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Identify: Cal St. Denis

Class 12 months: 2008

Title: World 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 growing key objectives and metrics for organizational alignment, enterprise integration, international buyer collaboration and demanding government stakeholder assist.



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

Dr. Michael Hallisey, an Interventional Radiologist at Hartford Hospital, a faithful alum and a superb pal, reached out to the three Pre-Meds on our ice hockey crew to gauge our curiosity in a summer season internship. I politely declined, citing extra curiosity within the enterprise of healthcare versus the medical facet of medication. He continued to assist my journey and went out of his option 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 looking for each alternative to satisfy new individuals within the trade. I’ve at all times appreciated having a profession understanding that my merchandise and the options I provide might help sufferers retore their well being and wellbeing.


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

I used to be a 4 yr member of the Males’s Ice Hockey crew 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 tutorial and athletic schedule didn’t afford me the chance to affix any on-campus volunteer packages. So in my sophomore yr, I created Crusaders for Youngsters, 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 children had been recognized by the varsity principal as missing male function fashions (resulting from incarceration or single household households) and our objective was to convey these younger males out to look at Crusaders athletic occasions on campus, have film nights in Blackstone, or play basketball on the campus courts and simply be children. We knew it was successful 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 choices?

I used to be a Bio main with a Pre-Medical focus. I knew early on that the medical facet of Medication 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 harm 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 abilities that you just developed at Holy Cross that you just use in your work?

Listening with intent. I pleasure myself on listening to my groups, my prospects, my management and others round me. It helps me make knowledgeable choices 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 students on campus at this time?

Take pleasure in. Each. Second. Each midterm, each lab, each experiment, each residence sport, each last can really feel worrying however they put together you for the curve balls of life. Take pleasure in them. I actually imagine {that a} Holy Cross training, the trials of late nights in Dinand and the laughs with mates on Caro Avenue, helps outline who you change into as an individual, a pal, a mum or dad, a colleague, an alum. Once 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 present again”.



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