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Career Development Micro Sessions

Career Micro Session

Career Development Micro Sessions—Tips and Strategies to Help Hone Your Career Trajectory

Back by popular demand are IFT’s career development micro sessions covering a wide range of topics all designed to provide you helpful tips and strategies for advancing your career. 

IFT19 Career Development Micro Sessions include:


Monday, June 3

10:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. CT
The Art of Science Translation Competition
Translating science is critical to the success of any scientist.  This means effectively communicating why you’re focusing on that specific work, how you gathered the information, and what it means for the larger science community.  Come watch finalists compete in translating their science to the broader scientific community! A visual notetaker will be capturing their presentations, making a physical translation of their science.

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. CT
Patents: Career Development and Business Intelligence
This interactive session will explore how patents can help you elevate your career. You will learn to identify patent issues when working with 3rd parties such as collaborators, vendors, and customers. You will also learn to identify patent issues in the product development process from ideation to commercialization. You'll also learn how a patent could be used as a form of business intelligence and as a marketing tool.

Lead Presenter(s): Christopher Turoski & Anil K. Sharma

1:35 – 2:00 p.m. CT
Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work
What happens when your drive to “be yourself” also competes with not wanting to stand out or be different from others? Studies show that humans have a desire to be authentic and can lead to higher rates of satisfaction and well-being. Learn how encouraging a sense of inclusion on a broader scale can benefit you and your organization.

Lead Presenter(s): TBD
3:10 – 3:50 p.m. CT
Expectations vs. Reality: Working in the Food Industry
New graduates and early careerists often envision a rewarding career in the food industry. Oftentimes this is the case but not without some “reality checks”. Come and join a panel of food industry experts to find out what you should expect working in the Food Industry

Lead Presenter(s): Sanjay Gummula; EB Russell; Carolyn Ross; Brendan Niemira

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. CT
IFTSA Graduate Research Video Competition: Sponsored by Campden BRI
In this competition, developed in partnership with Campden BRI, graduate students submitted videos of three minutes or less describing their research in a fun and engaging way. The winner of the competition will receive a 10-day trip to visit Campden BRI in the United Kingdom and gain insight into the European food and drink industry. Join this session to see each of the finalist videos and ask questions of the finalists. The winner will be announced at Tuesday’s IFTSA Closing Ceremony.

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. CT
Renew Your CFS in 3 Easy Steps
Have all your questions answered about the 3 simple steps for maintaining and renewing your CFS, and get tips on building a continuing education plan that will benefit both you and your organization.

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

Tuesday, June 4

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. CT
Adapting to Change in the Food Industry
The food industry is in a constant state of evolving and changing. While this can create so many opportunities, it can be hard to adapt to the whiplash effect this has on day to day working. Come and learn new tools for adapting to the change and finding your flow in your career.

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

11:30 – 12:10 a.m. CT
Building Online Platforms to Promote Food Science
As the digital age grows and more information becomes available, it has been easier and easier to create content. Join four people who have developed digital platforms that have promoted food science in various ways. Either through written content, podcasts, or partnerships, Learn how they created their platforms, what opportunities it brought them, and the impact you can have if you start your own.

Lead Presenter(s): Adam Yee; Jessica Gavin; Nicole Gallace; Alex Shirazi

12:20 – 12:50 p.m. CT
You volunteered, now what? Translating volunteer experiences into the workplace.
Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to a community, but these experiences can also serve as key opportunities for personal and professional development. Even still, understanding how skills gained through volunteering can be utilized in real life can be a challenge. In this panel discussion, leaders from across the science of food will discuss ways these experiences can be used to enhance, and even advance, your career.

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

1:40 – 2:10 p.m. CT
Negotiating Your Salary and Benefits Package
We all know we have the ability to negotiate our salary, but what are best practices? What other factors can be worked into our negotiation package?Whether you're searching for your first job or looking to learn more about the negotiation process, join this session to find out more!

Lead Presenter(s): Colin Dennis

2:20 – 2:50 p.m. CT
Cultural Competence Begins with You
Cultural competence is the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures or belief systems that are different from one’s own. With shifts in global demographics continuing to impact organizations, what role can you play to confidently connect with others from diverse backgrounds. 

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. CT
Why You Should Become the Traceability Guru at Your Organization
Traceability is a rapidly developing area and hot topic in the science of food. Becoming a traceability subject matter expert within your organization can be instrumental in building your versatility, reputation, and ultimately your career.  Join this session to explore ways of establishing yourself as a traceability guru and learn how traceability could be your calling.

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. CT
Trends in Students Entering Food Science Programs
Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of IFT, in collaboration with the Council of Food Science Administrators, will share original research findings that provide perspective on motivations and influencers that drove students to pursue a food science education path. 

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. CT
Critical Experiences the Elevate Your Career
What experiences are critical in helping you advance your career? What is available and why should you care and take charge of your career plan? Attend this interactive session to find out!

Lead Presenter(s): Mohamed Badaoui Najjar

Wednesday, June 5

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. CT
Career Transition: The Art of Switching Roles
Career pathways can take both expected and unexpected turns. Whether you’re ready to transition to a new role, you’ve recently been forced to find a new role, or you’re just curious about how to effectively transition jobs, this session is right for you! Hear from a diverse panel of career professionals about how they successfully transitioned to a new role, both by choice and by force.

Lead Presenter(s): Gordon Smith, Abbie Hohman, Allison Leibovich

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. CT
Upcycled ingredients – way to reduce the impact on the planet, fight feed insecurity and make our bodies healthier
The multi-year journey that the team at Planetarians has taken up to this point has taken many twists and turns. What started as a nutritional beverage became a popular snack chip before finally landing at the upcycled ingredient model. Along the way, the founder never took his eyes off his goal of improving the global food supply chain through his company. In this discussion, Aleh will take the audience through challenges and benefits of upcycling solid food waste into nutritions ingredients. Showcase current applications (like a black protein pasta and complete set of 2000 cal under $1) and invite everyone to take it further offering free samples.

Lead Presenter(s): Aleh Manchuliantsau and Anastasia Tkacheva

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. CT
CFS Exam Strategies
Thinking about taking the CFS, but don't know where to start? Attend this session to gain quick preparation tips and details on what to expect on exam day.

Lead Presenter(s): TBD

IFTNEXT sessions are about challenging, re-examining and inspiring original thought. They’re about engaging passionate, creative, forward thinking individuals like yourself in exciting conversations and activities to advance the science of the food.