Career Conversations: How to Pivot, Manage, and Grow Your Career

Career Conversations: How to Pivot, Manage, and Grow Your Career

Sponsored by the Women of Hopkins & The Penn Club Women in Business

Many of us have had moments of success, but have also encountered challenges and change along the way. Often, it isn’t about the challenge itself, it’s about how you manage it that makes all the difference.  Please, join alumnae from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania for a dynamic discussion about how to pivot when necessary, manage your current role, and grow your career with a positive impact. This event will be presented on Zoom. 

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Michelle Nakra (Johns Hopkins University A&S '96)

Michelle Nakra is the Executive Director of Global Product Marketing for Too Faced Cosmetics, the prestige makeup brand owned by The Estee Lauder Companies. With 14 years of experience in the beauty industry, she has worked across Skincare, Makeup, and Fragrance brands in various capacities including Global Marketing, US Marketing, and Global Business Development. She has a unique understanding of brand strategy, global markets, product development, and market research.

Michelle spent 5 years working for consulting firms Willis Towers Watson in Washington, DC and PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City before switching gears to pursue her true calling. Making her way into the beauty industry, she started as a Marketing Intern with L’Oreal on the Giorgio Armani Fragrances and Ralph Lauren Fragrances brands. After completing her MBA, Michelle joined The Estee Lauder Companies. Forever a skincare junkie, she was an integral part of the Estee Lauder Global Skincare Marketing team before working on sister brand Bobbi Brown. Michelle also spent time at Arcade Beauty prior to moving to California, where she worked for the Urban Decay brand before moving to Too Faced Cosmetics.

A Jersey girl at heart, Michelle recently moved from the east coast to Huntington Beach, California with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys dancing, international travel, and riding her beach cruiser along the ocean. Michelle holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health, and a BA in Biology from The Johns Hopkins University. She assists the Yale Admissions Office in speaking with admitted applicants and serves as a Class Agent for the Yale Alumni Fund. She has also served as an alumni volunteer for Johns Hopkins, interviewing prospective students.

Tobi Bosede (University of Pennsylvania '11, Johns Hopkins University Engineering '17)

With a Master’s degree in applied mathematics from Johns Hopkins, Tobi is most passionate about leading high-impact initiatives and solving complex technical problems. Tobi’s leadership style is all about authenticity, transparency, and leaning into strengths. She tends to bring cohesiveness and strategy to teams and focuses on effective communication at all levels. Tobi has the ability to work crossfunctionally across different groups to deliver due to her influence. This has enabled her to build predictive systems for Fortune 500 companies resulting in billions in revenue and multiple patents.

Aside from the decade of experience in technology that Tobi has under her belt, she is Ivy-league educated and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. In her latest venture, Tobi has drawn on her passion for AI to found Ilekun Health, a company whose mission is to bring transparency to health care. Ilekun Health’s proprietary technology gleans insight around provider quality, services offered, and price from a deluge of complex unstructured health data using artificial intelligence (AI). The insight produced is easy to consume and access thereby empowering patients to make sound decisions around their health.

Tobi believes in giving back by sharing her talents with the community. Nigerian born and a Jersey native, she is a fellow of the American Association of University Women and a board member of nonprofit, Penn Pro Bono Advisory Consulting (PennPAC.)

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander (Johns Hopkins University A&S '92)

Evelyn Jerome-Alexander holds a Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Arts from George Washington University, and a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.  She is one of only 37 Certified Educational Planners in California, the highest designation available in the college counseling profession.  She served as an alumni volunteer for Johns Hopkins for 15 years, interviewing students, representing Hopkins at college fairs and speaking about the admissions process at highly selective colleges. 

Evelyn served for seven years as President of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association’s Los Angeles chapter, as well as on the National Alumni Council for six years.  She also chaired the JHU Second Decade Society’s Admissions Committee for six years, launching a national program to recruit underrepresented minority students to Hopkins.

Evelyn pivoted to college counseling after a successful fifteen-year political consulting career.  Evelyn lives with her rescue pit bull in the San Fernando Valley.  She has run 16 half marathons and has been a licensed pilot for over 20 years.

 Event Date
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Start Time: 5:30pm
End Time: 6:30pm

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