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Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers

WI-ACE Fall 2022 Conference:
Building Bridges, Increasing Opportunities

Join us in Door County November 30 - December 2, 2022! 

Register by November 22nd  Click Here to Register > 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Learn more here!

Hotel Information: 

Landmark Resort

4929 Landmark Drive

Egg Harbor, WI  54209

1-800-273-7877  or 920-868-3205

Room Rates:  $98/night, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (double occupancy,)

Room Block Instructions:  Rooms are currently available within our room block. Call 1-800-273-7877  or 920-868-3205 and mention the "WIACE Room Block" to receive the conference rate.

Extend your stay! Limited rooms are available for Friday and Saturday night at reduced rate of $104-$112/night (depending on the room).

Conference Registration: 

Register by November 22nd, 2022 >


Conference Agenda, Fall 2022.pdf

Session Descriptions & Speaker Biographies

Matt Glowacki
Keynote: "Everybody's Got Something..." 
Concurrent Session: "More with Matt"

Matt Glowacki was born in 1973 in Janesville, Wisconsin. His birth drew attention because even though he was healthy, he was born without legs. In his professional career as a disability speaker and advocate, he has delivered his messages to over a million people at hundreds of regional and national conventions along with two sitting presidents of the United States.

Matt serves as the DE&I Workflex Director for Wisconsin SHRM. He was a member of the State of Wisconsin’s Partners in Policy Making for People with Disabilities Council, and has been selected for and served on the State of Wisconsin on the Governor’s Rehabilitation Council over the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Wisconsin Easter Seal’s State Board, and the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater’s College of Arts and Communication Dean’s Advisory Board.

Matt was a member of the US Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team for eight years. While playing matches in 26 countries, he competed in the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and in the World Championships in Cairo, Egypt in 2002. In 2017, he published his first book, Able-Bodied Like Me. 

During the workday, people frequently interact with others who have different abilities and hardships they are working through.

This session is for anyone who is seeking to better understand their own identity and how to support marginalized members of communities within their teams. We will be examining of the concepts of intersectionality, code-switching, and passing within a conversational framework of social justice in a work setting.

Through guiding interactions between audience members, Matt gives voice to the collective experience of the group. He utilizes that experience to broaden the conversation to include perspectives beyond ability, while creating a safe space where everyone can feel like they belong. These connections offer audience members the ability to reflect on how they can have deeper community conversations and impactful engagement opportunities around topics of diversity and inclusion within their work environments.

Araceli Esparza, Wisconsin Mujeres
"Beyond Diversity: How to Cultivate Belonging & Authentic Relationships" 

Araceli Esparza is a first-generation Chicana from the Midwest; she is a speaker, poet, published author, podcast host, entrepreneur, and connector of regional campaigns and social justice initiatives. As a social entrepreneur, Araceli has coached many women and minority business owners on branding and social media marketing. For universities and non-profits, she counsels on strategic outreach and building relationships with community leaders and movements. Araceli also sits in the Equal Opportunity Commission for the city of Madison and has over 20 years of providing social services to divested communities.

She speaks on the power of networking and intersectionality. Her goal is to spread awareness of using social capital for social justice. Through her organization, Midwest Mujeres, she teaches self-empowerment to Latinas, Black, Indigenous, Asian, and LTB femmes in our community. www.araceliesparza.com

In this very special Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers presentation, diversity and cultural connector and author Araceli Esparza will share her perspective on authentic connections and inclusion strategies. 

Audiences will learn how to avoid microaggressions and increase employee retention with proven strategies. Araceli has helped dozens of organizations build authentic relationships with targeted groups like Black and Latino populations, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. We all have the power to be leaders in supporting a culture of belonging and inclusion with resources and actions. And we can have fun doing it! Araceli will talk about real world examples and guide us through her success stories!

Jim Morgan, MRA - The Management Association

Jim has facilitated strategic planning sessions for businesses, chambers of commerce, and economic development groups, primarily around developing a talent pipeline for employers. He has provided keynote presentations for groups from 50 to over 1000. CEOs, policymakers, educators, and students have enjoyed his mix of data, experiences, research, stories, and humor.

Key Accomplishments

  • Coordinated a statewide initiative to address Wisconsin’s talent shortage.
  • Facilitated local business and education partnerships designed to attract and maintain talent.
  • Conducted focus groups and surveys designed to identify Wisconsin’s strengths and weaknesses as a place to live, work, and play.

Hot Topic: "Solutions 2023: Surviving the Great Sansdemic"

First the Pandemic. Now the Sansdemic ("Sans" = without. "Demic" = people)! The talent shortage is real, not only skills but bodies, and it is crippling business growth. And yesterday’s recruitment and retention practices simply won’t work anymore! Employers have reached new levels of creativity and innovation in their search for talent. One of the many benefits of MRA is our access to the collective innovation of 3,000-plus quality employers.  This event will enlighten you on:

  • The numbers behind the talent shortage: What are the underlying factors causing the great sansdemic?
  • Effective approaches to a positive Candidate Experience: How have employers changed their candidate experience to be faster, on brand, and candidate friendly?
  • A Winning Onboarding Experience: What are companies doing to re-engineer their onboarding process to ensure positive first, second and third impressions?
  • An Engaging Employee Experiences: Having secured people, how are they changing the employee experience to keep them engaged and motivated at work?
  • Top Ten Talent Attraction Strategies: Where in the world are they going to find talent?

Join us for this engaging, lively and entertaining presentation . . . we promise solutions to the talent shortage!

Concurrent Session: "Emerging "Next Generation" Leaders and the Future of Work" 

For the first time ever, we have five different generations in our workforce working together side-by-side. Each of these generations was impacted by various events that shaped who they are and how they work.  And that affects what they are looking for in the hiring experience, what they want for benefits, career goals, job changing, leadership and several other aspects of business.

Now, add to that massive retirements resulting in leaders in taking over at 35 instead of 55 without having 20 years to watch and learn from others. Or with much exposure to senior leadership.  Younger leaders bring strengths in technology (software, programs, integration, adaptation, drones, gaming); social justice, community impact and diversity; social media platforms, impacts, “dos” and ‘’don’ts”; and a different perspective.

Derek Jablonicky, Local Veterans Employment Representative at the American Job Center in Green Bay
Hot Topic:  "Advancing Veterans Into the Workforce"

This presentation will focus on employing veterans and advancing them forward for Wisconsin's workforce needs.  You'll learn about current veteran hiring initiatives and hear some success stories, and also have time to ask questions.

Derek Jablonicky is the Local Veterans Employment Representative for the Northeast Wisconsin (Bay Area) working out of the American Job Center in Green Bay.  Service in the US Marine Corps as a Tank Commander helped to develop leadership skills and the ability to instruct others.  Attending school and graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis, he continued his studies and obtained a Master of Public Administration Degree from UW-Oshkosh.  Working for the  Lakeshore Technical College has given him a unique perspective of serving people and industries alike.  He currently works with employers by helping them develop veteran hiring initiates, by matching a company's hiring needs with the Nation's finest, and advocating for all veterans.  Derek is also an active member of several different Business Solutions Teams in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, and does outreach to three Tribal Nations in Northeast Wisconsin.


Liz Julian & Courtney Pearson, UW-Eau Claire
Concurrent Session: "Campus Employment as a Retention & Career Development Tool"

Student employment offers a unique opportunity and responsibility to support student learning, development, and career success. We’ll share some of the research on student campus employment, and discuss the practices we’ve implemented at UWEC to increase equity in campus employment and get students involved early. Bring your own successes and challenges to share with the group as we learn together.

Liz Julian has worked at newspapers, non-profits, and small graphic design firms before finding a career as a Career Counselor. After completing her M.A. in College Student Development from Appalachian State University, she's worked at both private and public higher ed institutions. As a Career Counselor, she's incredibly passionate about helping students build their own career path, first-generation student development, and gets excited about labor data.

Courtney Pearson is a seasoned student affairs professional with over six years of work experience in college student career development. She received her M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and since then has worked in multiple career services units. As a career counselor, Courtney works with college students and employers alike to build bridges between parties that lead to fruitful partnerships and opportunities.


Colin Walsh & Dillon Mader, Western Technical College
Concurrent Session: "Inside and Out: Pathways to Employment for Justice-Involved Individuals"

Join us to hear more about Project Proven at Western Technical College in La Crosse and the work being done with justice-involved individuals both inside and outside of jail.  Proven helps hundreds of people every year achieve their goals, both personal and professional, by delivering individualized support and leveraging partnerships for them to access education, employment, basic needs and other opportunities.  Hear more about the challenges formerly incarcerated folks face upon release, efforts being done to break down those barriers, and ideas for coaches, supervisors, and co-workers alike to support justice-involved students and employees in your workplace.

Colin Walsh currently serves as the Project Proven Manager at Western Technical College. With a background in Criminal Justice and Corrections, he has been diligent in shifting his focus from managing a problem to being part of a solution.

Dillon Mader currently serves as an instructor for Western Technical College with Project Proven and Learner Support and Transition. Over the last ten years, he has been working toward just, inclusive, and informed pedagogy and student support.

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