CHERISE BERNARD, PHD

SPEAKER. STEM ADVOCATE. INNOVATOR @ SPOTIFY.
DIVERSITY CHAMPION.

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.

PERSONAL PROFILE

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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THE JOURNEY

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.

 

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

PHD, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

2005-2012

Cherise completed requirements for her doctoral degree in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology.

MINI-MBA, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

2011

Completed a Mini-MBA certification in BioPharma I

B.S., SPELMAN COLLEGE

2001-2005

Cherise attended the premier historically black college and university, Spelman College, and successfully matriculated with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry.

 

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou

 

GET IN TOUCH

Would you like to invite Dr. Bernard to a speaking engagement? Are you interested in partnering on a different project? Get in touch today!

 
 

©2018 by Cherise Bernard, PhD.