Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 – Friday, November 30th, 2018

Register for the conference by November 16, 2018

Conference registration/One-year membership: $225
One-day registration/One-year membership: $175
Student registration: $100

Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort
45 Hillman Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913
1-800-867-9453 – call to receive the conference rates
Please mention “WI-ACE Meeting at Glacier Canyon Lodge, Leader #681478” when making your reservation. 

Room rates: $82 single occupancy, $99.99 double, triple or quad occupancy. 2 Bedroom Deluxe: $139.99.

You may wish to extend your stay through Friday night at a rate of $82 for single, $99.99 for double, triple or quad occupancy, or $139.99 for 2 Bedroom Deluxe. A limited number of rooms are available at those rates.

Room block deadline: Monday, October 29, 2018 Good news! The room block has expired, but there are still rooms available for Wednesday and Thursday night at the conference rate.

Please contact the conference chairs with registration questions:

  • Sarah Campillo,, 920.592.7404
  • Rebecca Lee,, 608.785.8362

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Conference Agenda, Fall 2018


Keynote and Session Summaries:
(Speaker biographies can be viewed here)

Vicki Updike
Vicki Updike, New Sage Strategies
The Role of Leadership in Attracting and Retaining Talent

Leadership is the most effective attraction and retention tool. What are your leaders doing to attract and retain your top talent? Are your leaders attracting talent? We will review positive leadership traits that I’ve seen in my experience of helping companies and review some tactics and strategies to improve leadership behavior.

Finding the right talent has become one of the most important strategic initiatives companies are facing, and the demographics don’t seem to be trending in a favorable direction. Companies need to be good corporate citizens. We will talk about what this means and its importance in attracting and retaining talent.

Speaker photo, Sara JohnsonSara Johnson, LynxU Consulting
Bridging Employer Relations to Career Advising: Adopting an Agile Approach

Does your team seem disconnected between employer relations and career advising? Learn how agile methodology can be applied to career center teams to bridge the gap and keep colleagues in sync. See how an agile business workflow can be adapted to meet the collaboration and project management needs of career services. Be able to apply immediate strategies to improve collaboration, communication, evaluate team performance and get work done. This approach also demonstrates how a team can use a metric approach to effectively plan work and capacity, along with measuring team efficiencies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how the agile method can be adapted and applied to career centers.
  • Be able to apply immediate techniques and strategies to your team to increase collaboration and team focus to integrated work.

Karolyn Bald & Staci Heidtke (2)Karolyn Bald, UW-La Crosse • Staci Heidtke, UW-Eau Claire
It All Starts with a Handshake


It all starts with a Handshake, right? Well, indeed it does at many Wisconsin campuses! Come to learn about a few employer best practices on how to use Handshake to post job and internship listings, register for career fairs, manage on-campus recruiting, advertise your events, and message students and alumni who meet your qualifications. You will also learn about promoting your brand more effectively by customizing your employer profile, job postings, and events to be more visually appealing to students.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate and re-design your recruitment strategies using Handshake.
  • Gain insight into student preferences in the job and internship search.

Discover easy, quick ways to market your organization on campus.

Sarah & CourtneySarah Campillo, Schneider • Courtney Pearson, UW-Madison
Social Recruiting

Social Media is here – and it isn’t leaving any time soon! Learn more about how employers and campuses interact with students and prospective candidates via Social Media. Learn how to create a successful Social Media Strategy and how to connect with all workforce generations!

Shari Schoohs & Josh BenchShari Schoohs, UW-La Crosse • Josh Bench, UW-La Crosse
Power and Privilege in the Recruitment Process

In this interactive session, we will apply what we learned at the MCPA (Minnesota College Professionals Associaton) Power and Privilege conference to the recruitment process. Topics will include implicit bias, cross-cultural communication, and the illusion of inclusion. Participants will gain awareness of the barriers to inclusivity and learn about their role in creating a more inclusive and equitable recruitment process.

Lindsay Blumer & Sara Hathaway.pngLindsay Blumer, Ripon College • Sara Hathaway, Ripon College
Solving the Mystery of Gen Z

Participants will understand and experience the multi-sensory world of Gen Z. They will be able to apply concrete concepts and techniques to engage the next generation in college and in the workplace. The session will provide examples of successful (and unsuccessful) events and communication. Participants will have fun and leave with a greater understanding of this generation.

Ann Photo
Ann Knutson, First Bank Financial Centre

Developing Your Style of Negotiation

In this negotiation training program, you will gain insight into the characteristics of a good negotiator as you build your own skills. You will learn how to:

  • define your negotiating style
  • prepare for a negotiation
  • close a deal and
  • improve your ability to bargain successfully and ethically in any situation.

Along the way, you will gain a new appreciation for how negotiating skills can help you overcome a wide range of challenges and make any negotiation a win/win.