March 13, 2021

1:00-7:00pm CST

Virtual Conference for Humanities

Graduates on the Job Market

Join us for the inaugural Theory Meets Praxis Conference designed for humanities professionals looking to explore careers beyond academia. This conference is designed for current students or recent graduates in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in the humanities. The first 200 registrants will have the chance to sign up for 15-minute matchmaking sessions with employers.

Attendees should expect to learn about unexpected and interesting career paths for humanities grads, meet with employers, and network.


This conference is organized by Theory Meets Praxis. Create a free account today to review our job board updated weekly with jobs of interest to humanities graduates.


Note: Agenda subject to change.

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    1:00-1:15pm CST Welcome

    Brief opening remarks welcoming all registrants to the conference and presenting an overview of the conference agenda.

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    1:15pm-2:30pm CST | Panel 1 - Careers in Consulting

    This panel will address a variety of careers in consulting and analysis. Each panelist will discuss their career path, a typical day, and how humanities graduates can be competitive in these fields.

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    2:30-2:45pm Break / Networking

  • 2:45-4:00pm | Panel 2 - Humanists in Tech

    Hear from panelists with humanities degrees who pursued careers in tech alongside tech professionals who will address what skills humanities grads have that are transferrable

  • 4:00 - 4:15pm CST | Break / Networking

  • 4:15 - 5:30pm CST | Careers in Development

    Hear from panelists working in development (donor outreach, fundraising) to learn more about transferrable skills and the many opportunities in this field.

  • 5:30 - 5:45pm | Break / Networking

  • 5:45pm - 7:00pm CST | Public humanities, nonprofits, and publishing

    Panelists will discuss their careers working for nonprofits, full-time freelancing, and publishing.


Our mission is to help humanities graduates discover interesting new careers beyond academia. Join us to hear more about the career paths of our panelists from a variety of fields ranging from the world of consulting, freelancing, development, and beyond. Each panelist will discuss their professional journey, a typical day in their job, and how humanities graduates can be competitive in crafting applications.

Marcus Lampert, Ph.D.

Marcus received his PhD in Germanic Studies in 2015 from the University of Chicago and now works as a software engineer building web-based applications for PricewaterhouseCoopers Germany.  

Mark Keller

Assistant Vice President, EMEA Country Credit Risk at MUFG (London, England)

Devin Ackles

Devin Ackles is a Design Researcher for Field Form, a boutique Design Build studio based in Brooklyn, New York.

Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs is an author, two-time TEDx speaker, and full-time freelance writer & project manager.

Mechie Nkengla, Ph.D.

Dr. Mechie Nkengla is the Founder and Chief  Data Strategist of Data Products LLC, a boutique data science consultancy.

Lauren Silvers, Ph.D.

Lauren holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She went on to consult for many years before accepting her new role at LinkedIn as Global Program Manager.

Dale Walker, Ph.D.

Experienced Director of Development and Major Gifts Officer

Risha Lee, Ph.D.

Risha Lee is a Senior UX Researcher at American Express.  She received a PhD in Art History from Columbia University in 2012.