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Webinar: The Path Less Traveled

Event Details
Date: 6/7/2017
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Cost: Free

Often the path to one's professional development isn’t presented in a “lock-step” manner, leaving the ambitious or in-transition professional frustrated and possibly feeling underutilized. Identifying leadership opportunities outside of your primary job, as well as coping strategies, become key in these situations. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • how to identify opportunities for personal and professional development;
  • and how to work in challenging work environments (e.g.: minimal advancement opportunities).

If you have a specific professional circumstance that could be anonymously used to illustrate the points of this webinar, please email a description of your professional scenario to If your story is used, it will be used in a way that protects your identity. Please send your emails no later than June 2.


Presenter: Sharitta Gross-Smith ‘12, assistant director of Programmatic Initiatives and Student Development, RIT Multicultural Center for Academic Success

Sharitta Gross-Smith ‘12 is the assistant director of Programmatic Initiatives and Student Development within RIT’s Multicultural Center for Academic Success. A former adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, teaching developmental reading and writing, she also taught YearOne courses at RIT in the fall of 2016. YearOne is a mandatory course that RIT freshmen engage in to receive knowledge on a variety of topics ranging from time management to conflict resolution. Additionally, she has coordinated and facilitated career development workshops within the Rochester and surrounding communities.

A 2014 Rochester Business Journal “Top Forty Under 40” inductee, Sharitta believes in the spirit of servanthood and serves as a volunteer in various organizations. Currently she is a volunteer advisor with United Way’s Meeting Basic Needs Committee, member of WDKX’s Women for Women Programming Committee, and serves a mentor in two programs within RIT (“I’m First,” which is aimed at first-generation college students, and Determined Individuals Victoriously Achieving Success, also known as “DIVAS”). Part of her professional objective is to uplift, educate, and encourage young people.

Her past civic and professional organization involvement includes board membership on the boards of the Rochester YWCA and the Anthony L. Jordan Health Foundation, as well as committee membership for the YWCA Empowering Women Luncheon Committee, the ArtRageous Development Committee with the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, and Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Greater Rochester. She is also a mentor with Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Rochester.

Currently Sharitta is a doctoral candidate in St. John Fisher’s Doctorate of Education, Executive Leadership program with an anticipated completion date of fall 2018. Additionally, she holds an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from RIT, Master’s in Liberal Arts (with a concentration in Public Administration) from SUNY Brockport College, and a Bachelor’s in English (minor in Africana Studies) from SUNY Albany.

Within a week after the live webinar, a recording of this webinar will be available on the meRIT YouTube channel.