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Anna Kalbarczyk

“Networking is like dating, you know. Not every member of your network is going to be the most fabulous person, but you can find unexpected wins everywhere and leverage them.”

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Implementation Science, DrPH 2020

Assistant Director, Center for Global health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health

Anna’s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss how the flexibility of a virtual, part-time doctoral program attracted Anna to pursue her doctorate while continuing in her career, her take on the power of saying no to opportunities that don’t serve you, and the importance of positive interpersonal relationships whether in grad school or in the workplace.

Learn More About Anna’s Story

These precious little monkeys are my fur babies, “Noodles” and “Meatball”. Not only are they absolutely adorable (and I know you cannot deny it), but they have also provided a unique opportunity to infuse regular play into my adult life. They have made me reflect on how little we get to play, or even want to play as adults—to do something silly and ridiculous, creating the dedicated time and space each day for laughter is a gift. Through them I have nurtured empathy, deep caring for other creatures, and love. I also deeply appreciate how they have inspired my husband and I to regularly explore the world—keeping us moving, hiking, and exploring.

These delicious slimy critters represent my deep love for food, travel, and embracing opportunities. A group of friends and I got to enjoy these oysters right on a beach in Mexico after they had just been caught, maybe 15 minutes prior (we saw it happen). I am fortunate to travel a lot for work as a global health professional and for fun. One of the first things I always do in an unfamiliar location is seek out a local food tour. To me, food is one excellent introduction to a new culture; understanding and appreciating the food can open conversational doors with new friends and colleagues and facilitate connection where it might otherwise be more difficult.