2017 Conference Schedule

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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

Conference Check-in (4th Floor, Information Window)
When you first arrive, stop by the conference registration table to check-in, pick up your conference packet, and sign up for group dining.

3:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception for First-time Attendees (3rd Floor, Atrium)
ACSN President Cheryl Bonner and other board members will welcome first-time attendees to the conference. Meet fellow first-timers and learn more about ACSN. This reception is generously sponsored by Switchboard.

4:00 p.m.

ACSN Conference Kick-off - All Attendees (3rd Floor, Atrium)

2017 Conference Co-chairs Jeff Murphy and Karen Single will welcome attendees to the conference. This reception is generously sponsored by Switchboard.

5:00 p.m.

Boston Duck Tour (Prudential Duck Stop, 53 Huntington Ave)
Advance sign-up required
Get to know Boston and your fellow conference attendees a little better at this fun ACSN-only group city tour.

7:00 p.m. Group Dinners (Copley Square, various locations)
Enjoy a night out in Boston 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 24, 2017

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference Check-in / Swag Table Drop-off (4th Floor, Information Window)
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, located on the fourth floor in Salon E. Throughout the conference, listen for your number to be called (on the back of your name tag) to “shop” the swag table.
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Grab-n-Go Breakfast (3rd Floor, Atrium)

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Official Conference Welcome & Group Ice Breaker (4th Floor, Salon E)
ACSN President Cheryl Bonner and the 2017 Conference Planning Committee will officially welcome attendees to Boston and the 12th annual gathering of those providing career services to alumni.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Opening Keynote: Building Your Brand as a Leader (4th Floor, Salon E)

Dorie Clark, CEO of Clark Strategic Communications, will speak about how to cultivate a powerful professional reputation and help the alumni you advise to do the same.

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LinkedIn Photobooth (Location TBD)
Brought to you by Switchboard
Say cheese! Stop by the LinkedIn Photo Booth at the Switchboard sponsor table to get a free professional headshot.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Sponsor Coffee Break (3rd Floor, Atrium)
Re-caffeinate while visiting sponsor tables to learn how they can help you work smarter.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Designing and Implementing a Student-Alumni Mentoring Program (Salon E)
  • How to Start an Alumni Career Services Program (Suffolk Room)
  • Contemplative Career Counseling: Using Mindfulness to Enrich the Counselor-Alum Relationship (Wellesley Room)
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt Send-off (4th Floor, Salon E)
Immediately following the 11:00 am breakout sessions, return to Salon E to hear instructions for a Photo Scavenger Hunt designed by the Conference Planning Committee. Look on the back of your name tag for your team assignment and sit at the table with the corresponding number.

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt & Team Lunch (Copley Square)
All clues are within walking distance of the hotel. After you complete the hunt, enjoy lunch with your team nearby.

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Building Alumni Engagement through Innovative Online Career Development Programming and Opportunities (Salon E)

  • The Flexible and Remote Job Market: Helping Alumni Find Flexible Work Options to Fit Their Lives (Suffolk Room)

  • Working Together to Build a Strong Alumni Career Network (Wellesley Room)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sponsor Coffee Break (3rd Floor, Atrium)

Re-caffeinate, visit sponsor tables, network informally with fellow attendees, and stop by the LinkedIn Photo Booth sponsored by Switchboard.

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Lowering Hurdles for Alumni to Build a Stronger Network (Salon E)

  • Helping Women Return to Work: Five Common Challenges and How to Address Them (Suffolk Room)

  • Do More With Less: Designing Top Notch Programs on a Shoestring Budget (Wellesley Room)
4:45 p.m.

ACSN Group Photo (3rd Floor, Atrium)
Say cheese, again! Gather with fellow conference attendees for the annual ACSN group photo.

5:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m. Conference Sponsor Networking Reception (3rd Floor, Atrium)

6:00 p.m. -

Free Time

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

Grab-n-Go Breakfast (3rd Floor, Atrium)

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Day 2 Welcome & The Future of ACSN (4th Floor, Salon E)

 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Keynote: Unleash Your Inner Storyteller (4th Floor, Salon E)
Trisha Griffin-Carty, president of Griffin-Carty Communications, will teach you storytelling tools that can be applied immediately to increase your effectiveness, whatever your role in alumni career services.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sponsor Coffee Break (3rd Floor, Atrium)

Re-caffeinate, visit sponsor tables, network informally with fellow attendees, and stop by the LinkedIn Photo Booth sponsored by Switchboard.

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

LinkedIn Photobooth (Location TBD)
Brought to you by Switchboard
Say cheese! Stop by the LinkedIn Photo Booth at the Switchboard sponsor table to get a free professional headshot.

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.

Morning Round Table Discussions
Get ideas for alumni career programs and services that you can replicate at your school! Colleagues and conference sponsors will share best practices around specific topics in a round table format. There will be two 30-minute rotations featuring brief presentations followed by Q&A.

  • By Audience (Salon E)

  • By Technology (Suffolk Room)
11:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Learn (4th Floor, Salon E)

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Afternoon Round Table Discussions

  • By Program (Salon E)

  • By Best Practice (Suffolk Room)
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Sponsor Coffee Break (3rd Floor, Atrium)

Re-caffeinate, visit sponsor tables, network informally with fellow attendees, and stop by the LinkedIn Photo Booth sponsored by Switchboard.

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote: Creating HEROIC Mindsets: Navigating a Lifetime of Transitions (4th Floor, Salon E)
Rich Feller, president of Rich Feller & Associates, will share ideas and tools for engaging alumni in-person and online to better direct their own personal and career development.

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks & 2018 Conference Location (4th Floor, Salon E)