Regional Events

ACSN Mid-Year Meet-up:
Finding Confidence in Conflict with Kwame Christian 

Friday, March 1, 2019
FREE for ACSN members and non-members alike!
Register today»                                           

Event Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. CT, 10:00 a.m. MT, 9:00 a.m. PT)     

Host Site: See Kwane live at the HOST SITE at The Ohio State University Alumni Association. 

Regional Watch Parties: 

  • Carnegie Mellon - Pittsburgh PA
  • MCPHS University - Boston MA
  • Penn State - University Park, PA
  • Philadelphia PA Area
  • UCLA - Los Angeles CA
  • University of Oregon - Portland, OR
  • Washington, DC area
  • University of Denver - Denver, CO                                                                        

Additional locations to be announced - simply select TBD when registering if you don't see a site near you - or consider hosting one yourself!

About the Meet-up:

On Friday, March 1, ACSN members and friends are meeting up in cities across the country to enjoy an expert live stream on negotiation and persuasion featuring Kwame Christian, best-selling author, and host of the hit podcast “Negotiate Anything,” followed by networking with alumni career services colleagues in your area. Will you join us as a “watch party?”

If you’re willing to invite colleagues to view the live stream and be a meet-up site, Confirmed meet-up sites include Columbus, OH; Portland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh, PA State College, PA.

We don't have to wait until the conference this summer (if you haven't heard, it's July 21-23 in Washington, DC) to get together and talk shop! It's a great way to regroup and reconnect with colleagues after winter break and make new connections.

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TOPIC: Finding Confidence in Conflict

What is the difference between persuasive communication and effective communication? How can you negotiate for more resources and support for your programs?  What can you do to get your clients to actually take your advice and change their behavior?

The best things in life often lie on the other side of difficult conversations. However, fear and anxiety often overwhelm us and prevent us from standing up for ourselves when it matters most. 

In this presentation you will learn: 

  • How to overcome your personal barriers to success in difficult conversations. 
  • How to develop a winning mindset
  • How to consistently put yourself in the best position for success. 
  • How to defuse potentially explosive conflicts before the conversation breaks down.
  • How to use conflict as a tool to increase understanding and strengthen relationships

By the end, you’ll know exactly what to say, how to say it, and when to say it in order to maximize persuasion while minimizing the risk of 

We are proud to have worked with Kwame to tailor this workshop to the specific needs of our industry and group.  You can expect takeaways from this presentation to include:

  • Strategies for improving your communication with leadership
  • Guidance on coaching clients with confidence
  • Increased professional development

About our Speaker:

Kwame Christian, Esq., M.A. is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute where he puts on workshops designed to make difficult conversations easier. As an attorney and mediator with a bachelor of arts in Psychology, a Master of Public Policy, and a law degree, Kwame brings a unique multidisciplinary approach to the topic of conflict management and negotiation.

He’s the author of the best selling book Nobody Will Play With Me: How to Use Compassionate Curiosity to Find Confidence in Conflict and TEDx Talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was the most popular TED Talk on the topic of conflict of 2017. He also hosts the top negotiation podcast in the country, Negotiate Anything. The show has been downloaded over 500,000 times and has listeners in 181 different countries.

Please join us at the #ACSN2019 conference in Washington DC this July!

Re-Cap of our 2018 Winter Meet-up

On January 19, 2018, ACSN hosted regional meet-ups in seven cities across the country that brought together more than 50 ACSN members and friends for a live broadcast on leadership, followed by best practice sharing and networking with local colleagues.

In case you missed the presentation by Jessica Williams, founder of The Superwoman Project, the recording of "Leadership for a Change: How to Succeed in a VUCA World" is now available to ACSN members and meet-up attendees. View the recording.