Gillings Virtual Career Summit

Welcome to a new school year by getting prepared for your future at our two-day virtual professional development conference. Join Gillings School faculty, staff and top public health employers to gain the necessary tools to begin your public health career.

Career Summit Graphic IdentityBelow you will find an expandable list of sessions for the Gillings Virtual Career Summit. Please keep in mind the following:

Registration is now OPEN. Please scroll to the bottom of the webpage, click on the drop-down boxes to uncover the various sessions for registration. For help, please watch this quick, one-minute video on how to register.

  • Each session has a unique Zoom link.
  • Every session utilizes Zoom’s “advance registration” feature.
  • You are welcome to register in advance by using the link(s) below and then add the Zoom link to your Google/Outlook Calendar.
  • You may also click on the “register/join” link(s) below at the time the event starts.
  • We plan to begin every session promptly at the times listed below.

If you encounter technical difficulties, please call 919-966-9139 or email cgmason@email.unc.edu.

Event Schedule

This virtual event will be held on Zoom over two days:

Professional Development Day
Friday, August 27
12:30-5 p.m. EST

Employer Networking Day
Friday, September 10
12:30-5 p.m. EST

Professional Development Day Schedule

Date: Friday, August 27, 2021 
Time: 12:30-5 p.m. EST
Location: VIRTUAL! A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants.
Live tweet by sharing your favorite moments, takeaways, using #GVCSSPH2021.

Opening Session: 12:30-1 p.m. EST

Welcome and Introductions

We will kick off our afternoon of virtual sessions with a quick welcome from the Gillings Career Services team, overview of logistics, and celebratory kick-off to a new school year. Speakers include:
  • Camille G. Mason, Career Services Specialist, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Jeffrey Sims, Director of Professional Development, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Session #1: 1-1:50 p.m. EST

Write a Winning CV

Looking to get the right position in academia? It all starts with the curriculum vitae (CV). In this session, you will learn the basics of CV writing, creating a structure and content. Learn how to sell your education, work experience, strengths, skills, and accomplishments that help you get noticed. Speaker details:

Public Health Résumés that Impress!

Are you ready to take your public health career to the next level and get your dream practicum? At this workshop, you will increase your understanding of how your public health résumé are used in the job search process and make sure they target your career goals. Speaker details:
  • Camille G. Mason, Career Services Specialist, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Session 2: 2-2:50 p.m. EST

What Can I Do with a Public Health Degree?

You’ve always been interested in health on a larger scale…or you would not be here. If you want to learn which industries hire public health graduates and what specific jobs do they do, then join us to learn what you can do with your Gillings School degree. Speaker details:
  • Camille G. Mason, Career Services Specialist, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Virtual Interviewing for Today

Refresh your interviewing skills and learn how to prepare for advanced interviewing techniques including critical behavioral, panel and case interviews. Review the dos and don’ts for interview situations and learn how to address the most difficult questions. Speaker details:
  • Nicole Hall, Director of Career Services, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)

Session 3: 3-3:50 p.m. EST

Introduction to StrengthsFinder

Did you know that you have natural talents that can help you perform better in your job, build better relationships, and strategically become the best version of yourself? This session will help you discover your hidden talents with CliftonStrengths (commonly referred to as StrengthsFinder). 19 million people world-wide have already discovered their personal secret to success — isn’t it time you discover yours? Speaker details:

Networking for Career Success

Want to learn how to network in this new digital world? In this session, you will learn to identify the most important people in your network and prioritize who is most critical to your public health career success. Then, you'll learn how to start conversations that build real connections and use social media to network authentically. Speaker details:

Keynote Speaker Session: 4-4:50 p.m. EST

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA

Learn what it takes to get ready to serve your community as a future public health professional. Come hear Dr. Liburd in her inspiring talk encouraging you to move forward STRONG as a budding public health professional.

Speaker details:
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA is the Associate Director for the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role she leads a wide range of critical functions in the agency’s work in minority health and health equity, women’s health, and diversity and inclusion management. She plays a critical leadership role in determining the agency’s vision for health equity, ensuring a rigorous, evidence-based approach to the practice of health equity, and promoting the ethical practice of public health in vulnerable communities. The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity ensures a pipeline of diverse undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in public health and medicine through its administration of the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program and the James A. Ferguson Graduate Fellowship.

Employer Networking Day Schedule

Date: Friday, September 10, 2021 
Time: 12:30-5 p.m. EST
Location: VIRTUAL! A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants.
Live tweet by sharing your favorite moments, takeaways, using #GVCSSPH2021.

Opening Session: 12:30-1 p.m. EST

Welcome and Introductions

We will kick off our afternoon of virtual sessions with a quick welcome from the Gillings Career Services team, overview of logistics, and an introduction to all the employers for the day.

Speakers include:
  • Camille G. Mason, Career Services Specialist, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Jeffrey Sims, Director of Professional Development, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Session A: 1-1:50 p.m. EST

Employer Session 1: Division of Public Health (NC Department of Health and Human Services)

The Division of Public Health promotes disease prevention, health services and health promotion programs that protect communities from communicable diseases, epidemics and contaminated food and water.

Speaker details:

Employer Session 2: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

GAO, often called the "congressional watchdog,” is an independent, non-partisan legislative branch agency that works for Congress. GAO examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and provides Congress and federal agencies with objective, non-partisan, fact-based information to help the government save money and work more efficiently. GAO's mission teams study a broad range of federal programs in areas including health care, science and technology, education, defense, international trade, and environment.

Speaker details:

Session B: 2-2:50 p.m. EST

Employer Session 3: Cardno Chem Risk

Cardno® ChemRisk is a scientific consulting company that provides state-of-the-art toxicology, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, and risk assessment services to organizations that confront public health, occupational health, and environmental challenges. Professionals on the Cardno® ChemRisk team have a long-standing reputation for thorough scientific analysis and for sharing results in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Many of the over 500 papers published by our scientists are frequently referenced in both litigation and regulatory decision-making. Our mission is to provide creative and scientifically rigorous approaches to answering questions about the human health hazards posed by chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, and radiological agents.

Speaker details:

Employer Session 4: VEEVA

At Veeva, we build and implement enterprise cloud technology that powers the biggest names in the life sciences industries. Our customers make vaccines, life-saving medicines, and life-enhancing products that make a difference in everyday lives. At Veeva, we are dedicated to building the careers of new university graduates. We are looking for driven and energetic associates to join one of our four development programs in Engineering, Consulting, Business Consulting, or Analytics. If you’re interested in avoiding the herd and trying something different, join our diverse group — we’ve got career opportunities for you!

Speaker details:

Employer Session 5: CommonSpirit Health™

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.

Speaker details:

Session C: 3-3:50 p.m. EST

Employer Session 6: IQVIA

IQVIA (NYSE:IQV) is a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. IQVIA creates intelligent connections across all aspects of healthcare through its analytics, transformative technology, big data resources and extensive domain expertise. IQVIA Connected Intelligence™ delivers powerful insights with speed and agility — enabling customers to accelerate the clinical development and commercialization of innovative medical treatments that improve healthcare outcomes for patients.

Speaker details:

Panel Session: 4-4:50 p.m. EST

Insights from Gillings Alumni (Panel Discussion)

Join some of our top Gillings School alumni to learn what it takes to build the career that is right for you – no matter what the obstacle. This virtual panel session that will motivate, empower and arm Gillings students with tangible tools and tips to set career goals and power through obstacles.

**This panel will be moderated by Mark Lee, Senior Vice President and Group Lead Public Sector at ICF International.**



Panelists include:
  • Pam Diggs, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
  • Sarah Bradford, Research Associate, FHI 360 (Family Health International)
  • Joseph “Chip” Hughes, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pandemic & Emergency Response, US Department of Labor
  • Wendy Johnson, Director of Public Policy & Public Affairs, Nestlé