Carnegie Mellon University

Tartan Networking - CMU Connect

Tartan women in various cities around the world are hosting a series of industry- or topic-specific Virtual Networking Events. Join us for special sessions where small groups of CMU alumni will come together for conversations on shared professional interests. Events are open to all.


Register for one of the upcoming networking events:

Hosted by Elaine Ann (CFA 1995, 2000), Founder/Director, Kaizor Innovation

March 3
12:30–1:30 p.m. ET

Come share your curiosity with author and alumna Elaine Ann, as she discusses her thoughts for the China Market. Listen to appropriate titbits of cultural information, the "Do’s and Don’ts," "China Tips," etc. — all of which give added insights as to why the East and the West are so different.  

Hosted by Rashmi Gowda (TPR 2009), Senior Consultant, Achira Labs

March 10
8:30–9:30 a.m. ET 

Join us to discuss which areas are most suited for innovation and commercialization within the vast healthcare landscape in India.

Hosted by Cynthia Wang (TPR 1997), China Head, Bridgewater Associates 

March 11
8:30–9:30 a.m. EST

As a professional, if this thought crossed your mind and you wondered why some countries in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe have more female business professionals, OR if this experience is totally different from yours, then please join us to share your personal journeys of opportunities and challenges. 

Hosted by Jillian Ward (DC 2016)

March 15
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT 

How do you thrive as a leader? This event serves as a forum for topics such as people management, performance, and leadership decision-making. We'll discuss overcoming imposter syndrome to advance in technology and strategies to succeed in the workplace.

Hopefully this will be an initial meeting point for future coffee chats and continued conversation around inclusion, career management and innovation. Participants should be ready to actively share their unique experiences and contribute to a discussion on professional growth. Led by Jillian Ward, Senior Sales Engineer in AI. 

Hosted by Anna Lorch (DC 1997)

March 17
Noon-1:00 p.m. EDT 

The Pandemic has shifted many of us into different modes of work and altered how we view the work we do. Sudden shocks to our normal lives can cause us to re-examine how our work fits into our value systems and how it fits into our daily lives. Join fellowTartans in a facilitated conversation around how your views of your career and work may have shifted or started to shift in times of COVID.

Hosted by Alissa Marushak (TPR 2010) 

March 19
Noon–1 p.m. EDT

Remote working blurs the lines between your job and your personal life. This has become especially difficult during the pandemic. Connect with fellow Tartan, Alissa Marushak, who has been working from home full time for nearly 10 years, to hear how she integrates work and life in the current environment. 

Hosted by Nikki Bakurupanda (DC 2014), Consultant and Analyst, T-Mobile

March 20
1–2 p.m. EDT

In this interactive and informal setting, let's discuss interesting female roles in movies and how they have made major contributions to the national or international film industry. We'll also share a few movies that are recommended by participants, and why you were empowered by them or loved them personally.

Hosted by Joanna Lovering (BXA 2004), Executive Presence Coach and Founder of Copper + Rise

March 23
12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT

If you're like many of us, you’ve transitioned to a WFH life. And that means you've shifted your focus to showing your value and building relationships within the confines of that tiny rectangle on your screen. That's not easy to do, and as you hop from Zoom meeting to Zoom meeting, you might feel like something is

As a workplace psychologist for over 10 years, I’ve seen allllll the stress-inducing workplace scenarios: high-powered CEOs prepping for TV airtime to a first-time manager struggling to give tough feedback to a team member. It doesn’t matter what company you work at or the level of your role--the same leadership and presence challenges come up across the board.

Those same presence challenges that happen in person can and do happen on Zoom-and in some ways, remote meetings can magnify the challenging dynamics you’re up against! Let's discuss practice, tactical tips to make you stand out (in a good way!) on Zoom!

Hosted by Jennifer Honig (TPR 1994)

March 23
5-6 pm (ET)

Grab a glass a wine, soda or your favorite drink and join us for a discussion around women in business and technology. We will focus on best practices, experiences and challenges in leading transformation. Open to all.

Hosted by Mary Kosinski(MCS, 2003; Heinz, 2003), Deputy Vice President, PhRMA and joined by Tanya Tarr (Dietrich, 2001; Heinz, 2002), Founder, Cultivated Insights

March 23
6–7 p.m. CDT

What do we need to have for a durable recovery and readiness posture as women? As executives? As an ecosystem? Join a conversation with two CMU alumni exploring our individual and societal needs in this pandemic and what/where we go next as future-ready leaders. Participants are encouraged to prepare for the dialogue by watching this powerful talk about the power of ad-hoc teams during emergencies by Dr. Amy Edmonson. We will also be treated to a reminder that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves. Note: in recognition of the great work of the Southern Smoke Chicago Emergency Fund, a women-owned restaurant gift card will be sent to all alumni joining the conversation from Chicago.

Hosted by Didem Altop (TPR 1994), Co-Founder 2C Project House

March 24
9–10 a.m. EST

If you are a Tartan in a corporate career OR have a start-up OR have done both, then please join Didem to share your experiences at this niche informal gathering with your fellow alumni.

Hosted by Ee Lin Chan (TPR 2005, 2006), Director, Family Enterprise Consulting, Deloitte Private

March 25
8–9 a.m. EST 

Join us for a networking event for alumni who are members of families that own family businesses and/or family offices that manage your family's private wealth. 

Let's share the practical realities of being in such unique situations — the apparent glamour vs. the challenges and potential traps for the unwary, the family dynamics and any words of advice you might have for younger versions of yourself.   

Hosted by Amy IP (DC 1994), Co-Founder CaaS

March 26
8:30–9:30 a.m. EST

What does work life balance means to you? How do you handle stress associated with "working anywhere, anytime?" How do you manage expectations working remotely during the coronavirus outbreak?

Join us for an informal conversation and share your experiences and tips on how to strike a balance. 

Hosted by Grishma Nanavaty, (TPR 2004), Partner, ReachIvy

March 27
10:30–11:30 a.m. EST

If you work in the education field, or are curious about education in STEM related careers, then please join this informal session to share your experiences and ideas on how we can inspire more girls in school towards STEM careers.  

Hosted by Hawa Macauley (HNZ 2011), Rose Acumen founder

March 30
Noon-1 p.m. ET

What books have had the greatest impact on your work? Join us to discuss the must-reads for advancing your career.

Share your recommendations for titles that help create a more meaningful career, improve productivity, work morale, and self-confidence. Discussion will include books authored by women and female perspectives around work opportunities and challenges. We'll also highlight what we've learned from our chosen titles, why it's valuable, and how we're applying lessons from our reading into our work.

Hosted by Rekha Koita (CIT 1994)

March 31
10:30 AM EST


If you are an innovator, entrepreneur, scientist or just a curious citizen of the world and ever wondered how you could contribute your expertise to the society that you live in, then join us. We can explore the journey while talking about the motivation that will drive you and the enrichment you can get from this experience in this interactive and informal setting.