The AADC’s Third Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium will take place 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 will be focused on professional development with an emphasis on skills that are transferable to most industries.

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Schedule of the Day

Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 8:30 am to 3:30 pm | Douglass Student Center | 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

8:30 am Check In Opens

9:00 am Welcome & Opening Remarks, Trayes Hall

9:15 9:55 am Plenary Power Breakfast Featuring Cristina Martin Greysman ’94

The Five People You Need on Your Personal Board of Directors –
Who are the five people you need to know? As women we need to create our own support networks to succeed and be fulfilled in our careers. Discover how to identify and build the core team you need on your personal Board of Directors to put your career on the fast track.

10:00 – 11:00 am Morning Breakout Sessions

11:10 – 11:40 am Keynote Address Featuring Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health, Click here to read official bio (Trayes Hall)

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch & Learn – Dining Etiquette Featuring Sharon Kornstein
Take this opportunity during lunch to connect with other Symposium participants and to learn about key etiquette from this Certified Image Professional and founder and president of ImageDesign. Our presenter consults with business owners, executives and individuals about personal and professional dining etiquette, business dress and interview skills.

1:15 – 2:15 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions I

2:30 – 3:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions II

3:30 Program Concludes

Breakout Sessions

10:00 – 11:00 am Morning Breakout Sessions


  • Transferring Mom Skills to the Workplace – Jennie Vila ’07 and Lisa Cardello
    Returning to the workforce after having children or raising a family can be challenging for parents in many ways. The presenters will discuss a range of concerns, including wellness, career counseling and discrimination in the workplace. Gain tools, strategies and a better understanding of resources available.
  • LinkedIn Takeover – Denise Joyner West ’74 and Crystal Chisholm
    The LinkedIn Takeover workshop is for professionals who are serious about brand building and ready to develop and nurture business relationships that will blossom into a network full of opportunities. The brand you build today will be the success you see tomorrow.
  • Letting Go of Control and Bracing for Impact – Shivani Shah ’04
    Explore what you need to do to become the leader you want to be. Through activities and journal exercises, this session will help you focus on your leadership style, ways to build new pathways, reshape beliefs and achieve your goals. Learn how to make an impact as a leader.
  • Women in Entrepreneurship Panel –  Jenny Binaghi Lichtenwalner ‘02, Suchitra Kamath, Donna Price and Meg Schoen Armstrong ‘64, moderator 
    Receive first hand advice from women in entrepreneurship. Panelists will discuss strategies and share advice on what their experiences have been as women in this field.
  • The Art of Bating – Carol Gabel
    Discover The Art of Bating (TM), or as we refer to it, “Business Dating.” We will share a new way to attract, develop and retain long term business relationships. Although similar to personal dating, business dating is a unique methodology for connecting with those business interests you want to meet, and more importantly, those businesses that want to meet you.

1:15 – 2:15 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions I


  • Career & Life Changes: Expect the Unexpected – Jackie Pantaliano ’82
    You and your field will change many times. This seasoned public relations business owner, creative writer, speaker, coach, mom, wife and more, will share all the ways to make inevitable career and life changes work for you.
  • Execute the Dream: How Do I Get Paid to Be Who I am? – Michelle Pyram ’01
    This workshop is designed to give you all the career guidance you need to be paid to be your most authentic self. Don’t let an unclear career path, bad choices or an economic downturn deter you from the career and life of your dreams.
  • Present Yourself for Success: Let Your Competence and Confidence Show! – Laurie Schloff  ’73
    Presenting yourself with confidence and skill ranks in the top five abilities for success in the workplace. Participants will learn and then practice techniques in an informative, interactive and entertaining session. Topics include organizing your thoughts for clarity and influence, conveying a confident speech and voice style and influencing through your nonverbal presence. Learn from feedback delivered in this supportive setting.
  • Working it in the Workplace: Interpersonal Relations, Good Communication and Effective Delegation – Ikecia Lenese Mapp ’01
    Make your workplace work for you! Learn strategies for communicating, communication do’s and don’ts, resolving conflicts and useful delegation techniques to help you manage multiple projects. Get tips about how to get the most out of your work day and about work-life balance in this informative session.

2:30 – 3:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions II


  • From Cyberspace to Hired: Developing a Powerful Resume for Applicant Tracking Software – Ellen Bourhis Nolan ’78
    Workshop discussion includes examining what Applicant Tracking Software is and a step-by-step process of how to craft a software- and reader-friendly resume, including how to tailor to specific jobs.
  • Eight Key Strategies for Career Development and Growth – Wilma Brockington-Parker
    Participants will review the five career stages, explore career strategies and develop an action plan. The interactive presentation with Q&A will help you define career development, identify career development needs, explore the five career stages, review career options and identify things to think about.
  • Salary Negotiation Strategies – Kathi Love ’75
    Learn important strategies about salary negotiation in this workshop presented by a management consultant and executive coach with in-depth industry experiences and insights.
  • How You Say What You Say: The Art of Delivering a Speech – Othell J. Miller
    Learn proven methods for delivering memorable and impactful impromptu, extemporaneous and manuscript speeches. Discover the elements of effective delivery and how to properly support a speech with diaphragmatic breathing, appropriate and empowering body language and proper script analysis. You will learn how to execute principles taught by delivering a short excerpt from a famous speech.

Invest in Your Digital Presence with a Professional Head Shot: Available for Purchase During Registration Process

Tamara Fleming Photography returns this year to take digital professional head shots for a discounted rate for a 15-minute photo session, online photo gallery photo editing, for either one (1) hi-resolution fully edited digital photo for $58 or two (2) hi-resolution digital photos for $68. 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.

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 douglassalumnae.org/makeagift.