CHERISE BERNARD, PHD
SPEAKER. STEM ADVOCATE. INNOVATOR @ SPOTIFY.
Dr. Cherise Bernard leverages a rich background as a scientist, woman in technology, strategist and Diversity champion to connect students and early career professionals with their passion as well as drive organizational change and cultural competence for individuals, teams and leaders. Currently, Dr. Bernard is on the Campus Recruitment team at Spotify, where she oversees the management of all undergraduate business, MBA and PhD research internships in the U.S., Canada and South America. In addition, Cherise leads Spotify's Black Employee Resource Group (BLK) that serves to build programmatic strategy and community within Spotify’s Black and African-American population. In this role, Cherise collaborates with leadership in policy-setting for the Diversity & Inclusion ecosystem at Spotify.
Dr. Bernard's message for students and early career professionals, particularly those in the STEM fields, is to refuse to be boxed in to the "normal" ideas of success and career progression. Cherise uses her own perspective of career pivoting as a vehicle to identify a deeper sense of passion and purpose.
Dr. Bernard is passionate about creating and leveraging diverse educational and career resources in science and technology. In her talk and upcoming book "Career Pivoting for the PhD and Other Professionals," She teaches strategies on how to personalize and design your career path, how to challenge the status quo of what you can do, and how it all aligns with purpose.
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CAMPUS RECRUITMENT, ACADEMIC RELATIONS, DIVERSITY @ SPOTIFY
December 2017 - present
Leading Spotify's business and PhD internships in the Americas. Diversity Champion. Driving partnerships with U.S. institutions.
GLOBAL ACADEMIC RELATIONS @ ELSEVIER
November 2015 - December 2017
Primarily focused on science and health topics, precision medicine, workforce development of early career researchers and research data management.
SENIOR MANAGER OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS, MOUNT SINAI INNOVATION PARTNERS
November 2014 - November 2015
Responsible for the creation, management and continuous improvement of comprehensive Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Internship Programs as well as a Mount Sinai Innovation Partners Business Advisory Panel that facilitates experience and skill development for early-career professionals who have passion for healthcare research, innovation and translation.
ASSISTANT LICENSING MANAGER, THE ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY
August 2012 - October 2014
Contracts, Negotiation, Marketing and Government Compliance.
PHD, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
Cherise completed requirements for her doctoral degree in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology.
MINI-MBA, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
Completed a Mini-MBA certification in BioPharma I
B.S., SPELMAN COLLEGE
Cherise attended the premier historically black college and university, Spelman College, and successfully matriculated with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry.