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  • NACE Executive Leadership Symposium: New Orleans, LA

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    • Date: Monday, June 4, 2018
    • Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT
    • Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside at Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    • Career Level: Advanced-level career services professionals
    • Competency: Management and Administration
    • Fee: Early-Bird Rate*: $375 (member); $425 (nonmember) – through March 1, 2018

      Standard Rate: $475 (member); $525 (nonmember) – beginning March 2, 2018

    • Summary

      Join NACE in the first executive leadership symposium designed specifically for advanced-level career services practitioners.

      Higher education is in the midst of significant change, challenges, and disruption. Leading the way in career services requires a robust strategic leadership approach to achieve success in an increasingly challenging, complex, and demanding work environment. This environment is rich with opportunity for strategic leaders to impact student success, advance meaningful partnerships, and contribute to institutional effectiveness.

      It is more important than ever for career services professionals to provide strategic leadership for their institutions and operations.

      Led by highly-respected industry leaders, you will:

      • Explore the trends driving higher education and the world of work–now and in the future.
      • Examine leadership strategies that will enable you to create a shared vision with your stakeholders and expand your approach to strategic leadership.
      • Use design thinking to construct a blueprint for inspiring a shared vision within your institution.

      Designed for inspiration, learning, and action, this highly interactive and collaborative program provides you with the skills necessary to lead, impact change, and advance your operation and institution.

      Following this program, you will be able to:

      • Discuss current trends in higher education;
      • Analyze the impact of emerging trends related to the world of work;
      • Examine transformational leadership strategies to address and mitigate challenges;
      • Expand your leadership approach based on practices of excellence; and
      • Apply design principles to create a strategic vision.


      Advanced-level career services professionals, including NACE Management Leadership Institute alumni, currently serving in an executive leadership role and those who aspire to do so.


      The NACE Executive Leadership Symposium will be held in the same venue as NACE18: Hilton New Orleans Riverside at Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

      For your convenience, the NACE18 hotel, air, and shuttle service discounts are also available to NACE Executive Leadership attendees. Visit > Hotel & Travel for more information.

      Maximize your travel and training budgets by also considering these learning opportunities.

      Monday, June 4 – NACE Executive Leadership Symposium
      Tuesday, June 5 – NACE18 Preconference Workshops (morning and afternoon sessions)
      Wednesday, June 6 – NACE18 Conference & Expo
      Thursday, June 7 – NACE18 Conference & Expo
      Friday, June 8 – NACE18 Conference & Expo

      Separate registration and fee required for all.

    • Event Details

      To view the attendee list, your receipt, and your confirmation, use the "I’d Like To" option next to the Executive Leadership Symposium: 6/4/18 listing in MyNACE > Events.

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


      9 – 9:15 a.m. Opening remarks
      Presented by NACE President, Glen Fowler
      9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Leadership Talks: Influencing the “C” Suite, Data and Decision Making, External Relationships, and Internal Relationships
      Presented by NACE Thought Leaders
      10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
      10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Design Thinking Activity
      Facilitated by University Innovation Fellows (
      12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
      1:30 – 2:30 p.m. World Café Roundtable
      2:30 – 3:15 p.m. World Café Report Out
      Moderated by NACE Thought Leaders
      3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
      Presented by NACE President, Glen Fowler
      *Agenda subject to change.
    • Format

      Highly interactive; attendees will engage in small- and large-group discussions to maximize peer-to-peer learning.

    • Presenters

      Leadership Talk Presenters

      Emanuel Contomanolis

      Emanuel Contomanolis
      Senior Associate Vice President for Employer Engagement and Career Design
      Northeastern University - Department of Co-op Education & Career Development

      Norma Guerra Gaier

      Norma Guerra Gaier
      Director, Career Services
      Texas State University

      Suzanne Helbig

      Suzanne Helbig
      Associate Vice Provost
      UC Irvine Division of Career Pathways

      Nida Saleem

      Nida Saleem
      Intern Program Manager
      The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

      World Café Moderators

      Kelley Bishop

      Kelley Bishop
      University of Maryland - College Park - University Career Center

      Toni McLawhorn

      Toni McLawhorn
      Director, Career Services
      Roanoke College

      Michael Sciola

      Michael Sciola
      Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Career Initiative
      Colgate University

      Kathleen Powell

      Kathleen Powell
      Associate Vice President for Career Development
      College of William & Mary

      Design Thinking Activity

      Presented by the Stanford

      *Speakers subject to change.


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