January 19, 2020

Leadership Colloquium Challenges Women: ‘Be Your Own Hero’

Cosmo Fujiyama, who owns a consulting firm in education design, was the keynote speaker at the 26th annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Cosmo Fujiyama, who owns a consulting firm in education design, was the keynote speaker at the 26th annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

At 25, Cosmo Fujiyama was at a crossroads, stalled between an internship and grad school. She’d had a long day at a professional conference, and she was feeling tired and drained. The last place she wanted to go was to a group dinner at P.F. Chang’s.

“It turned out to be an incredible opportunity,” Fujiyama told a roomful of women at UMW’s Stafford Campus, thanks to five words from the young man she sat down beside: “What’s bringing you joy lately?”

The question was pivotal for Fujiyama, now 34, who runs a Brooklyn-based consulting firm dedicated to bringing joy and emotional intelligence to the places people work and learn. She repeated the words on Thursday in her keynote address at the 26th annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW.

Designed to foster the connectivity of professional women and inspire them toward a lifetime of leadership, the colloquium attracts managers, administrators, educators, business owners and representatives from the public and private sectors each year. Last Thursday’s event – brimming with breakout workshops; networking opportunities; and a colloquium-first, one-on-one career coaching sessions – revolved around the theme “Be Your Own Hero.” Read more.

26th Annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW, Nov. 7

Cosmo Fujiyama

Cosmo Fujiyama

“Real Women, Real Issues, Real Solutions

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
University of Mary Washington
Stafford Campus

For our 26th Annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW, we will encourage you to Be Your Own Hero!

Featured is a keynote presentation from dynamic speaker Cosmo Fujiyama. In a world of constant change, what will be the most important skill of the future? Learn how to put learning at the center of your growth. The daylong event also includes a variety of enriching seminars and networking opportunities.

Cosmo is a coach, non-profit strategist, and experienced facilitator. She’s a first generation Japanese American immigrant who learned from her parents that anything is possible when leading with kindness, openness, and a curiosity for learning.

The daylong event also includes a variety of enriching seminars and panel discussions. *NEW this year!* Upon check-in, all attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for 1:1 coaching sessions throughout the day with professional career coaches. A limited number of sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The Location

The University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus hosts the Colloquium.

Address: 125 University Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

From Interstate 95, take Exit 133, Route 17 North. Travel about 3 miles north on Route 17. Turn left onto Village Parkway at traffic light. Turn right onto University Boulevard.

For more information, e-mail colloquium@umw.edu.


$199 Oct. 1 to 31
$219 Nov. 1-7

Group Registration

You can also register a group of five or more people from the same organization at the discounted rate of $179 per person through October 21.

Student Registration

We welcome and encourage students at this event. The student rate is $30.

Register a student

*Fee Disclosure Statement: Payees will incur a 2.75% service fee for each online transaction. Refund policy: Refunds are not given. Registrants unable to attend may send a substitute.

Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW: Gatsby at the Library

The Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW’s next networking event will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The Central Rappahannock Regional Library Administrative Center.

Gatsby at the Library

Muddle, stir and shake! Step into a Gatsby cocktail party. Suzi Anker from Anker Mobile Bartending will masterfully create three different Gatsby-era cocktails for guests to taste. Anker has tended bars in six different states across the country, from Denali, Alaska to Boston, Massachusetts. Cocktails will be paired with tasty bites from Italian Station in downtown Fredericksburg.

We hope to see you there. It’s bound to be the bee’s knees!

Cost per person: $15. Includes cocktail tasting and paired bites.

Register Today

Coffee Talk at the Kalnen Inn

Coffee TalkHosted by the Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW.

Networking is the best thing you can do for your business! Share, learn and grow from other professional females in the Fredericksburg area at a monthly coffee, held the second Tuesday of each month. We want to learn about your needs and explore how our organization can support your efforts!

This event is geared towards women business owners, however, we welcome everyone.  Please join us! Walk-ins are always welcome.

August 13, Kimberly Young, Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Mary Washington,  The Art Of Strategic Connection: Creatively Leveraging Your Network To Build Business

Kalnen Inn, Jepson Alumni and Executive Center
1119 Hanover St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Street parking is available on Hanover Street.

Women’s Leadership Colloquium at Stevenson Ridge on May 7

The Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW’s next networking event will be held on Tuesday, May 7 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Stevenson Ridge.

This Old Piece…Finding and Finishing Furniture

The Beginner’s Guide to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Be inspired as you learn from Sara Branner and Mindy Gray, Co-Owners of SaraGray Designs, LLC, how to find and refinish furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Participants will discover practical tips and gain the confidence to paint a piece on their own.  A finished piece will be given away to one lucky person! All attendees will also get to experience one of their DIY workshops.

SaraGray Designs, LLC is a “Pop Up” studio/shop in Remington that features painted and farmhouse furniture, home accessories, jewelry, artwork and paper crafting items.  DIY workshops are also held during the month.

Light food and wine will be provided. Cost per person: $15.

REGISTER TODAY! Space limited.


Coffee Talk: Connecting Women Business Owners

Coffee TalkNetworking is the best thing you can do for your business!  Share, learn and grow from other professional females in the Fredericksburg area. We want to learn about your needs and explore how our organization can support your efforts! Join us on April 9 as we discuss work/life balance for busy business owners in a session led by Susan Coleman of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

RSVP: colloquium@umw.edu. This event is geared towards women business owners, however, we welcome everyone. Interested in a topic below? Please join us! Walk-ins are always welcome.

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Kalnen Inn, Jepson Alumni and Executive Center
1119 Hanover St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Street parking is available on Hanover Street.


Upcoming Coffee Talks:

April 9, Susan Coleman, Work/Life Balance For Busy Business Owners

May 14, Andrea Cordray, Social Media Tips for Success

June 11, Lynne Richardson, Differentiating Your Business Using Customer Service

July 9, Melinda May, TAXES!

August 13, Kimberly Young, The Art Of Strategic Connection: Creatively Leveraging Your Network To Build Business

September 10, Sara Branner, Innovation And Creativity In Small Business

October 8, Betty Snider, Tips For Crafting Effective Media Releases

November 12, Martha Hutzel, Library Resources For Your Business

December 10, Marci Catlett, Increasing Minority Owned Small Businesses In The Fredericksburg Area

MBA Students Create New Plan for Stafford Airport

An MBA student group, in concert with the UMW Center for Economic Development (CED), has worked on a project for the Stafford Regional Airport (SRA).

The group of COB/MBA students, working with Associate Professor of Management & Marketing Louis Martinett and CED Executive Director Brian Baker as well as alumni mentor Micah Dalton, produced a written strategic marketing plan for SRA. The outcome of the planning process was a plan that described a clear strategy for growth for SRA. The strategic marketing planning process included hands-on work with the Stafford Airport Authority, preparation, and follow-up evaluations along with a clear strategic plan of implementation.

Through the process, the student team and the Airport Authority worked together on a review of the current business model, revising the mission and vision, answered key questions for expanding the scope of business, and identified opportunities and defined ideas for expanding the business footprint of SRA.  The student team included Omar Awan, Megan Holder, Steven Ping, Max Watson, Kaitlynn Wickersham.

Dave Ellis, vice chairman of the SRA Authority and a 25-year Air Force veteran with nine years in a senior civilian role at Air Force Headquarters in the Pentagon said: “During those years, I’ve been through numerous planning exercises and the project led by these UMW grad students has the been the best by far. Each meeting was professionally run and we accomplished specific activities and achieved desired outcomes to produce an exceptional Strategic Plan. The plan will re-focus our collective efforts into a cohesive approach, allowing the SRA to deliver outstanding experiences to our customers, business partners and the community.”

Early Group Registration for Women’s Leadership Colloquium Ends Saturday

Groups of five or more have until Saturday, Oct. 20 to get a discounted registration fee for the Women’s Leadership Colloquium @UMW, set to take place Nov. 1 at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford campus from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The fee for groups of five or more is $179 through Saturday. After that, individual registration is $199 through Oct. 31. Student tickets cost $30 each through Nov. 1. For more information, visit umw.edu/lcpw/colloquium.

Leadership expert Nicole Price will be the keynote speaker. Nicole is the owner of the leadership development company, Lively Paradox, specializing in combining accountability with empathy and compassion as a fundamental leadership strategy. Nicole received her B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, her master’s degree in adult education from Park University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership and management.

Through leadership development, coaching, consulting, keynotes, and other resources, Nicole encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence. Her energetic and engaging sessions leave participants with strategies and specific tools that they can apply right away. Her lively presentation style garners rave reviews and, very often, an invitation to return.

The daylong event, themed “The Empowered Woman,” fosters connections between professional women. It features a variety of enriching seminars to include: The Empowered Life, The Empowered Citizen, Financial Empowerment, Empowered Presence, Empowered through Purpose, and Empowered through Difference. Speakers include executive director of the Community Foundation for the Rappahannock River Region Teri McNally, Director of Finance and Human Resources of The George Washington Foundation Carter Fitch, strategic planning and organizational development expert Cara Parker, vice president of equity and access at UMW Sabrina Johnson, life coach and professional development consultant Jenna Cooley and vice president of administration and finance at UMW Lynne Richardson.


UMW Executive-in-Residence Program Welcomes Sean J. Stackley, October 18

The Honorable Sean J. Stackley, L-3 Technologies VP for Advanced Programs and Technologies & Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), will serve as the 2018-19 Executive-in-Residence. Stackley will speak in the HCC Digital Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. All sessions are free and open to the public.




Sean Stackley spent four decades in public service, including a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy where he served at-sea in engineering and combat systems assignments, and subsequently as an Engineering Duty Officer performing design, construction, maintenance & modernization across all Navy Surface Combatant ship programs. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Navy’s LPD 17 Amphibious Ship major program manager.

He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2005-2008, assigned as Staff Lead for the Seapower Subcommittee, responsible for formulating budget and legislative provisions and performing oversight of Navy, Marine Corps, Maritime Administration, and Transportation Command programs.

In 2008, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), responsible for the development, procurement, and life cycle support of Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, tactical vehicles, and weapon systems; and related acquisition strategy, contracting, program oversight, industrial base policy, and workforce development. From January to July, 2017, he served as Acting Secretary of the Navy to guide the DoN’s transition between Administrations; including oversight of financial, personnel, acquisition, material, and various policy matters. Separately, he was assigned by Secretary of Defense to lead the Congressionally-directed reorganization of the Defense Acquisition organization.

In January 2018, he assumed responsibilities as L-3 Technologies Vice President for Advanced Programs and Technologies.

Stackley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S., Mechanical Engineering. He holds the degrees of Ocean Engineer and M.S., Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a certified professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has received the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, Legion of Merit, Navy League Leadership, Small Business Leadership, and various other Service Awards.

Srivastava Recalls Fulbright Specialist Assignment

Mukesh Srivastava, professor of management information systems and director of the Center for Business Research, writes about his experience as a Fulbright Specialist in Mauritius.

My mission in undertaking the Fulbright Specialist assignment in Mauritius as an expert attached to the University of Mauritius was to establish Intellectual Property Rights Policy framework at the University. I also strategically developed functions, processes and organizational structure in collaboration with six Colleges (called Faculties at UoM), Deans and Academic Staff, Director of Legal Affairs, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academia), Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources), Vice-Chancellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (International Trade Division), Tertiary Education Commission (Equivalent of SCHEV) and Mauritius Research Council (Research Funding Body). At the Onset, it appeared to be a challenging task, in the sense that I had not experienced  an opportunity like this before at any university or in my two prior Fulbright Specialist assignments in Tunis, Tunisia and Hanoi, Vietnam, where I developed curricula, delivered seminars and taught MBA level courses in information systems strategy.  The experience of having a critical organizational development process at the University of Mary Washington from 2009 to 2012 while the College of Business as an entity was being formed, was very useful to resolve competing interests and conflicts.

I met with a number of academic and clinical faculty/staff from various colleges, research centers, and reviewed Intellectual Property issues arising out of lopsided ownership of research, in general.  A very high quality of research is being produced in the innovation domain in various Colleges (Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Bioscience, Faculty of Communication, Information and Digital Technologies, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Law and Management) of the University of Mauritius.  In many instances, those innovative research and scholarship products could be meaningfully converted into Intellectual Property in the form of Patents, Design Rights, Trade-secrets and IP Assets. Of particular interest was learning about the absence of functions, processes and organizational structure for Management of Intellectual Property and Commercialization of Innovation.  Although, an Incubator had been established recently, and corporate commercialization center was in existence.

This scenario presented opportunities to formulate Intellectual Property Policy in consultation with the Legal Affairs regarding equitable ownership of IP Rights between the inventor(s) and the university based on inputs from various stakeholders of the university to strategically align the IP Management Policies with the national priorities for an innovation-driven future and knowledge economy.

During this assignment, I had the pleasure of discussing scope of IPR policy awareness in Africa and enforcement issues with Ambassador David Reimer at the US Embassy in Port Louis.  Indeed, it was a pleasant and stimulating discussion regarding the need for American innovation and intellectual property footprint in Africa.

One day, I found myself talking with a journalist from ‘Le Défi Quotidien’, who had gotten a wind of my work on IP and Technology Transfer at University of Mauritius through the US Embassy.  I presented my work at a great forum on Innovation-Driven Future: Intellectual Property Management in Knowledge Economy organized by the University of Mauritius.  Approximately 100 plus persons were attendance from ministries (trade, foreign affairs, technology and industry) US Embassy, Foreign Universities based in Mauritius, and of course Senior Administrators (Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academia), Deans, Faculty and other invitees from Tertiary Education Commission and Mauritius Research Council.  My talk was received greatly, and very positive comments were made.  A few days later, I was on Mauritius Board Casting Channel and Clips of my interview were broadcast.

Ongoing ties

Working as Fulbright Specialist has allowed me to interact with colleagues and students abroad.  Also, working in the US as an US academician has provided me opportunities to leverage my expertise and skills for engagement at a Global level and to create a high value impact.  As a result of my Fulbright Specialist engagement in the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer field, I intend to conduct workshops on IP Management and Commercialization in Mauritius during December 2018, and the African Region in 2019.