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How I Took a Social Science PhD to the Private Sector: A Talk with Jillian Powers, PhD

Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

What kinds of training from a social science PhD are attractive to employers in the private sector? How does a professional in the private sector adopt her working strategies to make a successful transition? Alumna Jillian Powers has worked in both academia and the private sector since receiving her PhD in Sociology in 2011. Dr. Powers is currently a consultant at ReD Associates, an international consultancy firm that delivers insights into human behavior to its clients. Dr. Powers previously held positions as Florence Kay Fellow in Immigration and American Society at Brandeis University and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Join us for an informal talk and conversation over a light lunch.

*Jillian will also have one-on-one advising appointments for graduate students between 1:45pm and 3:15pm on Thurs, Feb 9. Email Dave McDonald ( if you are interested to see what times are available.

ReD Associates is a strategy consulting company that was founded in 2005. We apply social science methods to help solve C-level strategy and growth challenges and discover innovation opportunities. Our unique value proposition is based on, applying human science expertise to business problems, serving C-suite executives in Fortune 100 companies, and answering strategic questions about customer behavior, leading to new and improved products, services, and business models. At ReD, we put a deep understanding of real people back at the center of business decision-making.

Sponsored by Women in Political Science with funding from The Graduate School’s Professional Development Grant. Questions? Contact Margaret Foster ( or Katelyn Mehling (

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Gross Hall, Room 230E
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  • Professional Development