Dates: July 9 - 14, 2017
Location: Sheraton Westport Plaza, 900 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146
Career Level: Intermediate-level career services professionals (new and aspiring directors)
Competency: Management and Administration
Fee: Single Room - $2,299 (member); $2,509 (nonmember)
Double Room - $2,089 (member); $2,299 (nonmember)
Commuter Rate - $1,619 (member); $1,819 (nonmember)
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership©
In this interactive session, the focus is on you. Participants will develop their understanding of leadership as an observable set of skills and articulate how the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders significantly impacts their organization and team to positively increase commitment, engagement, and performance.
Follow this session, you will be able to:
Presenter: Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, NACE
Leadership Practices Inventory
Using the results from the Leader Practices Inventory 360 assessment, participants will analyze frequency of leadership behaviors as perceived by collogues, staff, and supervisors and describe how frequency of leadership behaviors contribute to gaining organizational and staff buy-in. Participants will draw a correlation between personal values and leadership philosophy to construct an action plan for continued professional development.
Presenter: Erin DeStefanis, Senior Manager, Professional Development, NACE
Strategic Planning for Career Services: Laying a Foundation for Success
Like many practitioners, you may find yourself faced with increasing demands and deliverables. The key to meeting those demands is through strategic management and planning. Attendees will explore the strategic planning process and develop an understanding of core components necessary to increase organizational effectiveness and success using a collaborative leadership approach. Attendees will develop a strategic framework that will identify current organizational issues including barriers to the process and learn methods to overcome obstacles.
Following this session, you will be able to:
Presenter: Kathleen Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development Cohen Career Center, William & Mary, President, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Transformative Leadership by Design
Current and future trends in higher education require career services directors to exhibit transformative and impactful leadership skills beyond the day-to-day operational management activities. Tomorrow’s career services leaders are expected to articulate a vision for the future of their program, design a strategic roadmap for their campus community, activate internal team and external networks and resources around a common purpose, scale-up efforts and maximize engagement through innovative technology and data integration, and use creative branding and communication methods to communicate the story of their program successes and challenges to their various stakeholders. Using the tenants of transformative leadership and design thinking as a backdrop, this interactive course will focus on building the essential knowledge and skills to lead future paradigms of college career services.
Following this session, you will be able to:
Presenter: Farouk Dey, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Career Education, Stanford University
Ethical Issues in Career Center Management
Practitioner consideration and understanding of myriad ethical and legal issues is vital for successful career center management, particularly in policy development and implementation. This session will consider key ethical issues in professional practices and related NACE resource and case studies will be presented for policy development exercises.
Presenter: Samuel Ratcliffe, Ph.D., Director, Career Services, Virginia Military Institute
Innovation in Marketing
Successful marketing is rooted in a clear and cohesive strategy to brand your career center, programs, and events. This participatory session reviews the required fundamentals for launching a long-term approach to your promotion and marketing efforts, including:
Presenter: Christian Garcia, Associate Dean and Executive Director, Toppel Career Center, University of Miami
Personal Development for Professional Growth
In today’s rapidly changing environment, personal and professional success depends on the collective capacity to understand what is by building on the best, imagining what can be, and creating what will be. Participants will be introduced to a method of positive planning that is rooted in a process of discovery.
To achieve this self-directed plan, participants will use a tool that is new to most people—appreciative inquiry. Appreciative inquiry is a way to rediscover and tap into our core strengths and highest potentials. Appreciative inquiry helps us develop our self-talk in a constructive way, encourages us to bring out the best qualities in serving our organizations, and helps us develop the goals, dreams, and action steps that support the future of our careers.
Presenter: Théres W. Stiefer, Ed.D., Higher Education Consultant
Capstone Activities, Action Planning, and Presentation of Certificates
6 p.m.-7 p.m.- Meet and greet-Terrace Room
8 a.m-12 p.m.- The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership©-Conference Room A
12 p.m.-1 p.m.-Lunch-Terrace Room
1 p.m.-5 p.m.- Leadership Practices Inventory-Conference Room A
6 p.m.-7 p.m.-Cohort dinner-Plaza 4/5
8 a.m-12 p.m.- Strategic Planning for Career Services: Laying a Foundation for Success - Conference Room A
12 p.m.-1 p.m.-Lunch--Terrace Room
1 p.m.-5 p.m.- Transformative Leadership by Design- Conference Room A
8 a.m-12 p.m.- The Value of Effective Financial Management in Career Services - Conference Room A
1 p.m.-5 p.m.- Ethical Issues in Career Center Management- Conference Room A
8 a.m-12 p.m.- Personal Development for Professional Growth-Conference Room A
1 p.m.-5 p.m.- Innovation in Marketing- Conference Room A
8:30 a.m-11 a.m.-MLI capstone- Conference Room A
11 a.m.-1 p.m.- Lunch--Terrace Room
Class size is limited to 65 participants to maximize the educational value of the program.
MLI 2017 will be held at the Sheraton Westport Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri. Your hotel room is included in your paid registration fee. Please do not call the hotel to make your reservation. NACE staff will be making your hotel reservation for the entire program.
If you wish to extend your stay before or after, notify Megan Ogden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheraton Westport Plaza provides ground transportation from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is by shuttle every 30 minutes until 6:00 p.m.
Directions by car. Parking is available on-site at no charge.
Tuition is $2,299 for NACE members ($2,509 for nonmembers). This rate includes a single hotel room for five nights, continental breakfast (five days), lunch (four days), breaks (five days), opening night class dinner (Sunday), and participant materials and assessments used during the program.
Tuition is a $2,089 rate for NACE members ($2,299 for nonmembers). This rate includes shared double room for five nights, continental breakfast (five days), lunch (four days), breaks (five days), opening night class dinner (Sunday), and participant materials and assessments used during the program.
Tuition is $1,619 rate for NACE members ($1,819 for nonmembers). This commuter rate includes daily breakfast, lunch, and breaks, and participant materials and assessments used during the program; no hotel room is included.
Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, NACE
Matthew Brink is assistant executive director for programs and services for the National Association of Colleges and Employers and oversees professional development services, meetings and events, and all research initiatives. An experienced professional in the field, Brink has overseen career services in a variety of institutions, including, most recently, the University of Delaware, and has been active in employer-focused activities.
Erin DeStefanis, Senior Manager, Professional Development, NACE
Erin DeStefanis is the senior manager for professional development for the National Association of Colleges and Employers and oversees curriculum development, instructional design and instructional strategies related to professional development offerings for university and employer members. DeStefanis has served in the field of education for over 17 years in the public and private sector as well as higher education.
Kathleen Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development Cohen Career Center, William & Mary, President, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Kathleen Powell is the President of the NACE 2016-17 Board of Directors. In this role, Powell provides strategic leadership to the association as it addresses several key initiatives, including career readiness and student outcomes.
Currently, Powell is the associate vice president for career development at William and Mary. Previously, she served as the institution’s assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of career development. Before joining William & Mary, Powell directed the career centers at Denison University, the University of Akron, Grinnell College, Marietta College, Knox College and Ashland College.
Since 1998, Powell has shared her leadership and vision with NACE. During that time, she has served as on the Board of Directors as a Director-College and as Vice President-College, and on numerous NACE committees and task forces, including the Leadership Advancement Program Committee (co-chair), Diversity Advancement Committee, Future Trends Committee, Conference Program Committee, First-Destination Survey Team, and Principles for Professional Practice Committee. In addition, she is on the faculty of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute, where she instructs on strategic planning for emerging leaders.
Additional leadership roles include service to the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, where she served as President and Vice President. Midwest ACE recognized her work with its Founders Distinguished Service Award, J.W. Paquette Superior Leadership Award, and High Five Award. Other honors include the Charles Sumner Harrison Award for Diversity from Marietta College and the school’s Teacher Appreciation Award.
Powell writes, presents, and consults on a range of topics, including strategic planning, professional practice, and leadership in addition to career-related subjects. In April 2016, she served as a panelist to discuss “Higher Education and Business Alliances” at the Spring Policy Conference of the Committee on Economic Development in Washington, D.C.
Powell earned a B.A. from the University of Akron and an M.S. from Miami University of Ohio, and is a graduate of the NACE Management Leadership Institute.
Farouk Dey, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Career Education, Stanford University
Dr. Farouk Dey is Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Career Education at Stanford University. He is leading the expansion of career education at Stanford and implementing a new vision and a reinvented model of career connections and meaningful work for college students and alumni. Dr. Dey has held executive leadership roles at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Florida, the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
His credentials include a PhD in Higher Education Administration, EdS in Higher Education Administration, MBA, MEd in Counseling Psychology, and BBA in Finance. Author of several articles and book chapters, Dr. Dey has served as a consultant at many organizations and universities, faculty at several institutes, and keynote speaker at many conferences in the US and around the world.
O. Ray Angle, Assistant Vice President, Career and Professional Development, Gonzaga University
With more than 29 years of experience in college career services and teaching, O. Ray Angle currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Career and Professional Development at Gonzaga University. He has held career services leadership roles in both public and private universities including The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cal State East Bay, Webster University and Millikin University.
He has been invited to speak domestically and internationally on a variety of topics including career and professional skill development and leadership. He currently serves on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Board of Directors, and has served as President of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (Midwest ACE).
He has been the recipient of several professional awards including SoACE’s Southern Star Award, Midwest ACE’s J.W. Paquette Superior Leadership Award, North Carolina ACE’s Outstanding Professional Award and UNC’s Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development Award. He was inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows in 2014.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master's degree from the University of Central Missouri. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally visiting all 50 states, 16 foreign countries and five continents.
Samuel Ratcliffe, Ph.D., Director, Career Services, Virginia Military Institute
Sam Ratcliffe, Ph.D. is a consultant, researcher, author, and frequent presenter on key topics related to career services.
A former president of both the Virginia (VACE) and Eastern (EACE) Associations of College and Employers, Sam received the distinguished service award from both organizations. He has served on the board of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as College Director, Vice President-College, and President. Sam also provided career services expertise for ten years as a member of the board of directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Sam has also been a faculty member for leadership studies courses and director of career services at VMI for many years.
Sam is a thought leader and influencer on multiple national issues including accountability, external review processes, leadership development, advocacy, outcomes assessment, professional standards, and career services practitioner competencies. He has been consistently recognized as a top visionary and forward thinking leader in the profession.
Dr. Ratcliffe is also one of 35 members of the prestigious NACE Academy of Fellows. This recognition is for his professional contributions to the advancement of knowledge, leadership, and excellence in professional practice. These contributions include the areas of leadership development, professional standards, practitioner competencies, assessment, external review protocols, career readiness and post-graduate career outcomes.
Christian Garcia, Associate Dean and Executive Director, Toppel Career Center, University of Miami
Christian Garcia is a higher education professional with over 15 years of experience in a variety of areas within student and academic affairs. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami, where he is responsible for the management and strategic direction of one of the country's most innovative and dynamic career centers. Previously, Christian served as Associate Director of Employer Relations, responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with employers representing a wide range of industries. Christian is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
He is currently working toward his doctoral degree with a dual concentration in Higher Education and Organizational Leadership. Christian earned his Master of Science degree in Higher Education from Florida State University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida International University. Prior to UM, he worked at the University of Michigan and Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
Théres W. Stiefer, Ed.D.
Theres has over 25 years of experience in higher education, adult and lifelong learning, positive psychology, career development, and most recently talent development and HR strategy innovation in retail. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Arkansas and a cultural anthropologist for Walmart Stores, Inc. She has delivered workshops and keynote speeches across the United States and Canada.
Theres served as president of both the Oklahoma and Southwest Associations of Colleges and Employers. She also served on the National Association of Colleges and Employers executive board and has been a faculty member for the past 10 years in the NACE Management Leadership Institute. In 2007, she earned Lifetime Honorary membership to Southwest Association of Colleges and Employers and in 2006, the organization bestowed upon her the highest award granted, the John M. Brooks Award for Distinguished Service.
Theres is an avid community servant and her projects include everything from disaster relief and animal rescue to little league coaching. She has worked for the Red Cross Disaster Relief, Salvation Army as a volunteer, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
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