08:00-08:45 Breakfast, Longhorn Center
08:45-09:00 Introduction of the Day, Grand Hall
09:00-10:30 Kickoff: Sustainable Networking for Scientists and Engineers
Speaker: Christina Willis, Senior Analyst, Infleqtion
Sustainability applied to networking is about treating professional support and assistance like a resource and creating more of it than you take. This workshop introduces how to use sustainable networking to create mutually beneficial professional relationships and to set and accomplish career goals. Through individual and group activities, participants will come away with personalized goals and a practical action plan for how to incorporate sustainable networking into their professional lives.
10:45-11:45 Leadership Styles and Teams in the Corporate Environment
Speaker: Sam Rubin, CEO, LightPath Technologies
11:45-12:45 Project Management for Engineering, R&D, Technology Teams
Speaker: Kenneth Barber, Director, Project Management, Edmund Optics
Discover what it really means to be a Project Manager for Engineering, R&D and Technology Teams. Learn how to apply fundamental project management tools to any project in a practical way. Understand how you can leverage your technical know-how into a career in project management and beyond. Learn about key concepts like the triple constraints with fun examples.
12:45-14:00 Lunch, Longhorn Center
14:00-15:00 Corporate Strategy
Speaker: Loudon Blair, Corporate Strategy Officer, Ciena
What is corporate strategy and why is it important? In this session we will discuss the value of corporate strategy and explore many of the functions and best practices that encourage successful business.
15:00-16:00 The Role of Marketing and Sales
Speaker: Anjul Loiacono, Vice President, Quantum Signal Processing, Infleqtion
Marketing plays a critical role in the success of businesses. In high-tech industries, such as ours, marketing varies widely across companies and often roles in marketing are opaque to job seekers. In this session I hope to demystify what is marketing, how it relates to sales and R&D, and how the role of marketing fits within high-tech companies’ objectives. Upon the conclusion of this session, I hope you will have a better understanding of the marketing function in the high-tech industry, which will subsequently help you determine your future career direction.
16:00-18:00 The Amazing Race
Group activity: Team building scavenger hunt
18:00-19:00 Dinner, Longhorn Center
19:00-20:00 From Physicist to CEO
Speaker: Gregory Quarles, CEO, Applied Energetics Inc.
The goal of my presentation will be to give you a glimpse of my 30 plus years in industrial positions and some of the skills and opportunities that are needed for success in pursuing your dreams. These topics will include willingness and skill at pivoting in your research, coping with hearing no, learning how to say no, the necessity of setting boundaries, developing the ability to hone soft skills such as your elevator pitch, and expanding your education to learn critical areas, including finance and marketing. It has been a wonderful and exciting journey for me, and I look forward to sharing how you too can become a leader in industry with your optics and photonics degrees.
20:00-20:30 Daily Wrap Up