The LSA’s “Linguistics Beyond Academia” Special Interest Group invites you to join us for a professional development webinar focused on LinkedIn.

Friday, April 28, 1:00 – 2:00 PM US Eastern TimeImage result for linkedin

Registration (free) will be available beginning in April.  Watch for details on the LSA website.

Linguists at all levels of training and all careers – undergraduates, graduate students, PhDs, postdocs, faculty, and professional linguists working in any field – are welcome. You do not need to be a member of the LSA or the SIG to attend, although members of the LSA will be given first priority in registration. Attendance will be capped at 100 attendees, so please sign up early!


LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking platform and has become one of the most important ways to connect with past, current and potential colleagues, collaborators, employees, employers, mentors, subject matter experts and clients.  Thus, the communication which takes place on LinkedIn is tremendously valuable for all linguists.  However, many people misunderstand or underestimate LinkedIn as a tool, and it remains underused in the linguistics community.  In this webinar, we bring a linguistic lens to the site and we convene expert linguists to talk about their experiences in using it!!

You will learn why and how to “join the conversation.”

The webinar will begin with a brief presentation from Anna Marie Trester (Career Linguist) with an overview of interactional practices such as sharing, connecting, referring, “following,” endorsing and discussing.  We will then turn to focused discussion from linguists who are active users of the site: Alex Botti (WNYC) and Christopher Phipps (IBM) will share their insights and experiences. The conversation will be facilitated by Anastasia Nylund (Georgetown University).

Note: we will focus primarily on individual use of the site (not organizational or group pages), and use of features like JYMBE (jobs you may be interested in), the newsfeed, and search.

Come prepared with questions, or just listen and observe, but come prepared to think creatively about how to join the conversation!



Participant Biographies

Alexandra Botti is Line Producer for the nationally syndicated public radio news program The Takeaway from WNYC in New York City. She strives to make programming relevant to a new generation of listeners, to expand the diversity of on-air voices, and to bring stories about language to the airwaves. (Here’s her recent interview on The Takeaway with Princeton’s David Bellos about the difficulties of translating Donald Trump into foreign languages). Alexandra holds a Master’s degree in Language and Communication (Sociolinguistics) from Georgetown University, where her primary research interests were identity construction and knowledge management in discourse, and Heritage Language Learners. She has conducted and presented research on LinkedIn for several conferences and workshops as part of a project titled “How (and Why) Do We Link on LinkedIn?: Interactional Sociolinguistics and Social Networking.”

Dr. Anastasia Nylund is Director of the Master of Arts in Language and Communication Program at Georgetown University, a professionally-oriented program in linguistics that prepares students to apply their training in the fields of their choice. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of program operations, including day-to-day management, teaching, strategic planning, and student development. As an academic and professional advisor serving a diverse group of graduate students, she is responsible for creating and implementing a range of programming on professional development topics to serve students and faculty across the discipline. Anastasia has been co-convenor the Linguistics Beyond Academia Special Interest Group with Anna Marie Trester since the group’s start in 2015.

Christopher Phipps is an academically trained linguist who has spent the last 13 years in the natural language processing space working as a consultant and linguistics developer. During his tenure in industry he has developed linguistic complexity guidelines for US government translators, information extraction tools, metaphor identification software, and question answering platforms. Mr. Phipps is currently an NLP Analyst for IBM Watson working in the commercial space.

Dr. Anna Marie Trester is an interactional sociolinguist and storyteller whose research and practical interests center around language at work.  She specializes in supporting linguists as they navigate careers that are informed by their skills and training in linguistics. She blogs about career paths for linguists at, where career-oriented linguists can find many resources and inspiration and she is the author of the forthcoming book: Bringing Linguistics to Work.