Who is Roger Williams University?

Roger Williams University is an independent, co-educational institution with a focus on undergraduate learning, paired with strong, related master's degree programs. The University is also home to Rhode Island's only law school. At RWU, liberal arts education is paired with education for the professions, providing an interdisciplinary educational model where both courses of study are enhanced by their integration and the recognition of their unity. No matter what their major, all Roger Williams students develop the problem solving, reasoning, communications and teamwork attribute that employers seek.

Roger Williams University's University College, based in Providence, Rhode Island, will be hosting the CVS Health Executive Leaning Series for Diversity Suppliers through their Center for Workforce & Professional Development (CWPD). Established in 2013, the CWPD at Roger Williams University’s University College offers a wide variety of non-credit professional certificate programs, sessions, and seminars to provide individuals with a targeted and flexible means to advance, change or refocus career goals. The CWPD also partners with organizations to provide custom solutions to increase their human capital and to address specific business challenges and industry needs.

In addition to professional programs, the CWPD offers an array of personal development programs for lifelong learners. With courses lasting from one session to several weeks, covering subjects from college preparation and nutrition to poetry and social media marketing, the CWPD offers programs for every interest. The Roger Williams University Center for Workforce & Professional Development is now a testing site for Pearson VUE testing and is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC).

How does the selection process work?

The application process will be facilitated by Roger Williams University.

Executives of diverse businesses will complete the online application. They may also submit, at their discretion, additional information/documents that they feel are needed to give the selection committee the best overview of their candidacy towards being selected into the training program.  Please note the applicant must be the attendee of the program.

The selection committee will meet after the application deadline is reached to determine approximately 15 chosen candidates.  Selected candidates will be contacted immediately with an offer made to enter the program, and if agreed upon will begin preparing to make arrangements for the program schedule.

If I am not selected for the program will I receive specific feedback and can I still attend?

We encourage all interested business executives who feel they fit the program along with its goals and objectives to apply! If you are not chosen for the scholarship, you certainly have the opportunity to pay to attend.  A self-pay model to join the training is available.  Please to register for the self-pay model.

What is the dress/attire for the event?

Most of the sessions are business casual with the exception of the Capstone Presentations and the Ruby Awards (Program Completion Celebration) where the attire is business professional/formal.

Examples of previous attire include khakis, trousers, and button up or oxford shirts, poor shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, etc. If you are choosing to engage in sight-seeing after hours and/or the weekend please be sure to bring comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  June/July in Providence tends to be very hot and humid, while October offers more comfortable temperatures requiring layers.

What airport should I fly into?

Rhode Island

Our main airport is T.F. Green Airport, located at 2000 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886.

TF Green →RWU Providence is 9 miles (about 13 minutes of travel time by car)  Google map link



Another convenient option is Logan International Airport, located at 1 Harborside Drive, Boston, MA 02128.

Logan → RWU Providence is 52.2 miles (about 56 minutes of travel time by car)  Google map link


Roger Williams University, Providence Campus, is located on 1 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903.

How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

With so many ride-sharing apps such as Lyft or Uber it is easier than every to get to places.  If you want to take public transportation instead from the airport (T.F. Green) please hop on bus #20 ($2.00).  The bus will drop you in Kennedy Plaza where you might only be a short walk away from your hotel.

How do I get from the hotel to RWU for classes?

If you choose to stay at a hotel in Downtown Providence then our campus is only a short walk away. Please allow enough time to travel to RWU based on the location of your hotel. Travel time between 5-20 minutes.

What supplies and materials do I need to bring for classes?

For your first visit in June, it would be advantageous for you to bring note pads, writing instruments and/or electronic devices (i.e. tablet, laptop, etc.). You should also bring those items outlined above for the second visit in October. Additionally, you may also bring USB, memory, or access to some other type of cloud based storage system to host your Capstone Presentation.  Please keep in mind that we have wireless Internet access and it is not necessary for you to bring a hotspot connection.

Will meals and/or refreshment breaks be provided?

Most meals will be provided as part of the program.  Meal times and frequency will be outlined on the course schedule. Please refer to the course schedule to determine if you need to plan ahead for additional snacks and/or nourishment.

How many trips will I need to make to RWU and why?

We require all participants to make (2) in-person visits for the entirety of the program.  The first visit includes a program kick-off event, an overview of the program, training to learn our Learning Management System, a panel, and classes. 

The second visit includes more course content, Capstone Presentations and Program Completion Celebration (Ruby Awards).  During both visits you will have a chance to interact with and meet key CVS Health staff.  Additionally, you will have an opportunity to interact with other visitors and past program participants.

What is the price of the program?

Should you be selected and accept the offer to attend, the tuition will be fully sponsored by CVS Health. The only costs that you will incur are logistics as needed. Most meals for on-campus sessions will be provided.  If you are interested in sending other representatives to also join the course, please. for self-pay options if not selected for the CVS scholarship. If you were not selected for the scholarship and wish to self-pay please.

How do your online classes work?

The Learning Management System used for the online portion of the program is called Bridges.  This platform will be used to learn and engage with the content, submit assignments and interact with instructors.  Our online classes are asynchronous and not require you to log in for live sessions.  Through the LMS, Bridges, each instructor will provide an overview of the course, expectations, assignment and submission deadlines.  Please only use Bridges to engage with the instructor and to submit assignments.  You will receive an abridged training to use Bridges on the second day of the face-to-face visit.

How does the executive coaching aspect of your program work?

When you apply to the program we ask you to identify your top priority areas.  You will then be matched to one of our expert coaches based on your preference.  Although we try to assign you number one choice, please keep in mind that you may be assigned your second or third choice.  Executive Coaching begins after the program kickoff in June, and runs for the duration of the program. If selected you are responsible for creating a Scope of Work together with you coach.  The SOW will ensure that you work on the business areas you deem appropriate and necessary.  They will provide valuable feedback for your business.  You may choose to work on responding to RFP's, growing your social media presence, balancing innovation and stability in your business, systems thinking and production planning, or any of the other topics pretend to the business.

The frequency or mode of communication (in person, virtual, phone) is completely up to you and your coach.

You will also receive Executive Coaching from individuals within the CVS Health Procurement Department.  You will also receive coaching from CVS Health and will have the opportunity to discuss different aspects of your business and learn what it takes to do business with a Fortune 500 company.