Alumni Events

Former Heller professor Walter Leutz, PhD'81, was one of the alumni who attended Heller's bi-annual muffin breakfast, sponsored by the Heller Alumni Association.
David Weil and Tom Perez on stage
Democratic National Committee Chair and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez discusses his life and career, his thoughts on progressive politics and his strategy for advancing Democratic candidates in 2020 with Dean David Weil.
Impeachment, treason and the complexities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation dominated the conversation as Chuck Rosenberg, former senior FBI official, U.S. Attorney and DEA administrator, visited the Heller School for a “Conversation with the Dean” on January 23.
Jeanette Takamura, PhD’85, Heller Alumni Association Board member, hosted a dinner in the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan for prospective students and alumni.
Africa Night included a panel discussion and debate, live music, dance, poetry, oratory, free food, fashion show, hip-hop, student-produced documentary, live theater, and performances by emerging artists from the Heller community. 
2019 Heller Award winners with Dean Weil. From left: Dean Weil, Prof. Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, PhD student Alexandra Kritikos, Scientist Rachel Sayko Adams, Associate Director for Academic Affairs and Innovation Marc Kiredjian, Bria Price, MPP'19 and Meghna Kanthan '22
Heller alumni gathered at the 16th Annual Washington, DC Alumni Reception to reconnect with old friends and professors, hear from Dean Weil and share their expertise with current students.
Cupcakes for everyone! Students, faculty and staff celebrated Heller's No. 7 ranking in social policy from US News & World Report with tasty blue treats at our Heller Town Hall.
Activist and Kennedy School lecturer Marshall Ganz described his experiences learning "the craft of organizing," first as a volunteer with the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 and later in his work with #CesarChavez and the National Farm Workers Association in California.
Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld led a panel on "Negotiation & Conflict Resolution in the Trump Era." Negotiation experts discussed Trump's unpredictability, use of private sector tactics in the public sector and the challenges of moving society forward in an age of tribalism.
Heller students came together for International Mother Language Day, dressing in traditional clothing from countries around the world and dancing and singing in front of a large audience of Heller community members.

We're excited to share a great slate of events throughout our 60th anniversary year. Make sure to update your information to receive emails about upcoming events! Be sure to use the hashtag #Heller60for60 if you attend and post about any of our anniversary events. 

Upcoming Events: 

Paul Shattuck

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy: 2019 Annual Distinguished Lecture

Using Population Data to Inform Autism Policy in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:00 pm, Zinner Forum 

Featuring Dr. Paul Shattuck, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, who will discuss the importance of data in policies that help or hinder quality of life for people on the autism spectrum. There is an urgent need for understanding how life unfolds across the lifespan for people on the autism spectrum. Medical and clinical interventions are vital, but we must also learn about the experiences that help or hinder quality of life for people on the autism spectrum, their families, and our communities. In his lecture, Dr. Shattuck will share his response to this need through the development, strategies, and impact of the National Autism Data Center and the Research Program in Life Course Outcomes. RSVP online today. Questions and accommodation requests: lurie@brandeis.edu.


 

Student and Alumni Networking Night 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm

Come meet, greet, learn from and share community with Heller School alumni, Heller Board of Advisors Members and Heller Alumni Association Board Members who are engaged in wonderful work in healthcare, non-profit management, government, policy, advocacy and non-government organizations. In this moderated program that follows a "speed networking" format, you will have conversations and make connections. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Contact Heller Alumni Relations staff if you would like to be a table host or would like to RSVP to attend. This event is sponsored by the Heller Career Development Center, Heller Student Association, Heller Student Services and Heller Alumni Relations Department.

Heller School Alumni Meetup: Washington, DC

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11:30 am - 2:15 pm, Muse Paintbar, National Harbor, MD

Hosted by:
Isaac Cudjoe, MA COEX'19, Heller Alumni Association Board Member
Adam Motenko, MBA'16

As part of Heller's 60th Anniversary, we are gathering alumni around the world to socialize and connect with their Heller colleagues. Join Heller alumni for this fun and event to socialize and meet alumni from the DC area. The Heller School has covered the full cost of this event for alumni attendees and 40% of the event expenses will go back towards the Heller Annual Fund, dedicated to supporting students and their academic experience.

Space is very limited so RSVP today to helleralumni@brandeis.edu to save your spot!

A Special Event to Honor Janet Boguslaw

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm, Lir, 903 Boylston Street, Boston

Heller MPP alumni are invited to a special event to recognize Janet Boguslaw for all she has done for the Heller MPP Program. She has had many accomplishments as the Associate Director of the MPP program and as the poverty alleviation concentration chair. You can contact Norma DeMattos with questions or to RSVP.

The program is collecting donations in honor of Janet to benefit the MPP summer internship program, of which Janet has been such a champion. Click here to make a gift (please designate “Other” and put MPP Internship Program in the text box).

Stanley Wallack Distinguished Memorial Lecture Series

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:00-6:30 pm, Zinner Forum, The Heller School

Featured Speaker:
David Blumenthal, MD
President & CEO, The Commonwealth Fund
All alumni are invited to attend the 4th Annual Stanley Wallack Distinguished Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy. Event followed by a reception. RSVP to Wendy Colnon. To make a gift to the Stanley Wallack Distinguished Memorial Lecture Series click here. Please enter the lecture name in the special instructions section.

Previous Events: 

Arthur Pollock Legacy Award Event

November 1, 2019

The Heller School Center for Youth and Communities and The Treehouse Foundation and leaders from across the country discussed re-envisioning foster care in America.

Remarks were given by Prof. Susan P. Curnan, Judy Cockerton, Founder & Director, Treehouse Foundation, andPhyllis N. Segal, Founding Chair, The Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program & Vice President, Encore.org

The Keynote address was given by Marc Freedman, Founder & CEO, Encore.org.

Lynn Price, Founder, Camp to Belong, was presented with the Arthur Pollock Legacy Award. The Arthur Pollock Legacy Award honors extraordinary individuals, age 55+, who use their life experience to enhance the lives of our nation’s children and youth living in foster care and promote a Re-Envisioning of Foster Care in America. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

The Evolution of Conflict Transformation: A Conversation with John Paul Lederach

October 30, 2019

The COEX program held a panel discussion with the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize Award winner John Paul Lederach. Panelists included Isabella Jean, MA COEX'06, Pamina Firchow, Ted Johnson, and Sandy Jones; moderated by Alain Lempereur, Coex Program Director. Watch the full lecture here.

Lederach is Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he previously served as director of the Peace Accord Matrix research initiative, and was the founding director for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Lederach works extensively with Humanity United as a practitioner in conciliation processes in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast and Central Asia. The recording of this event will be shared post event. RSVP to Sarah LaMorey.

You can learn more about the Gittler Prize on the Brandeis website.

PhD Alumni Panel for a Non-Academic Career Track

October 28, 2019

The Heller School PhD Student Association welcomed the following alumni to come and present about their career outside of academia.

Pieta Blakely, PhD'17, Blakely Consulting, LLC
Danielle Fuller-Wimbush, PhD'14, Director, Partner Support and Grantmaking, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Kate Giaponni Schneider, PhD'17, Research Scientist, Heller School
Julie Johnson, PhD'15, Director of Research, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and Career Development Center.

Heller School Coffee Hour in New Delhi, India!

October 7, 2019, Le Meridien Hotel New Delhi, Windsor Place, India

Featuring Allyala Krishna Nandakumar, Professor of the Practice; Director, Institute for Global Health and Development; Director, MS Program in Global Health Policy and Management

Heller faculty member, Allyala Krishna Nandakumar, will be in India and is hosting this event to bring together Heller alumni.

Student Coffee Break

September 25, 2019

The Heller Alumni Association welcomes new and returning students by inviting you to enjoy coffee and the legendary muffins from the Gingerbread Construction Co. Heller Alumni are highly encouraged to attend. Sponsored by the Heller Alumni Association.

Conversation with the Dean: Carmen Rojas

September 19, 2019

Carmen Rojas, CEO and Co-Founder, The Workers Lab, came to Heller for the first Conversation with the Dean of Heller’s 60th anniversary school year. She and Dean David Weil discussed ways to improve the lives of U.S. workers, and she offered a critique of traditional philanthropy, described the innovative methods of the Workers Lab and shared her own background and journey. The Workers Lab collaborated with Heller's Institute on Assets and Social Policy earlier this year on an occupational segregation report titled, "Not Only Unequal Paychecks: Occupational Segregation, Benefits, and the Racial Wealth Gap."

Alumni dinner in Tokyo

June 24, 2019 in Ginza, Tokyo

Jeanette Takamura, PhD’85, Heller Alumni Association Board member, hosted a gathering that included Mutsuhisa Ban, a prospective student, Akiko Mera, MA SID’05, Yuki Kondo, MA SID’14,  Hajime Takizawa, MA SID’07, Jeanette C. Takamura, PhD'85, and Ayumu Osawa, MA SID’13.

Africa Night

May 4, 2019

Africa Night is Heller’s annual celebration of African intellectual achievements, cultural heritage and diversity. It included a panel discussion and debate, live music, dance, poetry, oratory, free food, fashion show, hip-hop, student-produced documentary, live theater, and performances by emerging artists from the Heller community. 

MBA Distinguished Management Lecture 2019

April 5, 2019

Mo Cowan, president of Global Government Affairs and Policy at GE, delivered the 2019 MBA Distinguished Management Lecture.

Heller Awards 2019

April 3, 2019

The Heller School presents awards each spring to members of the community for outstanding service in teaching, mentoring, teaching assistance, staff service, research, and equity, inclusion and diversity.

Conversations with the Dean: Tom Perez

April 1, 2019

Democratic National Committee Chair and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez joined Dean David Weil for part of the Conversations with the Dean speaker series. The event featured a wide-ranging dialogue on Perez’ life and career, his thoughts on progressive politics and his strategy for advancing Democratic candidates in 2020.

International Mother Language Night

March 20, 2019

Heller students came together for International Mother Language Day, organized by Brandeis Bangladeshi Students Association. 

US News Rankings Celebration

March 20, 2019

Cupcakes for everyone! The community celebrated Heller's #7 ranking in social policy from US News & World Report with tasty blue treats at our Heller Town Hall.

16th Annual Alumni Reception and Career Panels

Feb. 20, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Heller alumni, students and faculty gathered in Washington, D.C. to share career advice, network and reconnect with old friends.

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in the Trump Era

Feb. 15, 2019

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld led a panel of negotiation experts, who discussed Trump’s unpredictability, need for personal gratification, use of private sector tactics in the public sector, as well as lessons learned from labor union negotiations and the challenges of moving society forward in an age of tribalism.

Marshall Ganz lecture

Jan. 30, 2019

Marshall Ganz described his experiences learning "the craft of organizing," first as a volunteer with the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 and later in his work with Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Association in California. 

Conversations with the Dean: Chuck Rosenberg

Jan. 23, 2019

Impeachment, treason and the complexities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation dominated the conversation as Chuck Rosenberg, former senior FBI official, U.S. Attorney and DEA administrator, visited the Heller School for a “Conversation with the Dean” with Dean David Weil. 
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