Ready, Next, Go!

Three-Day Virtual Symposium Presented by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College

There are countless opportunities to learn and grow at this year’s three-day symposium hosted virtually by the AADC. Our Ready, Next, Go! theme is incorporated into workshops that include the concepts of confidence, preparation and execution. Symposium Planning Committee Chair Ikecia Lenese Mapp ’01 invites all alumnae to participate in this free virtual symposium. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with alumnae across a variety of fields and pursuits!


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 and enhance your business. 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.

Elizabeth Barry ’84: The Power of Kind Communication

Lisa N. Lovell, MBA: Financial Professional

Jane Maliszewski ’79: How to Bring Your A Game

Jennie Vila ’07: Mindset and Why What You Say to Yourself Matters

Gayook Wong ’64, MSW: Why Trauma Survivors Can’t “Just Move On” And How They Can 

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!

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.