2018 Conference Schedule

Sunday, July 15, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Conference Check-in - 2nd Floor Lobby, Renaissance Hotel
When you first arrive, stop by the conference registration table to check-in at the 2nd Floor Lobby. 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 Bridge at the Renaissance Hotel 

6:30 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) | Meet in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel  - Led by Johnathan Luster and Kristine Thody

7:00 a.m. - Noon Conference Check-in / Swag Table Drop-off | Grand Ballroom 3 Foyer 
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. Hot Breakfast Buffet | Grand Ballroom 3 
9:00 a.m. 

Official Conference Welcome & Group Ice Breaker | Grand Ballroom 3 
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

10:50 a.m. 

Round Table Discussions | Grand Ballroom 3 

Two sessions with same table topics both sessions 


Online Professional Development Experience 
Launch your Early-Career Alumnae! Career support for women in the first 5 years after graduation
Identify Your Ideal Career Coaching Model: Certified Career Coach Hallie Crawford's copyrighted Ideal Career Model -  www.halliecrawford.com.
Using Industry Partnerships to create programs that bridge the gap from Graduation to Career 
I’ve Been Everywhere – 3 Scalable Solutions to Build Connections 
Leverage Technology and Engage your Alumni in New Ways 
Northwestern Trailblazers: A Northwestern Network Podcast
Scaling Alumni Services Using Technology
Building a Relationship between Alumni Career Services and Giving
In the Meantime:  Promoting Self-Care for Alumni in the Job Search
Collaborating with University Advancement and Student Affairs to create an Alumni Career Services Program 
Career Service, Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement: Stronger Together 
Lessons Learned from Beavers and Ducks: Comparing and Contrasting Two Alumni Career Programs 
Support Their Five: Building Connections, Developing Competency, and Adding Value 
12:00 p.m.

Group Photo | Grand Ballroom 3 

12:20 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.

1:50 p.m.

Members arrive back in the hotel  

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (3 options) | 3rd Floor of the Renaissance Hotel  

Professional Networks: Launching New Programs and Lessons Learned
Presented by Jillian Cole, Colgate University, and Bridget Holmes, Georgetown University 
Location: Belmont 1

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
Location: Belmont 2

Using Automation and Artificial Intelligence to Successfully Serve Large Alumni Communities
Presented by Cathy Francois, University of Maryland
Location: Belmont 3

3:00 p.m.

Networking Break and Vendor Visits | Grand Ballroom 3 Foyer  

3:30 p.m. 

Reflections and Recap Exercise | Grand Ballroom 3  

 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Signature Excursion  | Rippy’s Bar & Grill Nashville

Meet in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel at 5:45 p.m. to walk to the venue. Casual attire! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

7:30 a.m.

Morning Walk & Run Club (Optional) | Meet in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel  - Led by Johnathan Luster and Kristine Thody

8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Sponsor Visits | Grand Ballroom 3 Foyer  

9:30 a.m. 

Breakout Sessions A (3 options) | 3rd Floor of the Renaissance Hotel  

Career Comedy Workshop: Comic Relief for the Compassion-Crushed Career Counselor
Presented by Margie Cherry, Lafayette College
Location: Belmont 1

When Yours and Mine Become Our (Alumni): Partnering for Alumni Engagement and Career Development Initiatives
Presented by Yvette Martinez & Colin Von Liebtag, Rutgers University
Location: Belmont 2

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
Location: Belmont 3

10:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions B (3 options) | 3rd Floor of the Renaissance Hotel  

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
Location: Belmont 1

Building Student & Alumni Networks: Mentor Programs & Role-Based Professional Circles
Presented by Reesa Greenwald, Seton Hall University, and Macrae Hammond, Longwood University
Location: Belmont 2

“We’ve Got Your Back!”—Transforming Career Services for a Multi-Generational Alumni Population
Presented by Erin Erwin and Emili Bennett, Indiana University
Location: Belmont 3

12:15 p.m. Lunch & Learn with Brazen, Corporate Partner | Grand Ballroom 3 
1:10 p.m.

Working 9–5 in Music City: Local Employer Panel | Grand Ballroom 3  
Jennie Marchal, Associate Director, Vanderbilt University Career Center 
Gina Kotlinski, Talent Acquisition Consultant, Philips 
Melia Leedy, VP, Economic Development, Nashville Chamber of Commerce 
Stephanie Luntz, Staffing Executive, Robert Half Management Resources 
Megan Perry, Talent Acquisition Partner, Bridgestone

2:00 p.m.

Milkshake Station Break | Grand Ballroom 3 Foyer  

2:30 p.m.

Keynote: Tenaya Wallace, “Purpose Matters"  | Grand Ballroom 3 Foyer  

3:45 p.m.

Final thoughts by Cindy Hyman and Announcement of 2019 Conference Location | Grand Ballroom 3