Welcome to WI-ACE!
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
– Christopher Robin (A. A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”)
It might feel strange to read that this is going to be a great year. After everything we have been living through over the last year-plus, good news and excitement can feel in short supply. I want to make it clear that the Wisconsin Association of Colleges and Employers (WI-ACE) is here to help you navigate through the confusion.
WI-ACE was established in 1964. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for Employers and Career Services professionals to share knowledge and ideas that inspire, guide and promote best practices that effectively connect students and employers. We are part of a larger network of ACEs around the United States, including Midwest ACE and NACE.
No matter what gets thrown at us, from colleges and employers transitioning into virtual environments to COVID-19 protocols and societal unrest, we have and will remain resilient and our focus will remain on networking and fostering mutually beneficial relationships. Our hope is to spur meaningful conversations about implementing a DEI-mindset, help talk through questions and to support each other as we enter a new year and into a new unknown.
WI-ACE hosts two conferences yearly, one in the Spring (Spring Drive-In) and a two-day Fall Conference.
Although a virtual world is our current future, our goal is to be back in-person, celebrating our strategic connections that create opportunities for the future talent of our wonderful state of Wisconsin, this Fall 2021. As for the virtual times, do not lose hope. We have established monthly virtual “Happy Hours” to ensure steady communication and that connections remain strong between our members, even during the pandemic.
Our conferences will focus on:
- Engagement between College Professionals, Students, and Employers.
- Motivating change to provide best practices on hiring upcoming college students.
- Sharing knowledge on trends and technology in the recruitment market, within our state
- And more…
As your new president for 2021, I have to say how excited I am for the future and how proud I am of the amazing members of this organization. Thank you for the outpouring support with our virtual events over the last year, as well as your shared knowledge and respect for everyone’s personal opinions regarding what is currently happening in our global environment. I also want to thank the members who work in fields that put their lives at risk daily helping us all through this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. You are the heroes that deserve the true recognition of creating a safe environment for us all to be able to live and work in.
Although 2020 was not what we expected, I promise in 2021, we will continue to be braver in maneuvering through the pandemic, stronger in our foundational beliefs of what is right, and smarter when it comes to the use of our platform to educate and provide hiring resources to our members.
Like I mentioned earlier, it might feel strange to read that this is going to be a great year, but what I want to make clear is we at WI-ACE are not just writing and reading this. We believe it.
We hope to see you at future conferences virtually and in person soon!
Cheers to 2021,