Odyssey Course: Alumni Life Design Experience (Summer 23)

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In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Integrative Learning & Life Design and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association/ Lifelong Learning

Odyssey Course Description

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

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and Johns Hopkins Center for Integrative Learning & Life Design are thrilled to be on this journey with you and will support you every step of the way as you design the next chapters of your career and life. The Alumni Life Design Experience (ALDE) is a four-week, online, peer-learning program, supporting Hopkins Alumni at a time in their lives when they were ready for change. Regardless of your age, background or current situation – our Life Design Experience will give you the clarity you need to take that next step toward fulfillment in your career.  

Open to JHU Alumni only, the Alumni Life Design Experience will inspire you to Be Curious; Try Stuff; Reframe Challenges and Problems; Embrace the Process; Ask for Help and Support and Encourage Others to Succeed. We are here to help you identify your interests, reestablish or revisit your goals, and document your progress.  

This course is perfect for alumni looking for more balance, growth, or impact from their career and/or alumni transitioning to a new phase of life and want to reinvent your career. This is a fully virtual experience. 


Dates: VirtuallyTuesdays and Thursdays, 7PM - 8:30PM ET (4 Weeks / 8 sessions)

  • June 20 / 22
  • June 27 / 29
  • Week of July 4th - No Classes - Participant Reflection / Assignments
  • July 11 / 13
  • July 18 / 20


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
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Start Time: 7:00pm EDT
End Time: 8:30pm EDT

Virtual via Zoom

Zoom link will be provided to Registrants
Baltimore, MD 21218

Office of Alumni Relations
Brian Davis
Associate Director of Lifelong Learning

Status message

Thank you for your interest in the Alumni Life Design Experience (ALDE). Registration is full at this time but please email odyssey.jhu.edu if you woud like to join the waitlist. Thank you!