Science Writers Roundtable: Getting Back on the Job Market

Science Writers Roundtable:
Getting Back on the Job Market
Presented by the NASW Board of Directors

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Start Time: 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Event Recording: (member login required)

To land a new job or client, you have to be able to sell yourself. This session is for anyone who needs to refresh their resume, interview skills, or online image. Among our guests: Job-search expert Ashley Cash will talk resumes, interview tips and salary negotiation, and social media pro Merlisa Lawrence Corbett will prepare you to refresh your online presence for the job-hunt and freelance work.

This session will be full of tips and tricks to help you shine — and will include lots of time for Q&A — but it’s also intended to be a morale-booster that gives those who attend the opportunity to reflect on all the amazing work they’ve done so far and plan for the future they want.

Registration is free and open to all interested professionals and students.
Recording will be made available to NASW members.


Cassandra Willyard
Freelance Science Journalist and NASW President

Cassandra Willyard is a freelance science journalist based in Madison, Wisc. and is the current President of NASW. She writes for Nature, Science, The New York Times, Scientific American and many other outlets. Follow her on Twitter @cwillyard.

Confirmed Speakers:

Ashley Cash
Professional Resume Writer, Interview and Salary Negotiation Coach

After 14 years of hiring, firing, and managing teams for organizations like Coca-Cola, Whirlpool, and Globe Life, Cash partners with individuals and organizations to deliver career coaching, professional, and leadership development. Cash lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and daughters. She loves coffee, trying new recipes, and thrifting. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett
Journalist and Social Media Manager

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about tennis, sports in society, small business, and home and garden for various publications, including AARP, The Guardian, USA Today, and Apartment Therapy. She also manages social media for ASJA and one of her corporate clients. She is the author of the biography, Serena Williams: Tennis Champion, Sports Legend, and Cultural Icon. A former tennis columnist for Bleacher Report and reporter for Sports Illustrated, Merlisa also covered sports for the Pittsburgh Press, Staten Island Advance, and Tampa Bay Times.


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