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Career Basics: Academia to Tech - Pathways into Industry

  • 4 May 2022
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom!
  • 178

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Career Basics: Academia to Tech - Pathways into Industry

Topic: This workshop will dive into women's journeys from Academia to Tech and transparently explore the various pathways into industry.

Who's Invited: This event is VIRTUAL for all, Members get discounted tickets! No matter your career level, you’ll leave with valuable insights and inspiration.

Choose your next path with confidence! 

This event will be recorded and shared with all who sign up.


Speakers:

Dr Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Khia Johnson, PhD, UX Researcher at Meta Reality Labs Research (via Aditi Consulting)

Academia to Tech Workshop Guest Speaker 

Khia is a PhD linguist and quantitative UX researcher focused on how humans experience, perceive, and interact with novel audio, speech, and language technologies. She is an expert in experimental design, building insight from variable behavior, working with language data across contexts, and doing applied statistics in R & Python. Khia is passionate about science communication, collaboration, relationship-building, advocacy, and applied research that helps people achieve their goals. Connect with her on Twitter @khia_johnson.


Ruth Brillman, PhD

Ruth Brillman, PhD, Senior Software Engineer (Machine Learning), Google

Academia to Tech Workshop Guest Speaker

Broadly, I’m interested in how to represent and understand language as a computational system. I graduated from MIT with a PhD in Linguistics, where I specialized in syntax and language acquisition. I’ve spent the past five years in industry, building software systems informed by a structural understanding of language.

Currently, I’m a software engineer at Google, working to improve Search quality in non-English languages. Previously, I’ve worked on Voice teams at Spotify and Amazon.



Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek, CEO & Founder, Women in Voice

Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek is the CEO and Founder of Women in Voice (WiV), the global nonprofit supporting women in voice AI. Ranked the #4 Voice AI Influencer, Bajorek is a leader in the voice tech field internationally.

Previously having worked for Nuance, Bajorek is currently a Technical Advisor for several startups and companies. She has 9+ years of experience in strategy and execution for conversational AI products across healthcare, telecom, government, and customer service verticals.


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