Request for Proposals: 2018 Symposium

Completed workshop proposals MUST be received by May 24, 2018 at


We invite you to submit a proposal to lead a workshop or presentation at the AADC’s Third Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium on September 8, 2018 at the Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick. This inspiring AADC signature event continues to grow, and we anticipate this year will be our greatest success yet. Presentations and workshops should be focused on professional development with an emphasis on skills that are transferable to most industries. Some suggested topics include leadership development, empowerment, networking, job searching using the internet, creating and maintaining a strong professional profile on social media, career transition/returning to the workforce, strategies for caregivers juggling career demands with personal obligations and soft skills in the workplace. Of course, we would be delighted to hear your suggestions, as well.

Please note: Your proposed workshop must be related to professional development; Length of presentation not to exceed 45 minutes; The selection committee will not review incomplete proposals so please be sure to include all of the information requested; Given the limited slots, we cannot guarantee that all proposals will be selected, but we will do our best to accommodate as many submissions as possible; Similar topics may be combined in a single workshop.

Please include the following information in your proposal:

•  Title of workshop or presentation

•  Presenter’s name and contact information (email and cell phone number) Presenter’s short bio and head shot*

•  A brief description of your presentation (50 words maximum) AND a one sentence tagline*

•  A short description of proposed career workshop (200 characters maximum)*

•  An outline or visual of the presentation (e.g. PowerPoint, videos, etc…)

•  Audio/Video needs

Optional : If you’d like to contribute promotional materials for participant gift bags (e.g. pens, literature, etc…) please list the items in your proposal submission

*Note: All descriptions and bios submitted may be used for print and online promotion of the event and may be revised for style or length.


2017 Forward Together, Rising Together Symposium featured the following:


Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 8:00 to 5:00pm | Douglass Student Center | 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please note, below is our program from the 2017 Symposium:

8:00 AM Power Hour: Networking & Breakfast (Trayes Hall)

Start the day-long Symposium with a special opportunity to network with participants and presenters while having breakfast before the official program begins.

8:15  AM AADC Mabel’s Mentoring Progrm Kick-off Introductory Traning (Collaborative Learning Rm)

We encourage alumnae participating in the second annual AADC Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program to attend our Kick-Off Introductory Training to learn more about the benefits of connecting alumnae-to-alumnae as a Mentor or a Mentee. Program Chair Kathi Love ’75 will welcome the group and provide tips about how to maximize your participation and get the most from your experience in this premier AADC program.

9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks (Trayes Hall)

AADC leaders and Symposium Chair Lisa Kaado 03 welcome participants to our exciting Symposium, together with program benefactor Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt 42. Be inspired by Victoria’s boundless energy and positive outlook as she shares her high-profile career in public relations and current endeavors as an motivational speaker and inspirational author.

9:30 AM Morning Plenary Session: “Get Gravitas: How to Communicate Your Excellence Without Saying a Word” with Beena Kavalam ’98, MBA, CPCC, the CEO of Personal Revolution LLC, a coaching, speaking and consulting company (Trayes Hall)

At this interactive plenary workshop, learn how to use positive body language and vocal intonation to get what you want from your career and your life. Learn about some of the biggest mistakes most professionals make when they get nervous and how to avoid them; Non-verbal communication techniques to exude confidence without saying a word; and simple strategies for powerfully communicating your worth in less than 30 seconds.

10:45 -11:30 AM Morning Breakout Sessions (Meeting Rooms, DSC)

  • Are You an Entrepreneur – Rana Shanawani –  Do you see yourself as an innovator or an entrepreneur or ever thought of launching a new product or business idea, but didn’t know how to start? Do you think that it’s too expensive for you to receive counseling to launch your business? Come to this session hosted by the Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation to learn about a wide array of resources available, most of which are free or almost free, to prospective women business owners.
  • The Art of Feedback – Rosanna Iancau – This workshop is intended for professionals at all career stages and the scope is feedback and its skillful art form to deliver meaningful messages and spark change, growth and a culture of transparency in the workplace. Learn & hear real-life examples of feedback and why it is an essential competency to develop, harness and master for professional success.
  • Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income – Eleanor Galt-Lin, CFP – The Social Security system can be overwhelming and there are plenty of new rules.  Learn about the various Social Security benefits and how to create collection strategies that will help you to maximize your lifetime income.  Learn how to coordinate benefits, about the lesser-known benefits and when it makes sense to delay benefits – and when it does not. Finally, understand the taxation of benefits and how much you can expect to receive if you collect early.
  • Panel: Navigating Office Politics & Dealing with Difficult People – Elizabeth Murray ’87/Deborah Hurley/Shanti Narra, Esq. –  Whether you practice it or avoid it, office politics is a fact of life in any organization. It’s something that everyone needs to understand and master to ensure success. This session will explore strategies about how to navigate office politics.
  • Challenging Yourself to Make a Difference –  Maddie Brooks, M.F.S. & Susan Cooper, M.D. –  What do you want in a career? Purpose? The opportunity to learn and build skills? To make a difference?  Work-life balance?  At this session, explore career opportunities and ways to leverage your current skill sets.

12:00 – 1:30 PM Luncheon & Keynote “Developing Your Network, Link by Link” with Jeannine LaRue, Senior Vice President, Kaufman Zita Group (Trayes Hall)

Networking effectively is one of the most powerful tools an individual can use to advance her personal and professional life. Back by popular demand, Jeannine LaRue will deliver a dynamic keynote address and exercise during the Symposium luncheon. Learn how to build relationships, actively maintain them and give as much as you get.

1:45 – 2:30 PM Afternoon Breakout Sessions (I) (Meeting Rooms, DSC)

  • Branding and Digital Storytelling – Moiyattu Banya 06 – In a world where professionals are developing or switching careers, the importance of standing out authentically has become a critical contributor to career and/or business success. One of the best ways to stand out while remaining relevant through your career or for your business is to develop your identity online.  Sign up for this breakout session to learn how to tell your digital story.
  • A Mindfulness Approach to Prevent Burn-out in Work and Life – Cynthia Defina 03, Ph.D. – Work place burn-out relates to mental health and job functioning. This workshop will help reprogram your mind to think in a healthier, more productive way which will keep you engaged and committed to your job. Mindfulness training enhances general features of coping with distress and disability in everyday life.
  • Entrepreneurship: Setting Up Your Mobile Work Environment – Lisa Lovell, MBA – Wouldn’t it be great if you could have at your “fingertips” all the amenities of a high-end conventional office setting without the high-end costs? This workshop will provide attendees with practical tips and information about how to achieve just that.
  • Writing Your Best Resume – Donna Chlopak 72 – Learn the power of a well-written resume in this workshop where the presenter will share from her passion for career development and putting your best foot forward in pursuit of a job or promotion. She will share tips from her book, “Learning to Fish in the Twenty-First Century – Navigating the Career Waters to Find and Land a Choice Position.”

2:45 – 3:30 PM Afternoon Breakout Sessions (II) (Meeting Rooms, DSC)

  • Salary Negotiation Strategies– Kathi Love 75 – Learn important strategies about salary negotiation in this workshop presented by the President, CEO of Motherwell Resources LLC, a company devoted to management consulting and executive coaching. The presenter brings in-depth industry experience and insights as a former President and CEO of GFK MRI (formerly Mediamark Research and Intelligence).
  • Behavioral Interviewing – Donna Chlopak 72 – Learn about this important aspect of interviewing from the presenter, an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with more than 30 years of industry experience with top corporations. Explore useful tips for your next interview and hear about real-life examples.
  • Finding Balance: Work Your Life Like the Boss You Are – Ikecia Mapp 01 – This workshop will examine work-life balance, how a lack of balance causes burn-out, and how balance positively affects your overall productivity. Students will examine their daily schedules, learn goal setting strategies and learn time-management techniques. The skills taught will aid the attendee in looking at work-life balance in a blended manner, verses a block-scheduling manner.
  • Earn More with LinkedIn – Julbert Abraham – Are you thinking about using LinkedIn?  If you are not sure what to do, this workshop will teach you how to use LinkedIn effectively.  This workshop will include tips and information on LinkedIn. We will cover the following: The Importance of LinkedIn right here, right now; the value of LinkedIn content; the LinkedIn profile; and the LinkedIn search function.
  • Panel: S.T.E.A.M. in the Workplace – Michel Bitritto 69, Ph.D., Neena Bitritto-Garg & Niru Mallavarupu –  Our panelists will discuss how they incorporated their knowledge of the arts and social sciences with their backgrounds in physical science and technology to build and enhance their careers.

3:45 – 4:45 PM Reception: Expand Your Network by Volunteering (Trayes Hall A)

Thinking about getting involved in volunteering? Now is the time. Join us for this closing reception and learn about the many opportunities there are to expand your network with sister alumnae and build job skills by joining an AADC committee and/or Affinity Group.

Tamara Fleming Photography: Invest in Your Digital Presence with a Professional Head Shot

three photo tamaraflemingphotography.jpgTamara Fleming Photography returns this year to take digital professional head shots for a discounted rate of $65 for a 15-minute photo session, online photo gallery photo editing, for two (2) hi-res files. Due to demand, all head shots must be pre-ordered during the online registration process. No on-site head shot purchases will be accepted at the Symposium.

5:00 PM Program Concludes

Thank you to alumnae and friends who participated in an inspiring 2017 Symposium hosted by the AADC. Enjoy photos from the day at Douglass Alumnae on Flickr.

Major funding for Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium was provided by Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42. We thank Victoria for her generosity and support. Per the Agreement, the Annual Appeal is not on behalf of NJC, DRC, Douglass, or Rutgers. To join in supporting our mission, visit