VDS-Symposium2019-horizontal-web  “It’s Time”

Move Forward, Move Up & Move Beyond

Presented by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College

Free for all Alumnae and AADC Contributing Friends, click here to register

$40 for Non-Alumnae click here to register

Saturday, September 14, 2019 |  8:30 am | Douglass Student Center

The Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium was established in 2016 through the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College to provide professional development opportunities for Douglass alumnae and to facilitate meaningful professional networking among Douglass alumnae and friends. This symposium is free for all alumnae and AADC Contributing Friends. It provides relevant information on issues facing women in the workplace, 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.

This year’s theme “It’s Time,” was developed by the Symposium Planning Committee and features workshops presented by experts, many of them alumnae. The Committee is headed up by Chair Ikecia Lenese Mapp ’01. Workshops are organized into three inspiring tracks: Move Forward, Move Up and Move Beyond. Each is designed to help participants explore three key stages of personal growth and professional development. In addition to networking opportunities throughout the day, our Symposium features a morning breakfast with a plenary speaker about turning passions into purpose, followed by an interactive workship about issues of equity and inclusion. Participants will attend three breakout sessions over the course of the day with various workshops. Enjoy the Symposium luncheon, followed by our special keynote speaker. When you register, you may also purchase a professional digital headshot photo session at a discounted rate.

2019 Symposium Schedule

8:30  Network over breakfast after checking-in at registration.

9:00 – 9:25 am Welcome Remarks from Symposium Leaders

9:30 – 10:10 am Plenary Session: Turning Your Passions into Purpose, presented by Henah Parikh Rutgers ‘13, Development & Communications Manager at the non profit, She’s the First

10:20 am – 11:20 am Breakout Session One:

Select from workshops in one of three tracks: Move Forward, Move Up and Move Beyond. Please see below for list of tracks and workshops.

11:30-12:20 pm Interactive Workshop: Excellence, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Facilitated by Dr. Debra Joy Perez ’84, Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity at Simmons University

12:30 – 1:10 pm  Symposium Luncheon 

1:10 -1:30 pm   Keynote Address: Featuring Christiana Foglio ’84, Founder and CEO of Community Investment Strategies, Inc.

1:40 – 2:25 pm Breakout Session Two:

Select from workshops in one of three tracks: Move Forward, Move Up and Move Beyond. Please see below for list of tracks and workshops.

2:40 – 3:25 pm Breakout Session Three:

Select from workshops in one of three tracks: Move Forward, Move Up and Move Beyond. Please see below for list of tracks and workshops.

3:30 – 4:30 pm Wrap-Up, Closing Remarks and Networking, includes a drawing for a giveaway

11:00 – 3:00 pm Professional Digital Headshots Available for Purchase: Please see registration to purchase and schedule: Tamara Fleming Photography will be available to take professional digital headshots for a discounted rate. Participants will receive a 15-minute photo session with an online photo gallery and photo editing and a high-resolution, fully edited digital photo. Come professionally dressed and made up for your session.

The symposium workshops are organized into three tracks: Move Forward, to Move Up and to Move Beyond. Please see below for details and for our experts. 

“Move Forward” Track

What Are You Waiting For? The Art of the Start: This workshop focuses on identifying and overcoming personal and professional roadblocks. Presented by Kristin Long ’78

Leading with Confidence: Practical Advice for Young Women Leaders to Transform the Workplace: This workshop focuses on building confidence and capabilities to emerge as leaders. Presented by Pamela Sammarco ’86

The Many Faces of Networking: This workshop focuses on how to build a network of meaningful professional connections to help achieve your goals. Presented by Lindsey Santamaria ’12

Inner Image: Your Personal Brand Builds Your Professional Image: This workshop features reflecting on what you project to others and on building personal development and strengthening focus. Presented by Deborah J. Holliday ‘85

Graduate School Ready: Learn More About Fellowship Support from the AADC: Information about Fellowships available for pursuit of graduate work in a field in which you have achieved academic excellence and identified sound career objectives.

“Move Up” Track

Through the Lens of Social Media & Personal Image Branding. Join us in this interactive workshop where you’ll uncover your brand personality and learn how to leverage it by developing your signature image and learning how to use it with your personal brand statement. Presented by Tamara Fleming

Self-Care Strategies for Women on the GO! This workshop focuses on work-life balance and ways to reduce stress and to be your best self while succeeding at life. Presented by Cecile Edwards-Owotoroshe ’04

Own Your Career Progression: 7 Steps to Moving Your Career Forward: This not-to-be-missed workshop focuses on the seven key strategies for career ownership, goal setting and career planning. Presented by Blair K. Robinson-Price, Ph.D

The Marketing Key: This workshop focuses on making marketing work for your business and how to maximize marketing without draining your bank account. Presented by Donna Price

“Move Beyond” Track

Where Will Your Dreams Take You?: This workshop focuses on exploring how to take your passion and transform it into purpose. Presented by Gabrielle Rossi ‘14

Putting Your Best Self Forward: Overcoming Obstacles: This workshop focuses on drawing from courage to overcome obstacles and improve commitment to reaching your personal goals. Presented by Dolores Ijames Bryant ‘84

Ready, Set, Retire: This workshop focuses on financial planning and budgeting to help you prepare for retirement at any age. Presented by Keri Washington-Bah

Embracing Entrepreneurship: Mastering the Executive in Me! This workshop focuses on creating a laser focused micro-plan for individuals who want to start their own business. Presented by Aaron Chavis

The Importance of a Growth Mindset: This workshop teaches participants how to foster resilience using a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. Presented by Jennie Vila ‘07


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.