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Christiana Foglio Palmer DC’84 BOLD Conversations - The Douglass Career Conference for Women

The Christiana Foglio Palmer DC’84 Douglass Career Conference for Women
Saturday Oct. 12, 2019
Douglass Student Center

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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.

Conference Agenda:

11:00am-Noon | Registration, Douglass Student Center, Lobby
11:00am-Noon | Buffet Lunch and Seating for Keynote, Trayes Hall
45pm | Keynote - Catalina Bajenaru; Executive HR Director, Global Sales and Operations at AT&T
1:00-2:00pm | Breakout Session I

Working Towards a Healthier World: Pursuing a Career in Public Health & Medicine
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Passionate about making a difference in the healthcare industry? In this session, a panel of doctors and other healthcare professionals will provide insight into health-related careers. Topics will include landing research positions, applying to medical school, and more.

  • Laury Rosefort, M.D., Academic Hospitalist, Trinitas Regional Medical Center
  • Ondrea McKay M.D., Asst. Professor Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rutgers-NJ Medical School
  • Tasmiah Choudhury, Study Manager, Merck & Co.

Internships, Grad School, and Mentoring—Start your Future Now!
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The modern job market is always evolving and changing, creating both unique challenges and opportunities for graduates entering the work force or graduate school. Come hear from recent alumnae about how they utilized their experiences during their time at Douglass to set themselves up for success post-graduation. Internships, Grad School, Mentoring and More! Learn from our Newly Minted Alumnae.

  • Valerie Sutera, Associate - Economic & Valuation Services, KPMG
  • Aamina Ali, Graduate Student, Wake Forest Univ., Entrepreneur
  • Amruta Abyhankar, Software Development Engineer, Fiserv Inc.
  • Natalie Shultis, Intern at Picatinny, Current Douglass Student

Building the Skill Set: Business and Nonprofit Work
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Ever think about starting your own business or nonprofit? Come learn the skills that lead to success in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. Topics will include leadership, managing change, communications, fundraising, and more.

  • Chris Foglio Palmer, President & CEO, Community Investment Strategies
  • Judy Wu, Commercial Content & Proposal Coordinator, Kuehne + Nagel
  • Celia Bouza, Director, ESPN Next
  • Linda Czipo, President & CEO, Center for Non-profits

2:15-3:15pm | Round Table Networking with Douglass Alumnaue& Panelists
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Over 30 women professionals will network with students at round tables.

3:30-4:30pm | Breakout Sessions II

Research Your Future! Learn About the STEM Industries!
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From careers in research and software development to engineering and medicine, come learn everything you need to know about where your STEM aspirations can take you. Our team of diverse STEM panelists will offer insight into what it’s like to work in STEM disciplines and offer tips on what it takes to succeed as a STEM professional.

  • Rakhi Shah, PPD Analytical Associate Scientist; Celgene Corporation
  • Amruta Abyhankar, Software Development Engineer, Fiserv Inc.
  • Katy Chen, Asst. Project Manager, HSC Builders & Construction Management
  • Nipa Patel Onulak, Associate Data Scientist, Nlyte

Exploring Options: Why it’s Okay to Still be Thinking
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Not sure where your professional life is headed? Don’t panic, the women on this panel once felt the exact same way. Overcome uncertainty and get moving in the right direction with career planning strategies designed by professionals who understand exactly what you’re going through.

  • Lyneea Laidler, Professional & Leadership Development Principal Training Lead at Eli Lilly and Company
  • Queenie Reda, MSW, LSW, Health Educator, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Dana Grant, Senior Clerk & HR Consultant, County of Essex
  • Aynan Zaman, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

The Art of Marketing Yourself and Landing the Job
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You’re not just anyone—you’re a valuable employee with unique personal and professional strengths. Learn how to catch an employer’s eye from seasoned HR professionals as they give you the inside scoop on the importance of personal branding in the world of talent acquisition.

  • Sharon Pletcher, Recruiter, Boom Lab
  • Jezebel Rivera, Manager, Talent Acquisition, L3Harris Technologies
  • Angela Parinello, HR – Talent Acquisition at AT&T

4:30pm | Conclude with Raffles & Dessert