Welcome to WI-ACE!
WI-ACE, established in 1964, is heading toward a new decade but our mission hasn’t changed: 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.
WI-ACE hosts two conferences each year: a two-day fall conference and a one-day “drive-in” spring conference. Our Spring 2020 conference is traveling to Kohler; our Fall 2020 conference is traveling to Eau Claire; and our Spring 2021 conference will be in Wisconsin Dells.
Come to one of our conferences and you’re a WI-ACE member for the following year – no separate membership fee is required.
Over the past few years, surveys of our members have identified four main topics that they would like to learn more about:
- Ways for colleges and employers to partner
- Hiring trends
- Ways to support students with diverse backgrounds
- Recruitment and retention strategies
I invite you to take a look at our upcoming conference agenda to see how we are addressing those topics. Our conference will open with Shary Tran, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Froedtert Health, presenting on Unconscious Bias. Also, we are bringing back our industry’s very own “Dr. Phil,” Phil Gardner, a nationally-recognized expert on recruiting and hiring trends who heads the Collegiate Employer Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University.
While I always hope we’ll draw people to our conferences because of the content, the most valuable part of each conference for me is getting to know the people who are hiring our students and my peers in Career Services at our Wisconsin colleges and universities. I hope you will join us for our upcoming conferences to learn, meet new people, and create connections.