Victoria is an inspiration and a role model to audiences, colleagues and friends that reflect the knowledge and wisdom of her years. She enjoyed a long diverse career for which she garnered numerous coveted awards.
Now, Victoria is an author of four books, (the latest, Victoria’s 95 Secrets to a happy, healthy, long Life) a career/life coach and a speaker. Her mission is to help others. She has made presentations throughout her working life and now travels the East coast delivering talks on a variety of topics for conferences, corporations, associations and universities.
Victoria began working as a helper during the depression in a rural New Jersey bed and breakfast inn when she was twelve for ten cents an hour. She went on to tutor French in high school and was a waitress and dining room captain when she attended Douglass College, graduating with a BA degree in English in 1942. She worked for a bank and as an insurance investigator during WWII. After the war she launched her chosen career as a model in fashion, and went on to journalism, public relations. Business and government.
She was teen fashion director at Macy’s, a fashion editor for Woman’s Day Magazine, public relations director for Owens Corning Fiberglas and an account executive for Roy Bernard Associates, an international public relations firm. She also spent twenty-two years operating her own ad/pr firm. Her clients included associations, banks, auto dealerships, health care facilities as well as Mies von der rohe’s Colonnade Apartment Complex. During the 80’s, she served as Director of Travel and Tourism for New Jersey, responsible for the state’s most popular slogan, New Jersey and You, Perfect Together. In the 90’s she established an ESL business in Poland, the land of her heritage, and interviewed 70 Polish families about life under communism for feature articles for USA media
In addition to her career, Victoria has volunteered for charitable and other organizations throughout her life and has served on several boards. She was president of the Alumnae Association for Douglass College and underwrites its successful Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt Workplace and Professional Development Symposium.
Victoria was married for 58 years to Ralph, a bmoc at Rutgers University, the only athlete in RU history to receive letters in five different sports … and a chemical engineer. He died in 2001of Parkinson’s disease. Their daughter Lisa, a former rock star manager, is now a Dressage rider, trainer, judge and a board member of the National Dressage Association.