Beet Week

Beet Week
April 20 – 24, 2020

Celebrating our philanthropic roots

Beet Week is an annual event that brings together the Carey network of students and faculty to celebrate graduating students’ transition to alumni status and honor the philanthropic legacy of William P. Carey.

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations invites Carey students, faculty, and staff to a week-long celebration, featuring exciting events, trivia, prizes, and fun. Students will better understand William P. Carey’s dedication to beet farmers and discover ways to carry on the proud legacy of William P. Carey.

2020 Schedule of Events

All Beet Week 2020 activities will be held online. 

Monday, April 20

Carey Beet Week Kick-off
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. | Register on Zoom

Kick off your week with a hot cup of coffee or tea and a brief message from Dean Triantis. Join us as we celebrate the start of Beet Week and learn about the legacy of William P. Carey.

Take a picture wearing or with your favorite Carey swag. Submit a photo to or post to Instagram and tag @JHU_carey_business_school and #CareyBeetWeek to be entered to win a prize.


Tuesday, April 21

Find your Center: Calming Mindfulness Techniques
7:30 – 8:15 a.m. | Register on Zoom 

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing. Often, we lose touch with our body and become overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

In this session, you will learn why mindfulness is important and how you can incorporate it into your life. Then, you will be guided through a brief meditation to help you boost your day.

Yoga for Resiliency 
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Register on Zoom 

Yoga emphasizes the mind-heart-body connection.  Research has proven many yoga techniques engage the parasympatheic nervous system moving us from fight-flight (reactive state) to a more evolved responsive state.  More than ever, the practice of yoga can help in uncertain times (often inducing stress and anxiety), which can lead to negative affectation on the physical body.  We will explore gentle movements, breathing exercises, meditation and finish with a relaxing body scan in savasana, a resting pose.  Variations will be offered to make this classes accessible to all levels, including beginners.  

Virtual Magician
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. | Register on Zoom 

Join us for an evening of wonder with a private magic show from the comfort of your own home. You will be blown away by acts of close up magic with props you have in the very room you are watching from. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in the show by deciding which item to pick, what should be smashed, and one lucky person will even get an imaginary dinner with the magician.  It is everything you ever wanted in a show without leaving your house, sitting in traffic, or worrying about where you parked the car.

Wednesday, April 22

Staying Connected: Engaging with Carey & Hopkins after Graduation
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. | Register on Zoom 

Hear from alumni about their transition from students to alumni and ways they’ve stayed involved. The Alumni Relations team will share resources and opportunities available post-graduation during this open dialogue.

Thursday, April 23

The Business “Why” for Philanthropy
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. | Register on Zoom

Join members of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board as they share tips for doing good while doing well and how philanthropy can enhance your professional skills.

Beet Bash
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Register on Zoom

Enjoy your favorite beverage and celebrate the end of the Beet Week with an exclusive virtual, late-night, mix and mingle featuring dueling pianists from Bobby McKey’s Piano Bar in D.C. Tune in and sing-a-long to classic songs, today’s hits or make a request of your own.

Friday, April 24

Morning Tai Chi
7:45 – 8:15 a.m. | Register on Zoom

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that is practiced today to promote good health and relaxation. The movements are simple and very slow. All you'll need is a space to stand and comfortable clothes.

Making Peace with Fear: Tools for Navigating Fear in Uncertain Times with Heidi Thompson
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. | Register on Zoom

As we confront the threats of coronavirus, isolation, and economic instability, what do we do with the fear that is within and around us? As life changes daily, how do we navigate the challenges of uncertainty?  How is Life calling us to respond?

For over 35 years, Heidi Thompson has led many on the path to understanding fear and finding peace. In this session, learn what fear is, how it affects us, and why it arises in times of danger and uncertainty.  Explore ways of responding that enable us to make wise decisions and minimize anxiety, rather than sink into denial, confusion, or overwhelm. See how fear can connect us with our inner creative resources. Discover how without this knowledge fear can control us.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Make your Beet Week gift

Make a gift to Carey Business School during Beet Week, and you’ll receive a special thank you gift.*

Make your gift

*Students must give at least $10 and alumni at least $20 to receive a special thank you gift. Gifts will be mailed to donors once campus reopens. 

Behind the beet

The simple sugar beet is a profound metaphor of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and its benefactor, William P. Carey’s commitment to advancing society. In the 1940s and 1950s, Colorado and Kansas farmers grew sugar beets for the National Sugar Manufacturing Company. William P. Carey’s family was a minority stockholder in the company for decades. Due to global price wars, the company was forced to liquidate in 1966, leaving farmers to absorb their losses.

At the time, a young Carey, whose $50 million gift would later establish Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2007, was not in a financial position to aid the farmers, but he never forgot their plight. Although not legally responsible for the debts, he pledged to make the situation whole.

Twenty years later, after contacting every one of the 80 farming families involved, William P. Carey repaid the $250,000 debt in full. Responsibility. Integrity. Dedication. Humanity. These are the cornerstones of Beet Week as embodied by the actions of our benefactor and the mission of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

William P. Carey is a profound example of the mission and philosophy of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and it is a legacy to be proud of and a part of. His values of responsibility, integrity, dedication and humanity define our mission.

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William P. Carey is a profound example of the mission and philosophy of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and it is a legacy to be proud of and a part of. Make your gift today.


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