Rising Above and Beyond: Women’s Success in the Workplace

Sixth Annual Symposium Presented by the AADC


We look forward to seeing you virtually on Saturday, September 18, 2021, for our Sixth Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium. The theme for the Symposium is Rising Above and Beyond: Women’s Success in the Workplace. We encourage you to think about success — past, present and future — as you write your proposals. We are looking for a variety of speakers. Please complete the form at the link below to submit a proposal for review. Completed proposals MUST be received by July 15, 2021. Please note that all descriptions and bios submitted may be used for print and online promotion of the event and may be revised for style or length


In addition, below, for your information, is the program that was presented at the 2020 Symposium with the theme Ready, Next, Go!  The concepts of confidence, preparation and execution were incorporated into workshops. Symposium Planning Committee members thank all alumnae who participated in the free annual symposium, which was presented virtually, connecting with alumnae across a variety of fields and pursuits!

If you are interested in joining the Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium Planning Team or any other AADC committees, email Egypt Pringley at epringley@douglassalumnae.org. The symposium committee has networking and workplace and professional development events throughout the year to maintain excitement for the main event.

2020 Program Ready, Next Go!

READY: Featuring Keynote Kickoff Speakers

Day 1: Saturday, September 12, 2020 |1:00 to 3:00 pm

Renee Wilson ’06: Business Development Amidst a Pandemic

Get READY to discover steps you can take during the pandemic to build, enhance and pivot your business and learn some tips about how to start a new one. Learn how to create a business from an idea, to brainstorming, to your new business! Plan and execute strategies with self confidence and learn how to remain flexible and adaptable as you plan, organize and prioritize for business.

Lisa Ann Miller ’81: How to Recognize and Evolve Your Personal Brand Equity

Get READY to market yourself creatively and strategically for optimal differentiation in any competitive market. Here’s your opportunity to discover and build your personal brand image to further your career. Learn the fundamentals of marketing, how to leverage social media channels and how to open up key creative and strategic pathways.

NEXT: Virtual Panel – Building Resiliency During Times of Uncertainty

Day 2: Sunday, September 13, 2020 | 12:30 to 2:30 pm

Take it to the NEXT level with our online panel discussion! We bring together women from different industries to discuss the realities of workplace and professional development in the age of COVID-19. This interactive panel will explore changes in industries, ways to improve your professional life and how to incorporate new practices. We will also feature live polls of our virtual audience and share questions from symposium participants.

Our Panelists
Elizabeth Barry ’84: The Power of Kind Communication – Kind communication enhances the value proposition in both life and career. Experience less stress, more focus and more productivity. As a consultant Elizabeth explores compassionate leadership strategies to help achieve confidence, self-acceptance and worth.

Lisa N. Lovell, MBA: Financial Professional: Discover Financial Success – Helping people from all walks of life prepare for their financial future and meet their goals is what Lisa enjoys most as a financial professional. No matter what stage of life, she offers expertise and strategies to help you discover solutions, set goals, meet challenges and achieve.

Jane Maliszewski ’79: How to Bring Your A Game – Whether your goal is to show up with confidence, prepare for a challenge, or dig in for the courage to execute, negative energy can derail you. Jane, a leadership coach with advanced training in Neuro-Transformation, shares how to increase positive energy to consistently get “A” Game results.

Jennie Vila ’07, EdM, LCP, NCC: Mindset and Self-Talk; Why What You Say to Yourself Matters – Shift your perspective from negative self-talk into positive self-talk. Jennie, a life and wellness coach, shows the difference between growth- and fixed-mindsets to help foster resilience and improve your self-esteem. Discover ways to accept feedback in a constructive way to move forward in your career.

Gayook Wong ’64, MSW: Why Trauma Survivors Can’t “Just Move On” And How They Can – Find out what characterizes trauma, its damage to the mind and body, and the most successful treatments. Gayook, a retired licensed clinical social worker, provides insight about how survivors’ memories can be distorted and why traumatic memories arrive unexpectedly.

GO!: Power Networking & Breakout Sessions

Day 3: Monday, September 14, 2020 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm

You will have an opportunity to network with other participants when you tune in to meet in our “virtual rooms” in the industries that you select during registration. Interact and share information from a wide range of industries, from health and medicine, technology, marketing, law, human resources, entrepreneurs and more. Grow your network and GO create new business connections!

Plus —Takeaway Tips and Giveaways

Our Symposium includes informative pre-recorded messages from expert Linda Jones-George ’74: Your Retirement Journey with Tips on Living a More Fruitful Life. Plus, we will have giveaways for participants throughout the Symposium!

The Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium was established in 2016 through the AADC 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 and 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.

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.