GRADUCon 2020 - Content Creation and Management



Do you enjoy writing and editing? Are you interested in learning about applying your writing and editing skills in a variety of professional settings? This panel will introduce graduate students and postdocs to the broad range of career options and centered around writing, editing, and managing digital and/or print content across different industries. Panelist will speak about the writing and editing they do daily for both corporate and non-profit employers, and provide advice for students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing careers that will allow them to use their communication skills in unexpected ways. 


Sean Carmichael, Editor, Apple Inc. (MA, Humanities, University of Chicago, 2010)

Sean has supported Apple Retail for nearly ten years. After completing the Apple Store Leader Program in 2012, he was a Manager at the Michigan Avenue Store in Chicago. In 2014, was hired as a Writer with Retail Communications and relocated to the Bay Area. He is now an Editor with Retail Marketing and leads Daily and Operational communications for stores, focusing on new product introductions, merchandising, and carriers. He and his team create content for a digital platform used everyday by Apple employees around the world.

Kit Shields, Editor, Art Institute of Chicago (PhD, Divinity School, University of Chicago, 2019; MA, Divinity School, University of Chicago, 2012)

Kit graduated from the University of Chicago Divinity School in June 2019 with a PhD in American religion. While at the university she worked as a writing tutor and instructor and served for several years as an editor for the Journal of Religion. She is currently an editor in the Art Institute’s publishing department. She was previously the Strategic Communications Editor at Everspring, a digital education company.

Laura Stef-Praun, Senior Content Marketing Manager, Baker McKenzie (PhD, English)


Matt Wallace, Documentation Manager, NextCapital (MA, Humanities, University of Chicago, 2009)

Matt is the Documentation Manager at NextCapital, a Chicago -based technology startup that provides digital financial advice and management. At NextCapital, Matt writes and edits technical and marketing communications, administers the company wiki, and oversees document repositories for regulatory and investor due diligence, among other responsibilities. Prior to working at NextCapital, Matt worked as a technical writer at bswift, another Chicago-based startup.


Gina DiPonio, Writer’s Studio Program Manager, University of Chicago Graham School (MA, Humanities, University of Chicago, 2001; MFA, Fiction Writing, Columbia College Chicago, 2011)

Gina DiPonio is the program manager for the University of Chicago Writer’s Studio at the Graham School. Since completing MAPH in 2001, she has held various positions, including teaching writing at several local colleges and universities, working as a freelance writer and blogger, editing academic articles, training teachers, and more. She is an award-winning writer, and her work has appeared in Hair Trigger, Hypertext, Contrary, and elsewhere.


Please register for the event. Zoom details will be shared with registrants a day prior to the event.