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  • Introduction to NACE Public Policy Initiatives 2018

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    • Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
    • Time: 1 — 2 p.m. ET
    • Location: Online

    • Career Level: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level university recruiting and relations and career services professionals 
    • Competency: Legal & regulatory compliance; Research; Political sensitivity and negotiation skills
    • Fee: Free (member); $199 (nonmember)
    • Summary


      Learn about NACE’s efforts around advocacy and public policy, including how issues are selected for attention, and what those issues mean for the association and profession.

      Dan Black, chair of NACE’s Advocacy Committee, will highlight the association’s key issues for the 2017-18 year and provide insight into how these affect your organization, the profession, and the students you work with and recruit. These issues include:

      • The Higher Education Reauthorization Act,
      • The Gainful Employment Act, and
      • Immigration.

      In addition, you’ll get the latest on DACA, immigration, healthcare, and a host of other legislative issues that impact you and your organization.

      You will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time, and get answers to your most pressing public policy questions.

      Following this program, you will be able to:

      • Describe the association’s key public policy initiatives;
      • Define NACE’s role as an advocate for the profession; and
      • Identify pending legislative changes and their impact on your organization.
    • Event Details

      Registration includes three-month, post-event access to the webinar archive.

      To view the attendee list, your receipt, and your confirmation, use the "I'd like to" option next to the Introduction to NACE Public Policy Initiatives 2018 listing in MyNACE > Events. Remember to download your copy of the presentation deck (available one to two days prior to the webinar). A video archive will be available there as well within five (5) business days of the webinar's completion.

      To see the NACE cancellation policy, please visit our FAQ page.

    • Format

      During this one-hour live webcast, the presenter will deliver a presentation using the Zoom platform. Participants will have time for live Q&A throughout the program, and may be asked to contribute opinions or feedback via live chat, virtual polling, and other mechanisms. The link for the webcast will be sent out two weeks prior.

    • Presenter

      Dan Black

      Dan Black, Global Recruiting Leader, EY

      Dan Black is the global recruiting leader at EY, responsible for talent acquisition and recruitment of professionals at all levels across the firm’s five lines of business around the world.

      Additionally, Black is a past president and longtime board member of NACE, the leading U.S. organization focused on the employment of the college educated.

      Prior to his current role, Black was the EY Americas director of recruiting. Before joining recruiting, Dan started his more than 20-year career at EY serving as a certified public accountant and assurance services professional for financial services clients.

      Black remains active in his community and philanthropic organizations such as the March of Dimes, ranking among its top 100 US fundraisers for the past five years. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter for the Archville Fire Department, and enjoys playing and coaching sports.

      Ellen S. Smith

      Ellen S. Smith, B.A., M.B.A., M.Ed., Vice President, MWWPR

      Ellen S. Smith is vice president for federal funding and grant information services at MWWPR. She has primary responsibility for agency, White House, and Executive Branch interactions for clients and the grant information service. Smith works with all of the higher education and health care clients in the practice, as well as associations and other corporate clients as needed.

      An experienced advocate, policy analyst, and administrator with more than 20 years of experience in higher education and science policy (including the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment), and more than 10 years in health policy and administration, Smith also has worked with a number of interest groups and created coalitions. Her university work included positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and Columbia University. At Georgetown University School of Medicine, she was the director of financial aid and planning.

      In 2008, Smith completed 17 years of work at Columbia University where she had served in positions that included director of federal relations and assistant vice president. As the university’s primary liaison with the federal and state governments in the areas of science and science policy, tax policy, Medicare and Medicaid, and higher education, she organized internships for students; advocacy trips for senior officials, faculty, and students; and conferences on health care reform in underserved areas, technology transfer, climate change, and the role of academic medical centers in the partnership between the federal government and universities. In addition, she served in leadership roles for the American Association of Universities, the National Association of Colleges and Universities, the Consortium on Financing of Higher Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Science Coalition. During her time at Columbia, Smith also served on the board of Community Impact (the separate not-for-profit student volunteer organization) as both chair and chair of the fundraising committee. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Smith obtained a B.A. from Simmons College, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

      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.


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