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Career Development Webinar


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How to Make the Most of a Virtual Conference

With Guest Speakers Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM; Maegan Criscione; and Alison M. Cogan, PhD, OTRL


Walk away with tactics to prepare for success—including tips for networking, strategies to facilitate interactions with the audience, and more.

With so many conferences happening virtually, we need some different approaches to get the most out of education and networking offerings.

In this webinar, we will describe strategies for before, during, and after virtual conferences that will help you maximize your benefits of participating as a presenter or attendee. Topics to be addressed include networking, virtual audience interaction, and priority management.


Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least 2 strategies to use before the conference begins to prepare for a successful meeting.
  2. Describe at least 2 strategies presenters can use to facilitate interaction with audience members.
  3. Describe at least 2 strategies for effective virtual networking.


Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner imageStephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM is the Intermittent Senior Research Scientist and Director, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and President Elect of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). She is a member of ACRM’s Board of Governors, Chair of Chairs, Immediate Past ACRM Program Committee Chair, and Immediate Past Chair of the ACRM Early Career Development Course. Dr. Kolakowsky-Hayner has over 25 years’ experience in management, research, education, outreach, advocacy and administration in the field of neurologic disabilities and injury prevention and control. She is a recognized leader in the field with extensive experience developing and executing mentoring programs and was honored as the 2018 recipient of the ACRM Early Career Outstanding Mentoring Award. She has made over 250 professional presentations and published over 225 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and other information materials for professionals and consumers with disabilities.


Maegan Criscione imageMaegan Criscione is the Senior Program Manager for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). She has managed the submission, review and presentation process for both the ACRM Spring Meeting and ACRM Annual Conference since 2015.




Alison Cogan imageAlison M. Cogan, PhD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and rehabilitation health services researcher. Her primary research interest is the association between therapy characteristics and patient outcomes, particularly those related to community reintegration for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Cogan’s work has focused on the needs of military service members and Veterans with TBI. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Washington DC VA Medical Center where she studied participation restrictions among Veterans with TBI within national VA polytrauma outpatient clinics. Dr. Cogan is currently affiliated with the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where she continues her TBI research and serves as project director for the Coordinating Hub to Promote Research Optimizing Veteran-centric EHR Networks (PROVEN).