Leadership Sessions and Training Opportunities

Alumni leaders can participate in the RUAA’s leadership sessions that are custom-created based on your feedback. The goal of this ongoing series is to help support alumni leaders to maintain and grow healthy charter groups by providing tools and resources, fostering new program ideas, and sharing best practices with fellow alumni.

The RUAA Alumni Leaders Forum series invites alumni volunteer leaders to learn, connect with each other, and share ideas around the common purpose of building Rutgers pride and support. These programs enable alumni to discuss philanthropy, leadership, events, student engagement, volunteer management, and more. The content is curated specifically to support and recognize alumni leaders as they maintain and grow healthy groups, provide tools and resources, foster new program ideas, and share best practices. Past programs are archived here for your on-demand viewing and convenience.

Event Best Practices (December 8, 2021) – This session will focus on sharing event best practices as we emerge from fully virtual programming to a balance of virtual and in-person programming that fosters connections, offers convenience, and safely and effectively connects more alumni to each other and to Rutgers than ever before.

Inclusive Leadership (June 16, 2021) – This session will focus on fostering a culture of inclusivity within alumni networks, organizational practices, programs, and beyond. 

Philanthropy (March 10, 2021) – This session will focus on the impact of philanthropy, Scarlet Promise Grants, and the role of alumni volunteer leaders in Rutgers Giving Day.


You be the speaker!

Present a member of your alumni organization to share best practices with other alumni group leaders. This offers an excellent opportunity for networking and leadership development. To be considered as a guest speaker, contact Yvette at 848-932-1960 or email yvette.martinez@ruf.rutgers.edu..

Additional resources for alumni volunteer leaders are available at Ralumni.com/tools.

Previous Sessions:

Leadership Sessions from the 2018 Alumni Leadership Conference

Keynote Speaker
Prabhas Moghe, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Rutgers–New Brunswick

Developing Fresh Ideas Using Design Thinking
Connie Pascal SCI’11, Doctoral Candidate, Instructor, and Program Assistant at Rutgers School of Communication and Information
Victoria Kulikowski DC’94, SCILS’03, Instructor at Rutgers School of Communication and Information

Creating Connections through Strong Recruitment and Recognition
Moderator: Gloria Walker, Director for Alumni Relations, Rutgers University–Newark
Christopher Bylone CC’06, President, Rutgers Club of New York City

Strategic Planning Workshop: From Vision to Action
Marilyn Gonyo GSE’76, Graduate School of Education Alumni Association
Michael Rutkowski UCNB’96, SCILS’96, Director of Alumni Engagement for Rutgers University–New Brunswick Academic Units

Crowdfunding and Beyond: Building Pride, Supporting Goals
Moderator: Bonnie Kenselaar RC’77, Associate Director for Alumni Relations, Rutgers–Newark
Kyle Post, Director of Crowdfunding
Melissa Halpin, Director of Next Generation Philanthropy