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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.
Location: East Foyer (outside the Grand Ballroom)


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

Location: Hotel Lobby

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.
Professional Exchange Site Visits (Midwest ACE College Members Only)
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Location: Director's A

Lunch is on your own before boarding thesession

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)
Location: Lakeshore B

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

Preparing Students and Alumni for the Gig Economy
Location: Director's B

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
Location: Lakeshore A

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
Location: Madison

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"
Location: Grand Ballroom


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) chip 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

Got Spirit?

Hey Midwest ACE attendees - show your spirit! Get out your branded polos, find your championship shirt, baseball hats, mascot ears...maybe even paint your face with school colors! We want to see how you show the love for your company or school in your best spirit wear. Be creative!
(Prizes will be awarded to the most spirited attendee)

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

The entertainment committee has secured a trainer to provide a total body workout with a mix of cardio and strength training exercises to tone your body, improve your endurance and clear your mind. This energizer is for all fitness levels. There will also be a walking option available.


  • Corey Watt, Miami University
  • Niki Perkins, Baker College


7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration Open
Location: East Foyer (outside the Grand Ballroom)


8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Exhibits Open
Location: Grand Ballroom

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Attendee Breakfast
Location: Grand Ballroom


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


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks & Exhibitor Videos
Location: Grand Ballroom


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions #1
Location: Lobby & Lower Level Rooms

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking with Exhibitors
Location: Grand Ballroom

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Breakout Sessions #2
Location: Lobby & Lower Level Rooms

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Midwest ACE Committee Meetings
Location: Lobby & Lower Level Rooms

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

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Building Synergy
Location: Grand Ballroom

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
Location: Grand Ballroom

3:35 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Breakout Sessions #3
Location: Lobby & Lower Level Rooms

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

Facilitator: Kerri Boivin, University of Michigan Engineering
Location: Dearborn

4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
Employer Panel
Pursuing the win-win: Maximizing Common Goals, Managing Conflicting Interests
Location: Grand Ballroom

Facilitator: Ulyssia Dennis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Drew Butts, Enterprise Holdings
  • Brady Wilkins, Foresters Financial Services, Inc.
  • Brett Volini, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Amanda Sahawneh, Vector Marketing Corporation

5:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks | Exhibitor Raffle | Spirit Day Prize
Location: Grand Ballroom

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Employer Hosted Events
Location: Various Locations

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Entertainment Night at Brunswick Zone
Location: Brunswick Zone River Grove Lanes, 3111 River Road, River Grove, IL 60171


Brunswick Zone let's you enjoy the very best in traditional bowling with forty-eight all-star lanes, billiards, interactive arcade games and a pro shop. Attendees will enjoy drinks, munchies and dessert.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018


6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Morning Energizer
Location: Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15 a.m.

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
Location: East Foyer (outside the Grand Ballroom)

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Morning Snack
Location: Grand Ballroom

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

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.
Location: Grand Ballroom


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


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions #4
Location: Lobby & Lower Level Rooms


11:05 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Keynote| Brunch| Raffle
"How to Create Your Own Luck and Lasting Change"
Location: Grand Ballroom


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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