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Volunteers help launch affinity group in New York

JHU Women in Business Affinity showcases women of impact
Posted January 15, 2014
Four members of the Women in Business Affinity Group converse.  IMAGE: Will Kirk/ Four members of the Women in Business Affinity Group converse. IMAGE: Will Kirk/

Johns Hopkins women in the New York area have a new prospect for connections.  With the help of key volunteers, the Women in Business  Affinity Group will officially launch in New York City with a kick off event at the end of this month. The first Women in Business affinity group, created in the Baltimore/Washington area in 2011, has featured networking receptions, panel presentations, and a full-day conference on leadership strategies for women.

The New York evening, titled Women of Impact, will feature two dynamic Johns Hopkins women—Polly Hanson, Ed ’96, Amtrak Chief of Police, and Stacy Kanter, P’12 & ’17, Rising to the Challenge Campaign Cabinet member and co-head of global finance practice at the law firm of Skadden—who will share their strategies for career success. “These are strong women who have very impressive backgrounds,” says Ana Zampino, A&S ’01, a volunteer who helped jumpstart the New York WIB.  “The opportunity to network with them and other Johns Hopkins women gives our community an avenue to find mentors and navigate sometimes murky waters.”

Zampino has a long record of volunteer activity at Johns Hopkins.  As a recent grad in New York City, she began organizing community service activities, soon becoming president of the New York alumni chapter, one of the largest alumni chapters. Her work ethic and passion for Johns Hopkins led her to serve on her class reunion committee, the Second Decade Society, and the Alumni Council, which from Zampino’s perspective, “really gets at the heart of alumni programming.” 

Now that her term on the council has ended, she is excited about reengaging her Johns Hopkins efforts in the local community, where the impact can be immediate. “I love when alumni, parents, and friends tell me that they want to be more involved,” comments Zampino. “Increasing engagement is at the core of what affinity groups do and these kind of events allow me to share my excitement about Hopkins with others.”

More information about the Women in Business Affinity Group and the event on January 23 can be found on the Alumni Association website.