• NACE Public Policy Forum

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    Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
    Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET
    Location: Georgetown University 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057

    Career Level: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level career services professionals & URR professionals
    Fee: $275 (member); $375 (nonmember)


    Event Details



    8-9 a.m. Breakfast

    9-9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Presenters: Pat Carretta, Chair, Advocacy Advisory Committee, NACE, Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director, NACE, and Kathleen Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development Cohen Career Center, William & Mary, President, NACE

    9:30-10:45 a.m. The Changing Public Policy Landscape

    Presenter: Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, Division of Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education

    10:45-11 a.m. Break

    11 a.m.-12 p.m. Reinventing Employer Leadership to Better Support Career Readiness

    Presenter: Jason Tyszko, Executive Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Center for Education and Workforce

    12-1 p.m. Lunch

    1-2:15 p.m. The Changing Public Policy Landscape - Employer Panel

    Moderator: Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director, NACE

    Marie Artim, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Enterprise; Dan Black, Director, Americas Recruiting, EY; and Dawn Carter, Director, Early Careers, Intuit

    2:15-2:30 p.m. Break

    2:30-3:30 p.m. Explore Changes Related to First Destination Protocols

    Presenters: Ed Koc, Director of Research, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs, NACE

    3:30-4:45 p.m. Collaborating on Graduate Outcomes Panel

    Moderator: Ed Koc, Director of Research, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs, NACE

    Panelists: Nathan Elton, Director, Career Services, University of Delaware; Gina Johnson, Strategy Director for Institutional Research Capacity, Initiatives, Association for Institutional Research; Thulasi Kumar, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment, George Mason University; Saskia Clay-Rooks, Executive Director, University Career Services, George Mason University; and Allison Walters, Assistant Director of Institutional Research, University of Delaware.

    4:45-5 p.m. Closing Remarks

    Presenter: Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director, NACE

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    The format of the NACE Public Policy will consist of Thought Leader presentations, panel discussion, and whole group question and answer.

    Patricia Carretta

    Patricia Carretta, Assistant Vice President, University Life (Retired), George Mason University and Chair, Advocacy Advisory Committee, NACE

    Patricia has over 45 years’ experience in higher education and student affairs, including director of career services; associate dean and assistant vice president of university life.

    Her portfolio has included: division-level coordination of assessment, strategic planning, SACS accreditation compliance, facilities planning, services to distributed campuses, and planning for opening of Mason’s global campus in Songdo, South Korea.

    Direct reporting lines include: Assessment Research & Retention, Career Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Graduate Student Life, Technology Integration, Early Identification Program, University Life operations at 3 distributed campuses, English Language Institute, and the Office of International Programs and Services.

    Multiple consulting projects with colleges/universities and professional associations focusing on strategic planning, assessment of programs and student learning in student affairs, external reviews of career services.

    Patricia received her MA in Counselor Education with an emphasis on college student personnel and higher education from the University of Iowa.

    Marilyn Mackes

    Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director, NACE

    Marilyn Mackes leads an organization of more than 3,100 employing organizations and educational institutions engaged in the career development and employment process of college students and alumni. In her extensive interactions with recruiting professionals, leaders in business and education, and the media, she addresses such issues as employment, salary trends, benchmarking, best practices, candidate expectations, and effective recruiting strategies.

    On behalf of the association, she advocates on issues affecting the profession. Most recently, she presented NACE’s national standards and protocols to key public policy makers, including the White House Domestic Policy Council; legislators, including the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and relevant associations, including the American Council on Education, Council on Graduate Schools, and American Society for Engineering Education.

    Kathleen Powell

    Kathleen Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development, William and Mary

    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.

    Terry W. Hartle

    Terry W. Hartle, Senior Vice President, Division of Government and Public Affairs

    Specialization: Accreditation, college costs, federal policy, federal student aid, higher education finance, immigration, legislative issues, tuition

    Terry W. Hartle is one of America’s most effective and experienced advocates for higher education. At ACE, where he has served for more than 20 years, he directs comprehensive efforts to engage federal policymakers on a broad range of issues including student aid, government regulation, scientific research and tax policy. His work involves representation before the U.S. Congress, administrative agencies and the federal courts. As an expert voice on behalf of colleges and universities, he is quoted widely in the national and international media on higher education issues.

    Given ACE’s historic role in coordinating the government relations efforts of some 60 associations in the Washington-based higher education community, Hartle plays a central part in developing public policy positions that impact all colleges and universities, and also oversees the Council’s external relations functions.

    Prior to joining the council in 1993, Hartle served for six years as education staff director for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, then chaired by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Prior to 1987, Hartle was director of social policy studies and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a research scientist at the Educational Testing Service. Hartle has authored or co-authored numerous articles, books, and national studies and contributes regular book reviews to The Christian Science Monitor.

    Hartle received a doctorate in public policy from The George Washington University (DC), a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (NY) and a bachelor’s degree in history (summa cum laude) from Hiram College (OH). He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Northeastern University (MA). He has received the Hiram College Alumni Achievement Award, and has been inducted into the Hiram College Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

    Jason A. Tyszko

    Jason A. Tyszko, Executive Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce

    Jason A. Tyszko is executive director of education and workforce policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation where he advances policies and programs that preserve America’s competitiveness and enhance the career readiness of youth and adult learners.

    Tyszko’s prior experience focused on coordinating interagency education, workforce, and economic development initiatives, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. In 2009, he served as a policy adviser to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration where he led the launch of Illinois Pathways, the state’s signature STEM education initiative. In addition, Tyszko was deputy chief of staff and senior policy adviser to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

    Tyszko received his Master of Arts from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University. He is a certified teacher in Illinois.

    Marie Artim

    Marie Artim, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Enterprise

    Marie Artim is the Vice President, Talent Acquisition for Enterprise Holdings – supporting the Enterprise, Alamo and National Brands. She is responsible for company-wide strategies and best practices that direct Enterprise’s over 200 local recruiters whose hires include more than 9,000 university graduates each year. Marie also manages strategic partner relationships and collaborates with leadership to develop and implement programs to meet their hiring needs.

    Marie is an alumna of Purdue University and began her career in the company’s nationally recognized Management Training Program soon after. Over the next several years she worked her way up through Operations, Human Resources and Recruiting. Marie took over talent acquisition responsibilities in 2000 and most recently gained global oversight when named Vice President, Talent Acquisition in September 2010.

    Marie has conducted presentations and seminars at many universities and industry conferences, and has been featured in national media outlets including BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Good Morning America. Under Marie’s leadership, Enterprise’s efforts have been recognized with top honors for their Campus Recruiting Program, Careers Website and Diversity Recruitment.

    In addition, Marie recently served as President of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    Dan Black

    Dan Black, Director, Americas Recruiting, EY

    Dan Black is the Americas Director of Recruiting at EY. He leads EY’s award-winning team of executive, experienced and campus recruiters in the Americas, who collaborate with Ernst & Young LLP partners and other EY professionals to solidify the organization’s market leadership position as the employer of choice. Additionally, Dan is the current president and longtime board member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the leading US organization focused on the employment of the college educated.

    He frequently serves as a spokesperson on recruiting trends for both EY and NACE, presenting at a variety of events and providing insights through leading media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CNN, National Public Radio, MarketWatch, FORTUNE, Forbes, Fox Business, Bloomberg Businessweek, and many others. He is active in numerous professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to his current role, Dan was EY’s Americas Director of Campus Recruiting. Before joining recruiting, Dan started his nearly 20-year career at EY serving as a certified public accountant and assurance services professional for financial services clients.

    Dawn Carter

    Dawn Carter, Director, Early Careers, Intuit

    With more than 18 years of university recruiting and diversity and inclusion experience, Dawn Carter is currently director of early careers at Intuit. Previously, she was the director of global university relations at NetApp, the senior manager of global university relations and diversity at Amazon.com, and the manager of university relations and recruitment and diversity at Northrup Grumman Corporation.

    Active in the association and field, she is currently the Past President of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and has served as President, Director-Employer on the NACE Board, and on a variety of committees, including Leadership Advancement Program Committee (co-chair) and the Conference Program Planning Committee. She also has been an active leader in the Mountain Pacific Association of College and Employers, including a term as president.

    Ed Koc

    Ed Koc, Director of Research, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs, NACE

    Edwin W. Koc became the director of strategic and Foundation research at NACE in 2007. He oversees NACE’s research program, providing analysis and insight on trends, and works closely with the association’s advocacy committee on issues affecting higher education and the employment process for new college graduates.

    Prior to joining NACE, Koc was the director of research at the MidAtlantic Employers Association and the senior research analyst at the Pennsylvania Economy League - Eastern Division. Koc has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Scranton and has completed all the requirements, except the dissertation, for a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Nathan Elton

    Nathan Elton, Director, Career Services, University of Delaware

    Nathan Elton joined the University of Delaware in September 2015 as the director of the Career Services Center. Nathan has more than 16 years of experience in career services and student affairs, most recently working as director at Davidson College's Center for Career Development. Prior to joining Davidson in 2010, Nathan was an associate director at Oberlin College and Conservatory, an assistant director and career counselor at Villanova University, a graduate assistant at Penn State and a program assistant at MIT. Over the course of his career he has held leadership roles and participated in committees through the National Association of Colleges & Employers, the Eastern Association of Colleges & Employers the Liberal Arts Career Network and the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium.

    Nathan led the career outcomes data collection and reporting efforts at Davidson College where he consistently secured a knowledge rate of 95% or better during his five years at the institution. At the University of Delaware, he has partnered with Institutional Research, Enrollment Management, Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, and the Office of Communications & Marketing to increase the school's career outcomes knowledge rate, build awareness and appreciation for outcomes data among administrators and faculty, and develop an interactive outcomes reporting website, which will launch in March 2017.

    Nathan holds a master’s degree in counselor education from Penn State and a bachelor's degree in accounting and marketing from Ohio State. He was born and raised in Delaware, and is honored to leading career development initiatives for the flagship university of his home state.

    Gina Johnson

    Gina Johnson, Strategy Director for Institutional Research Capacity, Initiatives, Association for Institutional Research

    Gina Johnson, PhD, is Strategy Director for IR Capacity Initiatives at the Association for Institutional Research. Prior to this position she served as the Executive Director of Institutional Research & Analysis at the University of Denver. She has twenty years of experience in the field of education, including teaching, policy analysis, and institutional research.

    At AIR, Gina’s focus is on the needs of the association membership and expanding the capacity of IR functions at institutions through professional development of IR professionals and other institutional data users and collaboration with other higher education associations and organizations focused on improving the use of data and information to inform decision making.

    Thulasi Kumar

    Dr. Thulasi Kumar Raghuraman, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment at George Mason University

    Dr. Thulasi Kumar Raghuraman serves as the Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment at George Mason University. As the university’s chief institutional data and effectiveness officer, Dr. Kumar is responsible for ensuring that enterprise data is collected accurately, analyzed rigorously, and used appropriately to make evidence-based decisions. He manages institutional data for a wide range of uses: budgeting and financial planning, enrollment projections, scorecards for productivity analyses, student retention and success, federal and state reporting, regional and specialty accreditation reporting, assessment of student learning outcomes, program outcomes, salary analyses, and other projects. His current professional interests include analytical studies on retention and student engagement, student academic success and experiences, departmental productivity and resource allocation, and unit costs.

    Before coming to Mason, Kumar served as the Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Anna University of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.

    Saskia Clay-Rooks

    Saskia Clay-Rooks, Executive Director, University Career Services, George Mason University

    Saskia Clay-Rooks has over a fourteen years of experience in higher education. She has been at George Mason University for four years and now serves as Executive Director of University Career Services. In this capacity, Clay-Rooks leads a team of 20 professional staff committed to elevating students’ career readiness, engaging employers in recruiting activities and partnering with campus partners such as Institutional Research and Assessment, Alumni Relations and Admissions to collect, analyze and share the career outcomes of Mason graduates.

    Previously, she served as Senior Career Specialist at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment where she was recognized as Staff Member of the Year in 2010. Before that, Clay-Rooks worked at the University of Virginia in career services where she received an Innovation Excellence Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for a professional development conference she created. She has also been involved with diversity training, enjoys traveling abroad, and completed a summer on staff with Semester at Sea. Saskia has a M. Ed. from the University of Virginia and B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

    Allison M. Walters

    Allison M. Walters, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Institutional Research, University of Delaware

    Allison Walters has worked in Institutional Research (IR) at the University of Delaware since 2003, where she manages many of the office’s annual external reports including Facts & Figures, while conducting survey research and providing internal reports for Academic Program Review. She has administered the annual Career Plans Survey in conjunction with UD’s Career Services Center since 2010, continuing this IR led project that began more than 40 years ago. In 2014, she worked with Career Services to adopt the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First-Destination Survey standards.

    She continues to collaborate with institutional colleagues to expand UD’s data collection and reporting efforts. In 2016, Allison served as co-editor for an issue of New Directions for Institutional Research titled “Postgraduate Outcomes of College Students”. She has served the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) on its Forum Evaluation Committee and the Nominations and Elections Committee. She is the current Program Chair for the North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR), and has served as NEAIR Secretary and a Steering Committee member.

    Allison received a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware.

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