February 16, 2019
WELCOME AND INTRO VIDEO
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
FAROUK DEY - LIFE PURPOSE RECONSIDERED
JAMILA SAMS - WHY ARE YOU?
TED TALK VIDEO
DAWN GRAHAM - YOUR NEXT JOB IS ONE CONVERSATION AWAY
ADRIANO PIANESI - COMPOSING A LIFE OF PERSONAL ADAPTIVE CHANGE
SANDY GRIGSBY - PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE INVISIBLE
HASSAN TETTEH - FROM DEATH TO LIFE
MELISSA BRENNER - TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN HAPPINESS
ANNA FITZGGIBBON - CALLING ALL MISFITS
TEDXJHUDC: THE FULL STORY
In 2016, one student had a big idea. He wanted to plan a collaborative conference between the three Washington D.C. Johns Hopkins schools: School of Advanced Studies, Advanced Academic Programs, and the Carey Business School. He reached out to staff in Experiential Learning and Career Development to help him apply for a TEDx educational license, and just like that TEDxJHUDC was born. Each year, students from all three schools select speakers, choose a theme, and organize the event. The first conference in 2017 featured faculty and alumni speaking on the theme "Terms and conditions don't apply". In 2018, the second annual event focused on what speakers were "In Search Of". This year, we are excited to hear how speakers have turned passion into purpose at the 3rd annual TEDxJHUDC.
Title: Calling All Misfits
Anna Fitzgibbon is the Founder and Owner of OutGrowth, a company that partners students with socially-conscious farm businesses for out-of-the-office internships. With a strong focus on experiential learning, social impact and purpose-driven professional development, OutGrowth strengthens businesses while growing the next generation of leaders and environmental stewards.
Outside of OutGrowth, Anna is a corporate wellness + fitness coach, a recent MBA graduate of the JHU Carey Business School, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and an avid traveler. Wholeheartedly believing in the value of adventure, she spent five years post-undergrad traveling through 25 countries, working in the education, event, theatre, hospitality and adventure tourism sectors. Anna started her career in higher education at Johns Hopkins University before transitioning into entrepreneur life, where she is proud to be today.
Title: You’re Next Job Is One Conversation Away
Dawn Graham is the Career Director for The MBA Program for Executives at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, where she partners in setting strategy and supporting the EMBA students in achieving their career objectives through extensive programming and individual coaching. She also hosts a national call-in radio show on Sirius XM (Channel 132) called“Career Talk,” writes regularly for Forbes.com under their leadership channel, and teaches Persuasive Communication to Wharton undergrads under the Management Department.
Dawn’s book “Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success” (HarperCollinsLeadership/AMACOM 2018) engages her background as a career coach, licensed psychologist and former corporate recruiter to provide a roadmap for career switchers to get beyond the hiring bias and land the job they want. She received her PhD (Psychology) from the University of Denver, her MS (Applied Behavioral Science) from the Johns Hopkins University, and her BA (Psychology) from Seton Hall University.
Title: Take Charge of Your Own Happiness
Melissa started her Hopkins career at the Carey Business School before transitioning to her current role as a Finance Analyst for the Radiology Department at the School of Medicine.
Melissa is graduating in May with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Software Design and Coding. She is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Business and Technology Management at Stevenson University.
After years of personal experience and self-reflection, she is now a self-proclaimed “Smile Freak” and wants to help others learn how to decompartmentalize their emotions and take charge of their own happiness.
Title: Photographs of the Invisible
Sandy Grigsby is a personal brand portrait photographer, author, and motivational speaker. She is the founder of Brio Five, LLC, a leading branding photography studio focused on industry
experts, women’s empowerment, and an authentic online image. Her passion is to show people their true power, beauty, and radiance.
Sandy regularly donates photo sessions to those in need, through various non-profit organizations, to empower women to achieve economic independence through discovery of their self-worth and confidence, by transforming the way they see themselves.
Title: Composing a Life of Personal Adaptive Change
The leadership and innovation practice Adriano Pianesi co-founded in 2009—ParticipAction Consulting, Inc.--is focused on co-design, a topic that lies within the blurred boundaries of innovation, learning, power and collaboration. In the past 15 years, Adriano has designed and facilitated over 200 collaborative working sessions in different countries and cultures to address a variety of problems: from conceiving, designing, and launching new products, services, or policies to strategy formulation; from leadership development to individual and group learning, from organizational change to business model redesign. His approach to co-designing personal and organizational change comes from a very unorthodox perspective on the architecture of collaboration built as a manager in large organizations and as an immigrant to the United States. This perspective is based on the wisdom of large group methods, adaptive leadership and design thinking.
Adriano’s clients include CEOs and top managers of some of the most admired organizations in the world. Before founding ParticipAction Consulting, Adriano spent 15 years working in four different countries using the four languages he speaks for Procter and Gamble, Philip Morris, and William Grant & Sons. His international experience is reflected in the range of projects that have taken his practice across 15 countries in Europe, the United States, South America, and the Middle East.
He holds a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Rome and a Master Degree from the University of Milan. He is the co-author with Jill Hufnagel of the e-book: “Teaching Moments of Leadership,” of numerous articles on innovation, large group methods and organizational change.
HASSAN A. TETTEH, MD, MPA, MBA, FACS
Title: From Death to Life
Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a U.S. Navy Captain and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and adjunct faculty at Howard University School of Medicine. Currently, Tetteh is a staff Thoracic Surgeon for MedStar Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He leads a Specialized Thoracic Adapted Recovery (STAR) Team, in Washington, D.C., and his research in thoracic transplantation aims to expand heart and lung recovery and save lives. Tetteh is board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics, and healthcare management, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American College of Healthcare Executives.
Title: Life Purpose Reconsidered
In his inaugural role as Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design at Johns Hopkins University, Farouk Dey leads programs and services that bridge curricular and experiential learning with life aspirations for undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and alumni across the university’s schools and divisions. In his former role as Dean of Career and Experiential Education at Stanford University, he successfully built and scaled career and experiential learning by creating a vision of meaningful work and a networked approach of personalized connections and inclusive communities. He is now working with university and industry leaders to develop a new vision of integrative learning and life design at Johns Hopkins University.
Farouk has held senior leadership and board roles at Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Florida, the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and various startups and non-profit organizations. His credentials include a PhD in Higher Education Administration, EdS in Higher Education Administration, MBA, MEd in Counseling Psychology, and BBA in Finance.
Named one of the 2018 LinkedIn Top Voices in Education, author of several articles and book chapters, and a nationally recognized leader in higher education circles for his transformational leadership abilities, Farouk has served as a consultant for many organizations and universities, faculty at several institutes, and keynote speaker at many conferences in the US and around the world.
Title: WHY ARE YOU?
Jamila Sams, MA.Ed. is an educator with over 20 years of experience working with youth of all ages and backgrounds in Baltimore, Maryland. Her areas of expertise include educational leadership, youth development, nonprofit management and strategic partnerships.
At the age of 21, Ms. Sams began her career in education as a teacher at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, Baltimore City’s only year-round school. She went on to direct the Malcolm X Youth Center, an alternative school for youth ages 16-21. Later, she served as Dean of Students at The Crossroads School before becoming Assistant Principal at one of Maryland’s most severely neglected PreK-8 schools, Commodore John Rodgers Elementary & Middle School. Ms. Sams was instrumental in creating and implementing the best practices that made Crossroads one of the top charter schools in Maryland, and that led Commodore to become the leading model used to help other turnaround schools transform into student-centered environments where youth can thrive.
Throughout her career, she heard frustrated teachers tell marginalized students “get out and go to Ms. Sams!” on a daily basis. Teachers viewed these students as troublemakers who did not want to learn and attributed to them labels such as “at-risk”, “bad”, and, with no formal diagnosis, “ADHD.” However, Ms. Sams saw students who were passionate and creative, but were often unseen and unheard. Ms. Sams recognized that she was uniquely suited to bridge the communication gap between youth who struggle to express themselves effectively and adults who struggle to understand the complex challenges that marginalized youth face every day. In 2013, she founded the education consulting agency, Go to Ms. Sams Inc., to give adults the tools needed to establish positive and meaningful connections with young people, meet them where they are, and help them reach their goals and aspirations.
Go to Ms. Sams provides services to educators, nonprofit professionals, and members of the business community around three core pillars: School Climate and Culture; Youth Program Development and Training; and Strategic Partnership Development. Clients include the Maryland State Department of Education; the New York City Department of Education; QLIK Corporation; Mentor Foundation USA, Mentor International, and El Desafio (The Challenge) in Rosario, Argentina. Ms. Sams has been a featured speaker for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, at the National Gathering for the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, and at the Fellowship National Conference.
Ms. Sams is a proud native of Philadelphia and a first generation college graduate of Lincoln University. She obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Administration & Supervision from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
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