Networking 101 with Mike Tessel, Ph.D.

Here is all the info you need about the first event in our Biological Sciences Networking Series (BSNS).
Workshop hosted by Mike Tessel, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development
Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) – University of Chicago
Tuesday, Oct 7th – 4:30pm
KCBD 1103
There will also be a free giveaway to two attendees – free business cards and a UChicago padfolio!!
Networking reception to follow – practice your networking skills!
Food and drinks will be served.
Networking 101 will focus on the basics of networking including best practices in different scenarios.  This workshop will help you maximize the utility of networking events, conferences, and social media to establish relationships with people who have similar professional interests.

All students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are welcome!

Please RSVP at

Biomedical Sciences Networking Series (BSNS) Events

UCBA is proud to introduce the Biomedical Sciences Networking Series (BSNS)!

We’ve all heard about the importance of networking, but how can you actually begin to build a meaningful network? This seminar and event series will focus on networking from a practical perspective, with a broad range of events covering important aspects of networking from preparation through follow-up.

The first two events in the BSNS form a logical introduction to networking. Our first event, Networking 101, will focus on how to network, where to go, and what you can do to prepare yourself for a successful interaction. The second follow-up event, The Art of Networking, will cover the finer points of successful networking once you’re in the right environment, and how to create lasting and meaningful relationships from these interactions.

These two events are just a prequel to a very special Chicago MATTER networking event which will be happening in February. Be on the lookout for more details coming soon…

Here is more information about our first two events:

BSNS Event #1 – Networking 101 – presented by Mike Tessel, Ph.D. from Graduate Student Affairs

Tuesday October 7th at 4:30pm in KCBD 1103 (Reception in lobby immediately following)

This session will act as an introductory how-to guide to networking. Learn the basics of networking, including best practices in different scenarios. This workshop will help you maximize the utility of networking events, conferences and social media to establish relationships with people who have similar professional interests.

Background: Mike Tessel, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development in the Office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA). Dr. Tessel provides career services to graduate students and postdocs in the Biological Sciences Division and Institute for Molecular Engineering.   Working with students, faculty and administrators, he develops and executes a broad range of programming for professional development.  Additionally, he offers one-on-one advising to assist trainees throughout the various stages of the career development process.

BSNS Event #2 – The Art of Networking – presented by Craig Wortmann, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Booth School of Business

Tuesday November 18th at 4:30pm at the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) – 5235 S Harper Court, 11th Floor, Chicago, IL 60615 (Reception immediately following)

Background: As Founder and CEO of Sales Engine Inc., Craig Wortmann and his team help firms build and tune their sales engine. His firm has worked with teams all over the world to develop their knowledge, skill and discipline and to translate those key assets into higher performance. In his capacity with Booth, Craig travels the globe teaching and motivating leaders, business executives and alumni about how to create a more powerful impact. He is also the author of “What’s Your Story?”, a book that looks at how leaders and sales professionals use stories to connect, engage and inspire.

Isaiah Hankel, PhD: Internationally Recognized Speaker and Author

As you may have heard, UCBA and co-sponsors are bringing Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D. to the University of Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26th. Just in case you’re still feeling uninspired, here is a little more background to get you started!

Isaiah Hankel is an internationally recognized speaker and author who helps individuals, teams and organizations develop a more entrepreneurial mindset to accelerate their business success. Isaiah’s unique background allows him to offer a scientific approach and tangible methodology to the pursuit of purpose, focus and other entrepreneurial values that every individual and even the largest company can apply.

Before getting his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Isaiah was a sheep farmer in rural Idaho who struggled in school. He survived college and barely made it into graduate school where he was quickly put on academic probation. Less than 3 years later, Isaiah formed three successful, multinational businesses and published his bestselling book, Black Hole Focus. The system Isaiah used to go from sheep farmer to successful entrepreneur, author, and business coach is carefully laid out in each his presentations.

To RSVP for the afternoon seminar, click here.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

To watch more of his videos on Vimeo, click here.

CHIentist and the Inaugural CHIentist Connect Happy Hour


UCBA is excited to introduce the CHIentist group initiative and advertise the inaugural CHIentist Connect Happy Hour!

CHIentist is a student and postdoctoral fellow led initiative which seeks to create a sense of community and build new connections among life scientists in the Chicago area. Our organizers include representatives from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago. We aim to provide a means for Chicago scientists in academia, as well as industry, to meet, connect and communicate with one another on a regular basis. By providing a platform for virtual and in-person networking opportunities, we hope to strengthen the local life science community, thereby further solidifying the City of Chicago as a major biomedical hub and superior center for science and innovation. 

The very first CHIentist Connect Happy Hour will be taking place on Wednesday September 10th from 6-8pm at the D4 Irish Pub & Cafe near Northwestern’s downtown Chicago campus. All attendees will be be responsible for their individual tabs, however there is a 20% discount on all food and beverages for Northwestern and University of Chicago students. 

Please RSVP by Monday September 8th if you are interested in attending the happy hour event. Follow this Eventbrite link to RSVP:

CHIentist is looking forward to expanding its member base and getting valuable professional connections off the ground. To get involved with the CHIentist community and to make sure you hear about all of our future events, you can join the CHIentist LinkedIn group by following this link:

We look forward to seeing you all at the happy hour!