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

Thanks for joining us at the AADC’s Sixth Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium, which was presented via Zoom on September 18-19, 2021. Our speakers and presenters embodied our theme, Rising Above and Beyond: Women’s Success in the Workplace.  We share the schedule below and encourage alumnae and friends to join us next year. The symposium was presented free and open to all alumnae, friends and the Rutgers community. Chair Mallorie Medley ’08 invites all alumnae to get involved and consider sharing your input as part of the Symposium Planning Committee. The Committee meets throughout the year and also hosts other career-focused networking events. Please contact Egypt Pringley ’16, staff liaison, at the AADC at epringley@douglassalumnae.org.

2021 Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace & Professional Development Symposium Schedule

Dynamic Keynote Address
Made For Influence:
Four Strategies for Future Career Success

Natalie Jobity 89 VDS closeupKeynote Natalie Jobity ’89, MPhil, MBA shows how to step into your influence, lead with confidence and make your mark using proven strategies. Natalie, founder of The Unveiled Way, is a leadership and career coach, consultant, brand strategist, bestselling author, and facilitator. She empowers female leaders to have more impact and influence by leveraging the power of their strengths, expertise, and gifts so they can unveil their leadership brand to successfully serve their sphere. Whether you desire greater career fulfillment, are vying for a promotion, looking for a new position at a new company, or considering leaping into entrepreneurship, she lays out four strategies to ensure you get the props you deserve as you pursue your greatest career aspirations.

Rising Above and Beyond Breakout Workshop Sessions
Eight Key Strategies to Manage Your Career Goals
Presented by Dr. Blair K. Robinson-Price 
Leadership Development Trainer, Speaker, Author and Coach

robinson priceAre you passionate about a specific subject and have a desire for continuous learning? Do you play an active role in your professional development, or are you leaving your development in the hands of your employer? Establishing Subject Matter Expert (SME) status throughout your career requires consistent time, effort, diligence and discipline. You are the best person to determine your value and to become the lead architect in planning and navigating your workplace success. Learn about the eight key strategies that you can apply and use to help you manage your career growth and succeed.

How to Get Back Up When the Rug Has Been
Pulled Out from Under You
Presented by Cristina Martin Greysman ’94
Head of SAP on Amazon Web Services Partners- Americas

cristina martin greysman Unplanned disruptions will occur during the course of your career, whether it’s a new job, a bad manager, a reorganization, a layoff, a company merger or even a personal issue. How you navigate these disruptions and get back on your feet is the difference between having a successful career long term or suffering burnout. Based on her personal experience with disruption during a more than 20-year career in the tech industry working with coaches, counselors and mentors, Cristina will share actionable strategies for building and maintaining resilience across several career disruption scenarios.



Women’s Success in the Workplace Panel Discussion
Featured panelists, from left:


Rosanne Essiambre, Change Agent Coach & Consultant, Sustainable Solutions Coaching & Consulting

Lisa N. Lovell, MBA, Prudential Advisors Financial Professional

Perryne LP Lokhandwala ’97, Found(her) of the Domestic Place, LLC.

 Our featured panelists came together to discuss Women’s Success in the Workplace and how women can succeed, no matter what industry or business calls to you. Achieving at the highest levels in corporate business and communications, these powerful panelists offer expertise in career coaching, financial planning and adapting to change. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with this impactful panel.

Takeaway Tips
and Virtual Power Networking Session

Our symposium will offer informative pre-recorded messages with tips from experts. Additionally, we welcome all participants to join us for our Power Networking Session on Sunday, September 19, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm Eastern Time. You will have an amazing opportunity to network with other participants when you tune in to meet in our virtual “rooms” tailored to 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 and more. Rise Above and Beyond with new professional 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.