While Colleen Cutcliffe, PhD (SPH ’04), will always remember the collaborative spirit and mutual respect that infused her experience at Johns Hopkins, it was working with her advisor, the late Cecile Pickart, that motivated her decision to sign the Hopkins Founders’ Pledge earlier this year.
“She showed me how important it is to teach and to care deeply about the teaching, and she also knew when to let a student go at the right moment to figure things out,” Cutcliffe says.
As CEO and cofounder of Pendulum Therapeutics, a biotechnology company working on gut microbiome solutions for Type 2 Diabetes and other health conditions, Cutcliffe appreciates that her company’s achievements are directly tied to how much she empowers her employees.
“Dr. Pickart showed me how important it is to let go, and at just the right rate,” she says.
The Founders’ Pledge helps build connections between alumni company founders and entrepreneurs and Johns Hopkins’ academic community by asking alumni to commit to give back to the university. Learn more about Cutcliffe’s decision to sign the Founders’ Pledge on the Bloomberg School of Public Health website.
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