Removing Boundaries – Radical Reinvention and Innovation

Thanks for connecting with each other, the AADC and with our experts at our informative and inspiring virtual symposium, now in its seventh year, which was held on Saturday, September 17, virtually via Zoom Events. Participants shared what our theme “Removing Boundaries – Radical Reinvention and Innovation” meant to them, such as, “Forgetting what I thought my life was going to be and embracing change;” “The ultimate evolution of self again;” and “The willingness to change and grow as my inner vision and the world shifts and transforms.” Special thanks to chair Mallorie Medley ’08 and the entire team of volunteers and staff. #AADCproud #AADC100 #AADCbrightfuture

 In our interactive and educational conference setting, we explored the roadblocks and obstacles women are facing in our new normal. Our presenters helped us discover ways to reinvent ourselves in our new workspaces, uncover how innovation impacts the future of women, and how we can remove the boundaries and create new boundaries that do! We featured the following keynote opening session, breakout sessions, panel discussion and quick tips presentation:

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.