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2017 Midwest ACE Annual Conference Advanced Learning Workshops
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Midwest ACE Annual Conference
July 24-26, 2017
Marriott Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan



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advanced learning workshops

Enhance your conference experience and add an Advanced Learning Workshop to your conference registration! All workshops will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


brain based career development (bbcD): the new career development model

Cost: $49/member; $59/non-member  


  • Imants Jaunarajs, Ohio University
  • Zach McGrain, Ohio University
  • Aaron Sturgill, Ohio University 

Stop giving advice! Stop directing! Stop overwhelming! How to help students make decisions and take action.


In today’s world of information overload, it is imperative for practitioners to understand the brain’s biological limits and the impact this has on career development. Research in neuropsychology has highlighted limitations in the processing power of specific areas within the human brain. The prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision making and imagining the future, is easily “overwhelmed.” Decision making is negatively impacted when the brain is overloaded with information; imagining the future - something you have not experienced - also takes a lot of mental effort. People spend more time thinking of problems (what they have seen) than solutions (what they have never seen).


Knowing that decision making gets difficult when the prefrontal cortex is exposed to too much information, especially with future based decisions, career development practitioners can be strategic in the manner in which they provide services and resources to clients. This workshop will showcase how the newest neuropsychology research can be embedded in seven simple, but effective, strategies. In this interactive session, participants will learn the Brain Based Career Development model, watch live demonstrations, practice techniques, be provided and utilize brain based career coaching resources, hear assessment results, and discuss how to implement the BBCD into daily practice. This program includes new information since last year’s Advanced Learning Workshop.

the new professionals orientation

Cost: $49/member; $59/non-member  


  • Crystal Stockdale, University of Iowa
  • Monique Frost, Miami University of Ohio

Are you new to career services or new to Midwest ACE? Participate in this interactive and informative session to learn more about what we do and how we do it. You’ll have the chance to meet other new professionals and first-time attendees to Midwest ACE, interact with other members of our committees and our board, share best practices and start your annual conference on the right foot.

the new diversity - what is employer relations doing to recruit multi-generational graduates

Cost: $49/member; $59/non-member

Speaker: Theresa Green-Ervin, M.A., MCS, GCDF, GCDF-1, NOVA Southeastern University


This session will allow attendees the opportunity to learn more about the attributes of the five generations currently in our workforce. In addition, it allows attendees the opportunity to reflect and share within cohorts and the group dynamic just how much they actually know about engaging, sharing best practices and challenges. As a bonus, the session will provide strategies for asking the right questions to gain those decision-making answers you seek before considering proposing the job offer. Last, the topic of "career coaching" will be discussed as this is a topic in many organizations used to retain exceptional talent.

employer colloquium


  • FREE for members
  • FREE for non-members who are attending the full conference
  • $59 for non-members attending a single day or the Employer Colloquium only


  • Tabby Cates-Powell, Enterprise Holdings
  • Julie Gourley, Northrop Grumman Corporation 

This session will give you the chance to meet and engage in dialogue with other employers from around the region about topics of interest to you. When you register for the conference you’ll be able to drive some of the content by providing your feedback. Attendees should come prepared for a lively conversation about hot topics in recruiting and college relations.


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