Thank you to everyone that attended the Spring 2022 conference!  More information about the Fall 2022 conference will be available this summer.

  • $130 (WI-ACE Annual Membership + Conference Registration)
  • $50 (Student Rate – Membership + Conference Registration)

Please contact the conference planning team with questions.

Hotel / Lodging Information (Click to view)

Hotel Information

    • Glacier Canyon Lodge at The Wilderness Resort:  45 Hillman Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913
    • Room rates: $90 single occupancy, $119 double, triple or quad occupancy
      • You may wish to extend your stay through Friday or Saturday night at a rate of $179 for single, double, triple or quad occupancy. A limited number of rooms are available at those rates.
    • Call 1-800-867-9453 to receive the conference rates
    • Room block deadline: Extended until Tuesday, April 12, 2022
    • Please mention “WI-ACE 2022 at Glacier Canyon Lodge, Leader #933270” when making your reservation.


Final Conference Agenda Spring22 2

Download a PDF version of the Conference Agenda, Spring 2022

Session Descriptions & Speaker Biographies


Dr. Darin Eich
Innovation Learning
“Innovate with Design Thinking”

Dr. Darin Eich Photo

Gain tools, techniques, and real experience with design thinking…an innovation approach for creative problem solving utilized by many growing companies to succeed.

What you will take to the next level in this engaging, experiential, and inspiring workshop:

  • MINDSET: Access the attitude that will help you to keep learning, growing, & taking innovative action to make a difference for your organization.
  • PROCESS: Learn the simple Innovation Step-by-Step approach and methods to use for challenges in your work. Put the design thinking process to use for your innovation challenge.
  • ACTION: Begin your own innovation project for the purpose of learning, developing skill, and creating something new that can impact others and yourself. Start with an acorn sized action that could grow.
Dr. Darin Eich: Click here to view biography

Darin Eich, Ph.D. is the founder of Darin has helped over 100 organizations from Silicon Valley to London apply design thinking workshops for a mindset and culture of innovation. Darin designs unique programs that are used by Fortune 500 companies and universities like Oxford. The programs reach anywhere from just 1 person to over 1 million people. His specialty is applying design thinking to develop leadership programs — and teaching others to facilitate their own innovation workshops. He is the author of Innovation Step-by-Step: How to Create & Develop Ideas for your Challenge, and Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs. Darin earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and lives in Madison.

Concurrent Session 1

Anjanette Parisien, Minneapolis Public Schools

Anthony Goettle, UW-Stout

“American Indians 101 – Navigating Colonized Spaces”

Presentation Description: An introductory informational session designed to provide a basic understanding of American Indian experience in the United States with specific focus on Wisconsin American Indian students, relevant historical milestones which shaped the WI landscape, and government-to-government relationships with Native Nations.

Anjanette Parisien: Click here to view biography


Anjanette Parisien specializes in designing, implementing, and facilitating professional learning opportunities. Her most recent specific focus has been on increasing depth of understanding around American Indian history, language, and culture while promoting skill development in intercultural competence. Additional areas of expertise include curriculum development, best and promising practices in education of and for American Indians, and Indigenous pedagogy, curriculum, and evaluation.

Anjanette has over twenty-five years’ experience working in diversity, equity, and inclusion and has provided expert service as part of both urban and rural organizations that range in size and scope from small and culturally specific to large and culturally diverse, both in the public and private sectors. As a formal and informal educator, content-specific specialist, statewide STEM supervisor, program facilitator, and professional learning lead she brings authentic, accurate, responsive representation that is accessible and welcoming for all levels of learners.

Anjanette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Indian Studies with a minor in Psychology, along with a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Focus, from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. She acquired her Teacher Licensing Credentials from Minot State University (Minot, ND) and currently holds valid professional teaching licenses in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota and is credentialed to teach various science courses and American Indian history, language and culture. Anjanette Parisien is also currently pursuing doctoral studies at Saint Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) majoring in Higher Education Administration.

Anjanette enjoys time with her loved ones exploring the beauty of nature, reading, laughing, watching movies, creating memories, and crafting traditional American Indian clothing and accessories. Anjanette Parisien is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa (Belcourt, North Dakota) and currently lives in Plymouth, Minnesota where she continues to serve communities and organizations that hold strong commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Anthony Goettl: : Click here to view biography


Anthony brings a decade of experience in workforce development, with service to a diverse range of communities. Starting out in Special Education, before moving into vocational placement and support, and now entering a fifth year working in the Career Services arena, Anthony has become a go-to resource for career development and readiness expertise. Anthony has served individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, Veterans, individuals that are justice-involved, those with serious and persistent mental illness, ran programs for historically marginalized and minoritized communities, and has spent the last half-decade working toward making Career Services more equitable, accessible, and inclusive for all student communities.

Anthony holds bachelor’s degrees in Vocational Rehabilitation from UW-Stout and Kinesiology from UW-Eau Claire, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama and is currently in his second year of the St. Cloud State University Higher Education Administration Doctor of Education program.

Anthony is currently a Career Counselor on the UW-Stout Career Services team, and when is he is not at work, or working on schoolwork, he is often out and about with his family – his beautiful wife, Randi, and two active, rambunctious little boys, Felix (6), and Roman (3). The Goettl family can be found hiking at state and local parks, hitting up local coffee shops and eateries, traveling, attending sporting events, chasing Pokémon around the Chippewa Valley, or just relaxing at home playing with monster trucks or cooking up something yummy.

Concurrent Session 2

“(Re)Engaging Candidates Through Technology”

Kayla Jones, Gundersen Health System
Kristen Ver Bust, Festival Foods
Jessica McCullough, Techtronic Industries

Join this panel of employers as they discuss ways that they have engaged (or re-engaged) candidates using technology.  Bring your questions!

Hot Topic

Sarah Campillo, Heartland Business Systems

Abby Vandenberg, Heartland Business Systems

“Communication in a Hybrid World”

Presentation Description:

The Covid-19 Pandemic has changed how we communicate daily – with professionals, our work teams, and personally too! Learn more about what it takes to be a successful communicator in this new “hybrid” world we live in.

WI-ACE 2022 COVID-19 Statement & Safety Plan

COVID-19 Statement (adapted from NACE): In light of the ongoing pandemic, your safety is our paramount concern. WI-ACE strongly encourages all attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in advance of the 2022 Spring Conference. WI-ACE will follow all relevant protocols including local, state, and CDC guidelines as we work closely with our conference venue to promote the recommended practices at the time of the event.

Safety Plan: Per guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, we support the following steps to help ensure everyone’s safety:

    • Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations
    • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or were exposed
    • Stay home and seek treatment if you are sick
    • Follow guidance associated with your COVID-19 Community Level

WI DHS: Stop the Spread Flyer

WI DHS: Domestic Travel Checklist

Please contact the conference co-chairs with questions.

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