On this episode of Papa PhD, I bring you my conversation with returning guest David Giltner about opportunities and obstacles PhDs face when accessing influence and leadership positions in organizations outside academia.

David Giltner has covered this and other questions around career readiness for PhDs in his new book “It’s a Game, Not a Formula: How to Succeed as a Scientist Working in the Private Sector”.


David Giltner has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in the fields of optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation.

In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide
training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to enter the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs. David is the author of the books ‘Turning Science into Things People Need’ and ‘It’s a Game, Not a Formula,’ and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on the topics of technology commercialization, product development, and career design.

David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds seven patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.

Thank you, David Giltner !

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