Odyssey: Alumni Life Design Experience (Fall 23)

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What's next for your career? Let's make a plan.

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and Integrative Learning & Life Design are working together  to bring alumni the clarity and confidence needed to create a fulfilling career. We are thrilled to be on this journey with you to design the next chapters of your career and life. 

The Alumni Life Design Experience (ALDE) supports alumni at a time in their lives when they are looking to make a change. Regardless of your age, background or current life situation, the Alumni Life Design Experience will give you tools and clarity to take that next step toward fulfillment in your career.  

Participants who register before October 13th will receive a hard copy of the ALDE guidebook with exercises and prompts to use during the four-week experience. Digital .pdf copies will also be available.


ALDE meets virtually 2x per week on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7PM - 8:30PM ET (4 Weeks / 8 sessions)

  • October 30 / November 1
  • November 06 / 08
  • November 13 / 15
  • Week of November 20th - No Classes (Thanksgiving)
  • November 27 /29


Refund Policy (Alumni Life Design Experience Course Only)

100% refund- Prior to the start of the course.

50% refund- During the first week of the course.

No refunds will be given after the first week.

Please note, refunds apply only to the tuition portion of an Odyssey participant’s charges and are not applicable to any fees or gifts made to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. Registrants will be notified by email if a refund is approved within (5) business days.

Please visit odyssey.jhu.edu for additional course information.

ABOUT Dr. Heather Braun
ALDE Instructor | Assistant Director of Integrated Learning and Life Design, Advanced Academic Programs

Prior to joining the Life Design Team at Johns Hopkins, Heather Braun received a Ph.D. in English at Boston College, was awarded tenure at two universities, and taught literature, writing, and experiential learning courses for over a decade. Her interest in human-centered design began at Stanford’s d. school as a research fellow, where she applied design thinking principles to tackle complex problems such as building an escape room for a tenth grade English class; investigating social isolation alongside colleagues in Palo Alto and Trinidad; and assisting doctoral students to foster supportive communities and creativity in their research. Upon returning to the University of Akron, she created and led learning experiences for populations on and off campus, from  “Design Your Life” courses for underclassmen to a pilot program for incoming freshmen to design thinking workshops for local women leaders, graduate students, and Brazilian business professionals. 

ABOUT Michael Gonzales
ALDE Teaching Assistant, Co-Author of ALDE Guidebook | Associate Director of Integrated Learning and Life Design

Michael has been part of JHU’s Office of Integrated Learning and Life Design (ILLD) since Fall 2019, supporting students in exploring how their major may align with their industries/fields of interest through curriculum design scaffolding, teaching courses, and tailored advising. Before joining the ILLD, Michael was an administrator and faculty at Bennington College and Hampshire College respectively, Michael’s academic background is in urban and architectural theory having completed graduate coursework at University of California Berkeley and plans on completing his PhD dissertation in summer 2023. Michael has a BA in architectural studies from University of California Riverside.

In his spare time, he loves working on his Olympic lifting form and kettlebell routines. He is thrilled to be supporting JHU alumni in exploring their life and career interests and is committed to redesigning integrated learning and design thinking in ways that take into account the diverse lives of JHU students and alumni. If Mike could tell his college-self anything, he would say to consider reframing the exploration of aspirations and challenges, not as an individualistic and isolating experience, but as one that can be meaningfully supported through a community centered approach, leaning on alumni mentoring resources as one example.

 Event Date
Monday, October 30, 2023
7:00pm EDT

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
8:30pm EDT

Office of Alumni Relations
Brian Davis
Lifelong Learning

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This course is now closed. If you have any questions, please email odyssey.jhu.edu