Bold Center at Douglass for Career and Leadership Development



The BOLD Center (Building Opportunities for Leadership and Career Development) is an exciting new initiative that positions Douglass students for excellence in work and life by providing an innovative and enriching set of leadership, mentoring, career and personal development programs. BOLD programs inspire students to define what success means for them and support students as they learn how to create and live a life by design.

The BOLD Center helps students clarify their academic and career goals, connects them with role models and mentors whose lives and work are exemplary, and prepares them for success in their personal and professional lives.


The next BOLD Event will be the following:


The Christiana Foglio Palmer ’84

Douglass Career Conference for Women

BOLD Conversations

Saturday Oct. 6, 2018

Douglass Student Center




Start building your network and solidifying your career plans at our annual Career Conference! Every year, we invite Douglass alumnae and other women professionals in a variety of industries to meet current Douglass students, pass on knowledge about success in their industries, and prepare students for the work world as aspiring women leaders and entrepreneurs. 


11:00am-Noon                 Registration, Douglass Student Center, Lobby

                                            Buffet lunch and seating for Keynote, Trayes Hall

12:00-12:45pm                Keynote – Tara Kousha; Higher Education Manager, Google

1:00-2:00pm                     Breakout Sessions I

What’s Up Doc? Medical school and Beyond! Trayes Hall

Curious about medical school and career options; thinking beyond medical school? There are a breadth and wealth of professional options today and in the future for Generation Z.  Learn about a variety of opportunities from Douglass alumnae in the medical field.

  • Dr. Bunmi Olarewaju, DO, Jefferson Health, Northeast Division
  • Dr. Antanique Brown, Resident Physician, Dept of Anesthesiology SUNY- Stony Brook
  • Dr. Tiffany Toliver, MD - Family Medicine, Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc.


Women Changing the World - Politics, Policy, & Law, NJC Lounge

As Douglass women, we know you have the intelligence, passion, and grit to change the world!  If you are interested in politics, public policy, law school and/or legal careers, you will want to hear from these Douglass alumnae who are successfully living their passion.

  • Tennille McCoy, Asst. Commissioner, NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Vania Wang, Deputy Attorney General, State of NJ, Division of Law
  • Toni Gingerelli, Deputy Director, Represent Women

Landing Internships, Douglass Lounge

No need to stress about finding an internship! The women on this panel will show you the way. Learn the inside scoop to getting a great internship and even turning it into a job offer. 

  • Priyanka Malhotra, Senior DRC Student Majoring in Mechanical Engineering
  • Rosslin Mensah-Boateng, Administrative Coordinator, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network
  • Herrana Addisu, MA Candidate: United Nations and Global Policy, Human Rights and Women's Rights, Institute for Women’s Leadership
  • Abbey DeSilva, Research Assistant, Center on Violence Against Women and Children

2:15-3:15pm                     Career Clusters Networking with Douglass Alumnae & Panelists

Over 30 women professionals will network with students at round tables.

3:30-4:30pm                     Breakout Sessions II

Entrepreneur… Intrapreneur, which RU? Douglass Lounge

Want to make a difference in your own creative way?  This panel will guide you as you consider entrepreneurial endeavors.  Maybe you are not sure about starting your own organization.  Intrapreneurship may be a terrific option for you.  This panel will be moderated by Alfred Blake, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs at the Rutgers Business School.

  • Tara Kousha, Founder of Your Voice; Higher Education Manager, Google
  • Amy Moore, Owner of Moore Statistics Consulting LLC
  • Maria Coler, President, Hydrotechnology Consultants, Inc.

Science & Tech, Trayes Hall

A very diverse STEM panel that will expose you to a variety of careers outside the typical STEM mold. Hear about the steps these women took to get started in their careers and how they have advanced.

  • Kimberly Cenno, Bureau Chief, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
  • Lauren Cranmer, Occupational Safety & Environmental Manager, Tiffany & Co
  • Fatima Bahary, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Dietitian, Rutgers University - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Christine Segerholm, Software Engineer, Google

Women of Color Navigating the Workplace, NJC Lounge

Navigating the workplace as a woman of color has its challenges, yet it has its opportunities too.  Douglass alumnae have been paving the road before you for years.  Learn from this panel as they pilot their careers in a variety of industries.

  • Safa Abdulhai, Associate Specialist, Merck  
  • Marquisa Graves, HR Analyst, JP Morgan Chase
  • Wenylla Reid, Director of Career Development and Programs at Intercollegiate Athletics, Rutgers University

4:30pm – Conclude with Raffles & Dessert





Learn more about opportunities in:

Career Development

Leadership Development

Mentoring and Personal Development

BOLD Empower

BOLD Guiding Principles

Douglass Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

Douglass Student Organizations