Removing Boundaries – Radical Reinvention and Innovation


Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 17, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, and register to join us as we present the Seventh Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium! For the convenience and safety of our AADC community, we will host the Symposium virtually via Zoom. The theme for the Symposium is “Removing Boundaries – Radical Reinvention and Innovation.”

Women are challenged on a daily basis with seemingly constant demands and priorities. In an interactive and educational conference setting, we’ll explore the roadblocks and obstacles women are facing in our new normal. We’ll discover ways to reinvent ourselves in our new workspaces. Additionally, we’ll uncover how innovation impacts the future of women and how we can remove the boundaries that do not work and create new boundaries that do! We will feature the following keynote opening session, breakout workshops, panel discussion and quick tips presentation as part of our powerful, transformative and inspiring symposium:

CLICK HERE: Learn more about our Symposium sessions & speakers


How to Design Your Life: Featuring Julie Ohlendorf, SPHR/SHRM-SCP


Feeling Good Enough: Presented by Susan A. Haworth, M.Ed., M.S., PPS

Create and Tell Your Story with Confidence: Presented by Laura Reid, M.Ed.

Financial Beliefs, Blocks, and Traumas: How Do They Impact Financial Wellness: Presented by Deanna O’Neal, AFC®

Navigating the Complex Challenges Women Face in the Workplace: Presented by Melody C. Gratic, M.A.Ed.


Breaking Boundaries – Balancing, Reinventing and Rebuilding:
Panelists: Lynn “Vince” Abramo, Malika Chopra, Mary Despe and Fabiola Paul ’09, LCSW


What does and doesn’t work to get a promotion as a Woman of Color (WOC):
Presented by Life Coach Sukhmeet (Sukhi) Kaur ‘09

Get Involved: Our Symposium Planning Committee Chair Mallorie Medley ’08 invites all alumnae to be a part of the team that brings Victoria’s vision to life!  Please email AADC Director of Alumnae Relations Lorrie DeLaney ’18 at ldelaney@douglassalumnae.org for details and to get involved. The Committee meets throughout the year and also hosts other career-focused networking events.

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.