Preconference Workshops

Add to your conference learning experience by joining us for these preconference workshops.

Monday, June 3 | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT

  • Building Premier External & Employer Relationships

    Audience: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level career services professionals
    Fee: $375 (member); $425 (nonmember)


    External and employer relations partnerships are an essential and valuable part of career services. This interactive session will provide an understanding of best practices and strategies associated with this work while using an ethical framework for engagement and decision making.

    Following this program, you will be able to:

    • Articulate practices and approaches associated with employer/external relations work;
    • Create an outreach campaign with criteria for identifying employer targets and tracking engagement efforts; and
    • Consider and incorporate diversity and inclusion as core components in relationship management.


    • Larry Jackson, Senior Associate Director, Career Education & Engagement - Berkeley Career Engagement
  • Coaching Fundamentals

    Audience: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level career services professionals
    Fee: $250 (member); $375 (nonmember)


    The purpose of this course is to understand fundamentals in coaching, including the basics in questioning and listening, and goal setting in coaching. Through the skillful asking of questions and acute listening, coaches increase their ability to connect with coachees in identifying potential, a plan, and assessing progress.

    Module 1 will be presented live in this preconference workshop. Module 2 will be available as an on-demand webinar in the NACE Learning Platform. After this workshop, attendees should go to > Purchase History > Precon: Coaching Fundamentals to complete Module 2 and take the assessment for Module 1 and 2. In order to earn the four continuing education clock hours applied to this course, you must pass the assessment with a score of 88% or higher.

    Module 1: Basics in Questioning & Listening | Format: Live Workshop

    Module 1 Overview: Asking powerful questions and developing acute listening skills are important in becoming a coach who is successful at connecting and engaging with clients. An important primary skill is asking questions. The ability to ask relevant questions at timely moments facilitates insights, progress, goal setting, communication, and potential. What enables someone to be a good coach is to develop a curious mindset. Parallel to asking good and relevant questions is attentive listening.

    Module 1 Content Areas:

    • Understanding the basics of asking questions;
    • Learn about mindset and what that means for the coach and coachee;
    • Grasping the basics of listening: purpose and benefits of active listening; and
    • Learn skills to improve active listening skills.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the basics of powerful questions, and how success also lies in listening;
    • Listen with good intent, curiosity, and be fully present; 
    • Learn the components of powerful questions and various methodologies for questioning, such as appreciative inquiry, solutions-focused question, as well as understanding reflection; 
    • Understand the process of coaching, and questions that work well at various stages of the coaching conversation; 
    • Review ethics, sensitivity of coaching, meeting the coachee where they are at, and possible barriers to change;
    • Cover topics such as active listening, demonstrating compassion, and applying the use of reframing;
    • Become aware of and listen acutely to culturally sensitive questions and reflections from the coachee; and
    • Understand how powerful questions can promote effective decision making, and aid in the exploration of ideas.

    Module 2: Goal Setting and the Coaching Process | Format: On-Demand Webinar

    Module 2 Overview: The goal of this module is to understand the fundamentals of the coaching process, and goal setting. The coach will learn how to establish short- and long-term goals utilizing approaches from various theorists of positive psychology.

    Module 2 Content Areas:

    • Assist the coachee in establishing short- and long-term goals focused on change and goal attainment.
    • Describe methods for monitoring progress.
    • Analyze decision making models that reduce risk and promote goal attainment.
    • Utilize strategies to leverage the coachee’s ability to make a change.
    • Evaluate support systems and resources needed for goal attainment.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn various approaches to coaching, such as solution-focused approach, person-entered approach, and identifying the elements of the coaching process; 
    • Understand the importance of the initial coaching conversation, which sets the stage for a successful coaching relationship; 
    • Question and analyze the process, and coach and coachee expectations; 
    • Review basic coaching skills, such as active listening, use of powerful questions, role of designing actions, goal setting, and self-management; 
    • Understand the core elements of coaching, as it relates to self-directed learning; and how the partnership is blame-free, built on trust, and has a solution-focused bias to action;
    • Understand the coachee’s preferred process for meeting goals and how to monitor their progress toward attainment of such goals; and
    • Utilize skills of assessment to assess the coachee strengths related to goals.


    • Meg Flournoy, Director, Alumni Career Services, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Leading Through the Evolution of Campus Recruiting

    Audience: Basic-. intermediate-, and advanced-level university relations and recruiting professionals
    Fee: $375 $99 (member); $425 (nonmember)


    Have your business stakeholders been evaluating the value and impact of the campus recruiting function? Have you been wondering what’s next in your career? You’re not alone!

    Through interactive discussions and practical exercises, this session will equip aspiring talent leaders with the essential tools and knowledge to navigate the evolving recruitment landscape with confidence and success. Attendees will gain insights into the complexity of the current state of the campus recruiting function, what lies ahead for our industry, the implications for their organization, and the change management needed to drive the shift.

    Following this program, you will be able to: 

    • Understand and navigate the current landscape of campus recruiting, including key skills needed to lead into the future;
    • Leverage data and competitive intelligence to lead conversations to influence business and articulate the value of the campus recruiting function;
    • Identify the key leadership skills needed to develop and lead a high-performing campus recruiting team; and 
    • Walk away with resources to help begin or continue the conversation with stakeholders.


    • Simon Kho, Vice President, Head of Campus Recruiting, Raymond James
    • Marshella Pounds, Manager, HR Campus Recruiting & Operations, Raymond James
  • NACE24 HBCU and Employer Convening

    NACE24 HBCU and Employer Convening

    Audience: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level career services and university relations and recruiting professionals
    Fee: $375 (member); $425 (nonmember); FREE (HBCU)


    The HBCU and Employer Convening is a unique opportunity for HBCU career professionals and industry recruitment professionals to connect. This event has been designed to provide attendees the opportunity to unpack successes and challenges with peers from around the country, while engaging with colleagues from the other side of the college student engagement. Over 20 HBCUs will be represented and in attendance. The goal of this workshop is to walk away with new ideas and contacts to help you achieve your goals.


    • Kacheyta McClellan, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, NACE
  • Strategic Positioning of the University Relations & Recruiting Function

    Audience: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level university relations and recruiting professionals
    Fee: $375 $99 (member); $425 (nonmember)


    In this session, you will get a sneak peek at some of the forthcoming outcomes from NACE’s Strategic Positioning of University Relations & Recruiting Task Force that will help take the UR function from drab to fab and get that seat at the table (and voice in the room) that it deserves.

    Following this program, you will be able to:

    • Understand the what, the why and the how to elevate the role of URR in an organization’s people strategy.
    • Identify leading practices that will empower URR teams to build the business case for UR and develop strategies aligned to their organizational goals.
    • Collaborate in group activities to consider how to best position URR as a strategic partner.


    • Kelly Hart, Director of Student and Employer Engagement, Career Center, Temple University
    • Bruce Soltys, Vice President, Human Resources, Emerging Talent Acquisition & Programs, Travelers