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  • NACE Executive Leadership Symposium: Lake Buena Vista, FL

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    • Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019
    • Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
    • Location: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    • Career Level: Advanced-level career services professionals
    • Competency: Management and Administration
    • Fee: Early-Bird Rate*: $375 (member); $425 (nonmember) – through March 1, 2019

      Standard Rate: $475 (member); $525 (nonmember) – beginning March 2, 2019

    • Summary

      Join NACE for the second Executive Leadership Symposium which is 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.

      Designed for inspiration, learning, dialogue, and action, this highly interactive and collaborative program provides you with the skills necessary to leverage the value of disruption, transform your operation through innovative leadership, and build sustainable impact for your institution, your team, your students and yourself.

      Led by experienced, innovative and highly respected industry leaders, participants will:

      • Examine factors contributing to change and disruption within higher education;
      • Identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration;
      • Explore solution-focused strategies to gain institutional buy-in for greater impact; and
      • Transition leadership philosophy and models to effectively meet the changing nature of the field.


      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 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in the same venue as NACE19.

      Rooms are available for registered NACE attendees and exhibitors at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL. Make your reservations online or call 800.227.1500 (group name: NACE19). Discounted group rates begin at $239 per room for single occupancy (not including taxes and resort fee). The hotel will confirm your reservation within 72 hours after receiving your reservation request.

      The deadline for making reservations is May 3, 2019. After this date, we cannot guarantee availability of the group discounted rate.

      A deposit is required. The first night's deposit and a room tax of 12.5% of the total room charge will be charged to your credit card when you make your reservation. If you require a deposit receipt, please contact the hotel at 800.227.1500. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

      If you plan to use a company credit card that is not in your name or you will not have the credit card present at check-in, please ask for a credit card authorization form prior to arrival.

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

      Sunday, June 2 – NACE Executive Leadership Symposium*
      Monday, June 3 – NACE19 Preconference Workshops (morning and afternoon sessions) *
      Monday, June 3  – NACE19 Conference & Expo*

      *Separate registration and fee required.

    • 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: 6/2/19 listing in MyNACE > Events.

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


      9 – 9:15 a.m. Opening remarks
      9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Leadership Talks: The Big Issues; Influencing the “C” Suite; Disrupting for Change;
      Evolution in the Leadership Mindset
      10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
      10:45 a.m. – Noon Deep Dive
      Noon – 1 p.m. Networking Lunch
      1 – 2 p.m. Thought Leader Panel
      2 – 2:15 p.m. Break
      2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Deep Dive
      3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
      3:30 – 4:20 p.m. Disruption, Transformation & Impact Closing Session
      4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
      4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Reception
      *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

      Branden Grimmett

      Branden Grimmett
      Associate Provost for Career and Professional Development
      Loyola Marymount University

      Suzanne Helbig

      Suzanne Helbig
      Associate Vice Provost
      University of California - Irvine - Division of Career Pathways

      Kathleen Powell

      Kathleen Powell
      Associate Vice President for Career Development
      William & Mary

      Michael Sciola

      Michael Sciola
      Associate Vice President
      Colgate University

      Thought Leader Panel

      Espie Santiago

      Moderator: Espie Santiago
      Director of Employer Relationships
      StandOut, by CollegeNET


      Ray Angle

      O. Ray Angle
      Asst. Vice President of Career and Professional Development
      Gonzaga University

      Seldric Blocker

      Seldric Blocker
      Executive Director – Head of Asset & Wealth Management Campus Recruiting
      JPMorgan Chase

      William Jones

      William Jones
      Senior Director
      Rutgers University - New Brunswick

      Michaeline Shuman

      Michaeline Shuman
      Assistant Provost/Director
      Susquehanna University

      Disruption, Transformation, and Impact

      Andy Chan

      Andy Chan
      Vice President, Innovation and Career Development
      Wake Forest University - Office of Personal & Career Development


    Visit the professional development FAQ page, or contact the NACE Professional Development Team by email or phone, 610.625.1026.