Career Conversations 

Led by alumni entrepreneurs, faculty, and Career Coaches, these convenient webinars offer valuable tools and strategies for every industry, background, and level of experience—helping you feel empowered and supported throughout your career journey.


Browse the sessions below, and register today! New webinars are added throughout the year—check back for exciting updates.

Upcoming Webinars:

Headhunter on Tap

Friday, May 7
Noon–1 p.m. ET (UTC-5)

The world we live in is increasingly interconnected, with a growing global workforce that can lead to living and working in multiple countries over the course of one’s career. Bring your questions and join fellow alumni and friends for a refreshingly real conversation on all things career-related, featuring Husband and wife team, and co-founders of Paradigm Partners, Barbara Grossman ’77, P’10 and Jay Berger P’10. With decades of experience in executive search and career development, Barbara and Jay will offer their guidance and advice on interviewing, resume writing, career transitions, and more.

Take Your Mentorship Skills to the Next Level

Tuesday, April 6
6-7 p.m. ET (UTC-5)

Mentors provide incredibly valuable guidance to mentees as they navigate their professional paths. Join three University of Rochester alumni career coachesmentorship experts, and participants in The Meliora Collective Mentorship Program for an informative and interactive discussion about being an effective mentor in today’s world.

Exploring Global Career Paths

Wednesday, March 3
7:30–8:30 a.m. ET (UTC-5)

The world we live in is increasingly interconnected, with a growing global workforce that can lead to living and working in multiple countries over the course of one’s career. Join us for an interactive panel discussion that features fellow alumni who have embraced global career journeys across a variety of industries. Each will share their experiences navigating careers across different countries and cultures, making connections across geographic boundaries, and the benefits and rewards of transnational lifestyles. 

 “Recasting” the Arts During a Global Pandemic 

Tuesday, November 10
Noon–1 p.m. (ET)

The arts, including theater, film, tv, and music, play an important role, not only in our daily lives, but in the global economy. The COVID-19 pandemic almost immediately restricted live performances and it drastically changed how movie and TV shows were produced. Join this panel discussion to learn more about how the arts have adapted over the last several months and what role technology has played in altering, improving, and exposing their work.

Panelists

Jane Dubin '78, 79 (MS)

TONY Award-winning producer and President of Double Play Connections

Christopher Antola '98, '05 (MBA)

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Acquisitions at FX Networks

Noshir Dalal '03

TV, Film, Performance Capture, Stage, and VO actor

Jasmine Daquin '19E (MM)

Oboist and Founder of Black Classical Music Educators

Moderator

Adam Konowe '90

Vice President, Client Strategy at TMP Worldwide 

And special guest... Nigel Maister, Russell and Ruth Peck Artistic Director of the UR International Theatre Program

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Purpose is the New Competitive Advantage 

Wednesday, October 14
Noon–1 p.m. (ET)

Purposeful leadership is an emerging idea which enables leaders and their organizations to harness the power and resources of their employees, customers, vendors, and champions. Join Owner and Strategic Consultant of Ratoff Consulting, Paul Ratoff ’67 as he discusses Purposeful Leadership, how it works, and why it is so successful in many organizations. Whether you are early in your career, or a seasoned professional, get one step ahead and learn to identify this type of leadership so that you can work together to improve your organization’s purpose and amplify its mission.

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Salary Negotiation Workshop

Tuesday, September 22
5-7 p.m. (ET)

Learn how to research your target salary, highlight your accomplishments, and find the right words—and confidence—to negotiate for better benefits and pay. This interactive webinar will be led by alumna and faculty member Rachel Roberts ’03E. Rachel will share strategies and helpful resources for anyone looking to improve their earning potential and will discuss approaches to advocating for gender wage equality.

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It’s not a Formula, it’s a Discussion—Creating an Authentic Resume

Tuesday, September 15
12-1 p.m. (ET)

In today’s job market, your resume needs to be authentic to stand out from the crowd. Husband and wife team, and co-founders of Paradigm Partners, Barbara Grossman ’77, PP’10 and Jay Berger PP’10, will help you take your resume to the next level. With more than two decades of experience in executive recruitment and hiring both on Wall Street and in cutting edge technology, you’re invited to join Barbara and Jay to learn how to craft your own personal narrative and elevate your resume from reading like a job description to sharing your glowing career achievements.

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TIME FOR A CHANGE? TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL CAREER TRANSITIONS

Wednesday, July 29
12-1 p.m. (ET)

Whether your career isn’t quite where you would like it to be or the current COVID-19 landscape has caused you to reevaluate, you’re invited to join this inspiring online session with Career Coach Scott Wimer ’76. Scott will share timely insights about what it takes to make a successful career transition in today’s uncertain climate. A seasoned organization development consultant and executive coach, he has more than 30 years of experience bringing out the best in people across a variety of industries.

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DECODING THE MENTOR/MENTEE RELATIONSHIP

How to be the Model Mentee: Making the Most of Your Mentorship Relationship
Tuesday, July 14

12-1 p.m. (ET)

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What it Means to Mentor in the Modern World 
Wednesday, July 15

12-1 p.m. (ET)

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From Greek Mythology to modern fairytales, young heroes are often helped in their quest by a wise, guiding force. But what’s the reality behind an actual mentor-mentee relationship? You’re invited to find out with one or both of these informative webinars before The Meliora Collective launches its university-wide mentorship program in the fall. Jodi RR Smith ’90, founder of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, will present dual programs to provide an overview of what mentorship is (and is not), explain the importance of unbiased feedback, and offer some tips and tricks to ensure successful mentoring relationships.