The Power of Collaboration

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A few months ago, inspired by alumni Cherie Butts, PhD and Tara GallantKatharina Schmidt and I brought an idea to the Johns Hopkins University Alumni office: let’s have a movie and discussion event with a small group of people. As a result, on January 29th, nearly 300 Johns Hopkins University students, alumni, and friends of JHU participated in the Hidden Figures movie and discussion event, a collaboration between Carey Connect, JHU Alumni Association, JHU Aerospace, JHU Women in Business, and the Hopkins Biotech Network. It was a great example of what Carey Connect stands for: network, opportunity and community!

After the movie, panelists Patricia Ordóñez, PhD; Lynn Johnson Langer, PhD/MBA (Carey alumna); Kenneth Sembach, PhD; Marguerite Hoyt, PhD; Camille Daniel; and moderators Beverly Wendland and Ashley Llorens brought the conversation to the present relating it to the experiences women face today. We were fortunate to have someone from the Hub attend and summarize the panel discussionsThe conversations were so vivid, they still continue and you can follow them here.

From Carey Connect leadership, a great thank you to our panelists and collaborators for a wonderful event! 

As a follow up event on learning about great women, we have another collaborative event between Carey Connect, the JHU Alumni Association and Hopkins Biotech Network coming up. Below is information about the event. We expect equally thought-provoking conversations and great audience engagement. The event is open to all JHU students, staff, alumni and friends of JHU. The event is possible due to the generous donation of one of our Carey alumni.

Inspiring Women Flyer

Brief Description: Carey Connect, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, and Hopkins Biotech Network are hosting an Inspiring Women in Business speaker panel. Please join us to hear from women leaders in Biotech, Health Administration, Education, and Consulting.  The purpose of the event is to have women leaders share their significant career and personal moments which propelled them up the leadership ladder.

After the panelists share their experiences there will be a networking event with lite fare and beverages. All proceeds from the event will go toward Dress for Success, an organization that empowers women to achieve financial success.

Register for the event or if you can’t join in person, please connect via adobe connect.  

We hope you can join us! For more about Carey Connect and our events, please follow us on Facebook.  Coming up this spring is Carey Connect in Italy Trek.

Alina Predescu
Alina Predescu

Alina Predescu brings 14 years of experience in molecular biology and is currently pursuing an MBA with a focus in Healthcare Administration and Management at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School while working as a Research Technician at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Alina is passionate about bringing together multidisciplinary teams to work efficiently. With that goal she is the founder and president of Carey Connect, a student group with the mission of connecting Carey students with alumni, industry leaders and students from other universities. She is also the vice president and volunteer with the Medical and Educational Perspectives (MEP), a student organization that provides training and support for development, evaluation and commercialization of affordable medical devices designed for at-need communities. Most recently she joined the Hopkins Biotech Network as director of events and outreach to improve opportunities for students in the various Johns Hopkins Institutions.

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