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?

Applicants are selected upon recommendation of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, National Minority Supplier Development Council and its affiliates, US Business Leadership Network (DSDP), US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and its Regional Partner Organizations, and CVS Health. 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 on 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 arrangement 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 program, you certainly have the opportunity to connect with either the applicant coordinator or a member of one of the divisions from the national diversity council committee to hear more about the thought process to the applicant selection. A self-pay model to join the training is available. Please click here to register.

What is the dress/attire for the event?

Our sessions that you fly in for on campus will be business casual/casual. Sessions in person will be anywhere between Saturday – Sunday and are relaxed. Examples of previous attire include khaki’s, button – up or oxford shirts, polo shirts, blouses, jeans, etc. In-person, visits will also give you the opportunity to consider your attire when there is time to network with classmates, and also view our city of Providence!

What airport should I fly into?

The Rhode Island airport is T.F. Green Airport, located on 2000 Post Road Warwick, RI 02886. Another convenient option is to fly into Logan International Airport located at 1 Harborside Drive, Boston, MA 02128.

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

Distance from airports to campus:

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

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

How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

There are multiple ways to travel once you reach TF Green Airport. You may rent a car at your discretion at TF Green, or Uber or Lyft is available that can take you into Providence. CVS Health is able to provide a rental car discount as needed!

For the train, the link is here: http://www.pvdairport.com/get-here/trains

For rental car needs, please contact Dawne Pezzuco, CWPD Director of Roger Williams University at dpezzuco@rwu.edu, or 401-254-3849.

 Here is the link for our discounted prices: https://www.avis.com/car-rental/profile/go.ac?D054690

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

If you choose to stay at the Providence Downtown Marriott, the hotel is located 1.2 miles from RWU Providence. About 5 minutes by car, or a direct route 20-minute walk. Google map link:

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

Please bring items to take notes and your electronic devices (i.e. tablet, laptop, etc.) if you so choose. RWU has wireless internet access. You will receive PowerPoint information, articles as given by instructors and access to our online platform "Bridges" to log into to receive additional course information and upload online assignments.

Will meals and/or refreshment breaks be provided?

Courses will provide refreshments as well as most meals. A detailed itinerary will be provided so that you may plan ahead.

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

We require two visits during the program. The first visit will be the introductory, giving you a chance to meet your peers, sponsors and the staff and faculty who are involved with the program. You will also have the opportunity to view our location and see the classroom environment. The final visit will combine your in-person classes, presentations and your graduation!

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. All meals for on-campus sessions will be provided. Please click here for self-pay options if not selected for the CVS scholarship.

How do your online classes work?

Our online classes are very flexible – and referred to as asynchronous. We do not require you log in live for your sessions. You will receive an introduction at the beginning of each course, and you will be given a set of deadlines regarding when to complete your assignments. You are free to complete the course materials within the timeline of your schedule and the class expectations. A training of online software will be provided during program kickoff. 

How does the executive coaching aspect of your program work?

Executive Coaching begins after the program kickoff in July, where you will meet your coaches. You will be given an opportunity to use coaching hours to work with one of your instructors as a coach in an area that you will have the opportunity to identify during the application process. They will provide valuable feedback on specific questions you may have for your business regarding responding to RFPs, growing your social media presence, balancing innovation and stability in your business, systems thinking and production planning, or any of the other topics covered in the curriculum.