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Click here to enjoy photos from the Symposium on September 14, 2019

It’s Time” Move Forward, Move Up & Move Beyond”

Presented by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College

The Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium was established in 2016 through the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College to provide professional development opportunities for Douglass alumnae and to facilitate meaningful professional networking among Douglass alumnae and friends. This annual symposium is free for all alumnae and AADC Contributing Friends. It provides relevant information on issues facing women in the workplace, on professional development and women’s issues. We are grateful to Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 for her generosity in establishing an endowment to provide and grow this highly-successful symposium.

The 2019 theme, “It’s Time,” was developed by the Symposium Planning Committee and featured workshops presented by experts, many of them alumnae. Special thanks to the Committee, chaired Ikecia Lenese Mapp ’01. Workshops were organized into three inspiring tracks: Move Forward, Move Up and Move Beyond. Each was designed to help participants explore three key stages of personal growth and professional development. In addition to networking opportunities throughout the day, the Symposium featured a morning breakfast with a plenary presented by Henah Parikh R ’13 about turning passions into purpose. The morning also included an interactive workshop for the entire group about issues of equity and inclusion facilitated by Dr. Debra Joy Perez ’84, Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity at Simmons University. Immediately following our luncheon, we welcomed keynote speaker Christiana Foglio-Palmer ’84, Founder and CEO of Community Investment Strategies, Inc. During our wrap up and closing session, a special giveway was raffled off.

Thank you to all of our 2019 Symposium presenters: Leading with Confidence, presented by Pamela Sammarco ’86; The Art of the Start, presented by Kristin Long ’78; The Many Faces of Networking, presented by Lindsey Santamaria ’12; Your Personal Brand Builds Your Professional Image, presented by Deborah J. Holliday ‘85; Through the Lens of Social Media & Personal Image Branding, presented by Tamara Fleming; Self-Care Strategies for Women on the Go!, presented by Cecile Edwards-Owotoroshe ’04; Own Your Career Progression: 7 Steps to Moving Your Career Forward, presented by Blair K. Robinson-Price, Ph.D.; The Marketing Key, presented by Donna Price; Where Will Your Dreams Take You?, presented by Gabrielle Rossi ‘14; Putting Your Best Self Forward: Overcoming Obstacles, presented by Dolores Ijames Bryant ‘84; Ready, Set, Retire, presented by Keri Washington-Bah; Embracing Entrepreneurship: Mastering the Executive in Me!, presented by Aaron Chavis; The Importance of a Growth Mindset, presented by Jennie Vila ‘07; and Graduate School Ready: Learn More About Fellowship Support from the AADC.


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.