Submit Your Workshop Proposal Today for Symposium on September 16, 2017 

Submit Your Proposal to Present a Workshop: Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to present a workshop at our 2017 Symposium. See below for workshops offered last year. Please send your one-to-two page proposal no later than May 12 | Submit to aadc.careersymposium@gmail.com.

You’re Invited to the Planning Committee Meeting: Chair Lisa Kaado 03 invites your participation in the Planning Committee, Please email to get involved, dthompson@douglassalumnae.org.


Enjoy photos on Flickr from the 2016 Symposium held on September 10


Bridging the Gap: 2016 Symposium Agenda

8:00 AM:  Registration begins, 1st Floor Lobby, Douglass Student Center

8:30 AM: Reunion and Alumnae Outreach Volunteer Training, NJC Lounge (RSVP to grizza@douglassalumnae.org)

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Networking Breakfast, Trayes Hall B

10:00 AM:   Welcome Remarks, Trayes Hall

10:30 – 11:30 AM: Plenary Session “Owning the Room: Network Like a Pro”

– Owning the Room: Network Like a Pro

Presenter: Jeannine LaRue | Senior Vice President, Kaufman Zita Group
Learn how to “break the ice” and strike up conversations in just about any situation that comes your way.

11:30 – 11:50: Break

12:00 – 1:15 PM: Lunch Keynote – Justice Jaynee LaVecchia ’76 | Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court

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In line with the proposed “Bridging the Gap” theme, Justice LaVecchia will draw from her own personal experience to give an uplifting message on strategic ways to level the playing field for ambitious women in the workplace. 

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Breakout Sessions I

– Workshop: Reinventing Your Career – Where You Start Is Not Where You Finish

Presenter: Bethann Albert ’98, MSW | Owner, The Center for Therapy & Counseling

You know you could be an asset to any company, but your job or career seems to have hit a wall. How do you re-calibrate and position yourself for success?  Are you willing to create a new “finish line” for yourself?

– Panel: Finding Your Second Wind – Life After Retirement

Panelists: Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps ’73 | CEO & President, 1804 Consultants; Marsha Edelman Malberg ’66; Judith Shapiro ’65
Moderator: Tina Gordon ’72

Join this panel discussion to hear and learn from women who have transitioned from their careers to find purpose and meaning in retirement.

– Workshop: You Have it All, Now Manage It Like a Boss!

Presenter: Dr. Colleen Georges ’97 | Nationally Certified Psychologist and Life Coach

Change the way you live your life. Reevaluate your priorities, let go of the small stuff and learn how to work smart and find balance at times when your stress level is off the chart because there’s not enough of you to go around.

– Workshop: Mentoring Works

This workshop, hosted by the AADC’s newly launched Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program, will explore the role of mentors and mentees. Participants will learn and practice specific behaviors and actions that promote mentoring excellence. Note: this session is open to everyone but is dedicated to alumnae that have signed up for the Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program. (Mentors & Mentees RSVP to vzieniuk@douglassalumnae.org)

– Workshop: Resume & Cover Letter

Presenter: Donna Chlopak ‘72, Ph.D | Industrial/Organizational Psychologist

Learn how to compose a cover letter and resume that reflect your greatest strengths and talents and that will grab the attention of the hiring managers. By the end of this workshop your resume will say, “Interview me!” Please bring a job ad for a position of interest.

2:30 – 2:45 PM: Break

3:00 – 3:55 PM: Breakout Sessions (II)

– Panel: Women in the Law

Panelists: Caprice Jenerson Esq. ’90 | Senior Resource Counsel, The Clemency Project; Danielle Reid Esq. ’66  | Former Government Aid Private Attorney; Linda Ershow-Levenberg Esq. ’77  | Managing Partner, Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg, LLC ; Lisa Chapland  Esq. | Director of Government Affairs, NJ State Bar Association

Moderator: Lauren Nathan-LaRusso ‘03| Associate, Koster, Brady & Nagler, LLP

This panel of legal professionals will share their experiences and wisdom to help provide participants with ways to navigate a successful career in the legal industry.

– Panel: Women in Government and Politics

Panelists: Christina Zuk | Princeton Public Affairs Group; Elsie Foster-Dublin| Highland Park Councilwoman; Deborah Hurley | Senior Officer, The Citizens’ Campaign; Elizabeth Murray ’87 | Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Comcast Corp.; Mallory Trachtenberg |  Women’s Bureau of the Dept. of Labor; Joyce Watterman | Jersey City Councilwoman-at-Large

Moderator: Lisa Kaado ’03 | Co-Chair, Education and Training Fund of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey

This panel of professionals will share their experiences and wisdom to help provide participants with ways to navigate a successful career in government and politics.

– Panel: Women in Science & Technology

Panelists: Dr. Julie W. Stern ’89 | Director of Outreach Services, Division of Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Dr. Tiffany Toliver ’04 | Family Medicine; Dr. Ogechi Dike ’08 | Hospitalist at Clements University Hospital; Dr. Lauren Maher ’09 | Administrative Chief Resident, Temple University Hospital;

Moderator:  Dr. Michel Bitritto ’69 | Executive VP, Business Development at the EcoShelf Group

This panel of professionals with careers in medicine, research & development, technology etc., will share their experiences and wisdom to help provide participants with ways to navigate a successful career.

– Panel: Women in Nonprofits & Foundations

Panelists: Shireen Lewis ’86| Executive Director, EDUSEED; Suzann Goldstein ’85 | Executive Director, The Valerie Fund; Patricia Teffenhart ’01 | Executive Director, NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Moderator: MaryBeth Musumeci ’96 | Senior Health Policy Analyst, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid & the Uninsured

This panel of leaders in the nonprofit industry will share their experiences and wisdom on how to navigate a successful career in nonprofit organizations.

– Workshop: Behavioral Interviewing

Presenter: Donna Chlopak ‘72, Ph.D| Industrial/Organizational Psychologist

Learn how to prepare for and conduct interviews that get the job offer! This workshop addresses general preparation, researching companies, what to expect, and answering behavior-based and other tough, important interview questions.

– Workshop: How to Negotiate Pay

Presenter: Kathi Love ‘75 | Certified Executive Leadership Coach; CEO, Motherwell Resources LLC

The salary gap between men and women may have as much to do with how the sexes approach salary negotiation as with gender politics.  This workshop will help guide women to become successful negotiators.

4:00: – 5:00 PM: Networking Reception