Annual Conference

Each year, the Alumni Career Services Network convenes the largest group of alumni career services professionals in the country for a three-day professional development conference to hear from experts in the field, explore the latest products, and network and exchange best practices with peers.

Registration is now open for #ACSN2018 in Nashville this summer, July 15-17, 2018, the 13th annual gathering of alumni career services professionals! You’ll hear from experts in the field, explore the latest products, and network and exchange best practices with colleagues from across the country. Year after year, attendees point to peer-to-peer connections as one of the most valuable takeaways of the conference.

This conference is a must for all involved in providing career services to alumni in institutions of higher education, from direct alumni career coaching to alumni engagement and programming.

Conference highlights include: compelling keynote speakers, presentations on industry hot topics, collaborative roundtable discussions, a cocktail reception, an excursion in downtown Nashville, and much more!

See the full schedule here »

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

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Conference Registration

#ACSN2018 conference registration is now open! Register today »

Early Bird Rate (must register by June 29)

  • ACSN Members: $425
  • Non-Members: $525

Regular Rate (June 30 - July 15)

  • ACSN Members: $475
  • Non-Members: $575

The conference fee includes:

  • 9 breakout session presentations
  • Interactive roundtable conversations to share best practices
  • Countless opportunities to connect with and learn from colleagues from more than 100 institutions
  • Welcome reception
  • 3 meals (breakfast and dinner Monday, lunch Tuesday) and 1 networking reception (Monday)

Need to change your plans?

  • Full refund (less a $10 processing fee) – through June 18
  • Partial refund (less a $25 processing fee) – June 19 through July 2
  • No refunds after July 2


The conference planning committee has reserved a group room block at a special conference rate of $209 per night at Renaissance Nashville. Reference "Alumni Career Services" if making your reservation by phone. All hotel reservations MUST be made by June 18 to guarantee the group rate. Any reservations made after June 18 will be at a higher rate and attendees will not be guaranteed a room if the hotel is sold out.

Conference Hotel: Renaissance Nashville
611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Online reservations |  Phone reservations: 800-327-6618

Keynote Speakers

I Thought I Was a People Person… Until I Started Working with People
Presented by Lisa Smartt, Smartt Speaking
As part of the conference kick-off, Lisa Smartt will lead attendees on a humorous discussion of the nuanced task of working with people with whom you don’t always agree.

Purpose Matters
Presented by Tenaya Wallace, Tenaya Speaks
At the conference’s conclusion, attendees will feel invigorated from Tenaya Wallace’s workshop on identifying and pursuing personal and professional purpose.

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 University College

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

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

Learn more about the breakout presentation proposal submission process.

Important Conference Information

Dress is business casual. Remember, too, that while summer in Nashville can get VERY HOT, the air conditioning will be on in the Renaissance and our meeting spaces. If you tend to get chilly, have a light sweater on hand.

Swag Swap: Bring one (1) item from your school or town to share on the swag swap table. Popular items from the past have included beach towels, blankets, folios, pen sets, and unique branded items. You will have the opportunity to select one (1) item from the swag table during the conference.

Business Cards: Be sure to pack plenty of business cards to share with your new connections. We will also email members with a list of all attendees after the conference.

Resource Materials: Many ACSN members find inspiration from other members. To reduce paper waste, we have transitioned from an onsite resource table to the ACSN website’s Resources page. If you have resources to share with peers (marketing materials, flyers, event ideas, etc.), please email them to [email protected] and we will add them to the website.

Meals/Cash/Credit Cards: As a reminder, your conference fee includes:

•             A reception with appetizers and cash bar

•             Hot breakfast
•             Southern buffet dinner

•             Continental breakfast
•             Lunch
•             Coffee/Snack breaks

If you have signed up to attend the Monday night excursion and would like to bring a guest there is a $40 charge. You can make checks payable to ACSN and pay when you check in for registration. Please let us know if you plan to bring a guest by emailing us at: [email protected]

The conference hotel address is the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce St, Nashville, TN 37203. While the hotel does not provide airport shuttle service you may use a taxi or UBER/LYFT service.  Estimated taxi fare: $24 USD (one-way)

If you are driving, parking (valet and self) is available at the hotel. Self parking, fee: $14 USD daily. Or Valet parking $40 USD per night (plus tax, includes in/out privileges). Self-parking in city lots does not include in/out.

Conference Check-In will begin at 11 am on Sunday, on the 2nd floor of the hotel, right by the check-in desk. When you first arrive at the hotel, stop by the conference registration table to check in, pick up your conference packet, and sign up for that evening’s group dining if you’re interested.

For those who are arriving early and signed up for the Sunday afternoon excursion, meet Sarah Rawls and Andrew Hart in the lobby at 2 pm for a “Jaunt Down Broadway” Attendees will be led to the famous Broadway Street, where you will be free to discover the Nashville music/museum scene on your own.

The Welcome Reception for all attendees will begin at 5:30 pm at the Bridge Lounge, located on the 3rd floor of the hotel. ACSN President Cindy Hyman and other board members will welcome all attendees to the conference. There will be finger foods and a cash bar.

Be sure to dress casually for the reception. At 6:30 pm sharp, we’ll meet downstairs in the lobby/ballroom area where you'll either join one of the pre-arranged dining groups (sign up when you check in), or explore Nashville’s restaurants on your own.

Please spread the word on twitter while you're at the conference, using the hashtag #ACSN2018 . To make it easier for you to tag speakers and presenters in your tweets, here's a handy cheat sheet >>


Note: the Renaissance Nashville Hotel is ADA-compliant, but if you have any specific mobility concerns, please email us by Thursday, July 12th at [email protected]

For reference, the detailed conference program is here >>

If you run into any issues during your travels, please feel free to email us at: [email protected]







Past Conferences

Conference attendees from #ACSN2017 in Boston can access conference resources here.