Graduate Division

Foundations of Leadership

The Foundations of Leadership distinguished speaker series connects graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with a range of leaders from corporations, nonprofits, government, and higher education. These leaders demonstrate the importance of expanded skill development and career planning to compete in the changing job market. Through these opportunities, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will learn how these leaders have addressed leadership challenges, identify skills that enhance career success, and explore leadership in multiple capacities.  To become a distinguished speaker or nominate someone please contact Sandy Loughlin at

Join us for our upcoming Foundations of Leadership event with UCI Graduate Alumna Kate Merton, PhD ’08, Head of JLABS @ NYC Johnson & Johnson Innovation on Wednesday, January 31 at 1:30 at the GRC.  She will discuss her roles in leading teams across different parts of the healthcare business, using as a foundation the science of pharmacology.  In ‘From Science, to Business and back again….taking the scenic route’, she will share her varied opportunities to develop a unique leadership style that transcends gender, scientific discipline and job title. Find out what she did on her journey from scientist to business leader, read more.

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