Double Room - $2,195 (member); $2,415 (nonmember)
Commuter Rate - $1,700 (member); $1,910 (nonmember)
Following this program, you will be able to:
During this five-day intensive program, individuals will participate in interactive presentations that focus on different aspects of career center leadership and management.
In this interactive session, the focus is on you. Participants will develop their understanding of leadership as an observable set of skills and articulate how The Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders significantly impacts their organization and team to positively increase commitment, engagement, and performance.
Following this session, you will be able to:
Presenter: Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, NACE
Using the results from the Leader Practices Inventory 360 assessment, participants will analyze frequency of leadership behaviors as perceived by colleagues, staff, and supervisors and describe how frequency of leadership behaviors contribute to gaining organizational and staff buy-in. Participants will draw a correlation between personal values and leadership philosophy to construct an action plan for continued professional development.
Presenter: Erin DeStefanis, Director, Professional Development, NACE
Like many practitioners, you may find yourself faced with increasing demands and deliverables. The key to meeting those demands is through strategic management and planning. Attendees will explore the strategic planning process and develop an understanding of core components necessary to increase organizational effectiveness and success using a collaborative leadership approach. Attendees will develop a strategic framework that will identify current organizational issues including barriers to the process and learn methods to overcome obstacles.
Following this session, you will be able to:
Presenter: Norma Guerra Gaier, President 2018-19 NACE Board of Directors, Director of Career Services, Texas State University
Current and future trends in higher education require career services directors to exhibit transformative and impactful leadership skills beyond the day-to-day operational management activities. Tomorrow’s career services leaders are expected to articulate a vision for the future of their program, design a strategic roadmap for their campus community, activate internal team and external networks and resources around a common purpose, scale-up efforts and maximize engagement through innovative technology and data integration, and use creative branding and communication methods to communicate the story of their program successes and challenges to their various stakeholders. Using the tenants of transformative leadership and design thinking as a backdrop, this interactive course will focus on building the essential knowledge and skills to lead future paradigms of college career services.
Presenter: Farouk Dey, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Career Education, Stanford University
Various aspects of career center management, particularly efforts to connect students with employers, have legal and ethical implications for practitioners. Explore higher education fiscal climates and dynamics and practices to identify funding sources.
Presenter: Ray Angle, Asst. Vice President of Career and Professional Development, Gonzaga University
Practitioner consideration and understanding of myriad ethical and legal issues is vital for successful career center management, particularly in policy development and implementation. This session will consider key ethical issues in professional practices and related NACE resource and case studies will be presented for policy development exercises.
Presenter: Samuel Ratcliffe, Ph.D., Director, Career Services, Virginia Military Institute
Successfully marketing your career center involves an integrated communications and marketing plan along with cohesive brand messaging and innovative approaches. This participatory session reviews the required fundamentals for launching a long-term approach to your strategic communications and marketing efforts.
Presenter: Evangeline Kubu, Interim Executive Director of Career Services, Princeton University
In today’s rapidly changing environment, personal and professional success depends on the collective capacity to understand how to build on the best of who we are, imagining who we can be, and creating who we will become. Participants will be introduced to a method of positive planning that is rooted in a process of self discovery and appreciative inquiry.
This session will give participants an opportunity to build on what was learned during the week by spending time reflecting on how it impacts them personally. The participants will be asked to focus on questions that will guide them toward taking care of their own personal development to successfully continue to grow professionally.
Presenter: Théres W. Stiefer, Ed.D., Higher Education Consultant, Cultural Anthropologist
6 p.m.-7 p.m.- Meet and greet (Terrace Room)
8 a.m-Noon- The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®
(Conference Room A)
Noon-1 p.m.-Lunch (Terrace Room)
1 p.m.-5 p.m.- Leadership Practices Inventory (Conference Room A)
6 p.m.-7 p.m.-Cohort dinner (Plaza 4/5)
8 a.m-Noon- Strategic Planning for Career Services: Laying a Foundation for Success (Conference Room A)
Noon-1 p.m.-Lunch (Terrace Room)
1 p.m.-5 p.m.- Transformative Leadership by Design (Conference Room A)
8 a.m-Noon- The Value of Effective Financial Management in Career Services (Conference Room A)
Noon-1 p.m.-Lunch (Terrace Room)
1 p.m.-5 p.m.- Ethical Issues in Career Center Management (Conference Room A)
8 a.m-Noon- Strategic Communications & Innovative Marketing (Conference Room A)
Noon-1 p.m.-Lunch (Terrace Room)
1 p.m.-5 p.m.- Personal Development for Professional Growth (Conference Room A)
8:30 a.m-11 a.m.-MLI capstone (Conference Room A)
11 a.m.-1 p.m.- Lunch (Terrace Room)
Class size is limited to 70 participants to maximize the educational value of the program.
MLI 2019 will be held at the Sheraton Westport Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri. Your hotel room is included in your paid registration fee. Please do not call the hotel to make your reservation. NACE staff will be making your hotel reservation for the entire program.
If you wish to extend your stay before or after, notify Megan Ogden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheraton Westport Plaza provides ground transportation from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport by shuttle every 30 minutes until 6:00 p.m.
Directions by car. Parking is available on-site at no charge.
Tuition is $2,415 for NACE members ($2,635 for nonmembers). This rate includes a single hotel room for five nights, continental breakfast (five days), lunch (four days), breaks (five days), opening night class dinner (Sunday), and participant materials and assessments used during the program.
Tuition is $2,195 for NACE members ($2,415 for nonmembers). This rate includes shared double room for five nights, continental breakfast (five days), lunch (four days), breaks (five days), opening night class dinner (Sunday), and participant materials and assessments used during the program.
Tuition is $1,700 for NACE members ($1,910 for nonmembers). This commuter rate includes daily breakfast, lunch, and breaks, and participant materials and assessments used during the program; no hotel room is included.
Questions & Offline Registration? Contact the NACE Professional Development team via email or phone, 610.625.1026.
Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, NACE
Matthew Brink is assistant executive director for programs and services for the National Association of Colleges and Employers. He oversees professional development services, meetings and events, and all research initiatives. An experienced professional in the field, Brink has overseen career services in a variety of institutions, including, most recently, the University of Delaware, and has been active in employer-focused activities.
Erin DeStefanis, Director, Professional Development, NACE
Erin DeStefanis, director of professional development, leads training and instructional design of programming to support the mission and strategic plan for members of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. With 18 years of experience as an educator, career coach, and manager in the public, non-profit, and private sector, DeStefanis is an advocate for life-long learning.
Norma Guerra Gaier, President 2018-19 NACE Board of Directors, Director of Career Services, Texas State University
Norma Guerra Gaier is the director of career services at Texas State University. Prior to her time at Texas State, she was at St. Mary's University in San Antonio as director of the university’s career center and director of the university’s school of law career center.
In addition to her roles on the NACE Board of Directors, Guerra Gaier has served the association through a variety of committees and teams, including the Revised Principles Launch Team, Advocacy Advisory Committee, the Assessment Publications Review Team, the Career Readiness Competencies Model Team, the Finance and Audit Committee, the Principles for Professional Practice Committee, and the First-Destinations Surveys Team. She also served as a faculty member of NACE’s Management Leadership Institute, where she presented a class on ethical issues.
Guerra Gaier has further served the profession as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SOACE), the San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Center Association, and the Texas Association for Employment in Education. For her contributions, she has won the SOACE President's Award and the Texas State University Vice President's Award.
She is a graduate of St. Mary's University, where she earned a B.A. in English-communication arts and an M.A. in communication studies.
Farouk Dey, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Career Education, Stanford University
Farouk Dey, Ph.D. is associate vice provost and dean of career education at Stanford University. He is leading the expansion of career education at Stanford, and implementing a new vision and a reinvented model of career connections and meaningful work for college students and alumni. Dey has held executive leadership roles at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Florida, and in the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the American College Personnel Association.
His credentials include a Ph.D. in higher education administration, Ed.S. in higher education administration, M.B.A., M.Ed. in counseling psychology, and a B.B.A. in finance. The author of several articles and book chapters, Dey has served as a consultant at many organizations and universities, on the faculty at several institutes, and as a keynote speaker at many conferences in the United States and around the world.
Ray Angle, Asst. Vice President of Career and Professional Development, Gonzaga University
With more than 30 years of experience in college career services and teaching, O. Ray Angle currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Career and Professional Development at Gonzaga University. He has held career services leadership roles in both public and private universities including The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cal State East Bay, Webster University and Millikin University.
He has been invited to speak domestically and internationally on a variety of topics including career and professional skill development and leadership. He has served on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Board of Directors, and as the President of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (Midwest ACE).
He has been the recipient of several professional awards including SoACE’s Southern Star Award, Midwest ACE’s J.W. Paquette Superior Leadership Award, North Carolina ACE’s Outstanding Professional Award and UNC’s Outstanding Encouragement of Learning and Development Award. He was inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows in 2014.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master's degree from the University of Central Missouri. He is currently working on a PhD in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally visiting all 50 states, 16 foreign countries and five continents.
Samuel Ratcliffe, Ph.D., Director, Career Services, Virginia Military Institute
Sam Ratcliffe, Ph.D. is a consultant, researcher, author, and frequent presenter on key topics related to career services.
A former president of both the Virginia (VACE) and Eastern (EACE) Associations of Colleges and Employers, Ratcliffe received the distinguished service award from both organizations. He has served on the board of the National Association of Colleges and Employers as college director, vice president-college, and president. He also provided career services expertise for 10 years as a member of the board of directors for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Ratcliffe has also been a faculty member for leadership studies courses and director of career services at VMI for many years.
He is a thought leader and influencer on multiple national issues including accountability, external review processes, leadership development, advocacy, outcomes assessment, professional standards, and career services practitioner competencies. He has been consistently recognized as a top visionary and forward-thinking leader in the profession.
Ratcliffe is also one of 35 members of the prestigious NACE Academy of Fellows. This recognition is for his professional contributions to the advancement of knowledge, leadership, and excellence in professional practice. These contributions include the areas of leadership development, professional standards, practitioner competencies, assessment, external review protocols, career readiness, and post-graduate career outcomes.
Evangeline Kubu, Interim Executive Director of Career Services, Princeton University
Evangeline “Eva” Kubu has more than 20 years of diversified experience in higher education administration and career services. Kubu provides strategic vision and leadership in overseeing the execution of the career center's mission, and ensuring a transformative career center experience for all students and alumni. She develops strategies to support organizational change and innovation while leading a cross-functional management team responsible for career advising, career education, employer relations/outreach, alumni engagement, technology, assessment, finance, and communications.
Kubu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Rutgers University, a specialized M.B.A. certificate in social media marketing from Rutgers Business School, and a Master of Science in higher education administration from Drexel University.
As a first-generation college graduate, Kubu is committed to providing all students with support to ensure equitable access to meaningful opportunities.
Théres W. Stiefer, Ed.D., Higher Education Consultant, Cultural Anthropologist
Theres Stiefer has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, adult and lifelong learning, positive psychology, career development, and, most recently, talent development and HR strategy innovation in retail. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Arkansas and a cultural anthropologist for Walmart Stores, Inc. She has delivered workshops and keynote speeches across the United States and Canada.
Stiefer served as president of both the Oklahoma and Southwest Associations of Colleges and Employers. She also served on the National Association of Colleges and Employers executive board and has been a faculty member for the past 10 years in the NACE Management Leadership Institute. In 2007, she earned lifetime honorary membership to the Southwest Association of Colleges and Employers and, in 2006, the organization bestowed upon her its highest award granted, the John M. Brooks Award for Distinguished Service.
Stiefer is an avid community servant and her projects include everything from disaster relief and animal rescue to Little League coaching. She has worked for the Red Cross Disaster Relief, Salvation Army as a volunteer, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
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