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Conference Schedule

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration Open
Location: Registration A & B

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Midwest ACE Executive Board Meeting (Executive Board Only)
Location: Salon 9

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Professional Exchange Site Visits
Site visits will start at 10:30 AM to allow for travel. Meet in the hotel lobby at 10:00 a.m. for  Wilson, Upp Technology, Aerotek, and 9:30 a.m. for Allstate.
MWACE will be providing transportation to and from the site visits.
Registration required. Register by July 22! 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop - LinkedIn Breakthrough Strategies for Career Development 
Location: Chicago E
Registration required.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop for New Professionals (College Members Only)
Location: Chicago G
Registration required.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Employer Colloquium (Employers Only)
Location: Chicago F
Registration required. Registration closes July 19, 2013.

1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Location: Ballroom Foyer

4:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Welcome/ Keynote Speaker - Alexandra Levit
Location: Grand Ballroom

Motivating Students to Get on the Ball - Attendees will leave with a better general sense of what motivates this audience and some practical and low or no cost ideas career services professionals can implement to do their jobs more effectively. Levit will also touch on the topic of motivation as it pertains to employers.

Bio: Alexandra Levit’s goal is to help people succeed in meaningful jobs, and to build relationships between organizations and top talent. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a current writer for the New York Times, Alexandra has authored several books, including the bestselling They Don't Teach Corporate in College, How'd You Score That Gig?, Success for Hire, MillennialTweet, New Job, New You, and Blind Spots.

7:00 p.m.
Dinner/ Entertainment
Location: O'Hare Ballroom

Prism Entertainment presents: Get A Clue!
Could it be Mrs. Peacock in the Library with the candlestick?!

This highly comedic, enterative event based on the classic characters and game of Clue has the following features:

  • Seven comedic characters, all in 1920's costumes

  • Keyboardist and singer as two of the characters

  • Detective Notes, Ballots, and Rules of the Game for each table

  • Small prizes for the winners

The event begins during cocktails, when our comedic characters walk around and meet with the guests. The lovely Mrs. Peacock sings upbeat period music during this time. When suddenly, it is announced that one of our Midwest ACE members has been kidnapped!

The characters give clues to the group at large during the questioning period and a musical number is done with audience participation. Ballots are collected, the characters play out what really happened, and the winners are announced.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Morning Energizer – Start your morning heart healthy!
A volunteer from the American Heart Association will start our day by sharing some heart healthy tips and handouts to lead a healthier lifestyle. Immediately following the conversation we will have a casual walk outside the hotel in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
Location: Meet in the Lobby

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Midwest ACE Leadership Meeting/Breakfast (Executive Board and Committee Chairs Only)
Location: Chicago D

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast - Hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Grand Ballroom

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration Open
Location: Registration A & B

8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Location: Ballroom Foyer

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Breakout 1
Location: Chicago A-B, Chicago C, Chicago E, Chicago F, Chicago G, Salon 8, Salon 9

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors - Sponsored by Sherwin Williams
Location: Chicago D and Ballroom Foyer

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout 2
Location: Chicago A-B, Chicago C, Chicago E, Chicago F, Chicago G, Salon 8, Salon 9

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Midwest ACE Business Meeting
Location: Grand Ballroom

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Awards Presentation
Location: Grand Ballroom

1:45 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors - Hosted by Vector Marketing
Location: Chicago D and Ballroom Foyer

1:45 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings
Location: Grand Ballroom

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Breakout 3
Location: Chicago A-B, Chicago C, Chicago E, Chicago F, Chicago G, Salon 8, Salon 9

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 
Career Advisory Board "Bridging the Gap" Session
Location: Grand Ballroom

In this session, the Career Advisory Board established by DeVry University will present research and key issues on the gap between the skills hiring managers are looking for and the skills college graduates showcase in interviews. The Board will then facilitate roundtable group discussions in which participants share their feedback, experiences, and success strategies for how career center professionals and employers can effectively bridge this gap.

The Career Advisory Board is a panel of leading career experts and authors from business and academia whose mission is to provide insight, advice and counsel on trends, economic forces and cultural shifts that impact career opportunities for today and tomorrow. The Career Advisory Board generates proprietary research and commentary, and creates tools, insight and resources to prepare job seekers for success. Its members include executives from Cisco, DeVry University, IBM, LinkedIn, McDonald’s USA, LLC, and Microsoft Corporation as well as nationally-recognized career experts who can deliver valuable insights on today’s most important career trends and provide real, actionable advice for job seekers.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
President's Reception sponsored by the Career Advisory Board
 Location: O'Hare Ballroom

7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Night Out Entertainment
Join your colleagues for a night out in mb Financial Park at Rosemont. With bowling alleys, pubs, music, shows, and more, there is something to do for everyone.

Transportation provided by Midwest ACE. Buses will run from 7 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. from the Marriott O'Hare to the Park. 

Click here for a flyer with special restaurant deals and things to do!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration/Information Desk Open
Location: Registration A & B

7:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Opens
Location: Ballroom Foyer

7:45 a.m – 8:30 a.m.
Morning Snack - Hosted by the University of Notre Dame
Location: Ballroom Foyer

8:30 a.m.– 9:30 a.m.
Breakout 4
Location: Chicago A-B, Chicago C, Chicago D, Chicago E, Chicago F, Chicago G, Salon 8

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors - Hosted by Baker College
Location: Ballroom Foyer

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- Hosted by Northrop Grumman
Location: Grand Ballroom

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Closing Speaker- Jon Vroman (Winner of the 2013 Campus Speaker of the Year Award)
Location: Grand Ballroom

Living Life In The Front Row - Jon’s 5 C’s of Front Row Leadership (Connect, Create, Change, Commit and Contribute) is an action packed and highly interactive session filled with valuable lessons about authentic, practical and visionary leadership strategies which are shared through entertaining stories and activities. If you want to be inspired by a message that is famous for creating sparks that catch fire, then this session is perfect for you.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn the value of connecting with key players to form powerful relationships.
Participants will gain awareness and skills to seek out and put to work the individual talents and strengths in others.
Participants will understand their ability to change the culture of their organizations through consistent action based on integrity.
Participants will be inspired to make difficult decisions that are often unpopular but necessary.

Bio: Jon Vroman is an international speaker voted "Campus Speaker of The Year" and best-selling author. He travels the world talking with students about what it takes to Live Life In The Front Row™. His mission is to encourage individuals to find and develop their unique talents so that they will make the biggest impact within their campus and community. See Jon Vroman on Eyewitness News talk about his new book.


2013 Annual Conference



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