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

Vicki Updike, the owner of New Sage Strategies, brings extensive experience in executive leadership, business planning, finance, and organizational development. Prior to consulting, Vicki held President and CMO positions at Silver Star Brands (fka Miles Kimball Company) and was an operating executive with Bergstrom Automotive. Vicki is the co-chair for the New North and board member of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.  Also on the advisory councils of Leadership Oshkosh and UW-O Business school.  She is the recipient of the 2014 Oshkosh Woman of Achievement Award also named Top Women in Cross-Channel Retail by Retail Magazine. She is involved with Junior Achievement and Women in Leadership Development. Vicki is a BBA graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MBA graduate from NYIT.


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

Sara’s passion for helping career service professionals led her to become the owner of LynxU Consulting. Sara has been helping career services create collaborative team structures and leverage their existing technology platforms to deliver value to their school, partnering organizations, and students.

Before starting her own business LynxU Consulting, Sara trained and transitioned the team at Concordia College to utilize an Agile method in their approach to college career services. Sara’s previous experience as a career transition trainer for the military and her experience as a Training Manager for an agile software company led her to innovate the way in which career services in higher education operate.

Sara has shared her experiences implementing agile within career services at NACE’s national convention and with state organizations such as Kentucky’s KACE and Minnesota’s Private College Career Consortium. Sara’s consulting with colleges leverages agile practices to help teams achieve higher performance through effective collaboration.

Sara received her Master of Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota. Sara and her husband live in North Dakota and have two teenage kids. When not working, Sara loves the opportunity to travel and find new places to hike and photograph.


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

Karolyn Bald

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center & Career Services at UW-La Crosse

  • M.S.E., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (College Student Development & Administration)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Political Science & Public Administration)

Karolyn Bald is the Assistant Director of the Academic Advising Center & Career Services (including a new Pre+Health Student Resource Center) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  With nearly 20 years of experience in the field, Karolyn enjoys working collaboratively with employer/community partners, faculty/staff, internship development, and career exploration. Karolyn is a past president of WI-ACE.

Staci Heidtke

Associate Director, Advising, Retention + Career Center at UW-Eau Claire

  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Stout (Counseling and guidance)
  • B.S.W., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Social Work)

Staci works with students, faculty, and employers. She offers career planning and counseling to undergraduate and graduate students who are exploring careers and seeking internships and jobs. Working with local, regional and national employers to create internship and job opportunities for students is key to her position. She designs and implements career-related workshops and presentations for classes and student organizations while managing a busy student-focused office.


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

Sarah Campillo

Sarah is a graduate of St. Norbert College and has been working for Schneider since June 2008 upon her college graduation. She has held several different roles in the company within Schneider Transportation Management (STM) and most recently over the last few years as Schneider’s Corporate Campus Recruiter. Sarah serves on the WI-ACE board as Media and Communications Chair and is the co-chair of the conference planning committee.

Courtney Pearson

Courtney graduated from UW-River Falls with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and from UW-La Crosse with her master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration. She worked as a Career Development Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications and currently works as a Career Consultant at UW-Madison School of Education Career Center. Within her role at UW-Madison, Courtney career advises teacher education and arts majors. Courtney serves on the WI-ACE conference planning committee.


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

Shari Schoohs

Shari is a transfer advisor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has a master’s in Student Development. Shari works with undeclared students to help them explore majors and careers. Shari uses she/her/hers pronouns.

Josh Bench

Josh is the coordinator of the new Pre-Health Student Resource Center at UW-La Crosse and is the advisor for the student organization DiversitySTEM. He spent five years as a career advisor, helping students discover career paths and employment within STEM majors. Josh uses he/him/his.


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

Lindsay Blumer

Lindsay is the Assistant Dean of Career & Professional Development and has been with Ripon College for ten years. She comes from the national nonprofit world assisting community-based organizations with outcomes-based measurement best practices. Lindsay serves on the WI-ACE board as Treasurer.

Sara Hathaway

Sara is the Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development. She comes from the business world in marketing and communications along with a background in higher education. Sara serves on the WI-ACE conference planning committee.


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Ann Knutson, First Bank Financial Centre
Developing Your Style of Negotiation

Ann M. Knutson is the Human Resources Director, Sr. Vice President of First Bank Financial Centre in Oconomowoc. Ann is a performance-driven professional with nearly 25 years of combined expertise in Human Resources management and talent development. Setting and maintaining a clear focus on the HR and Talent Development business strategy, she is responsible for the development of innovative HR and talent development initiatives to recruit, develop, engage and retain high performing talent. Ann was also an adjunct instructor at Waukesha County Technical college teaching a variety of courses including Principles of Negotiation.

Ann holds a BBA in Marketing from UW-La Crosse and a Master of Science from Cardinal Stritch University. She also holds her Senior Professional Human Resource (SPHR) designation and has the Graduate School of Banking – Madison certification.