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Dean's Alumni Advisory Board Targets New Engagement Initiatives

Carey Business School alumna Jeri Fellerman, MS’ 99, is leading a successful career in the commercial banking industry. Now, after more than 30 years in the business, she is a senior vice president managing a team of commercial bankers with Eagle Bank in Virginia.

When asked about her success, Fellerman says her education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the skills and relationships she built there helped her get to where she is today. And for that, she is very grateful.

“I’ve been able to use my Carey education to advance my career. I believe that it is my responsibility to give back so that others have the opportunity to take advantage of the education offered by Carey,” Fellerman said. “Increased giving will help attract qualified students, which will ultimately improve the Carey brand.”

Fellerman is not alone in her beliefs. In fact, she’s one of two dozen like-minded Carey Business School alumni from different industries and backgrounds who make up the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board.

The board, known as the DAAB, was formed in 2008 and serves in an advisory role to Dean Bernard Ferrari on key alumni issues.

“The DAAB’s purpose is to provide connectivity between the school and our alumni,” said Fellerman, who has served as chair for the past three years. “I think people are very proud they graduated from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, so our mission is to reach out to all of those alumni and get them engaged.”

Currently, the DAAB is in the process of implementing a new strategic plan, which outlines the goals and measures by which the board members will help support the school’s highest priorities. The key to the plan is upping the level of engagement among Carey alumni with the school.

The board has made strides in recent years, including the establishment of regional alumni clubs: Beijing, Shanghai, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City.

“Forming regional clubs and gaining a nucleus of people that want to maintain their identity with Johns Hopkins and Carey furthers that mission of engagement,” said Andy Klein MBA ‘02, who will be taking over for Fellerman as DAAB chair. Klein currently serves as vice chairman of the department of surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Herb Strauss, MBA ’00 and MS ITS ’02, is a longtime DAAB member who works as an assistant deputy commissioner for systems and deputy chief information officer for the Social Security Administration. He believes establishing the alumni clubs will help connect Carey alumni around the world.

“We think that every alum always wants to connect with the place that they went to school and the students that share the experience they shared,” Strauss said. “We have folks all around the world, and it is our job as an alumni association to find ways to be relevant to them.”

Another example of the DAAB engagement mission is the mentorship program in which students are partnered with board members whom they can lean on for advice while beginning their careers.

There is also a new DAAB-endowed scholarship fund spearheaded by Fellerman and DAAB member Charlie Constable. Also included in this engagement strategy is recruitment. The DAAB is looking for alumni who share their vision for giving back in the hopes of raising the overall welfare of the school.

“We are looking for alumni who are leaders with vision, passion, and commitment, people who embrace the mantra of business with humanity in mind. We want them to engage with students, to network with them, to mentor them,” said Strauss.

Klein added: “We are developing opportunities for alumni to give back to the school in some way, and that might be giving back in terms of mentoring people in the school, it might be giving back in terms of financial contributions.”

Any alumni who want to get involved with Carey should contact carey.alumni@jhu.edu.

Posted on October 19, 2016 In Alumni Story, News Item, Alumni, Current Students