Seminar September 13, 2022: “Beyond the Bench – Bringing Together Business, Chemistry, and Creativity”

Please use the registration link for our upcoming seminar “Beyond the Bench – Bringing Together Business, Chemistry, and Creativity” on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:00 PM EDT.


Career opportunities for chemists are nearly limitless. From research in academic, government, and industry to careers in patent law, marketing, or policy, it can often feel overwhelming to identify the best path forward as an early-career chemist. Finding useful resources to leverage, along with hearing the personal experiences from chemists representing a variety of career options, are two impactful means of beginning to explore the career opportunities that chemists may pursue. In this session, Dr. LaFranzo will share some of the experiences that shaped her career path, and the resources available through the ACS, IUPAC, and other organizations that have been impactful in shaping her success. Whether you are a young chemist eager to learn, a mentor hoping to expand your knowledgebase, or a local chemist looking to learn more about what’s going on in our community, this session will feature something for all.

Presenter Bio

Natalie LaFranzo, Ph.D.
Director, Marketing Communications
Personalis, Inc.

Natalie LaFranzo received her BS in Chemistry from Bradley University in 2007, and her PhD in Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She has held numerous commercial roles in biotech primarily within small to medium-sized early-stage companies. Through these experiences, she has built a career at the interface of science and business, and now serves as the Director of Marketing Communication at Personalis, a precision genomics company working to define the next standard of care in oncology. Her service to the chemistry community, and volunteerism with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have earned her accolades including ACS Fellow (2021), IUPAC Young Observer and Plenary Speaker at the World Chemistry Congress (2019), and recognition as “Cs” on the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists (2019). Dr. LaFranzo’s current service to ACS includes Career Consultant, Subcommittee Chair on Budget and Finance, and Member-At-Large for the ACS Board of Directors. As an early-chemist with a non-academic career path, Natalie is passionate about helping students and professionals navigate their careers, supporting the evolution of ACS to reflect the changing face of chemistry, and creating a more inclusive environment in science so all feel welcome.

Seminar will be held via Zoom on September 13, 2022 at 6:00 PM EDT. Please register in advance for this seminar at this link: