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A2i From Ph.D. to CEO Workshop for Humanities and Social Sciences Ph.D. Students


Abby Grubbs, Senior Program Coordinator and Kevin Hoch, Director of I&E Educational Programs

A graphic for the "A2i From Ph.D. to CEO Workshop for Humanities and Social Sciences Ph.D. Students" event on March 29, 2023.

Have you ever thought about starting your own business after graduate school? Do you feel unsure where to start? Whether it’s a biotech startup, a software development company, freelance writing work, or a bakery, join Abby Grubs and Kevin Hoch to learn about the steps you will need to take to build your own business and all the resources Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship offers!

Abby Grubbs

Abby Grubbs is part of the education team at Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship, working primarily on the I&E Certificate programs. She focuses on student advising, program outreach, and administration of the Graduate & Professional certificate. Prior to joining I&E, Abby’s career was in international education. She worked for the Duke Global Education Office, advising undergraduate students on study away opportunities and managing summer study away programs. Before starting at Duke, she lived in Santiago, Chile for several years, teaching English and facilitating study abroad programming. Abby is originally from Vermont. She has a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and International Studies from Colby College, and a Master’s in International Studies from North Carolina State University. 

Kevin Hoch

Kevin Hoch is responsible for the operational oversight of the education segment within the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative including undergraduate, graduate, and professional educational programing. He also directs the Duke in Silicon Valley study away program. Throughout his career Kevin has woven together an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to create, develop, and implement a diverse range of educational programs. He is a trained educator, team facilitator, and coach who has led and developed multicultural and cross functional teams on a global scale. Kevin’s passion for program development began through his work at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, where he played a lead program management role in the global expansion of Executive MBA programs and the launching of the Master of Management Studies degree. Prior to joining the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Kevin was an Assistant Vice President for Credit Suisse within the Strategic Change Group, leading teams on global change projects for Asset Servicing. Kevin has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. 

A2i is a program at Duke focused on helping humanities and social science Ph.D. students find, apply for, and secure employment outside of academia. While the content, industry partners, and guest presenters will be tailored for humanities and social science doctoral candidates, other graduate and professional students from Duke are welcome to attend. See the complete lineup of spring 2023 A2i events on the Duke Career Center website.

This event is sponsored by Duke Career Center. Questions? Contact Jiayue Liu, A2i intern.


Careers Beyond Academia, PhD Career Paths, Professional Adaptability, Professional Development