Sat, Apr 2, 2022

1 PM – 2 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Join us for a bonus, stand-alone virtual Saturday event for GradFUTURES Forum attendees! As a scholar, you are trained to ask thoughtful questions that open up pathways for discovery. In this interactive session, we invite you to leverage your intellectual curiosity and empathy for memorable, generative informational interviews. You will learn actionable strategies to build relationships and navigate new professional contexts with intention. You will also engage with some of your most valuable professional resources–"your peers!

Join GradFUTURES and the Hikma Collective for practical advice and an additional chance for networking at this special Saturday bonus session of the 2022 GradFUTURES Forum!

Princeton Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff, register here:

All others, please register here:

About Hikma

Hikma helps scholars and research professionals bring their ideas to new contexts through consulting, training, and our learning community, the Hikma Collective. Learn more on their website:

Erica Machulak (she/her), PhD, is the Founder of Hikma and lead facilitator. Her work has been published by Inside Higher Ed, Intellect Ltd, the Yearbook of Langland Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the University of Oxford (MSt.), and the University of Notre Dame (PhD).

This event is part of the GradFutures Forum. This multi-day professional development conference was established in 2020 and brings together graduate students, graduate alumni, thought leaders, authors, and industry experts from around the country and the globe.

With dozens of engaging keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, and networking sessions, the goal of the Forum is to expose graduate students to diverse career options within and beyond the academy, share inspirational stories and practical advice-- and facilitate connections and community.

In 2021, there were more than 3,600 attendees, 60+ speakers from across academia and industry, and 30+ sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information and the full schedule of events, visit


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Erika Machulak

Founder, Hikma Strategies

Hikma Collective

Erica founded Hikma to help clients bring complex ideas to new contexts. She has a decade of experience designing and teaching courses and workshops for students, faculty, and other professionals. Erica has a PhD in English and has held several roles in the Vice-President, Research and Innovation Office at the University of British Columbia. University of Notre Dame (PhD); University of Oxford (MSt); University of Pennsylvania (BA); she/her/hers

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James M. Van Wyck

Assistant Dean

Office of the Dean of the Graduate School

Read more about James and his writing on graduate education and professional development. 

James M. Van Wyck is the liaison for the Humanities & Social Sciences. He manages graduate student professional development programs, strategic communications, the GradFUTURES Fellows program, including the University Administrative Fellows Program, and the Community College Teaching Initiative.

Prior to Princeton, he worked for Robert Weisbuch and Associates (RWA), where he served as a senior research fellow and associate.  He was also a multi-year postdoctoral fellow at Fordham University, where he taught literature, public speaking, composition, and upper-level electives including "Leading and Leadership."  James holds a Ph.D. in English literature and languages/letters from Fordham University, an M.A. in English literature from the University at Buffalo, and a B.A. in English from William Paterson University.