The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

The Suzanne R. Nagel Lounge Speaker Schedule

Named in honor of the first woman chair of OFC, Suzanne R. Nagel, the lounge is an inclusive networking space that offers attendees the opportunity to discuss diversity trends, meet colleagues, explore new business opportunities, and have professional headshots taken. Attendees can participate in small group professional development sessions throughout the week focused on topics ranging from career enhancement to the importance of mentorship. 

Suzanne was the first woman president of the IEEE Photonics Society, board member of the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network and first woman to be named an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow. As a fellow of both The Optical Society and IEEE Photonics Society, Suzanne is a pioneer who used her visibility to create women-focused mentoring opportunities. 


Time Session Speakers
10:30 – 11:00 Why Diversity is Essential to Education Caroline Connolly, President, Optotest
11:00 – 11:30 Take More Pictures: Embrace Your Career Moments Madeliene Glick, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University
11:30 – 12:00 Entrepreneurship at Work: 4 Steps to Fast Track Your Business Ideas Lynore Abbott, Founder, Logical Marketing LLC.
12:00 – 12:30 Value of Volunteering: Student Perspective Takako Hirokawa and Victoria Rosborough, Graduate Researchers, UC Santa Barbara
12:30 – 13:00 Practical Patents and the Patent Process Simon Poole, AO, Director of New Business Ventures, Finisar
13:00 – 13:30 How to Pave Your Own Career Path Melissa Vernacotola, Research Manager, Corning Inc.
14:00 – 14:30 How to Steer Your Research Direction Carmen Menoni, Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University
14:30 – 15:00 Create Your Own Squad: The Importance of Teambuilding & Mentorship Jelena Pesic, Research Engineer, Nokia Bell Labs
15:00 – 15:30 Career Advancement: Resume Writing & the Job Search Nokia Bell Labs Volunteers
Time Session Speakers
10:30 – 11:00 How to be an Effective Team Leader Dalma Novak, Vice President of Engineering, Pharad LLC
11:00 – 11:30 Get that Fellowship! Tips for Success Lidia Galdino, Research Fellow, University College London
11:30 – 12:00 How to Speak Up and Step Up: Advocate for Diversity Niamh Kavanagh, PhD Researcher, Tyndall National Institute
12:00 – 12:30 Tips and Tricks to Own Your Career: Negotiation Skills and More Eve Griliches, Product Manager, Cisco
12:30 – 13:00 Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace Rebecca Mendoza, Manager, II-VI Optical Systems
13:00 – 13:30 How 'Failures' Can Be Pathways to Success  Chennupati Jagadish, AC, Distinguished Professor, Australian National University.
13:30 – 14:00 Effective Time Management Tips Gabriella Bosco, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Torino
14:00 – 14:30 What it Means to be a STEMinist Juthika Basak, Principal Engineer, Finisar       
15:00 – 16:30 How to Start a Chapter: Grant Resources and More Naresh Chand, Director, Huawei Technologies
Time Session Speakers
10:30 – 11:00 Stay Motivated and Relevant Xi Vivian Chen, Technical Staff, Nokia Bell Labs
11:00 – 11:30 Peer Mentoring: How it Can Work for You Elaine Wong, Associate Dean, University of Melbourne
11:30 – 12:00 STEM Outreach Guide: How to Organize Youth Programming Natalia Canas Estrada, PhD Researcher, Tyndall National Institute    
12:00 – 12:30 How to Become a Journal Reviewer Kelly Cohen, Senior Publisher, OSA
12:30 – 13:00 Mentoring Up: Improving Mentee/Mentor Communication Catherine Deal, Facebook
13:00 – 13:30 Designing Your Life: Principles to Help Shape Your Career Matthew Reaves, Founder, Common Agenda, LLP
13:30 – 14:00 Building Your Personal Brand on Social Media Tyndall Institute Volunteers

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