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Industry Insiders Webinar Series

The College of New Jersey's Office of Alumni Engagement invites local residents to an exclusive series of free personal and professional development webinars presented by TCNJ alumni and campus leaders. Join them for this unique opportunity to learn directly from industry experts.  

TCNJ logoThe schedule has been updated through the end of March.  Details for current classes are as follows:

Estate Planning Basics & Mistakes to Avoid

Wednesday, January 27th - 1 – 2 pm.

This one-hour session will be presented by TCNJ alum Stephen W. Kornas, Esq.  This session will offer advice on the fundamentals of estate planning, with special attention paid to what not to do when creating your will.  You will leave this webinar with the practical understanding of how to create a will for yourself or a loved one. 


Demystifying Wellness Trends for a Healthier Lifestyle

Thursday, February 4th 12 – 1 pm
This one-hour session will be presented by the TCNJ faculty who will discuss the science behind today’s hottest weight management, work out, and mental wellness trends. You’ll leave this webinar with new insights and constructive tips to help you support and nourish your mind and body.


A Discussion on COVID Research:  How Scientific Modeling Can Help Predict, Understand, and Control a Pandemic

Thursday, Feb. 11 - 12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Amanda Norvell Interim Dean, School of Science

Panelists: Jana Gevertz, Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Joseph Baker, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Join TCNJ's School of Science interim dean and faculty as they share how scientific modeling can predict trends in the Coronavirus pandemic. Jana's original research on mathematical modeling to control the spread of the virus, as it pertains to social distancing and quarantining, will be explained. Joe's molecular modeling research, conducted on TCNJ's supercomputer ELSA, improves our understanding of how the virus invades our cells. The panelists will also discuss how computer simulation is changing the future fight against contagious diseases. This webinar is sure to be thought provoking and informative while giving a glimpse into the future of disease prevention.


Racist Fictions: African Americans, Mass Incarceration and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy

Friday, Feb. 19 - 12:00 p.m.

Today, African Americans comprise twelve percent of the United States' total population, yet they represent 40% of the country's incarcerated people. This high incarceration rate reflects a long history of Black people’s disproportionate arrests, convictions, and confinement in the U.S. prison system—a domain of institutional racism. In this webinar, TCNJ Associate Professor Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis will discuss how her personal identity as a queer person of color working in higher education informs her scholarship on African Americans, mass incarceration, and the mainstreaming of white supremacy. You will leave this webinar with an understanding of Dr. Francis' fascinating and relevant research, as well as a greater appreciation of how personal identity anchors scholarship and professional work in meaningful, and often challenging, ways.


How Business Thinking Can Improve Lives

Wednesday Feb. 24 - 1:00 p.m.

When you hear the term 'business' you may think of money management, finance or accounting—but business thinking is much more than that. Business thinking can be applied across varied settings and can help us in business, other industries and our lives. In this webinar, you will hear from a panel of esteemed TCNJ faculty on how business thinking can help us understand, analyze, explain and change the world. Each panelist will give examples of how their specific business discipline, from economics to supply chain to innovation, impacts lives. This webinar will leave you with a better understanding of why business thinking matters everywhere!


Unconventional Careers in the Sciences

Wednesday, March 3 - 12:30p.m.

Earning a degree in science provides you many options for your future. This webinar will offer insight on the many alternative career paths you can pursue as a science graduate. A panel of diverse alumni will share their story of how they landed in their respective fields and the steps you can take to shape your own career trajectory. Q&A encouraged.


Publishing Your First Book: From Concept to Copyright with Byran Kuderna ‘09

Wednesday, March 10 - 12:30 p.m.

Have you ever dreamed of writing your own book but have no idea where to begin? Let Bryan Kuderna ‘09 take you through the steps to make the process less intimidating. The author of Millennial Millionaire: A Guide to Become a Millionaire by 30 and Anoroc, a coming of age fantasy novel, Bryan can guide you from how to get your thoughts on paper to marketing your finished product. This webinar will cover working with illustrators, commercial and self-publishing options, costs to consider, and tips on how to balance a full-time job while writing. You’ll leave this webinar with a clear path to publishing your first book!


Creating a Start Up Business: The Fat ShackⓇ Story

Wednesday, March 24 - 12:30 p.m.

Taking the leap and starting your own business can be overwhelming, but Tom Armenti ‘09 and Kevin Gabauer ‘09 did just that - and right out of college, no less!

In this entertaining webinar, Tom and Kevin will share how they created Fat ShackⓇ at TCNJ and grew it from a single location operating late at night out of bagel shop in Ewing, into a thriving franchise system with more than 25 locations across the US. Find out how they started it all with less than $5,000 and learn all about their appearance on the hit TV show Shark Tank where they landed a six-figure investment deal with billionaire Mark Cuban.

Tom and Kevin will offer constructive advice and insight into starting your own business, utilizing resources even when money is tight, building the right team, knowing when to grow, and remaining true to your original vision. You’ll leave this webinar ready to work and hustle your way into a successful and fulfilling business, no matter where you are starting.


Learn more about the Webinar series at  There is no charge for admittance.  Preregistration is required.  New additions to the schedule will be posted as details are finalized.