Exploring Careers in Child and Family Policy

This speaker series is for Duke students who want to learn more about careers in child and family policy. Meetings are designed to help students explore the wide range of job opportunities and careers available in the field of child and family policy while creating a network of students who share their professional interests.

At weekly meetings, we will discuss how to forge a career in policy by speaking with people doing policy work in education, health, juvenile justice, child welfare, economic security, and other areas. Learn from people who went straight into policy jobs, pursued law school, joined Teach for America, or have made a careers in academia. Speakers will talk about how they got started, about the turns they took along the way, and what they have enjoyed most. They will also share tips for launching your career and what they look for when hiring.

Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

Time: Fridays 10:00-10:45 AM

Feb. 12: Intro to Exploring Careers in Child and Family Policy with Leslie Babinski and Berkeley Yorkery from the Center for Child and Family Policy

Feb. 19: Careers in Academic Research: from Master’s to Ph.D. and Beyond with Center for Child and Family Policy employees Robert Carr, research scientist; Megan Golonka, research scientist; Ann Skinner, research project manager; and Susannah Zietz, postdoctoral associate.

Feb. 26: Careers in Education Policy with Kyle Canuette, policy analyst; and Senegal Mabry and Karen McKnight, senior policy analysts from The Hunt Institute. The Hunt Institute Team has prior work in classrooms and as administrators in early care and education and high school settings, state education departments, and with Teach for America.

March 5: Rob Thompson, director, Early Childhood, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC Foundation; prior work at N.C. Child and the Covenant for North Carolina’s Children

March 12: Liz Chen, co-founder of Real Talk and assistant professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-CH, and Teach for America alumnae

March 19: Sarah Daily, senior research scientist, Child Trends; prior work at National Governors Association Center for Best Practices – Early Childhood Policy; and Edna Wallace, Education Consultant, RTI, prior work at NC New Schools and UNC Charlotte

March 26: Sorien Schmidt, senior program officer, Z Smith Reynolds Foundation; prior work at Legal Services of North Carolina, the NC Justice Center, NC Child, Prevent Child Abuse NC, and Enroll America

April 9: Brandy Bynum Dawson, senior director of policy and advocacy, NC Rural Center; prior work at the Rural Forward NC and NC Child, where she led juvenile justice reform efforts to Raise the Age

April 16: Madison Allen, senior program officer, Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust; prior work at Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign, The Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy