Carnegie Mellon University

CMUConnect Networking Dinners

Expand your Tartan professional network at CMUConnect Networking Dinners. Held periodically in areas around the world, these dinners bring together small groups of alumni for food and conversation around a shared professional interest. 

Registration is closed for all dinners. Please contact us at cmuconnect@andrew.cmu.edu if you have questions about the networking dinners. 

Upcoming Networking Dinners:

Bay Area & Sacramento

New York City & Connecticut

Bay Area & Sacramento Networking Dinners

May 6-9 & May 22, 2019

Pre-registration is required for all networking dinners. Walk-in registrations are not accepted.

If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email your full name, school, graduation year and the dinner title to cmuconnect@andrew.cmu.edu.

Monday, May 6, 6 p.m.

Mangia Tutti Ristorante, 635 Clay Street, San Francisco
$20/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Tanu Chellam (DC 2012), Senior Product Manager, Autodesk, and Elizabeth Li (DC 2013), Senior Experience Designer, Salesforce

Join fellow Tartans for dinner and discussion around how we can improve our customers' journeys so their experience with enterprise software can be more enjoyable.

Monday, May 6, 6 p.m.

Lucca, 1615 J Street, Sacramento
$10/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, wine and nonalcoholic beverages)

Hosted by Caroline Godkin (HNZ 2006), Deputy Secretary for Legislation, California Natural Resources Agency

Join for discussions around career planning for mid-career professionals, including transiting to new roles/industries.

Sponsored in part by Caroline Godkin.

If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email your full name, school, graduation year and the dinner title to cmuconnect@andrew.cmu.edu.

Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m.

Malwarebytes, 3979 Freedom Circle, 12th Floor, Santa Clara
$10/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, wine and nonalcoholic beverages)

Hosted by Akshay Bhargava (CS 2000), Senior Vice President, Malwarebytes

Are you passionate about cyber security and artificial intelligence? Want to learn how cyber threats are evolving and what new solutions are being researched? How artificial intelligence and machine learning are being applied in the next wave of cyber security solutions? Come join a group of CMU alums who are building leading cyber security products.

Sponsored in part by Malwarebytes.

If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email your full name, school, graduation year and the dinner title to cmuconnect@andrew.cmu.edu.

Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m.

Regalito Rosticeria, 3481 18th Street, San Francisco
$20/person (includes entree, wine and beer)

Hosted by Blake Engel (DC 2001), head of Product Design, Uber Freight

Product designers have seen big changes in how we do our jobs over the last few years. We saw the rise (and sometimes the fall) of design/prototyping tools, an increasing presence of program management and a bigger seat at the business table. What changes will come in the future and how should we adapt? What tools do we need, will "automation" impact us and how do we have an even larger influence? This event is especially relevant if you are currently a product designer and would like to discuss current topics in the field with your peers.

If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email your full name, school, graduation year and the dinner title to cmuconnect@andrew.cmu.edu.

Wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m.

Vaso Azzurro Ristorante, 108 Castro Street, Mountain View
$20/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Evan Wineland (DC 2016), Product Manager, Apple

Can one learn to speak so that peers and superiors listen to you in the workplace? Does it require extroversion or seniority? Is it even necessary for advancement and promotion? Gather for dinner and discussion around these questions.

If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email your full name, school, graduation year and the dinner title to cmuconnect@andrew.cmu.edu.

Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m.

Modsy, 340 Brannan Street #500, San Francisco 
Free (includes salad, main course, dessert, wine and nonalcoholic beverages)

Hosted by Shanna Tellerman (A 2003, CMU 2005), Co-founder and CEO, Modsy

Gather for dinner and discussion around challenges and opportunities women face in the startup world. This is an opportunity to build your network, learn from peers and pay it forward.

Sponsored by Shanna Tellerman.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.

Private home in Portola Valley, next to Stanford Land (Address will be sent to registrants)
$20/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Niki Gastinel (DC 1990), Program Manager, Apple

When a large-scale quantum computer will be built, it will be able to solve a wide range of important industrial problems exponentially faster than even today's best supercomputers. China will open a $10 billion quantum computer center. The worldwide race to build a quantum economy is on. Join fellow Tartans to discuss the future of quantum computing.

Sponsored in part by Niki Gastinel.

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NYC & Connecticut Networking Dinners

May 6-8, 2019

Pre-registration is required for all networking dinners. Walk-in registrations are not accepted.

 

Monday, May 6, 7 p.m.

Sarabeth's, 381 Park Avenue South at 27th Street, NYC
$15/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Emily Lee (TPR 2013), Corporate Development Strategy and Investments, IBM

Join other women ruling the financial world turning 1 plus 1 into 3 or looking to get started in finance.

Monday, May 6, 6 p.m.

OTTO Enoteca e Pizzera, One 5th Avenue, New York
$35/person (includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.)

Hosted by Jennifer Milacci (TPR 1995), Managing Director, Head of Client Service, Renaissance Institutional Management

This dinner is an opportunity to share experiences with fellow CMU alumni working on or interested in being on a nonprofit board.

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.

Dinosaur BBQ, 845 Canal Street, Stamford, Connecticut 
$25/person (includes hearty sides, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Katherine Kardaras (S 2008), Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Create a discussion around excelling in our careers, gaining seniority, navigating office politics and more while also being a well-rounded individual and pursing outside passions.

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.

Café Un Deux Trois, 123 West 44th Street, NYC
$30/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Joanna Lovering (BHA 2004), Founder and CEO, Copper + Rise

"I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me." ― Maya Angelou

It goes without saying that there is an abundance of phenomenal women in the ranks of CMU alumnae. Join us to network, support and celebrate our dreams and successes!

Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Sarabeth's, 381 Park Avenue South at 27th Street, NYC
$35/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Sue Henderson (DC 1989), Author and Writer

Gather for dinner with other authors and writers and chat about how to overcome self-doubt, getting published and shortcuts to shave 20 years of effort down to three to four years. 

Tueday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Sarabeth's, 381 Park Avenue South at 27th Street, NYC
$35/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Farah Zaman (DC 2009), Senior Global Privacy Counsel, Colgate Palmolive

The group is intended for alumni who have attended law school and/or are working in the legal field to discuss their paths, interests and goals. Come meet fellow CMU alumni in the field of law and share stories, experiences and gain perspective over good food.

Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m.

Café Un Deux Trois, 123 West 44th Street, NYC
$30/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Randi Constant (TPR 1993), Former Senior Vice President Co Head MW WC FX Corporate Sales, HSBC Bank

Join fellow CMU alumni working in banking to discuss the state of banking, share experiences and network over dinner.

Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m.

Pio Pio 8 – Hells Kitchen, 604 10th Ave, NYC
$35/person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine)

Hosted by Lenny An (E 2011, 2012), Sr. Technical Account Manager, White Ops

Gather for dinner and share experiences around how you’ve found or are looking to find ways to connect your personal and professional passions within NYC.

If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please email your full name, school, graduation year and the dinner title to cmuconnect@andrew.cmu.edu.

Wednesday, May 8, 6:30pm  

Sarabeth’s, 381 Park Ave South (27th Street), New York 
$35/Person (includes salad, main course, dessert, nonalcoholic beverages and wine) 
 
Hosted by:
  • Frances Ning (E 2002, CS 2002, E 2003) | Senior Research Analyst, Credit Suisse | CMU NYC Alumni Board Tech & Entrepreneurship Committee Chair
  • Allis Ghim (TPR 1995) | President & CEO, Chairman of the Board, Bidsquare Curated online marketplace for leading auction houses and dealers
  • William Lee (TPR 2019) | Co-Founder & CEO, EpigenCare and COO, EpiGentek Personalized epigenetic-based skincare platform
  • Justin Weinberg (E 2018) | Co-Founder & CEO, 101 Next-generation active learning platform for promoting student engagement in college STEM courses

Topics to be discussed include scaling the business (challenges in operations, expanding the client base) and lessons learned in hiring and managing talent as the startup or business evolves.

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