Wellness Webinars

Championing a Purposeful Career
Originally aired on February 26, 2024
Presented by Oz Parvaiz ’99

Oz Parvaiz ’99, managing vice president at Capital One delivers an inspirational kickoff keynote for 2024 W&M Professional Development Week. Led by his belief that our businesses are only as strong as the communities in which we operate, recruit and live, Oz has intentionally developed a career rooted in a passion for creating positive impact for both his business and his community. Hear from Oz how we can improve the lives of those around us and empower our teams to achieve audacious goals together.

Holistic Success: The Eight Pillars of Wellness
Originally aired on February 26, 2024
Presented by Kelly Crace

Embark on a holistic journey of career and personal development with William & Mary’s Kelly Crace. Explore proactive strategies for career growth, including continuous learning, self-advocacy and relationship building. Kelly will also address the importance of effective communication and critical thinking in a fast-paced environment. This session uniquely integrates personal finance, job search strategy and the eight pillars of wellness, offering a comprehensive approach to thriving both personally and professionally.

EI, EI, Oh! Foundational Emotional Intelligence Skills for Successful Equity & Inclusion Programs
Originally aired on March 1, 2023
Presented by Amy Steindler '80

It's challenging to maintain an inclusive mindset while under pressure to meet organizational deadlines and achieve personal career goals. But it’s necessary not only for an organization to fulfill its mission and vision and meet profitability benchmarks, but for society to function as a sustainable democracy that recognizes the role of social justice in its survival.

 Emotional intelligence skills help us acknowledge unfamiliar perspectives. Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach Amy Steindler ’80 leads a thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion about the interaction of the two “EIs” — emotional intelligence and equity & inclusion — that drive quality communication and deep insight, normalizing discomfort for the greater good. She discusses the emotional intelligence skills that are most likely to support successful efforts to create the kinds of equitable and inclusive environments which move society forward.

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This session focuses on the following NACE Career Competencies: Career & Self Development, Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Inclusion, Professionalism

Building Community in the Workplace
Originally aired on March 3, 2022
Presented by Erika Moritsugu ’94, S. Douglas Bunch ’02, J.D. ’06, Nina Cavazos ’13, Rita Sampson ’89, Amandeep Sidhu ’00

What does it mean to bring your whole and authentic self to work? How does diversity strengthen community in a workplace? Watch introductory remarks by alumna Erika Moritsugu ’94, senior executive in U.S. Government, followed by a discussion moderated by Erika with W&M alumni S. Douglas Bunch ’02, J.D. ’06, partner at Cohen Milstein and chairman of Global Playground, Nina Cavazos ’13, director of corporate relations at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Rita Sampson ’89, senior executive in U.S. Government, and Amandeep Sidhu ’00, partner at Winston & Strawn and co-founder of the Sikh Coalition.

The Great Resignation: Competing for Talent in a Changing World
Originally aired on March 1, 2022
Presented by Clem Cheng ’86, Christa Hokenson ’93, Chris Lee, Holly Tyson ’93, Latoya Asia J.D. ’09

The “Great Resignation,” burnout, remote work, the four-day work week — today’s workplace looks different than it did before the pandemic. What are companies doing to compete for talent today? How are employees driving change, and what can you do to rethink your relationship with work? HR leaders Clem Cheng ’86, senior vice president of human resources at Comcast, Christa Hokenson ’93, chief human resources officer at Strategic Education Inc., Chris Lee, chief human resources officer at William & Mary, and Holly Tyson ’93, chief people officer at Cushman & Wakefield, discuss ways to best support the needs of employees today. The session is moderated by Latoya Asia J.D. ’09, director of talent acquisition and workforce planning at Dominion Energy.

Redesigning Your Career Path
Originally aired on February 28, 2022
Presented by Ashley Artrip

Are you feeling pandemic burnout in your career? Looking to realign your career path or need to check in on your career goals? Whatever stage of your career you are in, begin W&M Professionals Week with this interactive workshop created in partnership with career design expert Ashley Artrip from Mission Collaborative. Career design is all about understanding yourself, your goals and your options, then making a plan and taking thoughtful steps towards more fulfillment. In this hour-long session, you will self-reflect, learn practical tips for designing your own career plan, work with fellow participants to support one another and strengthen your alumni network.

W&M Conversations & Connections: Health in Virginia
Originally aired on February 4, 2022
Presented by David Warren ’85, Melinda Hancock ’92, Kevin Leslie ’08, Alexis Swann M.B.A. ’93

David Warren ’85, CEO of TPMG, Melinda Hancock ’92, chief administrative officer of Sentara Healthcare, and Kevin Leslie ’08, executive director of Hampton Roads Biomedical Research Consortium, discuss health in Virginia, moderated by Alexis Swann M.B.A. ’93, president of TowneBank Williamsburg-Peninsula. This virtual series is sponsored by TowneBank and brings together W&M leaders throughout Virginia to discuss business challenges, partnerships and collaborations that build a stronger community.

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.

Leaders in Health: Preparing for Summer and Return to School
Originally aired on June 30, 2021
Presented by Dr. Melissa Moore ’84, Dr. Lee Beers ’92, Colleen Gorman ’95, Dr. David Dafashy

W&M alumnae and health industry leaders Dr. Melissa Moore ’84, chief scientific officer of platform research at Moderna, Dr. Lee Beers ’92, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Colleen Gorman ’95, head of quality events and investigation in global product development at Pfizer, share insights with Dr. David Dafashy, W&M's medical director, about the latest in vaccine development, mRNA, boosters and preparing children for the school year and beyond.

Institute for Integrative Conservation: Augmented Reality Application to Conservation
Originally aired on March 18, 2021
Presented by Enrique Sánchez-Rivera M.B.A. ’07 and Matthew Ramsey

In this event, Enrique Sánchez-Rivera MBA ’07, the CEO of Augmented Island Studios, and Matthew Ramsey, the Director of the Conservation International Hawai'i Program, discuss how they are using Augmented Reality (AR) to revolutionize the conservation of Hawai'i’s marine ecosystem and the sociocultural benefits it provides local people. Together they developed AR experiences that promote the consumption of Ta'ape, an invasive fish species that is devastating Hawai'i’s native biodiversity and the economic sustainability of local fishers. Through the integration of entrepreneurial thinking and immersive technology, the team used AR to inspire conservation action that promotes sustainable fisheries, supports local livelihoods, provides food sources for local people, and conserves Hawai'i’s marine ecosystems.

Women's Health Series: Improving Maternal Health
Originally aired on March 9, 2021
Presented by Pamela Northam; Professor Claire McKinney; Dr. Camille Hammond; Kelly Cannon ’05; Dr. Vanessa Walker Harris

Join us as health experts explore increases in U.S. maternal deaths over the last two decades, pronounced racial disparities in maternal mortality and the interventions that can reverse these trends. President Katherine Rowe introduces First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam for a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Rachel Becker ’19, policy advisor to the secretary of health and human resources. Panelists include W&M Professor Claire McKinney; Dr. Camille Hammond, CEO of the Cade Foundation; Kelly Cannon ’05, senior director for Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association; and Dr. Vanessa Walker Harris, deputy secretary of health and human resources for Virginia.

Introduction to the Institute for Integrative Conservation
Originally aired on February 25, 2021
Presented by Kat Baganski ’21, Pamela Collins, Erica Gaurroutte, Sara Gottlieb ’94, Iyabo Obasanjo, Robert Rose, Neel Simpson ’22, John Swaddle, Tara Vasanth ’23

As global change accelerates, the need to find solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation challenges has never been more critical. Building upon William & Mary’s strengths as a thought leader and research institution, the newly launched Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) is cultivating an inclusive community of conservation leaders from across disciplines and sectors to work together to deliver innovative conservation solutions. Watch to learn more about the IIC and the ways that you can get involved in this call to action.

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.

Music: Mind, Body, Spirit
Originally aired on October 27, 2020
Presented by Robin Russell Gaiser ’68, MA, CMP (Certified Music Practitioner)

Join Robin Russell Gaiser ’68, MA, CMP (Certified Music Practitioner) for an interactive program about how profoundly music affects the body, mind and spirit and can lead to enhanced wellness. The program includes take-away techniques for using music for self-care as well as the care of others with a focus on the impact of music for those in hospice care.

Winning with Resiliency
Originally aired on August 5, 2020
Presented by Anne McGeorge ’83, Fran Engoron ’70, Professor Sarah Stafford

This panel-style webinar engaged participants in a conversation about resilient leadership in turbulent times. Our panelists approach challenges, opportunities and winning tactics from three perspectives: nonprofit organizations, corporations and entrepreneurial ventures, and academia. Panelists Anne McGeorge ’83, Fran Engoron ’70, Professor Sarah Stafford each have leadership experience in one or more of those sectors. In each of those organizational spheres, crises may look a bit different but all are often opportunities to win by exercising resiliency. Panelists offer insights on how they have approached uncertainty, capitalized on opportunities to pivot towards success and rescued difficult situations. They also provide tips for developing an adaptive leadership style.

Salon Series on Leadership in Times of Crisis Part 2
Originally aired on July 15, 2020
Presented by Carol O'Connell ’69, Fran Engoron ’70 and Susan Magill ’72

Our world is facing three crises today: the COVID-19 pandemic, a serious economic recession and the selective denial of human rights based on race and ethnicity. This is not the first time in history that people across the world have taken the opportunity to be agents of positive change in times of crisis. Often, those people are women who rise as leaders and serve as voices for their communities. This Salon Series will explore historical and current major crises through the lens of women leaders.

Salon Series on Leadership in Times of Crisis Part 1
Originally aired on July 8, 2020
Presented by Carol O'Connell ’69, Fran Engoron ’70 and Susan Magill ’72

Our world is facing three crises today: the COVID-19 pandemic, a serious economic recession and the selective denial of human rights based on race and ethnicity. This is not the first time in history that people across the world have taken the opportunity to be agents of positive change in times of crisis. Often, those people are women who rise as leaders and serve as voices for their communities. This Salon Series will explore historical and current major crises through the lens of women leaders.

Women’s Health and Well-Being in the time of COVID-19
Originally aired on June 17, 2020
Presented by Dr. Camilla Buchanan ’66, Professor Iyabo Obasanjo and Professor Ashleigh Queen Ed.D. ’20

Join Dr. Camilla Buchanan ’66, Professor Iyabo Obasanjo and Professor Ashleigh Queen Ed.D. ’20 to examine how women’s biology and immune function is impacted by diseases, including COVID-19. How social roles interact with biology to affect women in the current COVID-19 pandemic? Join us next time for the second part of the webinar on how race and ethnicity interact with biology to affect women in the pandemic.

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.

Society of 1918 Virtual Gathering- Financial Planning #1
Originally aired on May 13, 2020
Presented by Tracy Shackelford

All financial plans are not created equal! In fact, it's imperative we have our own seat at the financial planning table to direct our wealth strategies. In this interactive session with financial advisor Tracy Shackelford, you'll learn about the "perfect storm" of challenges threatening women today, the impact this is having on our financial estates and what we can do to achieve our legacy and philanthropic commitments to our communities. 

Work From Home Confidently and Competently for Business Continuity
Originally aired on May 8, 2020
Presented by Rebecca Staton-Reinstein ’62

Whether your job was technology intensive or not, suddenly having to deal with a balky printer, overloaded Internet connection, or novel app or software adds to your stress. In this webinar Rebecca Staton-Reinstein ’62 explores these areas, based on what she has learned working from home for over a decade and building on the experience of tens of thousands of people worldwide.

Conquering Chaos during Social Separation: A Personal(ity) Approach
Originally aired on April 22, 2020
Presented by Erin Leigh ’05

Join Erin Leigh ’05, self-integrity guide, certified DiSC facilitator and president of theNeatNiche, for a thought-provoking discussion about the impact of personality styles on how we react to and navigate social distancing.

Mental Health, Telehealth and the Coronavirus
Originally aired on April 17, 2020
Presented by Crystal Morrison Joseph ’09

Crystal Morrison Joseph ’09 shares mental health, entrepreneurial industry and telehealth transition tips related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Fireside Chat with Dr. Lee Beers ’92, President-elect American Academy of Pediatrics
Originally aired on April 10, 2020
Presented by Dr. Lee Beers ’92

As president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Beers ’92 shares her advice and perspective with the William & Mary community during these uncharted times.

Mindful Listening
Originally aired on June 26, 2019
Presented by Amy Steindler ’80

Amy Steindler ’80 shares mindful listening techniques and ways to develop self- and language awareness, to build empathy, understand others better, and resolve conflicts faster (and with far less suffering).

Thrive 101 - How to hack your brain and quiet your inner critic
Originally aired on January 24, 2019
Presented by Dorian Baroni ’81

In this William & Mary Webinar, Dorian Baroni ’81 introduces us to three interacting 'systems' that we ignore at our own peril: a) our brain’s motivational states, b) the key environmental triggers of stress and c) the power of our own mindsets. Dorian shares some immediate, simple practices that you can adopt in your day-to-day work or personal life, as well as a list of reference resources.

Transform Your Life - How to Stay Positive, Reduce Stress, and Improve Your Health
Originally aired on May 4, 2017
Presented by Rebecca Staton-Reinstein Ph.D. ’62

In this W&M Webinar, Rebecca Staton-Reinstein Ph.D. ’62, will help you transform stress and negativity into positive results.