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Craig Zelizer

September 11, 2017

Welcome to PCDNetwork’s inspire | connect | act career series. Our mission for 2017 is to get you from passion to hired.

Each month a topic will be explored via blogposts, a webinar and other events. Check here for the yearlong program that PCDNnetwork has prepared for your successful career.

Every month also PCDNetwork hosted a webinar dedicated to in-depth discussion of that month’s topic.

For September we focused  on that life altering  decision of whether to attend grad school (M.A or PH.D), or get more professional experience instead; when is the ideal time; if grad school is for you.  We also discussed issues such as the sky-high prices of tuition rates; how to land jobs after the degree is done; doing grad school in countries outside of the U.S. and Western Europe.


By watching this webinar you will learn, among many other things:

  1. How to decide if I really need to attend grad school
  2. MA or PhD?
  3. More school or professional experience, what do employers want? what do employers require?
  4. Alternatives to grad school


Please also read our September Career Series Blog Posts on To Grad or NOT to Grad

Click here to see more on our amazing year of activities on careers in social change

The session featured

  • Bri Riggio, Career Development Facilitator
  • Sahil Patni, Recent Graduate Student
  • Dr. Craig Zelizer, Founder CEO pcdn


Bri Riggio

Bri has over seven years of professional experience in higher education, specifically working in academic and career advising, international education and exchange, and experiential education. She believes that developing global competencies and cultural awareness in students is necessary in order to create educated, compassionate global citizens and leaders, and Bri strives to facilitate student success in this area. At the individual level, her goal is to help others find personal success and fulfillment, whether that happens through career development, academic advising, or guidance on how to frame and articulate one's life experiences and stories.

Bri hold a BA in History from Claremont McKenna College and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. Most recently, Bri worked as the Career Advisor for Alumni Programs at American University's School of International Service where she helped her fellow alumni translate their academic training and experiences into career success. She will be starting in a new career counseling role at University of California, Riverside's School of Public Policy at the end of September 2017.


Sahil Patni

Sahil is a business consultant with close to 4 years of experience of working with Ernst & Young on several large projects in banking institutions in US and Canada. His experience includes business development, project management & implementation, risk management, and budgeting/financial analysis. He hopes to utilize his consulting experience for working on social causes in an effective and scalable manner. Sahil has deeply engaged himself in social change and sustainable development since 2014; in his latest efforts, he moved to India in 2015 to pursue a Masters degree in Sustainable Development Practice from TERI University (New Delhi). Since then, he has been gaining first-hand exposure to local on-the-ground issues through his education and field experiences. In the summer of 2016, he is on a two-month research project at Auroville, an international experimental township in southern India.

Dr. Craig Zelizer

Craig is the Founder and CEO of PCDN. Craig has dedicated his life to being an entrepreneur and to creating a more peaceful world. From 2006 through May 2016, he was a professor in the Georgetown Conflict Resolution MA Program, serving as the program’s second faculty hire. He helped grow the program into one of the world’s leading academic programs, assisted in a 300% growth of students and faculty, developed countless new partnerships and served in the program’s senior leadership, including serving as Associate Director for more than six years (also twice as Interim Director). He made the decision in spring 2016 to leave his position to focus full-time on scaling PCDN.  He does continue to serve as an adjunct faculty in the program teaching a class on social entrepreneurship. Before creating PCDN, Craig also helped to found two NG0s – the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and the TEAM foundation in Hungary.

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