PhD Professional Development

This page supports the Johns Hopkins University PhD Leadership Education and Development workshop series (PHD-LEAD), funded by a grant under the PhD Professional Development Innovation Initiative (PPDII).


Past and Upcoming Professional Development Programming

Topic Date/Time


Developing Effective Communication Skills for PhDs

February 23, 2022 Prof Steven Cohen

Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain for PhDs


January 26, 2022, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Jim Liew

Digital Marketing & Personal Branding

November 17, 2021, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Chris Harris

Leading Teams

October 20, 2021, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Chris Myers

Project Management Basics Part 1

September 29, 2021, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Yuval Bar-Or
Design Thinking June 16, 2021, noon to 1:30pm Adj. Prof. Danielle Piccinini Black

Finance for the Non-Financially-Inclined Manager

May 19, 2021, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Yuval Bar-Or

Contract and Salary Negotiation

April 21, 2021, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Yuval Bar-Or

Fundamentals of Contract Law

March 24, 2021, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Stacey Lee

Entrepreneurship: An Introduction to the Business Model Canvas

February 24, 2021, noon to  2:00pm Prof. Supriya Munshaw

Accounting for the Non-Accountant: Manage Your Organization Better

January 20, 2021, noon to 1:30pm

Prof. Jordan Rippy

Personal Financial Planning - Introduction (content is similar to prior session offered on June 10, 2020).  Dec. 4, 2020, noon to 1:00pm Prof. Yuval Bar-Or
Mentoring for Professional Success Nov. 4, 2020, noon to 2pm Vice-Dean Kevin Frick
Leading Teams Oct. 7 2020, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Chris Myers
Developing Effective Communication Skills Sep. 18 2020, noon to 2pm Prof. Steven Cohen
Digital Marketing & Personal Branding  Aug. 5, 2020, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Chris Harris
Negotiation Strategies for Professional Success  July 9, 2020, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Brian Gunia
Personal Finance for Ph.D. Students   June 10, 2020, noon to 1:30pm  Prof. Yuval Bar-Or
Contract and Salary Negotiation  May 13, 2020, noon to 1:30pm Prof. Yuval Bar-Or


If you're a PhD student or equivalent at one of the 7 Johns Hopkins Schools,* you may add yourself to the mailing list to be informed of upcoming professional development workshops.

* The JHU Schools involved in this initiative are:

  1. Bloomberg School of Public Health
  2. Krieger School of Arts and Science
  3. School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  4. School of Education
  5. School of Medicine
  6. School of Nursing
  7. Whiting School of Engineering

Business Essentials Certificate of Completion

Attending seven unique sessions offered in this program along with a professional development session offered by your school's career office makes you automatically eligible for a Business Essentials Certificate of Completion from the Carey Executive Education office. We track attendance at each session so we'll be able to confirm your eligibility. Once your attendance is confirmed the certificate will be processed and an electronic version will be sent to you. Please contact Dr. Yuval Bar-Or at the Carey Business School with any questions.


Upcoming Personal Finance Programming

Resources permitting, the plan is to offer the following sequence of webinars (calendar is tentative)


Date / Time (Fridays)

Personal Financial Planning - Introduction

December 4, 2020 / Noon to 1pm

Know Your Net Worth, Assets, and Liabilities

December 11, 2020 / Noon to 1pm

Manage & Minimize Debt

December 18, 2020 / Noon to 1pm

Accumulate Assets

January 8, 2021 / Noon to 1pm

Budget to Live Within Your Means

January 15, 2021 / Noon to 1pm

Understand Investing Basics

January 22, 2021 / Noon to 1pm

Plan for Retirement

January 29, 2021 / Noon to 1pm

Insure People and Property

February 12, 2021 / Noon to 1pm

Deal with Financial Advisors

February 19, 2021 / Noon to 1pm

Decision Making Biases

February 26, 2021 / Noon to 1pm


You may use the Contact Us page on this site to reach out with any questions or suggestions. Please indicate clearly in the subject line that your comment is related to the PPDII.

Disclaimer: Johns Hopkins University is not involved in the Pillars of Wealth initiative. This page simply serves as a temporary location for eligible JHU graduate students to sign up for information regarding professional development workshops to be delivered online or on the JHU campus.