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Beyond Academia: Connecting Industry with the Next Generation of Leaders

 

Navigating between academia and industry can be a distinctive journey. Join OIDA as we host a yearlong series devoted to connecting students and early career professionals with leaders in industry to help guide you through your unique career path.

Sponsored by Go!Foton, this five part interactive series will bring together our diverse community and tackle the sometimes difficult discussion of moving beyond academia. 

 

PROGRAM

Focus on Women in Industry | 24 March 2021, 13:00 - 14:15 EDT (UTC-4:00)  View Event On-Demand

OIDA’s Beyond Academia’s Women in Industry event is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to hear first-hand experiences from — and network with — leading female professionals in the business world. By encouraging open and honest conversations, the Beyond Academia Series allows young aspiring businesswomen and men to hear the triumphs, failures and everything in between from successful business professionals. ​

CEO Plenary | 14 April 2021, 11:00 - 12:00 EDT (UTC-4:00) >  View Event On-Demand

OIDA’s Beyond Academia’s CEO Plenary event is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to hear first-hand experiences from a leading CEO in our industry. Join us as Inrad Optics President and CEO Amy Eskilson shares her journey as well as challenges of her career path. We will have a plenary, followed by a fireside chat, then open up to attendee Q & A.  By encouraging open and honest conversations, the Beyond Academia Series allows young aspiring business people to hear the triumphs, failures and everything in between from successful business professionals. ​

Focus on Early Career Professionals in Industry | 13 October 2021, 11:00 - 12:00 EDT (UTC-4:00)  Register Now

OIDA’s Beyond Academia’s Focus on Early Career Professsionals in Industry event is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to hear first-hand experiences from leaders in industry and their eperience on nagivating this next chapter. Each speaker will give a brief overview of their company and then we will have breakoutrooms for you to meet in small groups to connect with them. 

CEO Plenary | 10 November 2021, 11:00 - 12:00 EST (UTC-5:00)  

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OIDA’s Beyond Academia’s CEO Plenary event is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to hear first-hand experiences from a leading CEO in our industry. Join us as Zemax's CEO S. Subbiah shares his journey to becoming a CEO. He will touch on his career path as well as building and leading high technology companies into profitably, and growing business organizations in the business-to-business sector. 
We will have a plenary, followed by a fireside chat, then open up to attendee Q & A. We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event. 

1:1 Sessions w/ HR Professionals | 8 December 2021, 11:00 - 12:00 EST (UTC-5:00) 

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OIDA’s Beyond Academia’s CEO Plenary event is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to hear gain insider knowledge ffrom a HR experts in our industry. This is an ipportunity to valuable 1:1 time with hiring professionals and get their expert opinions on your next steps and ways to get your foot in the door. Each speaker will give a brief overview of their company and then we will have breakoutrooms for you to meet in small groups to connect with them. 

SPEAKERS

Focus on Women in Industry Speakers

Anjul Loiacono, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Double Helix Optics

Dr. Anjul Loiacono is the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at Double Helix Optics (DHO). In her current role, Anjul is responsible for driving sales and awareness of DHO’s Light Engineering technology. She joined Double Helix Optics in the Fall of 2020. Prior to joining DHO, Anjul spent 12 years at Thorlabs where she held leading roles in Product Management, Strategic Marketing, and Corporate Development. During her time at Thorlabs, she oversaw the development and release of their OCT product line, led tradeshows, social media, and technical support, developed corporate strategies, managed strategic partnerships, and completed several acquisitions around the world.

Anjul has a BE from Vanderbilt University, MS from University of Rochester, and Ph.D. from Duke University, all in the field of Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Optics. She is passionate about creating connections that will strengthen photonics technologies and the community, over-all. Currently she serves on the OSA OIDA Council and has participated as a judge and coach for several business Start Up competitions. Outside of photonics, Anjul spends her time cooking, biking, travelling (pre-pandemic), watching sports, and playing games. As a mother and wife, Anjul is a big advocate for having a healthy balance between career, family and friends, and health. 

Becky Bosco, Executive Director & Market Analyst, LightCounting Market Research

Becky Bosco is an award-winning, accredited marketing and communications strategist with more than 20 years of experience in optical communications. Becky is a trusted advisor to senior leadership, internal and external clients alike with strategic skills matched by impeccable on-the-ground savvy and tactical abilities.

In addition to her work at LightCounting, Becky is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies in the Masters of Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. She's a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California specializing in Organizational Change and Leadership. She has an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University and a BSBA in International Marketing from American University, Washington D.C. As an active member of the Public Relations Society of America, she served as the 2014 President for the National Capital Chapter, the largest PRSA chapter in the United States. In 2018, she was elected a senior member of The Optical Society (OSA) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Photonics Cluster (FPC).

Caroline Connolly, CEO, OptoTest Corporation

Caroline Connolly is CEO and Founder of OptoTest Corporation, an organization that manufactures fiber optic test equipment for the telecommunications industry.  As CEO, her focus has been on developing a staff that creates and maintains momentum for new product development, increasing global presence, participating in industry standards, and maintaining the highest quality standards.

Ms. Connolly has been in the fiber optics industry since 1994 with focus on developing sales networks throughout the world and working closely with the markets to determine the industry testing requirements. 

Prior to OptoTest Corporation, Ms. Connolly worked for Greenlee/Textron responsible for creating a unified structure for two different sales teams through acquisition.

Caroline attended a yearlong study on Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.

Eve Griliches, Sr Product Marketing, Optical BU, Cisco Systems

Eve Griliches is the Product Marketing lead for the Optical BU. Previously, Eve was Director of Solutions Marketing at BTI Systems and Managing Partner of the global research firm ACG Research where she was VP of Optical Networking.

Before ACG, Eve served as IDC Program Director for Telecommunications Equipment, where she provided in-depth analysis on key telecom market technologies. Additionally, Eve has more than 10 years of product line management experience at equipment vendors including Marconi (Ericsson), PhotonEx, Nortel Networks, Bay Networks and Wellfleet Communications. She also spent four years at Thinking Machines Corporation, one of the first parallel processing supercomputer companies.

Jessica Nelson, Director of Technology and Strategy, Optimax Systems Inc.

Jessica DeGroote Nelson is the Director of Technology and Strategy at Optimax, a high precision optics manufacturer, located in Ontario, NY.  She joined the company in 2007 after graduating from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester with a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Optics.  She furthered her education with an Executive MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.  Jessica is a senior member of OSA and a fellow member of SPIE. 

 

 

 

CEO Plenary Speaker

Amy Eskilson, CEO, Inrad Optics

Amy Eskilson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Inrad Optics since October 2012. A strong advocate for localized manufacturing, Amy is focused on building an organization that is competitive and profitable while delivering products with extraordinary optical specifications.  Inrad Optics offers a unique expertise in novel crystal development, bent crystal x-ray optics, large format and multi-element optical assemblies. 

Prior to joining the Inrad Optics team Amy spent 18 years with Thorlabs, Inc., a photonic tools catalogue company, where she served as Director of Business Development from 2001 to 2011. In this role Amy coordinated a team responsible for a total of eight acquisitions. She fostered the development of multiple partner companies, technology transfers and IP license agreements. Ms. Eskilson was also involved in photonic start-ups Nova Phase, Inc., Menlo Systems, Inc. and Idesta Quantum Electronics. She serves as an elected Director-At-Large for The Optical Society, and is a Trustee of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Prior to discovering optics and photonics Amy received her BA degree in Communications from Montclair State University and spent several years in New York at McCann Worldwide, the global marketing firm.

 

Focus on Early Career Professionals in Industry Speakers

Francois Moor, Advisor - Optical Architecture, Fujitsu Network Communications

Yasaman Soudagar, Co-Founder/CEO, Neurescence Inc

 

CEO Plenary Speaker

S Subbiah, CEO, Zemax

 

1:1 Sessions w/ HR Professionals Participants

Alejandro Mendoza, Director, Human Resources, Optimax Systems Inc

Kelly Tillis, Human Resources Manager, PFG Precision Optics, Inc.

Tony Amarel, President, OpticsProfessionals

 

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