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Identify: Cal St. Denis

Class Yr: 2008

Title: International Director, Environmental Sustainability MedTech

Group Identify: Johnson & Johnson


1. In a single sentence, what does your job entail?

I assist to set the 2030 J&J MedTech sustainable merchandise and packaging technique whereas creating key objectives and metrics for organizational alignment, enterprise integration, international buyer collaboration and significant government stakeholder assist.



2. What deliberate and unplanned occasions related you to your trade and your first employer after Holy Cross? How did you study/determine it was match for you? 

Dr. Michael Hallisey, an Interventional Radiologist at Hartford Hospital, a faithful alum and good friend, reached out to the three Pre-Meds on our ice hockey staff to gauge our curiosity in a summer season internship. I politely declined, citing extra curiosity within the enterprise of healthcare versus the scientific facet of drugs. He continued to assist my journey and went out of his method to introduce me to mates of his in Pharma, Biotech, and MedTech. From there, I started a networking journey all through senior spring, introducing myself to as many of us as I may and in search of each alternative to fulfill new individuals within the trade. I’ve at all times appreciated having a profession realizing that my merchandise and the options I supply might help sufferers retore their well being and wellbeing.


3. What had been you concerned in once you had been on campus?

I used to be a 4 12 months member of the Males’s Ice Hockey staff and a Bio-PreMed main. Whereas I’ve at all times appreciated the necessity to give again to the communities that I’ve lived, my educational and athletic schedule didn’t afford me the chance to affix any on-campus volunteer packages. So in my sophomore 12 months, I created Crusaders for Children, a program constructed round males’s ice hockey and males’s basketball’s busy schedules that labored with Grafton Elementary college internal metropolis college students. The youngsters had been recognized by the college principal as missing male function fashions (as a consequence of incarceration or single household households) and our purpose was to convey these younger males out to observe Crusaders athletic occasions on campus, have film nights in Blackstone, or play basketball on the campus courts and simply be youngsters. We knew it was a hit when the children would have contests for who could possibly be the final dropped off in our shuttle vans after the occasions had been over! Upon commencement, this system was acknowledged by the school and the NCAA in methods I may by no means have imagined, however the very best a part of all was that it was adopted by underclassmen and lived on as a legacy for years later. 


4. What was your main and the way did it have an effect on your profession selections?

I used to be a Bio main with a Pre-Medical focus. I knew early on that the scientific facet of Drugs was not for me however the problem of Pre-Med intrigued me, so I stayed the course. I at all times appreciated that folks get damage and have to recuperate or individuals get sick and have to heal. So healthcare was at all times going to be my focus out of undergrad. 


5. What are one or two expertise that you simply developed at Holy Cross that you simply use in your work?

Listening with intent. I pleasure myself on listening to my groups, my clients, my management and others round me. It helps me make knowledgeable selections and educates me on what others are feeling and experiencing. 

Emotional intelligence. I went on to review EI additional in graduate college and really feel strongly that social consciousness and bringing the very best out of individuals has profound results on productiveness and camaraderie. Holy Cross helped form this ability and made me conscious of the significance of leveraging it.  


6. What recommendation do you might have for college kids on campus at present?

Get pleasure from. Each. Second. Each midterm, each lab, each experiment, each dwelling recreation, each last can really feel anxious however they put together you for the curve balls of life. Get pleasure from them. I actually imagine {that a} Holy Cross schooling, the pains of late nights in Dinand and the laughs with mates on Caro Road, helps outline who you change into as an individual, a good friend, a mum or dad, a colleague, an alum. After I requested Dr. Hallisey what I may do to thank him for his assist again in 2008, he shared with me essentially the most profound recommendation – “Simply do your half when it’s your flip to offer again”.



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