Introducing the Alumni Life Design Experience

Alumni Life Design Experience

Sponsored by Hopkins at Home, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and the Johns Hopkins Center for Integrative Learning & Life Design  

Calling all JHU Alumni!

Thinking of a career, or life change? Want more balance, growth or impact from your current career? Wonder how your skills and expertise translate to other career paths?  

Join Life Design experts, staff and alumni for a virtual panel discussion of the Alumni Life Design Experience (ALDE), a new four-week course launching June 2023, developed for JHU alumni ready for change. Meet the ALDE team and learn how this course can help you better understand your strengths, skills and values; identify multiple potential career paths to pursue; leverage effective career resources to help you achieve your goals; and build lasting relationships with peers.  

Inspired by Design Thinking, the ALDE course curriculum will break down the overwhelming challenge of “figuring out what you want next” into simple steps that thousands of people like you have used to create careers they love.  

Register for the 4-Week Course here. This course is open to Johns Hopkins alumni only.


Alumni Life Design Experience


ABOUT Casey Miller
ALDE | Executive Director of Hopkins Connect

Casey Miller is the Executive Director for Hopkins Connect, an office created to establish and grow a culture of mentoring, professional development, and connections at Johns Hopkins University. Under Casey’s leadership, Hopkins Connect develops alumni mentoring and professional development networks, digital resources, and programs for alumni and students, parents and families, employers, and faculty and staff. Casey also led the rollout of PeopleGrove, the university’s first mentoring platform that connects students and alumni across the university’s nine divisions.   

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.

ABOUT Janine Tucker
ALDE | Director of Development for Special Projects

Janine Tucker spent 29 years teaching communication, teamwork and leadership skill sets to her players as the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Johns Hopkins University before becoming the Director of Development for Special Projects at Hopkins. In this role, she supports the Hopkins alumni base through meaningful engagement and unique opportunities to enhance the alumni experience. Janine has written six books on coaching and brings her knowledge of perseverance, motivation and uplifting others to the Alumni Life Design Experience.

ABOUT Bill Kirst, A&S '00
Change & Enablement Leader @ Microsoft, Storyteller, Podcast Host "Coffee & Change"

As a change management expert, Bill Kirst leads organizations through change with compassion and care. He has worked across a breadth of industries and has helped dozens of clients achieve transformational goals.

Bill’s passion for creativity and innovation runs over into his podcast, Coffee & Change, where his guests share insights on managing change in their daily lives. He’s a creative writer, a storyteller, and a polyglot, having studied six languages during his international travels. He currently resides in Seattle and alongside his work focuses on wellness and mindfulness in his daily life. Bill is a U.S. Army veteran having served 10 years as a reserve officer in the United States Army. Bill is actively involved in numerous veterans’ programs working with minority veterans and those dealing with PTS. He has a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree from Georgetown.

Bill values giving back and to investing in the next generation of leaders and diverse voices. He sits on the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Council & Board and is also a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals.

 Event Date
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Start Time: 2:00pm EDT
End Time: 3:30pm EDT

Hopkins at Home

Virtual Event

Office of Alumni Relations - Lifelong Learning
Joe Letourneau
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

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