Welcome to the Alumni Career Services Network!

The Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN) supports alumni career services professionals at colleges and universities throughout the nation in enhancing their professional and personal development through shared knowledge and peer networking. Collectively, the ACSN seeks to increase awareness of alumni career services as a profession and to facilitate interaction amongst alumni career services professionals at their respective institutions.

ACSN was formed in 2005 as a forum for alumni career services professionals at colleges and universities to share best practices, technology, programming and marketing ideas with their peers nationwide. Our members, now from the U.S. and across the globe, encompass a wide range of institutions, including large state universities and small private colleges. Our common goal is providing state-of-the-art career management services and programs for the alumni we serve.

The Benefits of Membership


Membership is open to alumni career services professionals at colleges and universities throughout the nation.  By facilitating shared knowledge and peer networking, ACSN supports its members and their respective institutions in providing state-of-the-art services to their alumni populations.

ACSN members are eligible to participate in our live webinars, our LinkedIn group, our annual conference—plus additional opportunities for peer information exchange and networking.

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President's Message

March 2023

Hello again, friends!

Welcome to March – that time of year when the world is emerging from the dreary winter days and things begin coming alive once again. This month, we will “spring forward” with our clocks, launching into Daylight Savings Time. For me, it is also fitting that this is Women’s History Month. While we spend time celebrating the amazing accomplishments of women throughout history, it is also a timely reminder that it is our job to help women “spring forward” in their careers as well, breaking through the many barriers that sometimes come before us and realizing their full potential.

If you’re looking for a few ideas for simple but impactful ways to uplift the women in your workplace this month, here are a few tips to consider:

  1. Mentor or sponsor other women
    Mentorship and sponsorship have long been seen as keys to success for many individuals, yet many women are left out of these circles. Because these relationships can be the catalysts for opening doors and elevating women to pursue new opportunities, it is important to intentionally seek them out. Whether you are a new professional who is just getting started in your career, or a seasoned leader with years of experience to fall back on, your input is vital to inspiring the growth of those around you. Seek out opportunities to advocate for the women on your team, show up for them where you can, and offer your guidance and input as they navigate their paths forward.

  2. Give women direct, constructive feedback
    Often in the workplace, women receive less (or less helpful) feedback from those around them. This may be due to a desire to preserve their feelings or “handle” them with care. Whatever the reason, not receiving direct and specific constructive feedback can inhibit the growth of even the most promising individuals. We can’t address what we don’t know is wrong, right?

    Make it a point to provide direct, constructive feedback to the women you are working with. Help them home in on where their weak spots are and congratulate them on the things that they do well. Having an understanding of where they can improve is the first step in getting better results for them (and for their teams).  

  3. Make sure women’s ideas are heard
    Typically speaking, men get more “air time” in meetings and discussions than their female counterparts. This happens for a number of reasons, but the end result is the same: women stay quiet, and their status as a leader in the workplace tends to suffer as a result. To combat this, you can set an example by choosing to sit front and center for meetings in which you are present, and you can recognize when other women are speaking. Simply adding an encouraging, “Great idea!” comment to back up a colleague’s contribution or interjecting when you see that a female coworker is being spoken over not only emboldens the woman speaking, but also sets the tone that her voice is relevant and should be considered by the whole group.

For more information on ways that you can support the women in your workplace this month, please feel free to check out the wonderful article, “6 Ways that Women Can Champion Each Other at Work” from Lean In. Whether or not you identify as a woman, these insightful tips can provide actionable examples for how we can all be better advocates for making room at the table for the women in our work lives.

Now, read on for more information on the exciting things happening in ACSN this month!

Kioshana LaCount Burrell
President, ACSN