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Schedule of Events

Please note, this is a preliminary schedule of events and is subject to change.

Midwest ACE is happy to offer members the opportunity to earn continuing education credits as a preferred provider for the Society of Human Resource Management. Additional information coming soon. 

Monday, July 23, 2018


11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


12:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Professional Exchange Site Visits (Midwest ACE College Members Only)

Lunch is on your own before boarding the buses

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


12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Employer Colloquium (Employers only)

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.


  • Tabby Cates-Powell, Enterprise Holdings
  • Deana Welsch, Foresters Financial Services, Inc.


  • Complimentary for Midwest ACE members
  • Complimentary for non-members attending the full Annual Conference $59.00/non-members attending a single day or the Employer Colloquium only

Lunch is on your own before the session

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


3:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Advanced Learning Workshops


Eradicating “Fit”: Teaching Workplace Culture as a Tool for Equity

As recruiters and career development professionals, we often emphasize a job applicant's "fit" into workplace culture. This puts the responsibility on the applicant to adapt to the needs of an organization. At its surface, this goal makes sense: candidates who fit into a workplace are more likely to be retained. But how and where does one fit, if one's gender, sexuality, race, and/or ability status is not reflected in most homogeneous workplaces? As college populations become more diverse, how is our community of recruiters, career development professionals, and student job applicants becoming critical of "fit" as a spoken or unspoken metric of candidate evaluation and selection? With this in mind, Beloit College Liberal Arts in Practice Center teaches students to understand their social identities and the ways that those identities operate in workplaces. Through classroom instruction, workplace site visits, and industry tours, we teach the importance of narrating one's identity through resumes and self-presentation and analyzing workplace structures that might encourage or inhibit true inclusion. By equipping students with the language to self-narrate and the lens to evaluate workplaces, they become more discerning job applicants and more effective members of their workplaces. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the theories that guide instruction about social identities in workplaces and learn from examples of classroom workshops and site-based programs.

Preparing Students and Alumni for the Gig Economy

Freelancing, contract work and part-time jobs: each of these represents the fast-growing trend of “workplace elasticity.” Full-time, entry-level jobs are becoming rarer in many fields, as companies look to be nimble and engage unique talent on a project-based term. By 2027, freelancers are expected to become the workforce majority (or over 50%). What does that mean for our new professionals and for employer recruiting and retention? 

Learn about the realities of the gig economy in this interactive session. We will conduct a deep dive into the future workplace and how this will inform student and alumni decisions.  We will highlight ways that new flexibility can encourage wider career exploration, during an earn-while-you-learn stage. But we will also probe the ways that a recurring need to find new projects -- and to move up in the earnings curve -- will put new demands on career starters. Fulfilling outcomes will require a new mastery in these three realms:

  • building professional networks
  • shoring up personal brands via social media and a clearly visible work portfolio
  • negotiating effectively in a world where "what's standard" is constantly in flux  

"Tell Me About Yourself": Communicating Your Strengths through Storytelling

We have all been asked to introduce ourselves -- whether for a job or meeting someone for the first time. How do you tell a compelling story that captures the attention and interest of the person with whom you're speaking? What do you say that will make your introduction professional and memorable? Research has shown that audience members recall stories better than facts; that story structure enhances memory and improves content recall. So, where do you even begin?   Jerome Ng and Dr. Kate McDowell have been working together over the last year to refine a workshop that combines Clifton Strengths and storytelling. In this interactive workshop, Jerome Ng and Dr. Kate McDowell will take you through the latest version of this workshop. Through different exercises, you will learn about your Strengths and build narratives around those Strengths.

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


3:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
New Members Orientation

Are you new to career services, recruiting and/or a new Midwest ACE member? 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.

Professional Development Committee Speaker

  • Matthew Little, University of Dayton


  • Complimentary for Midwest ACE members
  • $59.00/non-members

Advance registration required. You will have the option to add the orientation onto your conference registration.


6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Keynote & Dinner

"Cultivating Culture - Higher Ed"


Nicole D. Price


Lively Paradox

Leaders consistently answer, "lack of time" when asked the question "What gets in the way of your leadership effectiveness?" When leading others, the meetings, plethora of decisions, competing priorities, performance reviews (and everything else) ship away at the clock.  Falling into this endless routine, passion diminishes and leaders grow tired - ultimately having a negative impact on organizational culture.

Instead of thinking of culture on an ominous, global level, impact culture by focusing on climates first. Based on these leader-led microclimates, we can make substantial progress. Lively Paradox believes that all leaders have the ability to be great and that individual leaders are the linchpins of culture. Lack of time and energy do not have to get in the way. Weariness and fatigue can be combated by ensuring people are working in areas where they can consistently find energy. David Whyte, the poet, said the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest. The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.

This session focuses on two simple tactics for reaching unimaginable feats:

  • The importance of passion, purpose and prowess
  • Personal accountability
 Tuesday, July 24, 2018


6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Morning Energizer

Start your day – the right way - with a morning walk or run! The entertainment committee will guide the group on an energizing 50 minute walk or run. We will network, see some city landmarks, and begin our conference day feeling like we have already accomplished something.


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


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibits Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Attendee Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Hire Big 10+ Meeting (Hire Big 10 Members Only)
Facilitator: Larry Jackson, Northwestern


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions #1

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking with Exhibitors

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Breakout Sessions #2

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Midwest ACE Committee Meetings

12:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch|Business Meeting|Awards Presentations

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Building Synergy

Imagine your team is stranded on a deserted island with seemingly no way out. Strewn about are remnants from past inhabitants, debris from the ocean. You discover pieces of a treasure map and clues that may lead to a way home. But you must work together to get off the island in under 60 minutes before the typhoon hits!


Loosely based on the popular Room Escape experiences, Trapped in the Tropics turns your team’s table into an island upon which they are stranded. In the center is a treasure chest containing the supplies necessary to successfully escape. Alas, the treasure chest is locked and the key or code to the lock is contained in the puzzles for your team to solve. Various props, clues and cues create a treasure map directing your team to the missing key or code. 


Perhaps there is a hint under a palm tree. Sea shells contain mysteries of the seas…maybe they can help solve this mystery.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Networking with Exhibitors

3:35 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Breakout Sessions #3

3:35 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Director's Roundtable (Career Services Directors Only)

Facilitator: Kerri Boivin, University of Michigan Engineering

4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
Employer Panel

5:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks & Exhibitor Raffle

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Around Town Dinners (information on dining options will be available at the registration desk)
(dinner cost not included in registration fee)

8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Morning Energizer

Start your day – the right way - with a morning walk or run! The entertainment committee will guide the group on an energizing 50 minute walk or run. We will network, see some city landmarks, and begin our conference day feeling like we have already accomplished something.

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

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Morning Snack

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Mentor/Mentee Meet Up

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Reverse Career Fair: Employer & Exhibitors Meet Colleges

It’s time to mix it up. Instead of employers and exhibitors managing a booth while engaging potential students or career center staff at an event, career services representatives will be tasked with managing a booth. This will allow employers and exhibitors to target schools and engage with contacts in which they have not had the chance to connect with yet.


9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Break & Hotel Check-Out


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions #4


11:05 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Keynote & Brunch
"How to Create Your Own Luck and Lasting Change"


Antonio Neves



More than ever, it's a competitive and challenging landscape for employers and careers centers. The key to long-term sustainable success is creating an environment of partnership, collaboration and inclusivity. In this research-backed keynote, nationally recognized speaker Antonio Neves breaks down three critical steps to improve communication, foster strong relationships, and how to set you and your organization up for measurable epic success. This program empowers attendees to step outside of their comfort zones and take steps that lead to winning outcomes; establish entrepreneurial leadership traits; and, develop a strong community of allies.                                                               



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