Conference to Prepare Female RIC Students for Job Search 

To help Rhode Island College female students prepare for a successful job search and for gender-specific workplace issues, the Career Development Center is hosting “A Women’s Conference: The Emerging RIC Professional” on Friday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

“We have students who have worked hard and are excited about making the transition to the professional world,” said Linda Kent Davis, director of the Career Development Center. “We want them to think of themselves as professionals and be responsible for themselves as women who are entering the workplace.”

The conference begins with “Professional Attire Comes Alive,” a fashion show coordinated by StyleWeek Northeast. The show features business-appropriate outfits from stores such as Banana Republic, Savers, New York & Company and Francesca’s Collections and modeled by RIC students.

Kent Davis said students will gain a sense of how to dress appropriately during job interviews and in a professional setting.

The fashion show is followed by workshops centered on issues females may encounter in today’s business world. Conference participants will choose two workshops from five topics:

  • "There’s a Law for That: Legal Issues Impacting Women in the Workplace and During the Job Search" with Jeanne Haser, RIC associate professor of accounting.
  • "Salary Negotiation for Women" with Sabrina Woods, associate director of career counseling at Northeastern University and a private consultant.
  • Ÿ "Women and Leadership: Opportunities and Challenges in the Workplace" with Valerie Endress, RIC associate professor of communication, and Sarah Mailey, Northeast region campus recruiting manager at Vector Marketing.
  • Ÿ "Your Professional Image Online: Managing Social Media for Career Success" with Attracta Pryor, recruiter at Atrion Networking Corporation.
  • " It’s a Work-Life Balancing Act Panel" facilitated by Antoinette Gomes, director of the Unity Center, and featuring Guia Sanchez, executive director, Joslin Community Center; Suzy Alba, town councilwoman, town of Smithfield and RIC adjunct professor; and Rebecca Limson, talent acquisition and training and development manager, Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

“There are job-search issues that are unique to women simply because of gender, including how women communicate, how they negotiate salaries and how they navigate their careers to become leaders,” Kent Davis said.

The day will conclude with a networking luncheon and a Linkedin photo session.

“After this conference, students will start to consider themselves as professionals. They then should use the Career Development Center for individual coaching that will help them achieve their aspirations,” she said.

The conference is free, but registration is required by Thursday, March 20, at noon. Business-causal or business-professional attire is required.

Students are encouraged to apply skills learned at the conference to the RIC Annual Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, or at the Health, Human Services and Education Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, April 16, from 3-5 p.m. Both fairs will take place in the Student Union Ballroom.

For more information on RIC’s Career Development Center, including a full list of upcoming job and internship fairs, visit

The conference is held in partnership with colleagues from Atrion Networking, Enterprise Holdings Inc., StyleWeek Providence, The Tech Collective, Vector Marketing, RIC's Office of College Communications and Marketing, the RIC Communication Department, Learning for Life, RIC Women in S.T.E.M., the RIC School of Management, RIC's Office of Student Activities, the RIC Student Community Government, Inc., The RIC Unity Center and the RIC Women’s Center.