2013 – 2014 Elections
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Why are you interested in serving Midwest ACE through this position?
The three year/three role president term is a natural progression for me within the leadership structure of this organization. I hope that my experience with Midwest ACE and my experience in my role at the University of Illinois are evidence of my commitment to the field of college recruiting and employment relations. I hope that my experiences and knowledge can be helpful to new leaders in the organization and profession. The organization has been through some tight times with shifts in leadership, management and the economy. We are poised for success with the ideas of fresh leaders, and I hope that my long-term perspective combined with some new ideas will be just what the organization needs to move forward.
What skills and experiences do you have that have prepared you to be successful in this role?
I have been involved with Midwest ACE leadership for a number of years, first with committee (Marketing and Communications) and conference (2007 Annual Committee, 2008 Trends Chair) work and then with the Assembly in 2006. I moved to the Board in 2009 and have served in two roles (Vice President, Colleges and Director, External Relations) during my tenure. I have received multiple gratitude awards and the 2010 President’s Award for my service to Midwest ACE, so my dedication to the organization is visible to all. I have a long-term perspective of the organization and its workings through great times and challenging situations, and with the new Headquarters management, I feel that we are poised for success. With a wonderful incoming Board, I would like to be part of a bright future.
What ideas and/or goals do you have for this position?
I want to help set the partnership committee up for success, supporting the leaders of the initiative and providing Board support wherever necessary. A new model of organization support is necessary for a new budgetary time within all of our workplaces.
Finding new leadership and giving them the tools they need to succeed. Part of this is figuring out how to find and retain excellent employer members and leaders during a tumultuous economic time, and part is understanding that organizations like ours are going to be heavily populated by college members for the near term based on the landscape of the field. How do we value those members and give them the right exposure to employer members and needs while providing the right climate for employers to get value from their involvement? Answering this is a goal.