April 13, 2020
Expand Your Tartan Network
As part of CMUConnect’s Career & Professional Development month, we’re offering engaging virtual networking sessions — allowing alumni opportunities to continue to connect and network around a topic of interest – throughout May.
Seats are limited, so be sure to register today!
Below is the list of session topics with dates and time of each session.
Virtual Roundtable: Calling All Extroverts! Navigating Social Distancing Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Something that extroverts have in common is that we are sociable people who seek out and are often energized through face-to-face and person-to-person interactions, connections and experiences.
National mandates to self-isolate and socially distance can create layers of anxiety, stress and uncertainty. Join your fellow CMU Tartans for a virtual roundtable to share experiences, discuss strategies for coping and make connections with other members of the extrovert community! This networking session will allow alumni to connect within breakout groups in the Zoom platform.
April 29 – 1 p.m. ET; 10 a.m. PT
May 13 – 9 a.m. ET; 6 a.m. PT
How to Easily Upgrade Your Public Speaking Skills
Hosted by Katie Karlovitz (A 1978), Public Speaking Consultant; Founder, On Speaking Terms
We'll discuss the wide range of platforms available for business communication in 2020, how to decide which places are the best fit for you (and career growth) and what to do and not to do when in public.
May 6 - 1 p.m. ET; 10 a.m. PT
Tartans in Career Transitions
Transitioning careers and job searching can feel overwhelming and stressful, but you’re not alone. Find support, share experiences and gain motivation by joining fellow Tartans also experiencing career transition. This networking session will allow alumni to connect within breakout groups in the Zoom platform.
May 6 – 2 p.m. ET; 11 a.m. PT
May 20 – 7:30 p.m. ET; 4:30 p.m. PT
Driving Change in Organizations
Hosted By Tanu Chellam (DC 2012), Lizzie Li (DC 2013), Senior Manager, Product Manager and Senior UX Designer, Autodesk and Mulesoft/Salesforce, both with DSO
What has driving change in organizations been like for you? How did you do it and what did you learn from the experience? Come join us in sharing our stories.
May 7 - 9:30 p.m. ET; 6:30 p.m. PT
The Last Lecture
Hosted by Keith Clark (HNZ 2010), Manager, Career Coaching, The Home Depot
Talking and connecting as CMU alumni on Randy Pausch's lecture, book and message on pursuing our big dreams.
May 7 - 6:30 p.m. ET; 3:30 PT
How She Built That
Hosted by Joanna Lovering (BXA 2004), Founder + CEO, Copper + Rise
Whether it is a product, process, or even a company, Carnegie Mellon alumni are at the forefront of innovation. While creativity, perseverance and grit are all important factors to success, CMU taught us to solve problems in ways that embrace our unique strengths. Join us to share your stories of successes and lessons learned while forging new paths as we inspire each other to celebrate and leverage our talents to make our world a better place.
May 11 - 7 p.m. ET; 4 p.m. PT
Virtual Roundtable: For Parents and Caregivers Trying to Survive (and Thrive) Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Taming children is often like trying to wrangle cats – exhausting, mostly impossible and messy at best. Trying to do so during a pandemic while managing all the duties of an educator, personal chef and cleaning person may cause you to lose some of your own sanity.
Join other CMU alumni, parents and caregivers for a virtual roundtable to talk about the ways that we are surviving and thriving and where we could use some additional support or tactics during these unprecedented times. This brain dump and support session will allow you to connect face-to-face with two small breakout groups via the Zoom platform.
May 13 – 3 p.m. ET; Noon PT
May 27 – 8 a.m. ET; 5 a.m. PT
Hosted by David McKnight (HNZ 1996), CEO, McKnight Image Lab
Discuss and share strategies, tips, ideas and resources to evolve and persevere during the COVID-19 crisis. Through encouragement and networking, we will support one another during these uncertain and challenging times.
May 14 - 4 p.m. ET; 1 p.m. PT
Hosted by Sridhar Rajagopal (E 1998), Founder, Prana Labs Inc.
Join first-time entrepreneurs and serial and seasoned entrepreneurs, as well as wantrepreneurs, for discussion, networking and discovery.
May 18 – 3 p.m. ET; Noon PT
Starting Your Own Company
Hosted by Craig Hillman (E 1991), Director, ANSYS
Connect with fellow Tartans who have or are looking to start their own company for a conversation around best practices and experiences.
May 18 - 6:30 p.m. ET; 3:30 PT
Hosted By Bettina Elstro (DC 2002), Product Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering
Join fellow CMU alumni to discuss software product management, share experiences and network.
May 20 – 8:30 p.m. ET; 5:30 p.m. PT
Tartan Women Entrepreneurs
Hosted by Shanna Tellerman (A 2003, CMU 2005), Co-Founder and CEO, Modsy
Gather for a discussion around challenges and opportunities women face in the startup world. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to build your network, learn from peers and pay it forward by sharing your experiences.
May 21 – 3 p.m. ET; Noon PT
Tartan Women Networking: Building Strong Networks
Hosted by: Kate Hamilton (DC 2010, 2016) Assistant Director of Faculty Programs, Harvard Kennedy School & Shalini Ray (S 2015, HNZ 2016) Client Services, ConvergeHEALTH Intellect Product Technology, Deloitte Consulting
In this virtual event, we will discuss how you have cultivated professional and personal networks for career development. What approach do you take to your role in your organization? Have you mentored others or benefited from a mentor? And how can strong networks facilitate women's leadership?
Created by leaders in the Boston Network; we hope Tartans from far and wide will join us.
May 26 – 6:30 p.m. ET; 3:30 p.m. PT
Hosted by Jeremy Toeman (DC 1996), Chief Product Officer, WarnerMedia Innovation
Managers of employees connect to explore specific challenges related to people, situations and circumstances on your team(s).
May 27 – 5 p.m. ET; 2 p.m. PT