BOLD Conversations - The Douglass Career Conference

Saturday February 25, 2017

GOOGLE Externship for March 13-17th in NYC will be raffled off!

Click HERE to Register.  Registration is recommended, but not required. 

Drop-ins are welcome!

Students who Register by Feb. 13th will receive free business cards at the Conference.


11:30am                         Registration – Special Giveaways for Ontime Arrivals!

11:30am-12:30pm       Gourmet Lunch 

12:30-1:00pm               Keynote with Candace Straight, Executive Producer of Equity

1:00-1:30pm                 Diversity & Inclusion - A Professional Conversation with Leaders

Presenters: Atiya Aftab, Co-Founder and Chair of Board of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, and Chair of Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University; in conversation with, Patricia Granda, Human Resources Director at Colgate Palmolive

1:45-2:45pm                 Breakout Session I.

Opportunities in Healthcare & Medicine (NJC Lounge): There is an enormous variety of jobs in healthcare, and for those interested in working in the field, this panel will give them a sense of what some of those jobs – and medical school – are like. If you have chosen your path and want to learn a little more about the day-to-day ahead of you, or if you are thinking of going into a health profession and haven’t made up your mind in just what position, this panel is for you!

Presenters: Sanam Amin, Associate Director of Patient Access Services Bayer HealthCare LLC, DRC'16; Yusra Farooqui, ER physician certified in adult and pediatric emergency medicine at Staten Island Hospital, DRC; and Lara Hamade, Senior IT Analyst at Johnson & Johnson, DRC'12

Effective Communications & Media (Douglass Lounge):In today’s fast-paced world in which we’re bombarded with information, crafting effective communications is essential for any business. And with the range of careers in media fields, this area is a popular one for many students. The panelists in this session have established careers in media or communications and will share their stories and advice.

Presenters: Katie Clark, Digital Marketing/Designer at IDEO, RU'01; Kristine Francisco, UX Designer at Forbes, RU'13; and Brooke Sassman, Social Media Associate on NBC Today Show, RU'15

What to do with a Liberal Arts Degree (Meeting Room B): This panel will provide insight into the plethora of career options for liberal arts graduates. Additionally, hear from panelists with law degrees. Come discover what it is like to graduate with a liberal arts degree and have a successful career.

Presenter: Allison Antwi, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Douglass Residential College at Rutgers; Tamara Britt, Legal Counsel at Rutgers University, Jenna Marie Mellor, Constituent Services at Office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler 

Resume & Cover Letter Review (Meeting Room D): Get to the top of the pile with a resume and cover letter that will impress employers. Bring a copy of your resume to review with experts from career services.

3:00-4:00pm                    Breakout Session II.

Success in Business (Douglass Lounge): Are you curious about the world of business, but not sure what working in the industry would be like or what some of the job opportunities are? This workshop will provide insider information on some of the available career paths in the business industry as well as tips on how to get started.

Presenter: Sheila Jacobs, Branch Supervisor at Wells Fargo, DRC '89; Sara Palughi at iCIMS and Jodi Pulice, CEO JRT Realty (Largest certified Minority Women's Business Enterprise in the Nation)

Becoming a Professional Advocate for Social Justice (Meeting Room B): Thinking about changing the world, but not sure how to pursue a career you are passionate about? Join our panelists for an expert discussion about careers in the social justice field. Learn first-hand about what it is like to work in a sector that promotes equality, diversity, and civil society leadership.

Presenters: Portia Allen-Kyle, Criminal Justice Transparency Fellow at ACLU-NJ; Carmen Hernandez, Director of PALS at YWCA Union County, RU'11; and Lana Ubinski, Program Associate of Workforce Development Division at the National Urban League, RU '06

Careers in STEM Fields (NJC Lounge): Are you interested in a STEM field but do not know what the experience is like? This panel  includes professionals working in a wide variety of STEM fields  as well as a current Ph.D student. Hear about the steps these women took to get started in their careers in STEM, and the lessons they learned and obstacles they faced along the way.

Presenter: Catrice Carter, Ph.D student at Rutgers; Meridangela Gutierrez Jhong, Security Analyst at Accenture; Elaine Lalanne, Physicist at US Navy

Resume & Cover Letter Review (Meeting Room D): Get to the top of the pile with a resume and cover letter that will impress employers. Bring a copy of your resume to review with experts from career services.

4:15-5:15pm                 The Rebel's Toolkit: Guide to Telling Your Story, Building Your Network, and Launching Your Dynamite Career

Presenter: Caitie Whelan at The Lightning Notes

5:15-5:45pm                Live Networking Reception with Panelists - Raffle with Hors d'oeuvres and Refreshments