Networking Webinars

Conversations & Connections: The Future of the Virginia Workforce
Originally aired on September 30, 2021
Presented by Latoya Asia J.D. ’09, Debbie McDade Ratliff, Kristen Vaughan ’00, Alexis Swann M.B.A. ’93

Latoya Asia J.D. ’09, director of talent acquisition & workforce planning at Dominion Energy, Debbie McDade Ratliff, senior director of talent engagement for University Advancement at William & Mary, and Kristen Vaughan ’00, managing director of human capital practice at Accenture Federal Services discuss the Future of the Virginia Workforce moderated by Alexis Swann M.B.A. ’93, president of Virginia Peninsula/Williamsburg at Townebank.

W&M Conversations & Connections: Green Jobs
Originally aired on August 19, 2021
Presented by Caitlin Bovery ’10, Dani Wise Johnson ’95, Jessica Taylor ’97

A conversation discussing today's challenges and future of green jobs with Caitlin Bovery ’10 a Sea Turtle Scientist at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in the City of Boca Raton, Dani Wise Johnson ’95 the owner and founder of Blueline Environmental, and Jessica Taylor ’97 the director of the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division. The discussion was moderated by Michael Steelman, W&M's director of alumni career management & professional networks.

Conversations & Connections: Tourism in Virginia
Originally aired on July 15, 2021
Presented by Alexis Swann M.B.A. '93, Cliff Fleet '91, M.A. '93, J.D. '95, M.B.A. '95, Lynelle Haugabrook '14 and Benming Zhang '16, J.D. '20

This virtual series sponsored by TowneBank brings together W&M leaders throughout Virginia to discuss business challenges, partnerships, and collaborations that build a stronger community. Alexis Swann M.B.A. '93 will moderate each discussion. This first session focused on "tourism in Virginia" and featured Cliff Fleet '91, M.A. '93, J.D. '95, M.B.A. '95, Lynelle Haugabrook '14 and Benming Zhang '16, J.D. '20.

W&M APIM Professionals: Celebrating and Strengthening our Community
Originally aired on June 17, 2021
Presented by Clem Cheng ’86, Clarissa Delgado ’09, Baiyin Murphy ’10, Amandeep Sidhu ’00

W&M alumnus Clem Cheng ’86, SVP of HR at Comcast, moderates a discussion with fellow alumni, Clarissa Delgado ’09, COO and co-founder of Teach for the Philippines, Baiyin Murphy ’10, general partner at Indicator Ventures, and Amandeep Sidhu ’00, partner at Winston & Strawn, on overcoming career challenges and their thoughts on the current environment for the APIM community.

GALA alumni panel with Wayne Curtis ’82
Originally aired on June 15, 2021
Presented by Wayne Curtis ’82

GALA alumni panel with Wayne Curtis ’82 as moderator. Michael Pemberton ’84, Dr. Leisa Meyer and Dr. George Greenia will participate as panelists.

The Business of NASCAR
Originally aired on May 6, 2021
Presented by Steve Newmark ’93, Tad Geschickter ’85, Lauren Edwards ’08, Ryan Preece

Join Steve Newmark ’93, president of Roush Fenway Racing, and Tad Geschickter ’85, co-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing, to learn more about the business, communications and training involved with NASCAR. Steve and Tad share their career history and insights into NASCAR as a business. Ryan Preece shares his perspective from inside the vehicle and discuss their training routines and how he got into auto racing. Lauren Edwards ’08, founder and CEO of Reine Digital, moderates this discussion.

Diverse Voices in Hollywood
Originally aired on March 25, 2021
Presented by Phil Sun ’04, Cord Jefferson ’04, Chon Glover M.Ed.’99, Ed.D. ’06

Chon Glover M.Ed.’99, Ed.D. ’06, W&M chief diversity officer moderates a discussion with Phil Sun ’04, top Hollywood talent agent, president and managing partner of representation firm M88 and former partner at WME, and Cord Jefferson ’04, Emmy Award winning television writer for the HBO hit series "Watchmen," and producer of "The Good Place." The topic of the discussion is diversity in the arts and entertainment industry and the focus on amplifying voices of diverse and underrepresented artists and creators.

Finding (or Creating) the Right Job: Exploring Passion, Values and Skills
Originally aired on February 25, 2021
Presented by Pam Krulitz ’86, P ’20, Raelene Wagoner ’87, P ’20, Bob Merkl

Pam Krulitz ’86, P ’20, Raelene Wagoner ’87, P ’20 and Bob Merkl explore how to clarify your passion, values and skills and make sure they’re aligned with the position you’re considering. You’ll leave with the clarity and confidence to make your next move.

Employing and Supporting Neurodiverse Professionals
Originally aired on February 24, 2021
Presented by Janet Atwater ’84, P ’17, P ’20, Karin Wulf and John Elder Robison

Neurodiverse professionals bring significant skills and abilities that can add tremendous value to an organization. How can organizations and neurotypical professionals create and cultivate a more inclusive workplace for neurodiverse individuals? Janet Atwater ’84, P ’17, P ’20, Professor Karin Wulf and John Elder Robison lead a presentation on addressing neurodiversity in the workplace and share tools to support an inclusive and supportive environment for all professionals to be successful.

Underrepresentation in the Workplace: Soul Capacity for Social Justice
Originally aired on February 24, 2021
Presented by Tamisha Williams M.Ed. ’10 

Tamisha Williams M.Ed. ’10 leads a conversation for all identities, including allies, about the ways in which you can make space for yourself in the workplace, as well as a safe place to share personal stories and testimonies.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Strategies and Stories
Originally aired on February 24, 2021
Presented by Sharma ’92, M.A. ’93, Valerie Cushman, Latoya Asia J.D. ’09, Logan Scott ’13

Keynote by alumna Shuchi Sharma ’92, M.A. ’93, vice president for global diversity and inclusion at SAP, followed by a discussion moderated by Valerie Cushman with W&M alumni Latoya Asia J.D. ’09, managing counsel at Dominion Energy and Logan Scott ’13, manager of diversity & inclusion at The Walt Disney Company.

Growing Grit in Challenging Times
Originally aired on February 23, 2021
Presented by Kirsten Jones ’93

Between the pandemic, job losses, Zoom for school and work (or both), not to mention complete upheaval in our daily lives, we’ve been left reeling. How do we cope when it’s Groundhog Day every day? W&M alumna Kirsten Jones ’93, a motivational speaker and Peak Performance coach, discusses strategies to help navigate the pandemic (and beyond).

Getting Through and Accelerating Beyond
Originally aired on February 22, 2021
Presented by Mark Linaugh ’84, Tatia Granger, AnnaMaria DeSalva ’90, Kristen Vaughan ’00, Christopher Lee

Mark Linaugh ’84, former chief talent officer of WPP, Tatia Granger, clinical associate professor at William & Mary, AnnaMaria DeSalva ’90, global chairman and chief executive officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Christopher Lee, chief human resources officer of William & Mary, and Kristen Vaughan ’00, managing director, human capital practice lead at Accenture Federal Services share their insights on what’s next for professionals and how to approach this year as an opportunity to accelerate professionally.

Harpers Ferry: An Inside Look
Originally aired on December 10, 2020
Presented by Charles Bowery ’92, Catherine Magi J.D. ’05, Dennis Frye, Adrienne Petty

Join members of the W&M community for a discussion surrounding Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, the important events that have taken place over its history and the connections we can draw back to William & Mary and Williamsburg. The conversation will be moderated by Charles Bowery ’92, and will include Catherine Magi J.D. ’05 and Dennis Frye (Harpers Ferry historians) and Adrienne Petty, associate professor of history.

New History at Highland
Originally aired on December 1, 2020
Presented by Sara Bon-Harper

William & Mary’s Highland is a historic site that was home to a U.S. President — and so much more. Highland Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper and members of the Highland Descendant Advisory Council discuss how the site is an innovative setting for understanding U.S. history through the stories of the individuals who lived there, and the events that shaped its economic, agricultural and political contexts. Highland is a laboratory for creative public history, and has been part of William & Mary since 1974. The new narratives of Highland’s past and present reflect the voices of descendants of people enslaved on the property, and are created through a practice of collaborative history.

Job Searching Today
Originally aired on November 18, 2020
Presented by John Franklin ’90, M.B.A ’06

Hear from John Franklin ’90, M.B.A ’06 as he discusses current challenges in the job market. Gather suggestions for your resume and cover letter, learn interview tips, and find out how to stand out in your job search. John answers questions and provides resources to help W&M alumni in the hunt for the perfect position.

Virtual Tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Army
Originally aired on November 13, 2020
Presented by Charles Bowery ’92

Take part in an exclusive behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the new National Museum of the U.S. Army. The tour took place from the museum and was hosted by Charles Bowery ’92, executive director of the U.S. Army Center for Military History.

Evening at the Embassy: The Future of U.S. Diplomacy
Originally aired on October 29, 2020
Presented by Mari C. Aponte, Barbara A. Leaf ’80, Tom A. Shannon ’80

Join the W&M community for a discussion regarding the future of U.S. diplomacy with Ambassadors Mari C. Aponte, Barbara A. Leaf ’80 and Tom A. Shannon ’80, D.P.S. ’20. The conversation is moderated by Steve Hanson, vice provost for international affairs.

Inclusivity in Leadership
Originally aired on September 29, 2020
Presented by Mike Petters M.B.A. ’93 and Inga Carboni, Ph.D.

How can leaders create inclusive environments where courage and compassion lead to a sense of belonging for all members? Mike Petters M.B.A. ’93 and Inga Carboni, Ph.D. combine theory and practice to explore this question through the lens of our values.

Welcome to the City: The Next in Steps Career, Grad School and W&M Resources
Originally aired on September 23, 2020
Presented by Oscar Alcoreza '12, KC Malone ’15 MBA ‘21, Kent Rollins '17, Kayla Sharpe '17, Joey Wong '10

You have your first job! Now what? Join us for a young alumni panel discussion to hear how others have navigated career and industry transitions, graduate school and leveled up after their first job out of college. Learn what resources are available to you from staff members of the W&M Alumni Association to help you with all your career & networking needs. Q&A follows presentation.

Welcome to the City: Welcome to the Real World Adulting 101
Originally aired on September 22, 2020
Presented by Katherine Covino '12, Kelsey Carpenter '15, MPP16 , Jimmy Lockedmonds '08, M.Acc. '09

Recently out of college and starting out at your first job? Enjoy the company of fellow W&M alumni and get tips and advice to help you organize your post-college life! Topics include tips for saving and budgeting, building strong credit, understanding the different retirement options your employer may be offering, navigating your first job and office etiquette. Q&A follows presentation.

Compassion in Leadership
Originally aired on September 15, 2020
Presented by Michael K. Powell ’85, D.P.S. ’02 and Drew Stelljes Ph.D. ’07

How can leaders create inclusive environments where courage and compassion lead to a sense of belonging for all members? Michael K. Powell ’85, D.P.S. ’02 and Drew Stelljes Ph.D. ’07 combine theory and practice to explore this question through the lens of our values.

Commercial Real Estate and COVID-19
Originally aired on September 10, 2020
Presented by Joe Jackson ’86, Jordan Lex ’05, Jim Molloy, Sheila Novak ’91, J.D. ’96, Graham Savage ’04 and Earl Wise ’83, J.D. ’87

Hear from Joe Jackson ’86, Jordan Lex ’05, Jim Molloy, Sheila Novak ’91, J.D. ’96, Graham Savage ’04 and Earl Wise ’83, J.D. ’87 as they discuss the impact of today's pandemic on various aspects of commercial real estate. Topics will include force majeure, forbearance, lender issues, state of the D.C. Metro region and the future of offices.

Creativity 101: A Guide to Daily Creativity
Originally aired on August 20, 2020
Presented by Zara Fina Stasi ’12

Join artist, founder, and creativity coach Zara Fina Stasi ’12 to learn three ways to flex your creativity muscle each day!

Navigating Uncertainty: Fall 2020 Education in Central Virginia and Beyond
Originally aired on July 28, 2020
Presented by Alison Dwier-Selden ’86, Matthew Haas M.Ed. ’97, Mark Hofer, Robert C. Knoeppel, Marsh Pattie ’00, Nicole Woods ’96

Pandemic, economic volatility and racial injustice are creating unique challenges for Central Virginia’s K-12 schools and the University of Virginia. Education professionals from both sectors discuss what to expect this fall and into the future.

Current Environment of the NYC Real Estate Market
Originally aired on June 25, 2020
Presented by Brian Lewis ’91 and Matt Wallace ’10

William & Mary alumni Brian Lewis ’91 and Matt Wallace ’10 lead a conversation on the current and future of NYC real estate.

How to Get the Family Stories that Change Your Life
Originally aired on June 12, 2020
Presented by Brad Brewer MBA ’14 and Shanda Cooper ’06

Brad Brewer MBA ’14 and Shanda Cooper ’06 lead a conversation about intergenerational storytelling that can help you process and preserve family history, strengthen relationships and bridge the generation gap.

The Wonderful World of Sports Sponsorships
Originally aired on June 10, 2020
Presented by Davey Chadwick ’15

In this discussion, Davey Chadwick ’15 describes his path to sports sponsorships, and his current role in strategizing sponsorship (partnership) strategy for the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center. From setting prices, to pitching, to “activating” and more – watch this webinar to learn more about the world of sports partnerships and sports business overall.

Charlotte - Virtual Beer Tasting
Originally aired on June 4, 2020
Presented by George Sistrunk ’95

Join George Sistrunk ’95 and fellow William & Mary alumni in the Charlotte region and beyond for a virtual beer tasting with Town Brewing Co.

Higher Education Response to COVID-19
Originally aired on June 2, 2020
Presented by Beth Clarke M.Ed. ’05, Maegan Fallen ’12, Allison Jablonski ’86, Ken Kipps ’84, Matthew Lambert ’99

The W&M community gathered virtually for a conversation with higher education leaders in Virginia regarding the response to COVID-19. Moderated by Ken Kipps ’84, the discussion covers the higher education spectrum, from admissions to career development to academics.

Exclusive Tour of Alumni House
Originally aired on May 14, 2020
Presented by Richard Long M.Ed. ’18

Be sure to wear your virtual hard hat because Richard Long M.Ed. ’18, director of development for alumni engagement and corporate sponsorships, will takes you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes video tour of the Alumni House!

Virtual Wine Tasting
Originally aired on May 14, 2020
Presented by Eric Rydin ’10

Join Eric Rydin ’10, owner of Le Grand Triage and sommelier, to learn about his journey as an entrepreneur and take part in a virtual Sancerre wine tasting!

Cocktail-Making Class with CC DesRosiers ’14
Originally aired on May 7, 2020
Presented by CC DesRosiers ’14

Join CC DesRosiers ’14, co-founder of Troop Beverage Co., to learn about her journey as an entrepreneur in the trending canned cocktail beverage industry and learn to make a few of her favorite craft spirits.

Virtual Wine Tasting with Valley Road Vineyards
Originally aired on May 7, 2020
Presented by Barbara Joynes ’82 and Stan Joynes

Watch a virtual wine tasting by Barbara Joynes ’82 and Stan Joynes from Valley Road Vineyards as they offer a W&M wine tasting with stories about the wines they create and insights into the state of winemaking in Virginia.

Secrets of Successful Female Networkers
Originally aired on April 1, 2020
Presented by Dr. Inga Carboni

Dr. Inga Carboni shares secrets of successful female networkers with the Society of 1918.

The Insider's Guide to LinkedIn
Originally aired on January 14, 2020
Presented by Omar Garriott, Jeremy Schifeling, and Michael Steelman

W&M's director of alumni career management & professional networks, Michael Steelman, is joined by LinkedIn experts Omar Garriott and Jeremy Schifeling to present a deep dive on the most powerful resource in your career development toolkit.

Building and Leveraging a Network
Originally aired on August 24, 2016
Presented by Kathy Durdin ’77 and Daniel Sheres ’97

Kathy Durdin ’77 and Daniel Sheres ’97 share innovative ways to leverage your existing network, strategies for expanding it, and how can you make genuine connections that may someday lead to something beneficial for you.