Our mission is to empower scientists to pursue impactful, fulfilling work beyond the academic or lab research path.



Welcome to Sequel to a PhD, where we are redefining success in scientific or post-PhD careers.


Where we, the scientists of the modern-day world, aim for impact in our work while also embracing the joys that life offers beyond the bench or academic setting.

Where we acknowledge that the current system at the core of the academic or lab-based research career path doesn't work for everyone.

Where we recognize that honoring our core values, strengths, and what we want our lives to look and feel like is just as important as the impact of our work.

I'm Shirley, founder of Sequel to a PhD, and I'm here to partner with you to figure out the next right step on your own path, wherever that might lead.


You get to decide what your future looks like. Success is personal, and you already have everything you need to get there.




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The Sequel to a PhD Career Incubator Program


Worksheets, guides, mini-courses, and other resources designed in a structured self-study format to support your decision-making around next career steps. VIP upgrade with personalized coaching available.


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Interested in learning more about how individual coaching can support your decision-making and/or career change process? Book a (free) introductory call, where we'll talk for ~30 minutes about where you are now, what's getting in your way, and what you'd like to achieve from coaching.

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About me


As a cancer research scientist for 17 years, I thought career success would always look like leading a research team to develop novel cancer therapies. In fact, my identity was so woven into this story that I couldn't imagine who I would be if I weren't a scientist.

And then in 2018, after having two kids (and realizing that I no longer wanted the scientist lifestyle), I left bench research to start my freelance medical writing business.

That's when I started to realize that "success" as a scientist doesn't have to look like research achievements, and it could accommodate my desire for more time, money, and freedom. 

Now, my goal is to empower other scientists who want more from life. Who want to make an impact through their work while also honoring their individual values, goals, and ambitions.

My mission is to provide coaching, support, and resources to enable each of us to make the changes needed to pursue careers beyond the bench or academia and define career success on our own terms.

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