, Academic IV; 

    LH 5, Engineering;

              LH 7 and LH 8: Information Technology/Engineering.