NCACE Conference At-a-Glance

We’ll have an updated schedule for our virtual conference for May, 2021 coming soon.

For now, check out what our in person conferences typically look like as you plan for 2022 in Asheville, NC.

Wednesday, May 3rd

12:00 – 4:45 p.m. Registration Opens

1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Employer Visit or Philanthropy Project

  • Option A: Employer Visitation – NC History Museum & Legislative Building     
  • Option B: NC Parks & Rec Volunteering & Mini City Tour

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Conference Kick-off

Economic Development, Employment, & Job Market Trends in NC North Carolina

Panelists from the NC Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina will discuss and answer questions about economic development, and employment and job markets trends in the state. The panelists bring expertise in the area of workforce development, recruiting employers to North Carolina, and understanding employer needs.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Networking Dinners

Eat local in downtown Raleigh and connect with fellow members from across North Carolina through networking dinners.  Sign-up at the registration table and don’t miss this great opportunity to dine on fantastic North Carolinian cuisine with great friends!

10:00 p.m. – ? Hospitality Suite Opens

Thursday, May 4th

6:30 – 7:15 a.m. Morning Yoga

Begin your day with the union of your mind and physical body. Join your fellow conference mates for an overall sense of well-being with the practice of yoga. Leave feeling calm, healthy, refreshed, and ready for your conference experience. Namaste!

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration Opens

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

  • Regional Meet-ups
  • New Member & First Time Attendees Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote

Becoming a Resilient Leader – Jessica Glazer, founder & CEO, Glazer Talks

Join Jessica Glazer (Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership) for an interactive keynote session on building personal and professional resilience. This session will bridge research from the brain sciences and Positive Psychology with leadership development, and will focus on five specific areas of resilience. You will leave the session with numerous interventions that you can begin using immediately – and you will also learn how to use these techniques with your colleagues to help develop more resilient teams. Come learn how to bounce forward as you become a more resilient leader!

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session One

HEY! Effective Marketing Strategies – Patrick Roberts, ECU Career Services

Through this session attendees will be able to identify effective strategies to managing marketing in career services. Attendees will be able to identify steps to create a comprehensive marketing guide for their career services department. Recruiters will be able to identify best ways to assist career services in marketing their on campus recruitment.

Establishing & Maintaining an Employer Partnership Program – Kelly Laraway, NC State University and Catherine Wells, Eaton Corporation

Participants will hear from the Career Development Center and Eaton Corporation, one of our employer partners. The interactive session will offer tools and best practices for developing an employer partnership program and engaging employers at a new level.

Majoring in Uncertainty: The Preparedness Factor – Lynn Kavcsak and Laura Bethea, Wake Tech Community College

Hear about creative programming efforts through Career and Employment Resources intended to lead students to probable career suitability and satisfaction. Based on employer feedback, Professional Preparedness Month was also created to teach students success strategies for marketing themselves. Learn about this initiative, other best practices, and applied bench-marking efforts with both internal and external partners designed with student success in mind.

NC Road Trip! Engaging Students, Alumni & Employers through CareerTrek – Amber Hamilton and Megan Walters, Guilford College

Instead of bringing the employers to the students, take the students to the employers! In this presentation, colleges and employers will learn strategies on how to create, collaborate, and fund this mobile career program at their institution.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch, NCACE Business Meetings, & Awards

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Session Two

Break The Wall Down! Employer Relations Pet Peeves – Chelsey Kane, Enterprise Holdings and Rebecca Christianson, UNC Wilmington

Let’s break the walls down! Join this interactive, OPEN discussion on pet-peeves and best practices. We welcome honesty and constructive feedback to solve the true mystery of the Employer Relations Partnership.

Scaling a Mock Interview Program – Matthew French and Stephanie Larson, UNC Charlotte

This presentation aims to provide an overview of the early stages of implementing a large scale Mock Interview Program on a university campus. Learning outcomes will include: creating the scaffolding for implementing a large scale Mock Interview Program; creating partnerships with Academic Departments, Employers, Alumni, and Student Organizations; and adapting new technologies to expand your program.

Advising Your Own Generation: Millennial to Millennial – Danielle Golinski and Amber McCraw, Elon University

Career advisors who work with traditional undergraduate students are currently working with the millennial – the self-dubbed “special” generation. Some career advisors even find themselves to be a part of this millennial generation as well. How does one millennial positively advise another? Find out from two millennials who combine both their counseling and higher education backgrounds to find out!

Diversity at Work: Leveraging Alumni & Corporate Partnership For a Professional Development Initiative – Tiffany Wadell Tate, Davidson College

Participants of this session will learn: cultural implications that affect the career development of underrepresented college students, ways to effectively develop campus community, alumni, and employer partnerships to support diverse & inclusive programs and resources for students. At the completion of the session, participants will learn ideas for creative program implementation within their own campus community.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Breakout Session 3

Small Group Sessions: An Active Learning & Networking Opportunity – Leslie Rand-Pickett, NC State University

Participants will gain knowledge of an example program where small groups were used for resume workshops, job search training, and even practice interviews. Information on the current research regarding active learning and small group work will be shared. Discussion around the application of active learning and small groups to personal career development will be conducted including questions such as: What are the pros and cons of this program format, how can peer leaders be incorporated into these programs?

Is the Grass Greener? One Man’s Journey from Higher Ed to Corporate – Mike Phillips, MetLife Technical University Internship Program

Join Mike as he talks about leaving his work in higher education to try life at a global Fortune 50 company. After attending this session, participants should be able to recognize the major similarities/differences between the corporate/college environment; compare and self-analyze the positive/negative aspects between college/corporate; evaluate the feasibility of moving to a corporate role.

TechIt! An Alternative to the Niche Career Fair – Jade Baricelli and Lori Haight, UNC Chapel Hill

Learn about a successful alternative to a niche internship fair! In this session we will explore the purpose, planning, execution, and outcomes of UNC’s TechiT! (Tech Internships in the Triangle) Event which was a collaboration between University Career Services, the Computer Science Department, and the Information Science program. This event was launched in spring of 2016 as a way to connect CS and IS students with local companies for technical internships through a combination of networking and speed interviews. Time will be left to discuss best practices and answer questions.

Build the Bridge on City, Culture, and Communication – Ashley Turner and Ali Garcia, Red Ventures

This session is intended to educate employers on best practices to recruit top talent to your city and company. We will discuss the benefit of strong relationships with career services and how to utilize in-office visits. Career Services, Professors and University staff need to feel and understand your environment just as much as potential candidates. Employer visits give them the opportunity to sell your company better than just seeing a flyer. We’ll talk through the importance of multiple touch points throughout a student’s tenure; building relationships with students gives them a connection to the employer and recruiter.  Your city can be a deterrent or benefit; we’ll give tips on how to sell your city’s highlights to new college grads. These implementations should yield higher applicants and better culture fits for your company.

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Roundtable Discussions          

Roundtable #1 – Directors

Connect with other directors to share best practices. Two sessions will run simultaneously, allowing directors from both larger and smaller institutions to discuss issues unique to their offices.

Roundtable #2 – Employers

Join other employers to share best practices for college recruiting.

Roundtable #3 – 2 Year Schools

Join this roundtable to connect with professionals who work at or with 2 year schools. We’ll discuss best practices and how to meet the needs of our unique population. Open discussion; bring your ideas and challenges.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. President’s Reception

Join us for light refreshments and an acoustic performance by a local Raleigh musician. Put your NCACE trivia knowledge to the test for an opportunity to win fun prizes!

7:00 p.m. – ? Eat/Drink/Play Local – Downtown Raleigh

Grab one of your fellow conference attendees or two and explore some of downtown Raleigh’s local establishments! Maps highlighting areas of interest will be provided during the President’s Reception. Eat local, drink local, play local!

10:00 p.m. – ? Hospitality Suite Opens

Friday, May 5th

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:15-10:15 a.m. Breakout Session 4

Career Styled: Models for Helping College Students Access Professional Attire – Megan Downey, UNC Charlotte and Janet Rakes & Kelly Laraway, NC State

For college students struggling to pay tuition and the associated costs of post-secondary education, the job search process is yet another costly endeavor. Professional attire for job interviews is a significant portion of that cost. A department store suit averages over $100, along with the additional costs of a shirt, tie or scarf, and shoes. For many students, these costs are simply prohibitive. As a result, they miss career fairs and other valuable networking events because they lack the proper attire – or they are discouraged from even attempting interviews or applying for job openings where professional dress is a must. As career development specialists, there is a responsibility to remove barriers and create access within professional development.

Hiring Local (interns) & Keeping Talent Local in Greensboro: A Look at Opportunity Greensboro’s Pilot Fellows Program – Beth Mannella, Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program at Actions Greensboro

Employers: are you looking to hire more local talent? Career development professionals: do you meet with students who are only seeking job opportunities outside of your college town/region? In December 2015, Opportunity Greensboro (a business and collegiate partnership) launched a new strategic effort to support and retain Greensboro’s most talented college students.  Come to this session to learn about research conducted prior to the pilot program, successes and challenges of the pilot year, and future potential this program has for Greensboro in regards to hiring local and thus, keeping talent local. Participants will gain an understanding of Greensboro’s pilot program, which connects employers, current students/local talent, and career services in an effort to retain and hire local talent. Employer participants will learn about key factors impacting college students’ decisions to stay local (or not), and why paid internship programs help lead to hiring and retaining local talent. Participants will gain awareness of the program model and learn key steps in implementing this program in other communities.

Student Ambassador Diversity Training – Sheena Jacobs, UNC Chapel Hill

Student have conversations about what they learn and discuss inside and outside of the classroom. The power of peer to peer learning can manifest in ways that can be more challenging with higher education faculty and staff. Understanding the significance of peer to peer learning, University Career Services (UCS) has committed to equipping our career services ambassadors (Career Peers) to the tools needed to promote diversity and multicultural awareness. In this workshop, we aim to promote the virtues of diversity in the workplace during students’ job search, encouraging student to successfully articulate their skills without sacrificing self-identity.

A Career in Recruiting and Staffing: A Great Launching Pad for College Grads – Jason Schafer, BelFlex Staffing Network, Tav Gauss, The Action Group and Michael Brannock, WorkForce Unlimited

Staffing companies are hiring interns and entry level college graduates and early career professionals at unprecedented levels for internal full time positions. No one goes to college to become a staffing professional, but it’s a very rewarding career choice. This presentation will highlight skill sets and attributes for ideal career candidates and help you understand the ever-changing world of work to better serve your students.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session 5

What Now? – How to Get Involved with NCACE – Geralyn Mitchell, Appalachian State University and Sabrina Tull, Enterprise Holdings

An excellent opportunity to wrap up your 1st NCACE conference with conversation, answers to questions and information on becoming an active member of the organization. Members of the Executive Board and Committees will be available to give insight into the organization and answer questions.

How Mindfulness Can Transform the Way We Work and Live – Jonathan Adams, UNC Chapel Hill

Now more than ever, students experience pressure and uncertainty when making major and career decisions. Engaging in mindfulness exercises can support students in tolerating this uncertainty and navigating internal and external pressures faced during the career exploration process. Mindfulness can also support soft-skill development critical to success in the workplace, including areas such as emotional regulation and focus. In this session we will cover what mindfulness is, explore powerful health benefits of practicing mindfulness exercises regularly, and learn mindfulness exercises specific to career exploration that can be applied to our work with students.

Connect, Collaborate & Coach, Oh My! Employer Engagement in a Dynamic World – Thom Rakes and Rebecca Christiansen, UNC Wilmington  

In today tumultuous world of college career centers and employer talent acquisition, the development and enhancement of relationships can be daunting. In this program, you will learn how one mid-size campus career center has worked over the past 18 months to reenergize their employer development efforts, and hear best practices from some of your NCACE colleagues. Each participant in this program is asked to bring at least one innovative employer development idea. This session will include employer development strategies that can be used by offices with a wide range of budgets and resources.

Hire Local: Strategies for Finding those Hidden Gems in Small, Rural North Carolina Colleges or Universities – Orville Jarrett, Waffle House, Inc. and Sharon Robinson, Wingate University

Join us for this session which is co-presented by a Career Services staff member and a Campus Recruiter! Both presenters, along with the audience, will explore challenges that small, rural colleges face in connecting recruiters with students. We will explore topics such as limited recruiting budgets, student knowledge of companies and career options, and the size of the student body, all of which make it a little more difficult for recruiters to connect with students, especially at a rural college or university. We will also discuss events and activities that have worked well in the past and will brainstorm new ideas. You don’t need to recruit from other states; join us and learn how to find those hidden gems of talent in North Carolina! Note: small, rural is defined to be colleges/universities with fewer than 5,000 students and at least 45 minutes away from a city of over 100,000 people.

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