Regional ACE Webinar Presented by SOACE: Life After the Game: Reinventing the Student-Athlete Career Development Experience?

May 14, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM 

How do you reach student-athletes who aren't interested in "life after the game?"  Why would coaches partner with the career development office? Do career development offices and athletic departments have shared interests?  Learn how the OPCD collaborated with the Athletic Department resulted in recognition by the NCAA and ESPN. This robust collaboration now includes career development, faculty, coaches, athletic directors, and others. As a result of this partnership, nearly 100% of student-athletes have been reached.


  • Patrick Sullivan, Wake Forest University
    Patrick Sullivan has been a career development professional at Wake Forest for many years, working in a variety of roles focused on students and student-athletes. He has worked with student-athletes, teams, and athletic department administrators for more than 10 years and has developed a strong and growing partnership with Student-Athlete Development staff in recent years.

  • Heidi Robinson, Wake Forest University
    Heidi Robinson is Professor of the Practice in the Wake Forest University Education department. She envisioned, created, and teaches five credit-bearing career development classes for students of all levels on the Wake Forest campus and regularly works with student-athletes.

  • Ashley Wechter, Wake Forest University Athletic Department
    Ashley Wechter is in her fifth year at Wake Forest, and her third as the Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Development. Her focus at Wake Forest is three-fold: Personal Development, Career Development and Leadership Development. She administers all student-athlete programming, leads and guides the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.), sits on the Executive Staff, and has taken on strategic planning, professional development, gender equity, sport administration, recruiting, and other responsibilities. Ashley graduated from Wake Forest in 2006 with a bachelor of science in health and exercise science and ran track & field and cross country while at the University. After graduation, she was selected as the "ACC Futures Intern" and worked for Disney Sports.

Registration Fee: $59

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EACE Webinar: Introducing a Student Ambassador Program

May 29, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Are you considering implementing a student ambassador program in your career development office, but aren’t sure where to begin? This panel will feature four career professionals from Fordham University, University of Miami, Bryn Mawr College and Boston University discussing the student ambassador programs at each of their institutions. Jen Bennet, a member of the EACE Professional Development committee, will moderate the virtual panel by asking questions about program development, implementation, and assessment. Come prepared with your individual questions as there will be plenty of opportunity for audience interaction. 


  • Tesla Rene Abrego, Boston University 
    Tesla serves as the Student Outreach Manager at Boston University, Center for Career Development & Educational Resource Center. In addition to her many responsibilities in this role, Tesla also supervises and delegates projects to 16 student employees. Prior to this role, Tesla served as the Student Outreach Coordinator at Boston University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature from Boston University. 

  • Anna Kenney, University of Miami 
    Anna's current role is the Assistant Director, Internships at the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami. She serves as the direct advisor for students in the Schools of Communication, Education & Human Development and Music and also advises students interested in opportunities abroad as well as international students.  Anna supervises the Toppel Ambassadors, a group of students that assist with Toppel's marketing and implementing of events and support benchmarking initiatives. Anna earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Affairs from Florida State University and her M.S. in College Student Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Dayton. 

  • Kayla Lauricella, Fordham University 
    Kayla is a Strategic Communications Manager & Career Counselor at Fordham University. She serves as the Fordham Career Ambassador Advisor. In this role, she supervises and oversees the leadership program and manages recruitment, outreach, and training for 30+ diverse student leaders. Kayla also manages the Summer in the City Internship Program, serves as a First Year Formation Instructor at Fordham, and handles marketing for the office. Kayla received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and her Ed.M. and MA in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College of Columbia University.

  • Megan Pongratz, Bryn Mawr College 
    Megan Pongratz is the Associate Director for Career Development & Outcomes Assessment in the Leadership, Innovation & Liberal Arts Center (LILAC) at Bryn Mawr College. In her role, Megan provides career counseling and programming for students, and supervises 8 Career Peers trained to assist students during drop-ins, present to student groups and develop resources. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, she worked in Career Services and Leadership Development at Philadelphia University and Temple University.  During her time at Temple University she managed the Career Ambassador Program. Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Temple University. 

Registration Fee: This webinar is FREE for EACE members and $25 for non-members.

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