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Break-Out Sessions

All break-out sessions take place on the sixth floor of the Connecticut Convention Center. Click here to view the meeting space map. Presenter bios, full descriptions and session handouts (if applicable) will be available on the EACE19 Mobile App. Information for downloading the app will be sent to registrants approximately two weeks prior to the event in the "Tips for Your Trip" email. This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

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Session Key

Target Session Audience:

COL = College Professionals | EMP = Employers | ALL = Both College Professionals & Employers

Skill Level:

0-3 = Rookie, 0-3 years | 4-9 = Team Captain, 4-9 years | 10+ = Coach, more than 10 years

Session Type:

DIS = Discussion | LEC = Lecture
Session Group 1: Monday, June 24, 2:15 - 3:15 PM

Deep Dive: Expanding the Ecosystem

Meeting Rooms 23-27

Directly following the Opening Mega Session panel, a featured break-out session facilitated by Mega Session participants will give attendees the opportunity to engage in deeper discussions about Expanding the Ecosystem. Attendees will learn best practices from other organizations and ideas/strategies for implementing similar programs to "Expand the Ecosystem."


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)
Session Group 2: Monday, June 24, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Mentorship: The Missing Piece to Your Winning Diversity Recruiting Strategy EMP | 0-3, 4-9 | LEC 
Meeting Room 23


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: Are you fighting to engage and win diverse talent on your campuses? Struggling to retain them after they sign? A recruiting mentor program may be the missing piece to your winning diversity recruiting strategy. 

At Bain & Company, we found that mentorship overall is shaping up to be an essential part of any recruiting strategy. However, for diverse recruits, it's a key differentiator in the student decision-making process. A winning mentor strategy not only actively engages your top recruits, but also makes for a well-informed recruiter and can significantly influence employee retention. During this session, Bain's MBA Diversity Recruiter, Quayla C. Allen, will lead an exercise to assist you in designing your own recruiting mentor program, identify tools to equip mentors for success, and discuss ways to leverage recruiting mentors in retention efforts.

Presenter: Quayla Allen, Specialist, MBA Diversity Recruiting Programs & Partnerships, Bain & Company

Lighting Up Introverts on the Search
ALL | 0-3, 4-9 | LEC
Meeting Room 24


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: The key traits that we use to identify candidates who "fit" are often traits effortlessly associated with extroverts: enthusiasm, sociability, and being well-spoken under pressure among them. But what, and who, do we lose when we prioritize those traits? In this session, introversion researcher and coach Amma Marfo will redefine introversion, focusing on its strengths in the workplace. By the end of this session, you'll learn what assets introverts can bring to a workplace, and how to hire in a way that helps them shine.

Presenter: Amma Marfo, Speaker and Facilitator, SPEAK Educators

From Sweats to Suits: Coaching Student-Athletes from the Weight Room to the Workplace ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 25

Description: This session will discuss how St. John's University Career Services partners with our Division I, Big East Conference Athletics Department to run effective programming throughout the academic year for student-athletes. The goal of the programming is to prepare them for life after sports by enhancing their career development through events and programming. We will touch on the importance of the strategic partners across campus as well as with key employers and alumni and some of the key relationships that we've established and a tailored approach to working with student-athletes as a designated special population. Additionally, we will discuss our 4-year-plan that is specific to student-athletes and their various needs as well as how to create more awareness of the resources that Career Services provides. Finally, this session will address the pitfalls and challenges that we've faced, and will continue to face as our programs grow and the needs of the student-athletes change. Student-athletes have unique demands on their schedules that traditional students may not experience and through this session we will discuss how we accommodate specific needs, and create programming that will be done in an effective and efficient manner. St. John's University Career Services is proud to engage more than 85% of our student-athletes on campus each year, and we continue to strive to do better.

Presenter: Jaime Grillo, Director of Advising Team, St. John's University Career Center

Co-Presenter: Elisa Zervos, Career & Internship Advisor, St. John's University Career Center

Opportunity Makers: Empowerment and Employment ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 26

Description: Enter the realm of opportunity! Discover empowerment tools through the Know-Now-Net Method, a unique concept developed by respected author and autism advocate Marcie Ciampi. Marcie brings her unique experience as a community manager and senior job recruiter for a technological company with a neurodiverse hiring initiative. Take away logical action steps to create tools for self-advocacy and job seeking from an #actuallyautistic professional. With 2,000 hours of study in the topic of autism and best workplace practices, and 10,000 correspondences with autistics and their supporters around the globe, this session provides tailored information you won’t find anywhere else! Includes access to a comprehensive online resource page.

Presenter: Marcie Ciampi, Founder of Spectrum Suite LLC and Senior Recruiter and Outreach Specialist at ULTRA Testing

Spirituality - What does that have to do with Career?
COL | All Levels| DIS
Meeting Room 27

Description: When was the last time you read something about spirituality and career? What tools are out there? What literature helps equip professionals to help students or new employees to embrace all the facets that makes them the unique person. Very few studies exist to help professionals explore spirituality, yet it is powerful to help a client understand his/her strengths, skills, interests, abilities and spiritual motivation. As more generations work together in the workplace, let's discuss tools that equip students to understand their design. 

This session will engage participants with an overview of literature regarding spirituality in career development. Then a review of the Motivational Gifts Assessment will be presented. Examples of the assessment implementation will be given. Then a brainstorming exercise will take place to discuss how the assessment can be provided in a private and public arena. Finally, a case study will be facilitated to create additional conversation on the need for more research in the area of spirituality, leadership and career.

Presenter: Saranette Williams, Associate Director of Employer Programs and Development, Old Dominion University


Rotate between three of the following six 20-minute speed sessions:

How to Use Recurring Program Registration Data to Reassess Students' Career Development Needs 

Many university career centers participate in freshman orientation sessions or offer early career exploration programming. While these efforts are typically evaluated from a programmatic standpoint, there is a wealth of data that could also be useful for better understanding students and their evolving career development plans. The Career Center at the University of Pittsburgh surveys all incoming freshman who participate in DiscoverU Day, an annual exploratory event held during orientation week where students attend a company site visit of their choice. The findings from this study and its implications on how other career centers can use similar early career exploration programming data in a more intentional manner will be discussed in this session.

Presenters: Emily Bennett & Alyssa Camerota, University of Pittsburgh

Integrating Career Services and Academic Advising to Elevate Everyone's Game

A tremendous amount of work is done to identify prospective students and bring them in each year. Our approach was pretty typical - understaffed career office helped students with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job search strategies and employer engagement for internships and full-time opportunities. In summation: average advising, average career development, limited engagement.

Moving from survival mode to growth takes an investment of effort, time and financial resources. A decision was made to integrate advising and career services. Through presentation and small group discussion, learn how we transitioned our model, and lessons learned.

Presenters: Richard Davino & Daniel Chapman, Becker College

Say Yes To That Dress?
Running a Career Closet On Campus

Interested in starting a Career Closet at your institution? The Sage Career Closet at The Sage Colleges in Albany and Troy, NY is just over 3 years old and there have been many obstacles in getting the Career Closet off the ground, collecting inventory and supplies, sustaining the supply of quality business clothing, and getting students to say "YES" to the selection. This speed session will give insight into how to the Office of Career Planning at The Sage Colleges solicits donated items, gets creative with a small budget, and how much work it is to run!

Presenter: Amanda Shaw, The Sage Colleges

Returning To The Workforce:
Dealing With Transitions and Gaps

Discussion will begin with a short presentation about a particularly difficult career transition. This is followed by questions highlighting difficulties in job search for alumni with either major work gaps or those attempting to switch. careers. We will seek examples from the assembled group to uncover other examples and hear about the tactics employed.

Presenter: Robert Franco, Seton Hall University- Career Center

Design Thinking: What, Why and How Explained

Have you ever faced a problem you just couldn't find a solution to? Have you ever reached a decision and wished you felt more comfortable with your choice? Do you want to use the same tool that Apple, Google and Samsung use with their staff? If you answered yes to these questions or are curious about or interested in learning about design thinking, this workshop is for you! During this session Stephen Cantine, Associate Dean, Center for Career and Professional Development, Roger Williams University, will provide a brief history of design thinking, the benefits of using it as a strategy when working with clients (or in your personal life) and share resources to take with you to apply what you have learned.

Presenter: Stephen Cantine, Roger Williams University

Reconstructing Career-Related Programming to Meet the Goals of Employers and Diverse Needs of Students 

As career services professionals, we become skilled in adapting our appointments to accommodate the diverse professional development needs of our students. It can be more difficult to adjust programming in the same way. During this session, we will review the process Delaware Valley University's Center for Student Professional Development took in reconstructing fall programming to better serve students and employers from inception to implementation and continued evolution.

Presenter: Stacy Moore, Delaware Valley University


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Session Group 3: Tuesday, June 25, 9:30 - 10:30 AM

Starting a Neurodiverse Hiring Program

EMP | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 23


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: Travelers and Vertex Inc will share experiences from a large and medium sized company perspective on how to start a program employing adults on the autism spectrum or other neurodiversity. We will share experiences on how to effectively partner with community organizations and the university partners to ensure success for all involved.

Presenter: Craig Single, Director of Talent Acquisition, Vertex, Inc.

Co-Presenter: Bruce Soltys, 2VP - Talent Acquisition, Travelers

Undeclared, Undecided, and Gen Z, Oh My! Personalizing Exploration Techniques with Undeclared Students
COL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 24

Description: Have you noticed the increase in students who are undeclared? Studies found that 80% of college freshmen enter undecided on a major. Have you observed the anxiety this is provoking? Running out of exploration techniques? Thrown for a loop by Gen Z? Have no fear, the information is here! This interactive session will provide you with innovative ideas and techniques in working with this population based on research and experience. In collaboration with Academic Advisement, Nazareth College has a Guided Exploration of Majors (GEM) program for undeclared students - but even without a formal program, you can implement powerful techniques that will benefit this population of students and impact retention. In this session, we will discuss the needs of undeclared, Gen Z students and best practices in working with these students on YOUR campus. At the end of the session, we will engage in conversation and Q&A to share everyone's ideas in implementing programs and techniques!

Presenter: Victoria Pardee, Career Coach for Undeclared Students, Nazareth College Center for Life's Work

Building Employer Engagement From the Ground Up: Creating a System for Meaningful Employer and Student Connections on Campus with Google ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 25


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: What does the future of recruiting mean for our institutions and our students? According to NACE’S 2017 research entitled, Effectiveness of Recruiting Timing and Techniques, in a digital age, finding and sourcing students can be done virtually from anywhere in the world. However, the most successful employers, such as Google, still rely on high touch recruiting strategies that enable cultivation of meaningful connections with students and schools on campus.

In 2016, Wellesley College’s Career Education office reimagined employer engagement and developed a customized, holistic approach to building meaningful employer connections and experiences for students on a liberal arts campus. In this interactive session, Sumana (formerly from Wellesley Career Education), now Associate Director of Employer Engagement at Northeastern University will talk about the 3-step model for employer engagement at Wellesley and the “menu of options” available for recruiters to engage with students as part of a curated career community experience. Sumana will share metrics and feedback that inform continuous improvements to Wellesley’s employer programs as well as share Google recruiting outcomes as a result of engaging with these programs. Last but not least, Sumana will talk about how Wellesley Career Education measured their success with employer programs. Whether employers are your sole focus or part of your job in a career center, this session will enable you to think about the possibilities for designing (or making tweaks to) the way you engage with employers when developing, cultivating, and retaining your most important stakeholder relationships.

Presenter: Sumana Northover, Associate Director, Employer Engagement & Career Design, Northeastern University

#pressedfortime: Social Media Toolkit
COL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 26

Description: In the digital age, social media is the hottest medium for marketing products and services of all types. Career development centers across the nation are expanding all of the ways in which we can use social media to engage students and raise awareness of our services on campuses. Often times, this responsibility takes the role of other duties as assigned and we are faced with the challenge of enhancing the social media presence (a full-time job) on a part-time budget. 

In the past year, the Susquehanna University social media accounts have significantly increased posting frequency and doubled their following on platforms, accounting for 50% of our student body and other important stakeholders. Preliminary data has shown increased appointments, student touch-points, student participation in workshops and 90% higher engagement on Instagram and Facebook.

During this session, participants will engage in hands-on activities and discussion that will equip them to devise a consistent plan for gaining followers and producing relevant content, while wearing multiple hats. This Social Media Toolkit consists of tips for using practical and budget-friendly tools that make enhancing a social media presence effective and efficient. Participants will takeaway examples of successful social media campaigns that they can customize to their home institutions.

Presenter: Tabitha Bemis, Career Counselor, Susquehanna University

Driving Co-Curricular Outcomes and Assessment Through Competency Tracking ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 27

Description: Some of college students' most transformative experiences happen outside of classroom walls. To maximize these experiences and ensure students receive a well-rounded education, the University of Pittsburgh features a co-curricular program called the Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC). After students have engaged in tasks and activities associated with leadership development, career preparation, communication skills, and global and cultural awareness, they complete an online career readiness assessment and meet with a member of the Career Center staff. During the meeting, students have an opportunity to reflect on their own career readiness and engage in a dialogue about their continued development within the competencies. This is also an opportunity for the student to practice articulating accomplishments and convert their experience into transferable skills. It is also important to link these competencies to meaningful learning outcomes that demonstrate the student's ability to manage his or her career. Our data shows students who complete the OCC at the University of Pittsburgh are more likely to have a higher GPA at graduation and graduate in four years. Beyond adopting a competency-based approach, it is imperative that universities find ways to better measure and assess their current co-curricular programs at levels that go deeper than just event attendance. Our presentation demonstrates how universities can translate these programs into competencies by specifically mapping their activities to a series of milestones. These milestones can serve as the vehicles that take students from low-impact activities to engagement in high-impact practices (HIPs).

Presenter: Amy Lavallee, Outside the Classroom Curriculum Program Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh

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Session Group 4: Tuesday, June 25, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
*CANCELLED* Are You on Your A-Game? High-Volume Recruiting is Taking Over the Campus Recruiting Landscape


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: High-volume recruiting is taking over the campus recruiting landscape. Employers are looking for more candidates and those candidates are turning to events to find the right fit. Now, more than ever, employers need to be on their A-game when it comes to recruiting at these events. Students are more empowered than ever before and are increasingly sharing their experiences, positive and negative, via social media making engagement and candidate experiences top priorities for recruiting events in 2019 and beyond. Candidates want better experiences, to be picked up quickly and to have more say in where they go. 

There's no secret lever or switch organizations can flip to make their high-volume hiring events A+ material. It all depends on the efforts you into making their hiring strategies faster and more efficient than ever before. Learn about the latest trends recruiters should be leveraging when it comes to hiring events in this session.

Presenter: Jeanette Maister, Managing Director - Americas, Oleeo

Co-Presenter: Jonna Sjövall, Managing Director - Americas, Universum

Enhanced Student Employment: Creating Student Employment Opportunities from Scratch!
ALL | 4-9, 10+ | DIS
Meeting Room 24

Description: Career services professionals are often faced with the dual challenges of connecting students with on-campus employment opportunities (meeting the needs of employers) and ensuring that these opportunities are meaningful to students and allow for their growth and development of professional competencies. In Fall, 2017 Nazareth College initiated the Enhanced Student Employment (ESE) program which offers potential campus employers financial support to create new employment positions if:

  • Applicable NACE Career Competencies are identified in the job listing,
  • Appropriate employee training is identified in the application, and
  • The proposed position met a demonstrable need.

In exchange for creating a more professional student employment opportunity, a department, or individual faculty or staff member, received financial support not otherwise included in their budget. Over 60 ESE positions were filled during AY2017-18 and over 70 ESE positions have been filled in AY2018-2019 (to date).

This session will explore how funds were identified and established, the process by which new positions were identified and approved, and the results achieved to date in terms of jobs created, students employed (work-study and non-work-study), and the NACE Career Competencies addressed through these enhanced positions. We will also address next steps including expanding the requirement to identify NACE Career Competencies for all on-campus positions posted on Handshake. Finally, we will discuss how the ESE program has the potential to not only assist students in recognizing specific professional competencies they may develop through on-campus employment, but also encouraging on-campus employers to think purposefully about how to support student growth through employment.

Presenter: Joshua Bauroth, Senior Career Coach, Nazareth College

College Women & the Gender Pay Gap: Empowering Students to Negotiate for Fair Pay ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 25


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: Most of us know that the gender pay gap exists, but it is important to understand how this inequality leads to long-term economic insecurity for women. The National Women Law Center estimates that on average women lose anywhere from $418,800 to over one million dollars over the course of a 40-year career based on current pay gap data. In 2012, AAUW reported that women start experiencing a pay gap right out of college. In fact, they found that one year out of college, women on average were making 82% of what their male counterparts made. We also know women hold approximately two-thirds of the nation's outstanding student loan debt. This is why we believe training students in salary negotiation is not a nice to have. If we want the pay gap to close once and for all, we need to train all women to advocate for themselves for equal pay. 

Through this lecture, representatives from MIT's Career Advising & Professional Development office and AAUW will explore the role of career services professionals in educating students to negotiate for a fair wage. First, we discuss the state of the gender pay gap in the US. Next, we will explore equal pay legislation in states across the northeast, including Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Delaware, so that you can empower students with this information. Then we will discuss the barriers women face when negotiating salary and review best practices used to help students advocate for equal pay now and throughout their careers.

Presenter: Tavi Sookhoo, Career Development Specialist, MIT Career Advising & Professional Development

Co-Presenter: Alexandra Howley, Program Manager for AAUW Work Smart and Start Smart, American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Modeling Data: Identifying Goals and Outcomes to Drive Your Assessment Strategies ALL | 0-3, 4-9 | DIS
Meeting Room 26

Description: Have you been collecting data that ends up just sitting in a shared folder or on your computer? As much as your institution or organization wants to prioritize data and assessment there is often so much information to go through and analyze. Each individual program and event collects different data making it even more complicated to compare across your department or unit.

With the growing importance of reporting to various stakeholders (students/alumni, faculty, staff, associations, board members, etc), professionals need to build their data and assessment aptitudes to develop goals and outcomes that can be analyzed and applied across divisions even without someone dedicated just to assessment.

In this session we will discuss models for assessing data that can prepare us to be more proactive in our collection processes and workshop ways to apply these models to new and existing programs, services, professional development goals, strategic plans, etc. You will walk away from this session with ideas - and feedback from your colleagues - on how to build project plans, determine desired outcomes, and align assessment strategies that can be applied across any campus or office.

Presenter: Sarah Rosenthal, Assistant Director, New York University, Wasserman Center for Career Development

Squad-Care: Self-Care, But Not Alone  ALL | 0-3, 4-9 | DIS
Meeting Room 27

Description: Most career development and recruiting professionals are familiar with the concept of self-care, but what is the role of collective care in a university setting? Through this session, participants will develop an understanding of the concept of squad-care, including how two career coaches have implemented it in their own personal and professional practice. A concept rooted in physical and mental health care, the ideals of squad-care will be shared with attendees, including anecdotal information from leaders in the field of higher education. Additionally, participants will hear strategies for its development in their own experience and brainstorm ideas for initiating collective care as part of one's own professional role. Session attendees will walk away with concrete approaches for developing their professional squad, strategically avoiding burnout, and thriving through collective support strategies.

Presenter: Lisa Famularo, Career Consultant, University of Connecticut

Co-Presenter: Kristen Soprano, Career Consultant, University of Connecticut

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Session Group 5: Tuesday, June 25, 1:45 - 2:45 PM
Revisiting Recruitment High Touch/High Tech: What Students Value - and WHY ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 23


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: Mary Scott will present the findings of the just-released campus-based research 'Revisiting High Touch/High Tech: Students Benchmark their Attitudes and Expectations'. Topics include: the value of current recruitment practices, tools and techniques; the impact of recruitment execution, both high touch and high tech; and the factors that influence students' perceptions of employer authenticity. Quantitative and qualitative data will be presented to document what students value [and don't] - and WHY - during their job search experience.

Presenter: Mary Scott, Managing Consultant, Scott Resource Group

Chief Career Services Officers Forum (CCSO) - Leading CS While In the Spotlight
COL | 10+ | DIS
Meeting Room 24

Description: Now that Career Services offices have finally gotten the attention of the campus, how do we manage the staff, services, programming and expectations while the spotlight is shining on us? How do we scale our services to meet the demands? How are we sure we are aligned with institutional priorities and how do we get our senior leadership at the table? Be part of this lively discussion with your peers to share best practices and brainstorm answers to these questions. This session is only open to those who lead the entire career services operations at their institutions.

Facilitator: Bob Bullard, Director, Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University.

A “Trifecta” in Action: How to Create a Professional Development Workshop Program that Benefits Students, Faculty & the Center for Career Education   COL | 4-9 | DIS
Meeting Room 25

Description: Have you tried to engage faculty in the process of delivering or supporting professional development programming to their students? Have you faced challenges with engaging students early and often in their professional postgraduate career plans - until it is almost too late? Imagine a world where you had the opportunity to facilitate professional development workshops to engaged students, with guaranteed attendance, while simultaneously being supported and collaborative with the faculty member of that course? Come to this session and walk away with tangible tips on how to strategically launch a classroom takeover program as a pipeline to deliver professional development workshops to your student body. Providence College has taken a strategic, creative, and collaborative approach- that has delivered results with a program that has been integrated into the Liberal Arts curriculum, in both the Business School and School of Arts & Sciences. The goals and content of this program benefit not only the students but the Faculty members and the Center for Career Education & Professional Development as well. Through classroom takeovers, to stand-alone workshops, responding to requests from faculty, student club leaders, and a professional skills development initiative supported by the board of trustees (the Friar Four Career Core) - this team has integrated a greater results driven career focus into the academic lives of Providence College students over a two-year time frame.

Presenter: Sarah Burrows, Senior Associate Director, Center for Career Education & Professional Development, Providence College

Co-Presenter: Tess Povar, Assistant Director, Business School Career Coach, Center for Career Education, Providence College

How We Transformed Our Career Fairs and Why You Should Too! ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 26

Description: The world only continues to develop and modernize and in order to better serve our students and employers so should our Career Fairs. In this session Sierra Zschirnt, Associate Director of External Relations at Roger Williams University, and Stephen Cantine will share the office's 2018-2019 Career Fair transformations. We will explore the benefits and successes of industry specific events, the highlights of incorporating professional panels, the possibilities available for student staging galleries and more! You will hear what worked and didn't work, what the employers had to say and what the student attendance looked like. This session is sure to bring up great conversations about what other schools have done to change up their career events and what ideas are out there for future events!

Presenter: Sierra Zschirnt, Associate Director of External Relations, Roger Williams University

Co-Presenter: Stephen Cantine, Associate Dean, Center for Career & Professional Development, Roger Williams University

Tech Tools and Non-Tech Techniques To Use Today! ALL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 27

Description: Hiring freezes, shortened deadlines and tight budgets making it impossible to meet department goals? Berkeley College's Online Campus Career Services just celebrated their 20 year anniversary. Come to a session where we will share our most creative, low cost/high impact ideas that made a difference in how we engage our student and grad populations, streamline office operations and even meet leadership reporting obligations. Sure, some of it is based upon using awesome platforms like Salesforce, YouTube and Blackboard Collaborate. But examples like the "Game of Phones" virtual phone interview contest show we don't always need digital software to cleverly address problems and achieve our objectives. Rosa Santana and Ihor Andruch will give you new ideas you can replicate at your campus and inspire you to come up with your own. 

Presenter: Rosa Santana, Assistant Director of Online Career Services, Berkeley College

Co-Presenter: Ihor Andruch, Career Counselor, Berkeley College

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Session Group 6: Tuesday, June 25, 3:00 - 4:00 PM   
Tapping into the Untapped Talent Pipeline ALL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 23


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: In 2017, workers with a disability were three times less likely to be employed than workers with no disability, according to the USDOL, and unemployment rates for persons with a disability were higher than for persons without a disability across all educational attainment groups. In New York City (NYC), 79% of people with disabilities are not in the labor force and many of those who are working are underemployed. At the same time, employers are seeking a diverse pipeline of qualified candidates so how can recruiters effectively tap into this talent pool?

In response, The NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner, Victor Calise, and Assistant Commissioner, Martha Jackson, have created NYC: ATWORK, with business stakeholders leading the way in collaboration, job readiness trainings, and employment options. MOPD is uniquely poised to act as a convener for business, state VR agencies and their contracted providers, high schools and colleges and city government to collaborate on a new model that provides access and exposure to the world of work.

St. John's welcomed the opportunity to participate in this initiative and Career Services' ability to support the career readiness of students with disabilities has grown. We find that we are connecting students with employers who are better prepared to provide meaningful experiential learning, internship, and full time job opportunities.

Join us to hear about how these partnerships were cultivated and the rewarding outcomes for our students and employers. Let's work through the tough questions and demystify the stigmas associated with disabilities.

Facilitator: Paulette Gonzalez, Executive Director, St. John's University Career Center

Panelists: Martha Jackson, Assistant Commissioner, Employment and Business Relations, New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities; Marlene Lieberman, Director, Product Management, International Cash Management , BNP Paribas; Robert Beaudet, Career and Internship Advisor, St. John’s University

Enhancing Curriculum with Career Readiness Toolkit COL | 4-9 | DIS
Meeting Room 24

Description: Do you have faculty champions who are heavy users of your services, and challenge you to support them? Or would your faculty like to incorporate careers into the curriculum, but simply don't have the time? University Career Services has created a comprehensive toolkit for faculty to enhance courses with career readiness components such as: learning support activities, assessments and rubrics, and educational materials. The NACE career readiness competencies are intentionally broad in order to be applied successfully by faculty across all disciplines to prepare students for entry into today's interdisciplinary workplace. It is commonly accepted that students are more likely to be engaged in course content and achieve academic success necessary to graduate if they can identify and articulate the connection between what they are learning in the classroom and their desired post-graduate goal, whether to enter the workforce or go on for advanced study.

Presenter: Rachel Lindsey, Assistant Director, Career Education, George Mason University

The Quarter Life Crisis: An Awkward Career Transition from Young to Full Grown Adult ALL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 25


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: Midlife crisis - is a part of many jokes and stereotypes and we are very familiar with this and how to refer resources to individuals whom we encounter. However, the term Quarterlife Crisis is not as familiar and it is impacting our growing workforce. Some new graduates or recent employees are feeling disappointed, lonely, pressured to have a great job, stressed trying to manage finances, and overwhelmed trying to balance relationships. How would you help a new employee? Do you have resources in place? Our workplace is global, and globally we are seeing the "Quarterlife" crisis in our workplace. At the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Glasgow, it was shared that the quarterlife crisis has solid data to help us implement developmental tools. For example, a survey by Gumtree.com found 86% of the 1,100 participants aged 20-35 admitted feeling under pressure to succeed in their relationships, finances and jobs before hitting 30. Two in five were worried about money, saying they did not earn enough and 32% felt under pressure to marry and have children by the age of 30.

This presentation will begin with a brief overview of current literature associated with the Quarter Life Crisis. Then the presentation will progress to an interactive discussion using a case . We will then share the potential benefits of addressing this developmental period and the positive implications on psychological well-being. Then we will brainstorm recommendations and review best practices based on current literature on developmental stages, life transitions, and career stress. The audience will actively participate and generate ideas for specific strategies in addressing the Quarter Life Crisis and developing preventative programs in various settings.

Presenter: Saranette Williams, Associate Director of Employer Programs and Development, Old Dominion University

Co-Presenter: Cyrus Williams, Associate Professor and Program Director of the PhD Program, Regent University

Great Minds Think Alike: Working Together for Successful Student and Employer Engagement COL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 26

Description: Working at a small institution, with limited resources, lends itself to challenges that don't have to be faced alone. Student and employer engagement, along with professional development for you and your staff, can become stronger and even more effective when partnering with your peers. During this session you will learn how two small peer institutions have collaborated and joined resources to provide programming for students, increased employer ROI, and enhanced staff professional growth. You will also discuss and learn approaches on how to establish partnerships with like-minded professionals, and develop an understanding of the importance of connectivity and simplicity based on employer and student feedback.

Presenter: Andrew Leister, Assistant Director of Career Planning, Cedar Crest College

Co-Presenter: Kristen Eicholtz, Executive Director of the Career Development Center, DeSales University

No Budget, No Time, No Marketing Staff? No Problem. Learn How to Create Engaging Visual Emails & Instagram Posts to Increase Recruiting Success and Student Engagement
COL | 0-3 | LEC
Meeting Room 27

Description: Learn our no-cost method for creating visual emails and Instagram posts to promote On-Campus Interview positions that's led to a 310% increase in student applications, from 187 in 2015-2016 to 767 in 2016-2017 and 851 in 2017-2018. We all know students don't read emails. But they see emails (and a few seconds is all we get). We created a visual email template that captures students' attention at a glance.

Each email looks like an Instagram post - with a picture, logo, and matching color scheme completely branded to the company that's hiring to draw students in. With a catchy subject line and deadline reminders to create a sense of urgency, each email contains one single action step students can take immediately. We also target every email to only those majors eligible to apply. No mass email blasts. No newsletters with multiple deadlines. Very little text.

With a lean office of four FTEs and four student workers, we created a system to move the OCI position from posting to promotion. Utilizing a template, our student workers create the emails, and once ready, a designated staff member emails it to the targeted list. The result? Every email is highly relevant to the student viewing it, and in turn, generates a high number of applications that has significantly improved our employer relationships and recruiting success. We'll show you how we did it so you can bring the email template back to your team.

Finally, taking our visual marketing strategies to social media, we'll show how we increased student engagement on Instagram by highlighting students' portfolios, alumni success stories, and employers attending Career Fairs.

Presenter: Ainsley Maloney, Associate Director of Industry Relations, Thomas Jefferson University East Falls Campus


Rotate between three of the following five 20-minute speed sessions:

 Why Can't We Be Friends? 
Methods to Strengthen Faculty Partnerships

Do you ever feel like a member of House Stark trying to play nice with the faculty in House Lannister? No matter what you do, you just can't seem to form a strong and lasting union. Over the past four years, Arcadia University's Office of Career Education (OCE) has found new methods to overcome the natural division between faculty and staff, and instead form strong and mutually beneficial partnerships. In 2017-2018, these partnerships led to 43 presentations and 69 event promos reaching over 1000 students in the classroom. The OCE also partnered with faculty on over 15 OCE events between 2015-2018, resulting in approximately 20% increase in event attendance over three years. In this session you will learn about effective strategies for successful faculty partnerships, and ways to utilize these relationships to enhance your career center's goals.

Presenter: Marissa Deitch, Arcadia University

GIFs, Hashtags, and MEMES, Oh My! How to Use Social Media to Boost Program Attendance 2.0

You know that social media is where most students are spending their time and getting information, but do you know the best way to use platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or LinkedIn to connect with students and share information about your programs? Social media platforms and their features change rapidly, and this session is your chance to get the latest download on what's up! Did you just get deja vu? That's because this session will be an updated version from last year filled with new examples and platform features.

During this workshop, Emily Miethner, Founder and CEO of FindSpark.com and an adjunct professor teaching social media and career courses at multiple schools, will go over the features of major social media platforms you should be using, tools to create content for social media quickly and easily, and the best ways to use social media during your programs to create the perfect balance of FOMO and useful content for those who couldn't make it.

You'll leave this workshop with a better understanding of how and why to use different social media platforms, and actionable steps for ways to create impactful campaigns that will result in more attendance and participation in your programs and offerings.

Presenter: Emily Miethner, FindSpark

Maximize your Professional Development Locally Through a Career Consortium

Is your institution asking you to do more with less? How could your office and staff benefit from learning from other Career Centers in your local area? In times were Career Centers are being asked to do more with less resources, being able to benefit from collective thinking and shared resources can be instrumental in helping a center thrive and not just survive. So, how can this be made possible? Learn about the structure and creation of the Capital Region Career Consortium (CRCC)! This is a voluntary group composed of career center staff members from 22 colleges and universities within the Capital Region of New York State. CRCC provides a hub for Career Center staff to connect through a professional development series hosted on local campuses, the coordination of combined career fairs, seasonal networking events and more. In this interactive session, the Chair and Co-Chair of CRCC will help you imagineer and take a deeper dive into designing your own voluntary career consortium and share strategies on how you can emulate this in your area.

Presenters: Carleen Pallante, The Sage Colleges & Yalitza Negron, University at Albany

Shifting Culture: Changing the Way Students Think About Careers Through a Sophomore Career Retreat

Today's students are highly motivated by career preparation, contributing to a growing stress culture on many campuses. As student affairs professionals, we must help students develop the emotional intelligence and professional agility necessary to manage their careers in the rapidly changing world of work. How do we create a culture on our campuses grounded in these realities, that promotes exploration, risk taking and resilience? This session will explore how Wellesley College tackled these challenges by launching a Sophomore Career Retreat.

The goal of this presentation are to to engage participants in a conversation about the current career culture on various college campuses. We will also share background and context for the creation of a Sophomore Career Retreat at Wellesley College and provide an overview of our career retreat which focuses on self-awareness and reflection. Finally we plan to discuss the ways in which the Sophomore Career Retreat has begun to change the career culture on Wellesley's campus (our results).

Presenters: Scott Mannion & Sheryl Rosenberg, Wellesley College 

Personalization at Scale:
Digital Discoverability in the Age of Netflix

Career centers, large and small, are all looking for ways to scale their services, without losing touch with personalization. In the age of Netflix and Amazon, digital solutions must be catered to the individual while offering solutions for the masses. This 20 minute, interactive Speed Learning Session will illustrate how the Wellesley Career Education website uses data, tagging, design, and storytelling to adapt to every user's unique needs. This presentation will address how personalization and curation can be synonymous with scale concepts large corporations have been introducing into all aspects of our lives for the past 5+ years. In order to effectively impact students and alumni living and working in today's world, and continuously position them to make the most of the future of work, we must understand the principles that are moving technology and consumerism forward. The target audience for this presentation is career center staff, with a focus on operations, marketing, and technology managers.

Presenters: Tess Mattern & Jen Pollard, Wellesley College Career Education

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Session Group 7: Tuesday, June 25, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
 Disability: IN Business - It's a Big Deal! ALL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 23


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)


Description: This highly informative, hands-on and impactful workshop examines current disability statistics, ADA definitions, and the value proposition for employing individuals with disabilities. Together, participants drive discussion, collaborate and document the positive impact including individuals with disabilities in their company's recruitment and workforce development strategy has on their staff, customers, and suppliers/community. From higher education staff and students to corporate recruitment and senior level leaders, this workshop resonates with individuals allalong the disability inclusion readiness continuum. It re-affirms disability's valuable slice within the corporate diversity "pie".

Presenter: Kathleen Petkauskos, Director of UMass Medical School's Work Without Limits, UMass Medical School

The Community College Student: Creating an Ecosystem for the Two- to Four-Year College to Career Journey    COL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 24

Description: What challenges do community college students face as they transition to four-year institutions? What can community colleges do in conjunction with their four-year college partners to make the transfer process seamless and easier to navigate for community college students? How can colleges/universities best prepare to engage non-traditional students and adult learners on the college to career journey? In this session, these questions will be answered. Support from theory, research, best practices, and student engagement models utilized by community colleges and four year institutions will be introduced.

Actual collaborative strategies and approaches implemented by the Community College of Philadelphia and Rowan University which target transfer students aspiring to get a four-year degree will be presented. Learning outcomes, data-driven observations, and lessons learned along the way will also be shared. In addition, conversation starters and transformational dialogue that energizes the student engagement ecosystem will be highlighted.

Presenter: Tracey Hanton, Career Connections Specialist, Community College of Philadelphia

Co-Presenter: Dr. Alicia Monroe, Assistant Director, Career Readiness, Rowan University

Hire Education: Getting Students to Think Like Hiring Managers COL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 26

Description: Students on the job search often find themselves frustrated. They create their materials, apply for jobs, and ultimately turn up in your office when the response from employers is radio silence. We try to educate students on best practices for presenting themselves to employers, but many students need to see for themselves what works and what doesn't. NYU's Career Development Office created an interactive mock hiring committee that allows students to enter an extended role play, where they get to think like hiring managers for a day, evaluate a pool of fictional candidates, and decide for themselves as a committee who they would hire. Working in small groups, students utilize many NACE competencies while evaluating resumes, cover letters, interviews, and negotiations in much the same way that a hiring committee would. In doing so, they gain insight into how they can improve their own self-presentation by seeing the mistakes of candidates who they wouldn't hire and effective strategies used by those they would hire. Programming like the mock hiring committee seeks to facilitate true peer to peer learning, wherein the students actively engage each other in discussion and decision making, while using video and audio technology and real time assessments. This session will allow participants to experience a portion of the hiring committee for themselves, while learning to move beyond traditional content delivery styles. Participants will learn how to implement a mock hiring committee at their own institutions to teach students about career strategies while developing their career competencies.

Presenter: Miriam Miller, Senior Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Development, New York University

It is Time to DISRUPT Career Services   COL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 27

Description: No one is happier than me to know that NACE is promoting career competency development in students! As a human resource professional, I hear from my colleagues consistently that graduates lack the basic competencies to succeed in the workplace and how frustrated they are to learn a college education fails to prepare graduates for the real world of employment. With tuition continuing to rise, students are extremely careful choosing where they will invest their education dollars. Institutions that are serious about providing return on investment will quickly rise to the top of the list for prospective students and experience higher retention of enrolled students. That means embracing change that includes expanding the focus of career development. As a result, there is a paradigm shift about to happen and that begins with disrupting career services.

In this interactive session, participants will:

  • Examine the difference between career service and career development programs
  • Identify the essential competencies aligned to success in the first years of professional employment
  • Create a MAP (massive action plan) to advance the development aspect of their offerings
  • Leave with a plan to create buy in and begin instituting change across campus
  • Receive a communication tool to share with employers

Presenter: Myra Quick, CEO, Fast Forward Learning and Development


Rotate between three of the following four 20-minute speed sessions:

Building a Successful Internship Program One Relationship at a Time

The key to strengthening an internship program lies in establishing good relationships that are built along the way. Join me to find out how to develop an internship buzz among students, how to stimulate faculty engagement, how to gain alumni support and how to build a collaborative culture of success and teamwork around your program.

Presenter: Kathy Krause, DeSales University

Talent Economy: Student Workers

Working with student workers can be tricky. Students are customers and workers- it can be difficult to navigate this dual role if your supervisors are not properly trained. Utilizing the five-phase Student Worker Job Cycle, we will explore how student employment can work for you and your students.

Presenter: Kate Darcy Hohenthal, Ed.D., University of Hartford

BU + Beyond: Building a Blog for the 21st Century at the Center for Career Development

Any journalist will tell you that complex information sticks better if it's part of a good story. That's why the Boston University Center for Career Development has made blogging central to its communications strategy. For years, our career counselors, students, and alumni have written a gold mine of advice, anecdotes, and inspiration on a self-hosted blog. However, legacy code and navigation challenges meant that much of this content was going undiscovered by the BU community. Using in-depth web analytics, the CCD marketing and communications team identified the need for a standalone blog then crafted a content plan that allowed for continuing the strategies that work and growing capacity for more voices in the future; built a modern, responsive blog that allowed for richer end-user experience; and integrated that blog into all of our communications initiatives. Join Sarah Thomas, Marketing & Communications Manager, for a deep dive into the process, metrics, and goals you can replicate by creating a career services blog of your own.

Presenter: Sarah Thomas, Boston University Center for Career Development

Leadership & Self-Efficacy: Surprising Research Findings

This speed session will walk you through recent research undertaken with the assistance of the 2018 EACE Research Grant. The focus of the quasi-experimental research study was on leadership development and career decision-making self-efficacy of community college students. This session will provide data on 411 students from two community colleges involved in the National Society of Leadership & Success and connections to career decision-making self-efficacy. This session will provide a quick review of the research process, quasi-experimental research design, and the surprising results!

Presenter: Sarah McElroy, Brookdale Community College

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Session Group 8: Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Working to Work Better with Veterans: Straight Talk for Employers EMP | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 23


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)

Description: Attendees will:

  • Describe who veterans are and why we seek them as employees?
  • Describe the dynamic of veteran transitions.
  • Learn tips to select the ideal veterans to hire.
  • Learn tips to onboard veterans.
  • Learn tips to accommodate veterans in the workplace.

Presenter: David Vacchi, Veteran Transitions Consultant

Rewarding Competence: Intentionally Integrating the NACE Competencies into a Career Readiness Curriculum COL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 24

Description: While the NACE competencies for career readiness provide a useful tool for benchmarking student success, how these competencies are integrated into a curriculum and assessed by professionals and educators remains an outstanding problem. NACE is currently conducting a pilot study for assessment in conjunction with SkillSurvey, though this focuses exclusively on the perspectives of internship supervisors. Without properly scaffolding the experience by introducing and deploying the relevant knowledge throughout the curriculum, any assessment of the competencies can appear arbitrary for the employer and student.

In order to set student and supervisor expectations, The Washington Center (TWC) developed a curriculum using the NACE findings as guidance with specific focus on intentionality and integration. To this end, the competencies are introduced to students at the outset of their internship experience and presented as the standards by which they will be assessed at their internship. The students then explore how their strengths and values factor with their career readiness into the types of positions they will pursue.

Participants in this session will be introduced to the ways in which the competencies are introduced and reinforced throughout TWC's Career Readiness Curriculum. Adjunctive applications will be addressed through interactive demonstrations of mock resume reviews, discussions on effective site visits, considerations of how to create elective learning opportunities, and other modes of delivery outside of the standard curriculum. Some findings will be addressed, along with a preview of new initiatives being pursued by the presenters in conjunction with both internship site partners and campuses.

Presenter: Sherrod Williams, Managing Director, Experiential Learning and Career Readiness

Co-Presenters: Avi Criden, Director, Academic Internship Programs, The Washington CenterChristopher Mesaros, Senior LEAD Instructor, The Washington Center

Team Access and Team Success: Supporting First Generation Students

COL | 0-3, 4-9 | DIS
Meeting Room 25

Description: First Generation students face different challenges when going to college, as we know. Learn about Lafayette College's Team Access and Team Success and how these teams work together to create a foundation of access, awareness, and support for students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Presenter: Alana Albus, Associate Director, Gateway Career Center

How to Launch a Side Business that Utilizes Your Career Coaching Skills and Recruiting Knowledge

ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 26

Description: Do I stay in a job in higher ed that I love or go to corporate roles to increase my earning potential? For years I wrestled with that notion until I reframed the question and asked how I could stay in higher ed and earn more. Rather than competing with my full-time job in Career Services, my side executive career coaching business enables me to stay in a field I love, doing work that gives me purpose. It has taught me more than I could ever imagine and allows me to bring more skills to my primary job.

This session will explore my 8-year journey in balancing a side business with my work in higher ed. I will provide tips on how to start from scratch, legal and tax considerations - how to find experts to help you, marketing tips and getting that first client, scaling your business, ensuring clients have a great experience, adapting your coaching skills to mid-career professionals, and getting paid.

We will review the ups and downs of life with a side gig and how to structure yours in a way that fits your unique needs and talents. How do you wish to define yourself (consultant, solopreneur, entrepreneur) and what's the difference? Finally, we will discuss passive income strategies and weaving this into your long-term goals as a career services or recruiting professional.

Presenter: Tiffany Franklin, Associate Director, Career Services, University of Pennsylvania

Everyday We’re (Side) Hustlin’: How the “Gig Economy” Shapes both Career Advising and the Advisors   COL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 27

Description: You've heard of side-hustles, freelancing, and the Gig Economy: opportunities pursued or created to maintain skills, explore passions, or simply make ends meet. Initially a way for skilled professionals to cope with 2008's Great Recession, now over a third of the US workforce is made up of side-hustlers, freelancers, and independent contractors who generate over $1 trillion in contributions to the U.S. economy. It is now imperative for career services to adapt in advising students pursuing freelance or independent work, which can prove interesting for some professionals that are side-hustlers themselves. How can we better understand and serve students headed towards a world of work that is proving to be more status quo than fleeting fad? If you have a side-hustle of your own, how do you keep the plates spinning and make sure your work is giving back to you? In this session, we'll share current research on where the Gig Economy is, where it's going, and how we looked back on our own hustles to find strengths to better serve our students as a full-time pro and a graduate assistant. And, of course, we'll show you how you can get in on the hustling, too!

Presenter: Amy Smith, Associate Director of External Relations, Hofstra University

Co-Presenter: Sabrina Iaria, Career Advisor and Liaison to the Frank G. Zarb School of BusinessHofstra University


Rotate between three of the following five 20-minute speed sessions:

7 Habits of Highly Effective Online Career Services

Habit 1. Stay Social Media Woke
Habit 2. Make it mobile friendly
Habit 3. Where I Learn is Where I Live
Habit 4. Practice what you preach
Habit 5. Say my name, Say my name
Habit 6. Post to feed employer's needs
Habit 7. A picture is worth a thousand words and video is a million

Berkeley College Online is celebrating its 20th year anniversary and the Career Services Team has distilled the best practices that made us so successful. In a 100% virtual environment, we do everything a traditional career center does but rarely meet in person the students and graduates we serve. Learn why it's important to text and call, use images instead of words, personalize communications and much more. Rosa Santana and Ihor Andruch will send you away with hi-tech and hi-touch techniques you can use today.

Presenters: Rosa Santana & Ihor Andruch, Berkeley College

Do you have alumni on your T.E.A.M (Targeted partnerships, Exploration opportunities, Actualization and Mentoring)?

Feeling challenged by your efforts to expand programming and outreach bandwidth? Get more bang for your buck without busting your budget by having alumni on your T.E.A.M. In this session, we will share best practices for creative and effective long and short-term alumni engagement and demonstrate how you can replicate these efforts on your campus. Whether your campus is large or small, this workshop will impart practical takeaways on attendees through the following five themes: (1) Developing department and campus-wide partnerships and engagement strategies, (2) Using metrics to evaluate current programs and events (3) Creative ways to continue alumni engagement and shepherd their connections with students, (4) Innovative, yet strategic examples of programs that increase alumni-student contact, and (5) Sourcing alumni via smart, targeted recruitment initiatives.

Presenters: Stacey Kohler & Toi Tyson, Rutgers University Career Services

A Trifecta: Hiring Graduate Career Counseling Interns to Support Professional Staff

This session will describe how the process of recruiting, hiring and training of Masters level students from local Graduate Counseling Programs can result in a high ROI for three primary populations: Career Center Staff, Student Population and the Graduate Intern. Due to limited staffing, special projects and administrative responsibilities, many Career Offices lack sufficient hours for individual counseling appointments even as demand for these appointments increases. Masters-level students in Counseling programs are required to accumulate 100 hours for a practicum and 600 hours for an internship. College students report learning best from peers. These unique needs all come together in a synergetic concept of hiring Graduate Career Counseling Interns to support Career Development Offices.

Presenter: Lisa Hansinger, Saint Joseph's University

Thinking About Attending Medical School? Why Most Pre-Med Students Need to Have an Alternative Career Plan and How to Strategically Craft One

Increasing applications to medical school are making it more difficult for candidates to get accepted. As a consequence of that trend, this rise in demand for a medical education poses challenges for aspiring doctors, because it means they have to do more than achieve good grades and standardized tests scores to earn a spot at a U.S. medical school. Couple that with a relatively stagnant number of admissions slots available, and the math works in only one direction and that is to decrease the overall admission rate. So what are undergraduates who are pursuing a health care related academic plan to do when, after realizing they will not/can not pursue medical school, they still desire a health care related career?

Presenters: Paul Gagnon and Erica D'Angelo, University of Connecticut 

An Unexpected Partner: The University Library

Short presentation on an innovative partnership with a University Library that is increasing visibility to a Career Center and a University Library. The relationship has allowed for improvements in students' access to career-related content, including self-service and stronger alliances with faculty and student clubs.

Presenter: Robert Franco Seton Hall University Career Center

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Session Group 9: Wednesday, June 26, 9:15 - 10:15 AM
Empowering International Students Toward Career Success: Strategies for Addressing the Specific Needs of This Unique Population COL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 23

Description: Do you sometimes feel at a loss when working with international students because they face so many barriers in terms of entering the US workforce? Or do you sometimes feel unsure about the advice you are giving them? According to the Migration Policy Institute, "the United States remains the country of choice for the largest number of international students, hosting about 1.1 million of the 4.6 million enrolled worldwide in 2017," so it is important that all career coaches learn how to effectively counsel this unique population and empower them to take control of their careers. Having worked with thousands of international students from numerous countries in her career, Deborah developed a special affinity for this population and realized that they needed specialized career services. To that end, she developed a workshop and handout of resources geared toward these students, which she will share with you during this session. Her strategy is to empower international students by helping them realize their unique strengths, to dispel myths that they believe about the US job market and to educate them about professional business norms and etiquette in the US. She will also discuss the importance of enlisting the support of your university's academic advising team to improve the career outcomes of international students. You will leave this workshop feeling better equipped to work with your international student body by being able to provide them with useful tips and resources as well as the most important thing of all hope!

Presenter: Deborah Federico, Associate Director for Career Education, University of Massachusetts - Boston

Transformative Freshmen + Sophomore Experiences: How to Prepare Students to be Nimble, Life-long Learners in a Complex, Changing World of Work ALL | All Levels | LEC
Meeting Room 24

Description: Endicott College shares their experiential learning model and how their ever-changing curricular programming is impacting the graduation gap, the employment gap, and the skills gap. Workshop attendees will engage in a discussion on the pivotal role career development educators should play in helping their institutions move more quickly to address the needs of students in the changing world of work. Attendees will learn about the assessment tools Endicott uses to create customized career management plans for students and to inform decisions about curriculum development and industry trends. In addition, attendees will take away practical strategies to implement similar initiatives at their own institutions.

Presenter: Cherie Lynch, Assistant Professor of Experiential Learning, Endicott College

Co-Presenters: Jaime Freedman, Assistant Professor of Experiential Learning, Endicott College & Mariellen Fidrych, Assistant Professor of Experiential Learning, Endicott College

Utilizing Strategic University Partnerships to Create an Underrepresented Student Pipeline

ALL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 25


This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. (1.00)
Description: Through long term strategic partnerships with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), the SBU Career Center has been able to expand its reach to underrepresented students on campus and create a viable student pipeline for internships and full-time positions.

This session will showcase how the SBU Career Center packaged services to provide exclusive programs through two national student organizations: Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) and Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS), EOP & CSTEP. These programs delivered job/internship search prep, special access to employers, one-on-one career coaching, and specially designed small group sessions.

Examples of collaborative programs include:
  • Diversity Recruitment Panel & Networking Event
  • Career Community Meet & Greet Night
  • Career Community Student Meet Up Events
  • Special Section of Career Center Academic Internship Program
  • Student Group Leadership Series Presented by Employer Partners
Learn how this series of programs each academic year have:
  • Increased our student talent pool for diversity recruitment
  • Increased Career Center's employer response to diversity recruitment at Stony Brook University
  • Enhanced the Career Center's brand and additional collaborations among underrepresented students on campus
  • Supported the Career Center's overall branding and vision around Career Communities
  • Served as a best practice model for other collaborations across campus

Presenter: Kimberly Dixon, Director of Employer Engagement & Diversity Recruitment, Stony Brook University - SUNY

Employer Outreach When You Don't Have the Gift of Gab: An Introvert's Guide to Employer Relations
COL | All Levels | DIS
Meeting Room 26

Description: Cultivating relationships with employers is vital to assisting students in the placement process, however it is common for staff with backgrounds in counseling or social work, rather than sales and marketing, to be tasked with building and maintaining these partnerships. With limited resources and little to no formal training available for staff to build skills in these areas, most introverts have to make do and develop strategies that balance their preference for introversion with the need for more extraverted activities. This session is brought to you by two successful employer outreach introverts and will cover tips and ideas on how to navigate the world of employer relations to help both you and your institution succeed. We will discuss how to start your outreach from scratch to build a successful network of employers at your institution, including methods for initiating and following up on new leads and strategies to maintain and foster existing relationships. For those who dislike talking on the phone or cold calling, for those for whom small talk is tough, this session is for you!

Presenter: Brandy Smith, Senior Assistant Director, Employer Engagement & Operations, Binghamton University

Co-Presenter: Kathie Boice, Employer Engagement & Operations Coordinator, Binghamton University

The Job Search from an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Lens ALL | 0-3, 4-9 | LEC
Meeting Room 27

Description: For all college students pursing one's first job, internship, or other professional opportunity can be daunting. Writing a resume, interviewing, and finding a good fit in the workplace are challenges we all have faced. The LGBTQ+ population of college students is one that like many other underrepresented groups have even greater challenges in finding meaningful professional opportunities and strong organizational fit.

As data from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) shows, despite all the strides over the past decade that the LGBTQ+ community has made towards equal rights, there is still much work to be done to make workplaces and the hiring process more inclusive.

This session will teach you advising strategies and provide you some resources to support this population of students. As a group, we will review: state and federal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for LGBTQ+ inclusiveness, the value of employee resource groups, and the Cost of the Closet article.

There will be opportunities throughout for participants to share best practices they have utilized and challenges encountered to support the professional growth of LGBTQ+ college students.

Presenter: Steve Savitsky, Assistant Co-op Coordinator, College of Science, Northeastern University

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