Judy had the pleasure of moderating a great panel at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA titled "Financial Planning, Your Career and YOU: Building Financial Security in an Insecure World." Sandra Goodstein, CFP, MSFS, CSFA, Managing Principal of Goodstein & Associates, LLC and Karen McIntyre, CFP, Wealth Counselor for United Capital Private Wealth Counseling were the distinguished panelists. This panel was part of the programming offered by the ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and co-sponsored by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently published "From Science to Business: Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transitions into Entrepreneurship: Summary of a Workshop." Judy was on Panel IV, "Alternative Forms of Entrepreneurships in Sustainable Technologies: Intrapreneurship in Corporations and Government, Social Entrepreneurship, and Traditional Entrepreneurship."
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Judy was featured in the Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) article "What Researchers Who Want To Be Entrepreneurs Need To Know" by Susan Morrissey on August 20, 2012.
“The activity of commercialization is actually separate from doing science,” explains Ph.D. chemist Judith Giordan, partner at ecosVC, a group that develops and funds start-ups. “The science can be very dispassionate—the reaction either worked or not. But how you sell it and position it and handle it, that’s a completely human endeavor."
Judy moderated an ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Series Webinar on July 19, 2012 titled "Fireside Chat – How Green Is Your Company…and How Do You Tell Your Story?" Dr. Robert Peoples of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute, and Dr. Karen Buechler of ALD NanoSolutions, were the webinar panelists. Watch the recorded webinar for more on:
- What “green” really means for your business…and not just from a “white washing” or “marketing” perspective!
- Does “being green” have to be an outward and “in your face” part of your value proposition. Or is it COST and PERFORMANCE that really resonates with customers…not “GREEN”!
- Does where you play in the value chain matter in “being green”? Or IS IT MARKET DEPENDENT?
Judy and her ecosVC partner Joseph Steig visited the Phase I CCI at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, "Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP)" to facilitate a Lens of the Market workshop. A total of 15 graduate students, post docs and faculty from the Center participated.
Judy visited Rutgers University - her alma mater - at the end of May and presented "Intersection - The Planet, Careers, STEM and YOU" to an audience of chemistry and engineering graduate students and faculty. Judy's stressed that scientific solutions are needed to address major global issues, and that scientists and engineers are the key to these solutions! Innovation is needed, meaning that the results of scientific research need to be translated to practical use and deployed effectively as solutions to market needs.
Judy moderates the second Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) Innovation Series webinar on May 17, 2012, entitled "Where to Take My Career - A Start-Up or an Established Company?" (Click above to view)
Entering the workforce is a major concern for graduate students nationwide. Researchers reaching the end of their graduate education are confronted with fundamental questions of how best to continue their careers into technological industry. Should one attempt to start or join a small company based upon his/her research, or should one join the ranks of a large, multinational corporation with well-established practices and partnerships?
What are the benefits of each approach to furthering a burgeoning career? What should graduating researchers consider about their own personal goals and interests before pursuing a career in either a large company or a startup?Listen to Judy and distinguished panelists Dr. Stephen Meyers, Lead Engineer at Inpria Corporation, and Dr. Alicyn Rhoades, formerly Industrial Marketing Manager for Thermoplastic Urethanes, at Bayer MaterialScience, LLC (BMS) and currently a professor at Penn State University Erie, take live audience questions on factors that influenced their early career choices.
Judy moderated the American Chemical Society (ACS) Entrepreneurship Series webinar on May 3, 2012, "Challenges of Scaling a Global Biomaterials Supply Chain." Dr. Sharon Feng, Bayer Material Science and Mr. Joseph Steig, Natural Composites, Inc. provide their insights on biobased materials and and scaling challenges. Watch the recorded webinar (click above) for more on:
- Why are bio-based materials important and what are they?
- How is the supply chain for bio-based materials defined?
- What are the forces governing it?
- And what are the challenges facing those technologies that need to scale using bio based materials?
Judy visited the Phase I CCI at Purdue University, "Quantum Information Center for Quantum Chemistry (QIQC)" to facilitate a Lens of the Market workshop. A total of 16 graduate students, post docs and faculty from the Center participated.
Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCIs) are funded through the National Science Foundation.
Judy moderated the this year's first ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Series Webinar on April 5, 2012 titled "Jobs in Startups – Differences and Similarities to 'Real' Companies". Heidi Friedman of Boston Heart Diagnostics, and Dr. Chris Palatucci of Palatucci Executive Search, LLC, were the webinar panelists. Watch the recorded webinar (click above to view) for more on:
- What are the similarities and differences about getting a great job in a start-up or an ongoing large company?
- What do you need to know to be competitive and successful?
- What do executive recruiters and hiring human resources leaders look for when they hire or place people, and is there a difference for start-ups vs. large companies?