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, based in Providence, Rhode Island, will be hosting the CVS Health Executive Leaning Series for Diversity Suppliers through University College. 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. UC 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, University College 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, University College offers programs for every interest. UC is now a testing site for Pearson VUE testing and is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC).

How does the selection process work?

National and regional diversity councils will nominate a number of diverse suppliers   who are members of their council to participate in the program.  The nominating council will work closely with the nominee to submit the necessary information/documents to ensure a complete nomination is submitted.  Please note that the individual nominated from the business must be the same person to attend the program.

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic impacted the program?

We have adapted our program to meet protocols and guidelines stipulated by the Rhode Island Department of Health and Roger Williams University.  Due to the strict social distancing guideline we pivoted the 2020 program to a fully virtual model.  We anticipate that the 2021 program will be mostly virtual, with the exception of October 2021.

What is the dress/attire for the event?

Since Most of the sessions will be virtual, business casual attire is completely acceptable.  The Capstone Presentations and the Ruby Awards (Program Completion Celebration) will require more of a business professional or formal attire.

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.

Where is the location of the program?

Part of the program will take place virtually, through conferencing platforms such as Zoom or WebEx and all of our in-person classes and workshops take place at Roger Williams University, Providence Campus, located on 1 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903.  A few select events take place in Downtown Providence. 

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

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 ever to get to places.  Any ride-sharing app should be able to take you from airport to your hotel. If you want to take public transportation instead from the airport (T.F. Green) you can 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 (provided your hotel is in Downtown Providence).

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?

It would be advantageous to bring note pads, writing instruments and/or electronic devices (i.e. tablet, laptop, etc.). Additionally, we encourage you to 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.

What are the technology requirements for the virtual component of the class?

Please note that you will need to have reliable access to the internet and a device (laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone) with video and audio capabilities for the duration of the program. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with all the platforms in advance with the video conferencing tools WebEx and Zoom. 

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?

For the 2021 iteration of the program we ask that participants make (1) in-person visit in the program. We are planning on running the program virtually from June 9-October 20.  We are planning to host the last week of the Program in person October 26-28, 2021, should COVID-19 restrictions allow for such activities.  In the event that we are unable to host the last week in person, we will provide you advanced notice and will pivot this last week to a virtual format. 

The last week of the class include more course content, Capstone presentations and the Ruby Award (Program Completion Celebration).  

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 (flights, transportation, hotel, etc.) as needed. Most meals for on-campus sessions will be provided. 

How do your online classes work?

We will use one of our two Learning Management System (LMS) Bridges or Brightspace.  This platform will be used to learn and engage with the content, submit assignments and interact with instructors.  Our online classes are asynchronous and do not require you to log in for live sessions.  Through the LMS, each instructor will provide an overview of the course, expectations, assignments and submission deadlines.  Please only use the LMS to engage with the instructor and to submit assignments.  You will receive an abridged training to use the LMS during the first week of classes.

How does the executive coaching work?

During your nomination process you will be asked 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 your 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 developing a plan of action on how you will best utilize your time with the coach. The Executive Coach 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 related to the business.

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