Greater Houston Section

ACS-GHS YCC Virtual Seminar - Do I Need a New Job or Career?

  • 30 Jun 2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom


Registration is closed

Working during the pandemic has many reassessing their options with the notable increase in open positions with the Great Resignation, however, how do you decide if you need a new job or career? Inspired by popular ACS Industry Matters newsletter articles and columns by Chemjobber for C&EN (Bench and Cubicle), the American Chemical Society Greater Houston Section Younger Chemists Committee (ACS-GHS YCC) organized this virtual seminar with a powerful panel of highly experienced chemists to offer their advice on this topic to help guide younger chemists in answering this question to decide what is the right move to make for their careers.

In order to tailor this program to the participants, please send any questions that you may have for the featured speakers ahead of time to by 4 pm CT  on Wednesday, June 22.

Featured Speakers

Bill Carroll 

Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, an M.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a B.A. in chemistry and physics from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. He retired from Occidental Chemical Corporation in 2015 after 37 years in positions including technology, commercial development and environmental policy. He now heads his own company, Carroll Applied Science, LLC and is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana.

Bill has served as President and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS), one of three living members to hold both offices. He is a Fellow of ACS as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2009 he was chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

Bill has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Indiana and DePauw, and numerous ACS division and local section awards. He is active on the ACS Committee for Professional Training, the ACS Insurance Trust, the ACS Careers, and is a Certified Retirement Coach. He holds two patents and has over seventy-five publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incineration, plastics recycling, sustainability and… popular music history and analytics.


Chemjobber works in the chemical manufacturing industry in the United States. He has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, and has been working in industry since 2007. Chemjobber has been writing on chemistry job issues since 2008, with a focus on available data and chemist employment. He blogs about the chemistry job market at and was a columnist for Chemical and Engineering News for almost 10 years. 

Lisa Balbes

Dr. Lisa M. Balbes earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington University in St Louis.  She spent several years as a computational chemist at Research Triangle Institute, conducting protein and small molecule modeling experiments in support of drug discovery.  Since 1992, she has provided technical writing and editing services as Balbes Consultants, LLC, with clients including Washington University Medical School, Bausch and Lomb Surgical, SigmaAldrich, Stereotaxis, Pine Instrumentation, the US FDA, and many others. 

She has been a volunteer ACS Career Consultant since 1993, providing career management advice and information to literally thousands of scientists. She is the author of the book “Nontraditional Careers for Chemists:  New Formulas in Chemistry”, published by Oxford University Press, and over 200 published articles. She is an ACS certified master workshop facilitator, and an internationally invited speaker on various career topics, with almost 300 presentations to date.  

Lisa is active with the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 352, the New Horizons District STEM Committee and the Greater St Louis Area Council STEM Committee, an on the national BSA STEM in Scouting Committee. In 2017, she was the Director of STEM Quest at the National Scout Jamboree, and in 2019 she served as STEM Curriculum Developer for Centro Mondial at the World Scout Jamboree.

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