2018 Conference Schedule

Sunday, July 15, 2018

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Conference Check-in
When you first arrive, stop by the conference registration table to check-in, pick up your conference packet, and sign up for group dining.

2:00 p.m.

Jaunt Down Broadway Informal Excursion for Early Arrivals 
Optional & No Tickets Required 

Conference Co-Chairs Andrew Hart and Sarah Rawls will lead attendees down Broadway for sightseeing and provide information on local museums/attractions.

5:30 p.m. 

Welcome Reception and ACSN Conference Kick-off at the Renaissance Hotel Bar

7:00 p.m. Group Dinners (various locations)
Enjoy a night out in Nashville with fellow conference attendees. Sign up for dinner reservations during the Kick-off Reception. All selected restaurants are within walking distance or a short cab or Uber ride from the hotel.

Monday, July 16, 2018

  Morning Walk & Run Club (Optional)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference Check-in / Swag Table Drop-off 
If you are just arriving, stop by the conference registration table to check-in and pick up your conference packet. Drop off a swag item from your school for the annual swag swap table.  Throughout the conference, listen for your number to be called (on the back of your name tag) to “shop” the swag table.
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Hot Breakfast 

9:00 a.m. 

Official Conference Welcome & Group Ice Breaker 
ACSN President Cindy Hyman and 2018 Conference Co-Chairs Andrew Hart and Sarah Rawls will officially welcome attendees to Nashville and the 13th annual gathering of those providing career services to alumni.

9:10 a.m.  Opening Keynote: Lisa Smartt, “I Thought I was a People Person Until I Started Working with People”
10:10 a.m.

Icebreaker / Networking Break

11:00 a.m. 

Round Table Discussions

Scaling Alumni Services Using Technology

Building a Relationship between Alumni Career Services and Giving

Collaborating with University Advancement and Student Affairs to create an Alumni Career Services Program

Alumni Networking

Why is Coaching Critical in Mentorship

Engaging Alumni/Parents for Student Career Development

Using Industry Partnerships to Create Programs that Bridge the Gap from Graduation to Career

Leverage Technology and Engage your Alumni in New Ways

In the Meantime:  Promoting Self-Care for Alumni in the Job Search

Online Professional Development Experience

Career Service, Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement: Stronger Together

I’ve Been Everywhere – 3 Scalable Solutions to Build Connections


12:15 p.m.

Small Group Lunches
Conference attendees are invited to explore Nashville and network with conference participants by choosing a group to go to lunch with in the city. Lunch is not included in the conference registration cost.

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Professional Networks: Launching New Programs and Lessons Learned
Presented by Jillian Cole, Colgate University, and Bridget Holmes, Georgetown University

Looking Back to Move Forward: Helping Alumni Clear Roadblocks on their Path to Success
Presented by Elizabeth Wallencheck, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

Using Automation and Artificial Intelligence to Successfully Serve Large Alumni Communities
Presented by Cathy Francois, University of Maryland

3:20 p.m.

Group Photo


3:40 p.m. 

Reflections and Recap Exercise



Signature Excursion: Rippy’s Bar & Grill


6:00 p.m. -

Free Time

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Morning Walk & Run Club (Optional)

9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. 

Panel Discussion – Navigating the Mid-Career Alumni Talent  

10:00 a.m.  Sponsor Visits


10:15 a.m. 

Breakout Sessions

Career Comedy Workshop: Comic Relief for the Compassion-Crushed Career Counselor
Presented by Margie Cherry, Lafayette College

When Yours and Mine Become Our (Alumni): Partnering for Alumni Engagement and Career Development Initiatives
Presented by Yvette Martinez & Colin Von Liebtag, Rutgers University

Amplify Engagement: Leverage Volunteer-Led Events in Series Programs to “WOW” Alumni (and Your Boss)
Presented by Jeff Murphy, Boston University, and Sarah Rawls, Emory University 




Breakout Sessions

Finding the Line to Success: Implementation of Service Delivery Strategies, Metrics, and Resource Optimization
Presented by Cheryl Bonner, Penn State University, and Taryn Kutujian, St. Joseph’s College

Building Student & Alumni Networks: Mentor Programs & Role-Based Professional Circles
Presented by Reesa Greenwald, Seton Hall University, and Macrae Hammond, Longwood University

“We’ve Got Your Back!”—Transforming Career Services for a Multi-Generational Alumni Population
Presented by Erin Erwin and Emili Bennett, Indiana University

12:45 p.m. Lunch & Learn with Corporate Sponsors
1:45 p.m.

Q&A with Local Executives – More Information Coming Soon

2:30 p.m.

Keynote: Tenaya Wallace, “Purpose Matters”

3:30 p.m.

Final Thoughts


Evening Excursion