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Career development workshops

Gateway: Your Path to Career Success, a workshop series designed and sponsored by Seed Central, held at UC Davis, launched in October 2013.

The Gateway career development series provides students with the opportunity to earn a “certificate of completion” by attending (3) Gateway workshops within the same academic year. At the end of the academic year all certificate holders will be invited to attend a company-sponsored venue (location TBA).

The Gateway program goal is to prepare students to participate “in” and succeed “at” networking with members of Seed Central/Food Central organization.

The workshops will be held the same day as a Seed Central networking events, just before the event, so acquired skills can be practiced right away.

Career workshops are facilitated by professionals associated with Seed Central. Focus is on the development of career readiness and highlight topics such as communication skills, group leadership, negotiating and problem-solving techniques.

2016 schedule

April 26, 2018
5:00 to 7:00 PM


Legal matters:
  • the employment contract
  • the non-disclosure agreement
  • intellectual property in the seed and agbiotech industry
  • how intellectual property and intellectual property protection impact the work of industry researchers
  • in- and out-licensing of technology
James Weatherly, Esq.
Executive Director of the Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance (SIPA)

Don Mendel, Esq.
General Councel, AMPA, HM.Clause

Alissa Eagle
Assistant General Counsel
Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

Benito Juarez
Melon and Hot Pepper Breeder
Sakata Seed America


February 2018
Networking skills for people who hate networking


Brandy Burns
HR Lead
Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

Past workshops

May 23, 2016
Networking and Linkedin Cynthia Goldberg
Program Coordinator
UC Davis Internship and Career Center
April 8, 2016
Communication skills Carl Winter
Director of the FoodSafe Program and Extension Food Toxicologist, UC Davis
October 8, 2015



Interviewing skills

The labor market is becoming increasingly competitive and it is ever more challenging to make yourself stand out as you prepare to look for employment.  Strong qualifications and a great education aren’t enough these days to help you secure your dream job.  You need to be prepared with those soft, interpersonal skills and engage a few key interviewing tips to nail that job interview.   

Seed Central is offering a workshop led by industry HR experts who will share with you the “Anatomy of an Interview,” including strategic interviewing tips drawing from real life experiences. 

Come and join us for this exciting workshop that provides theoretical principles, true life examples and their relevance to the industry job market.  The workshop environment will be dynamic, participative and involve an interactive twist including the opportunity to ask HR professionals in the industry all the questions you didn’t dare to ask before. 

Following are the key concepts you can expect at this workshop:

  • Before the interview:  Learn about the industry, the company, the role and position, the people who work there, and gather relevant information about people who will be interviewing you.
  • During the interview:  Greetings and introductions, use of body language, questions to ask and types of questions you may be asked, answers and closing.
  • After the interview:  To send or not to send a follow up email or note, calling, connecting on Linkedin, staying in touch, following the company, networking, etc.
    • The job offer:  Negotiating an offer do’s and don’ts.
    • If there is not a good fit:  The company may not want to hire you or you may not want the job so what do you do?
  • Active learning/activity.
  • Q&A Session.
Andres Trillo, HM.Clause
Irma Madera, Monsanto
Rick Roggenbuck, Novozymes, Inc.
January 29, 2015
Business Success Strategies
The Value of Using Proper Business Etiquette
Gary Hudson
Gary Hudson & Associates
April 10, 2014
Networking skills for people who hate networking! Tamiko Gaines and Beth Krodel
February 13, 2014
What does it mean to be a business professional? Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli
Center for Produce Safety, UC Davis
George Gough
Monsanto Company
October 15, 2013 The "elevator pitch" Gerald Corbett
Redphlag LLC

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