The Fall 2021 WIACE Conference will be virtual. Stay tuned for more information!

Please contact the conference chairs with questions.

Past Virtual Agenda (for reference):

updated agenda


Headshot ACAlicia Chaney, Manager of Campus Recruiting & Retention
“Recruit, Hire, Retain HBCU Talent”

Alicia Chaney is the Manager of Campus Recruiting & Retention at CUNA Mutual Group. She designs and implements programs that aims to attract, develop & retain talent. She plays a key role in driving retention solutions.

Before accepting her role as Manager of Campus Recruiting & Retention Alicia invested time and energy to better understand the retention of talent from underrepresented populations, in alignment with her work as the Campus Program Manager. Alicia is excited to take on the expansion of her role that will allow her to continue to create opportunities for all professionals to excel.

Alicia is valued not just for her recruiting talent, but also how she “pays it forward” as being an active member in numerous committees and cross functional teams at CMG. Alicia’s passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion led to her becoming a finalist for CUNA Mutual Group’s prestigious award Values in Practice.

Alicia is an Alabama State University alumna, proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and a credit union advocate. She looks forward to re-shaping recruitment, creating opportunities and inspiring others to accomplish their goals

MPC-Headshot 2.PNGMatthew Paul Cowley, M.Ed., CMCS, Associate Director for Integrated Partnerships
“Advancing Equitable Career Outcomes as a Career Services Professional”

Matthew P. Cowley currently serves as the Associate Director for Integrated Partnerships at the University of Florida’s Career Connections Center (C3) – overseeing the strategic implementation of the C3’s vision for student engagement within colleges/departments across the university. Matthew also leads career development efforts to further the professionalization of students for postgraduate success. Matthew earned his Master of Education in Administration of Higher Education from Auburn University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Florida. His scholarship examines the intersections of race and higher education policy, curriculum, and postgraduation outcomes.

This session takes a critical look at the often hidden practices and systems that threaten marginalized students’ ability to achieve equitable career outcomes. We will discuss how to identify threats within the institutional and recruiting practices and outline practical steps for career services professionals to affect change through advocacy, coaching, and empowerment.

Headshot MLL (2) (2)Mai Lo Lee, Diversity Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
Retaining Diverse Talent”

Mai J. Lo Lee is a Hmong American educator and for the past 14 years she has worked within diversity and inclusion training. Mai has partnered with professional organizations, social service agencies, corporations and educational institutions to better enhance diversity and inclusion knowledge and awareness. She received her master’s degree in education at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and her bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Currently, Mai serves as the Diversity Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She remains active in the community, serving on the board for the Untitledtown Book and Author Festival, Service League Back to School Store volunteer, past organizer of the Diversity Discovery Free Day at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum and has served as past chair of Celebrate Diversity – Fox Cities.

Kelvin E. Rutledge HeadshotKelvin Rutledge, Director of Career & Professional Development
Brown Bag Lunch Topic: “Equity Audits” 

Kelvin Rutledge is a higher education professional with over 10 years of professional experience and currently serves as Director of Career & Professional Development at Southern Connecticut State University. He previously served in various volunteer leadership roles within the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers, American College Personnel Association, and the City of New Haven LGBTQ+ Youth Task Force. He facilitates career development on state, regional, and national levels and aims to find the intersections where career services practice and equity and justice continue to engage.

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