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Career Conversations is a virtual forum to exchange ideas about issues and strategies to build a successful career in gerontology. Through semi-structured interviews, panels, and discussions, Career Conversations brings together students, early- and mid-career gerontologists, and experienced researchers and leaders in gerontology. Throughout the year, a variety of topics will be covered.

How to Register for a GSA Career Conversation

  • Click the white “Login” button on the top right corner of the page.
  • Enter your GSA username and password.*
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “Forgot your password.”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one.
  • Once logged in, click the white “My Account” button on the top right corner of the page.
  • Click “My GSA Dashboard” and then “Register for an Event” to begin the registration process.

*If you have previously been active with The Gerontological Society of America, you should have an existing account. If unsure, click “Forgot your password” to see if your e-mail address is in the system.

Upcoming Career Conversations

Building Your Professional Network in Gerontology

Friday, November 5, 2021
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free to members. $25 for non-members.

Professional networking is often touted as an essential career development skill, but are there tips for networking more effectively? This Career Conversation is offered in advance of the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting to help you make the most of this and other networking opportunities in gerontology. During this session, the three GSA member panelists will discuss strategies to build and maintain your professional network and answer questions from participants.

Presented by:

  • Odichinma Akosionu, MPH, PhD candidate, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Director of Operations, The Research in Color Foundation
  • Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Patricia W. Slattum, PharmD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University and Visiting Scholar, Gerontological Society of America 
  • Presenter Bios

This program is sponsored by the GSA Mentoring Consultancies Workgroup.

Career Conversations Archive

75 Years of Building the Field of Gerontology: Where We Were, Were We’re Going

Monday, October 18, 2021

This Career Conversation will celebrate The Gerontological Society of America's 75th Anniversary. We will showcase the expansive field of gerontology by engaging in dialogue with GSA leaders who will share their experiences and perspectives of the field. Through a collaborative discussion, we will highlight innovations that contribute to healthy aging and envision future initiatives to improve the lives of older adults.

Presented by:

  • Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP Public Policy Institute, and Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America and Family Caregiver Initiatives
  • Philip A. Rozario, PhD, FGSA, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Adelphi University, School of Social Work
  • George E. Taffet, MD, FGSA, FACP, Professor in Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

This program is co-sponsored by ESPO and the GSA Mentoring Consultancies Workgroup.

Non-Academic Careers in Gerontology

August 5, 2021

The aging field is diverse and has many career paths to pursue. While many GSA members choose a career in academia, others opt to apply their talents and passions in different arenas. If you are interested in exploring careers outside of higher education, join us for our next Career Conversation, “Non-Academic Careers in Gerontology.” During this session, you will meet three GSA members who will discuss their work in non-academic settings and their career path. Time will be included for questions from participants. This session is intended for GSA members at all career levels.

Presented by:

  • Amy Eisenstein, PhD, FGSA, Senior Program Officer, RRF Foundation for Aging
  • Bret Hicken, PhD, MSPH, Aging Program Manager, VHA Office of Rural Health, Veterans Rural Health Resource Center- Salt Lake City
  • Ivana A Vaughn, PhD, MPH, Senior Health Care Analyst- Health Economist, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

This program is sponsored by the GSA Mentoring Consultancies Workgroup.

Moving into Academic Leadership Roles

June 23, 2021

If you have considered leveraging your skills and experience as a gerontologist into a leadership role in academia, join us for our next Career Conversation. During this session, three GSA members at different points in their leadership journeys will discuss their career paths and share their experiences and perspectives on how to transition into leadership positions. Time will be included for questions from participants. This session is intended for GSA members at all career levels.

Presented by:

  • Tracey Gendron, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Nancy P. Kropf, PhD, FGSA, Dean of Perimeter College and Professor in the School of Social Work, Georgia State University
  • Keith E. Whitfield, PhD, FGSA, President and Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This program is sponsored by the GSA Mentoring Consultancies Workgroup.

Mentorship: Developing Reciprocal and Productive Relationships

March 29, 2021

What are the secrets to a positive mentoring relationship? Why are some relationships productive and thrive, while others fizzle? Gain insights and tips from GSA mentoring award recipients and experienced mentees who will share their experiences and perspectives on how to develop mutually beneficial mentoring relationships. This session is intended for GSA members at all career levels.

Presented by:

  • Kalisha Bonds Johnson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University, ESPO Vice Chair-Elect
  • Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD, FAGHE, FGSA, Professor and Director, Geriatrics Research, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2012 Recipient of the AGHE Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award
  • Darina Petrovsky, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, ESPO Chair
  • Roland Thorpe, PhD, FGSA, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2020 Recipient of the GSA Minority Issues in Gerontology Advisory Panel Mentorship Award

This program is co-sponsored by the GSA Mentoring Consultancies Workgroup and ESPO.

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