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2016 Midwest ACE Annual Conference Schedule of Events
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Midwest ACE Annual Conference
July 27-29, 2016
Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri




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Schedule of Events

Please note, this is a preliminary schedule of events and is subject to change. Break-out sessions can be viewed by clicking the appropriate time below.


Midwest ACE is happy to be able to offer members the opportunity to earn continuing education credits as a preferred provider for the Society of Human Resource Management. CLICK HERE for more details.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gateway Career Services Association & Midwest ACE Networking Reception at T-REX

The Gateway Career Services Association (GCSA) and Midwest ACE invite you to attend a free pre-conference networking reception at T-REX which is located on the 5th floor of the Lammert Building and is one block from the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel at 911 Washington Ave. St. Louis, 63101 Map It!

CLICK HERE to view a short video from Annual Conference co-chair, Karl Aldrich on this exciting event. Beverages and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and have their pictures taken with T-Rex himself!

RSVP is required to attend. Please contact Karl Aldrich with any questions.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Landmark Registration

Registration Open

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Meet in hotel lobby by 8:30 a.m. to board buses
Professional Exchange Off-Site Visits (College Members Only)

  • HLK Advertising 
  • Procter & Gamble 
  • Nestle-Purina 

Registration required. You will have the option to add this onto your conference registration. 

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Gateway A

Professional Exchange On-Site Visit: Non-Profit Panel Discussion (Open to All Members)

Registration required. You will have the option to add this onto your conference registration.

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Landmark Foyer
Exhibits Open

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Learning Workshops

  • Brain Based Career Development - Gateway A
  • The New Professionals Orientation - Gateway B
  • The New Diversity - Landmark 5

Registration required.You will have the option to add a workshop onto your conference registration.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Landmark 6
Employer Colloquium
Registration required. You will have the option to add the EC onto your conference registration.

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Landmark Foyer
Networking Break with Exhibitors

Hosted by Ball State University

4:30 p.m.  6:00 p.m. | Statler Room

Welcome Reception


CLICK HERE to view a short video from Annual Conference co-chair, Kelsey O'Rourke on the conference. 


7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. | 1117 Washington Ave. St. Louis

Entertainment Night at the Flamingo Bowl

The Flamingo Bowl is a unique lounge experience with eight bowling lanes, generous seating in an open and airy atmosphere with grand views of Washington Ave. and downtown St. Louis. Attendees will enjoy drinks and dessert.

CLICK HERE to view a short video from Annual Conference co-chair, Jennifer Pickerell on this exciting event. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. | Meet in hotel lobby
Morning Energizer

Start your day – the RIGHT way - with a morning walk! Jon C. Neidy, Entertainment Chair, will guide the group for an energizing 50 minute walk. We will network, see some city landmarks, and begin our conference day feeling like we have already accomplished something. Leg Warmers are optional.

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Landmark Registration
Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Landmark Foyer
Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Landmark 1-4

Hosted by Northrop Grumman Corporation

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Westmoreland/Kingsbury
Director's Round Table

Moderator: Jason Eckert, University of Dayton

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Landmark 1-4
Opening Keynote: Navigating Change

Hosted by VMock

For most organizations, the one thing you can count on is change… and lots of it. Sometimes workplace change leaves you feeling like you can hardly keep your head above water. Who knew that a near death sailboat accident would teach Charmaine Hammond such valuable lessons about navigating change and transition and the importance of resilience. In this keynote presentation Charmaine Hammond shares how managing change is like sailing. You will learn five essentials to navigating through change and transition, how to bounce forward and remain resilient, and, the how to reduce stress and increase success during times of change.

CLICK HERE to view a video message from Charmaine!

Charmaine Hammond

Charmaine Hammond is a leading expert in conflict management, leadership, and resilience and has been in the business of changing lives for 25 years. As a facilitator and speaker, she has worked with hundreds of teams on change management and workplace success processes. She has presented to more than 200,000 people around the globe, including numerous academic institutions, and is author of 5 bestselling award winning books and is featured in six others. Charmaine has appeared on media more than 250 times and her philanthropic passion is building kind communities and workplaces through her Million Acts of Kindness tours.


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Landmark Foyer
Networking Break with Exhibitors

Hosted by Rolls Royce North America

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Break-Out Sessions

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Landmark 1-4

Lunch / Business Meeting / Awards Presentation

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Break-Out Sessions

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Landmark 1-4
General Session: Leveraging (Big) Data Analytics in Career Management

Presenter: Salil Pande, CEO & Founder, VMock


Data Analytics has found a significant space in all facets of business. With case studies like Apple Siri, T-Mobile, and the Human Genome project; along with recent forays of big data playing into hiring at multinational corporations like Xerox, Sears and Wells Fargo; we aim to explore the transformative power that the huge data and its processing is bringing about across industries during our talk. Within higher education, there are two current trends that are prominent in driving curriculum development and student interest – innovation and data analytics. To demonstrate leadership, now is the time to incorporate innovative data analytics tools as part of the career management toolkit.

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Landmark Foyer

Networking Break with Exhibitors

Hosted by University of Michigan Engineering

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Landmark 1-4
Committee Meetings


Learn more about the Midwest ACE committees and ways to get involved! Sign-up sheets will be available.


4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Landmark 1-4

Table Topic Discussions

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Statler Room



Friday, July 29, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Landmark Registration
Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Landmark 1-4
Morning Snack 


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. | Landmark 1-4

Hire Big 10+ Meeting (Members Only)

Reserved Tables

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Landmark Foyer
Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Break-Out Sessions

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Landmark Foyer
Networking Break with Exhibitors 

Hosted by Marquette University

9:45 a.m.  10:45 a.m.
Break-Out Sessions

10:45 a.m.  11:30 a.m. | Landmark 1-4

Hosted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  | Landmark 1-4

Closing Keynote: If Disney Ran Your Organization What Would it Look Like. Making the Student and College Experience Magical.

7 Step Blue Print System to Create Your Own Disney-like Empire!

1. How to sell “Imagination and Create The Dream to Emotionally Engage Your Students/Clients to Love You!

2. Understand the Mind Set of Your Students and Clients to Give Them What They Really Want and Create Loyalty For Life!

3. The Magic Experience Begins With People- Making Relationships and Connections More Memorable, Likable and Magical!

4. “It’s Show Time”- The Magic is in the Details- How to Develop a Disney “On-Stage” Presence.

5. Secrets to Create Disney-like Raving Fans- How to Be Different than Your Competition and be the “Top of Mind” Awareness in Your Industry.

6. Develop a Remarkable Team Culture to Gain Loyal and Committed Employees All Working Together.

7. Learn Disney Leadership Strategies to Create a "Whistle While You Work" Team Environment, Be More Productive, Build Team Morale and Have Fun Every Day!

John Formica

John, the “Ex-Disney Guy”, is a highly sought after internationally known speaker, business consultant and author of the top selling book, “Making the Customer Experience Magical Now!-How to Succeed in Business and Beat Out Your Competition Today”. Recently featured in the Virgin Atlantic In-flight Magazine while completing two successful speaking tours in Australia and named “Australia’s Best Customer Experience Coach” by the Melbourne Herald Star, appeared on the NBC Morning Show, FOX, Univision, numerous business journals and Radio, John has inspired audiences with over 2,500 keynotes and seminars throughout the U.S. and all across the globe. Prior to speaking, John acquired over 25 plus years of experience in top management positions with service industry leaders including Walt Disney World Resort®, Hyatt and Hilton Hotels and Sunrise Senior Living. 

During his 10 years at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, John was selected to manage their top luxury resort properties during Disney’s Resort Division expansion from 4 to 16 hotels and lead his teams to achieve the highest guest satisfaction ratings among all Disney World Resort Hotels. Today, John is “America’s Customer Experience Coach” and leading authority on tourism, hospitality and service industries alike. He has successfully coached hundreds of small businesses and tourism communities to build customer loyalty for life, increase visitors, attract more customers and create “Whistle While You Work” Team Environments.





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