Double Room - $2,260 (member); $2,490 (nonmember)
Commuter Rate - $1,750 (member); $1,970 (nonmember)
Following this program, you will be able to:
During this five-day intensive program, individuals will participate in interactive presentations that focus on various 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 Leadership 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 contributes 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, Past President 2019-20 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 teams 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 tenets 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: Branden Grimmett, Associate Provost, Career and Professional Development, Loyola Marymount University
As the economic model for higher education comes under increasing scrutiny from many quarters, becoming an adept financial planner and budget manager is critical to continued success. Understanding the fundamentals of college and university budgeting practices, developing savvy financial management skills, exploring creative ways of generating new resources and integrating budget with annual and strategic planning are essential to leadership in career services. Drawing from current events, case studies, and interactive problem solving, participants will improve budget and finance strategies for departmental success.
Presenter: Steve Koppi, Executive Director, Career Development Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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: Kelley Bishop, Director, University of Maryland - College Park - University Career Center
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, Director of Career Services, Princeton University
In today’s rapidly changing environment, personal and professional success depends on the collective capacity to understand what is by building on the best, imagining what can be, and creating what will be. Participants will be introduced to a method of positive planning that is rooted in a process of discovery.
To achieve this self-directed plan, participants will use a tool that is new to most people—appreciative inquiry. Appreciative inquiry is a way to rediscover and tap into our core strengths and highest potentials. Appreciative inquiry helps us develop our self-talk in a constructive way; encourages us to bring out the best qualities in serving our organizations; and helps us develop the goals, dreams, and action steps that support the future of our careers.
Presenter: Théres W. Stiefer, Ed.D., Higher Education Consultant
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Meet and greet
8 a.m. – Noon – The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Leadership Practices Inventory
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Cohort dinner
8 a.m. – Noon – Strategic Planning for Career Services: Laying a Foundation for Success
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Transformative Leadership by Design
8 a.m. – Noon – The Value of Effective Financial Management in Career Services
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Ethical Issues in Career Center Management
8 a.m. – Noon – Strategic Communications & Innovative Marketing
Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Personal Development for Professional Growth
8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – MLI Capstone
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch
Class size is limited to 70 participants to maximize the educational value of the program.
MLI 2020 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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.
Pittsburgh International Airport offers taxi service to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown.
Directions by car. Parking is available on-site at a daily rate of $26.
For a single room, tuition is $2,485 for NACE members ($2,715 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 (Monday), and participant materials and assessments used during the program.
For a double room, tuition is $2,260 for NACE members ($2,490 for nonmembers). This rate includes a shared double room for five nights, continental breakfast (five days), lunch (four days), breaks (five days), opening night class dinner (Monday), and participant materials and assessments used during the program.
For commuters, tuition is $1,750 for NACE members ($1,970 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 19 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, Past President 2019-20 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.
Branden Grimmett, Associate Provost, Career and Professional Development, Loyola Marymount University
Branden joined Loyola Marymount University as associate provost in June 2015, where he leads the university's Career and Professional Development initiative. In this role he oversees the office responsible for successfully launching 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students into their professional careers. Over 97% of LMU graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing post-graduate service within six months of graduation.
A frequent conference presenter and speaker, Branden specializes in student return on investment, the rebranding of career services, and measuring and reporting post-graduate outcomes. His work in the field of career services has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Education Advisory Board, The Lawlor Review, The Hechinger Report, the Career Leadership Collective, and the book Will College Pay Off? by Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School of Business.
Before joining LMU, Branden served as the founding director of the Piper Center for Vocation and Career at St. Olaf College, charged by the president to transform the center into an innovative, results-oriented career center. Prior to St. Olaf, Branden served as associate director of career services at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. At Tufts he worked closely with employers such as NATO, the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, Capitol Hill, and the Central Intelligence Agency, supporting student career pathways in defense, energy, intelligence, politics, think tanks, and trade. Branden has also held positions at Harvard University, Brill Neumann Associates, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and WorldTeach.
Branden is an Ed.D. candidate in higher education at the University of Southern California, earned his M.T.S. from Harvard University in theological studies, and holds a B.A. in music and religion from St. Olaf College. He is a member of NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), MPACE (Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers), the National Career Services Benchmarking Group, CLASIC (Consortium of Liberal Arts Schools and Independent Colleges), and the Jesuit Career Consortium. He is an elected board member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps, a frequent contributor to the Career Leadership Collective, and a regular instructor for Academic Impressions and the Career Services Institute West.
Steve Koppi, Executive Director, Career Development Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Stefan “Steve” Koppi is executive director of the Career Development Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is an expert on career coaching for college students and has published or presented work on the role of career services in higher education, STEM careers for emerging professionals, and trends in talent acquisition.
A member of the career coaching faculty for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Koppi participated in one of NACE’s early Career Coaching Intensive programs offered in 2007 and has intentionally practiced this approach with clients and trained staff from colleges and universities across the country.
Previously, he served as director of career services at Mount Holyoke College, Gallaudet University, and American University. His professional experience includes work with students and employers at institutions such as Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University, and Brown University. He holds a MA in college student personnel from the University of Maryland College Park and a BA in religion from Catholic University of America.
Kelley Bishop, Director, University of Maryland - College Park - University Career Center
Kelley Bishop has been Director of the University Career Center & The President’s Promise at the University of Maryland since August 2013. The Center provides comprehensive career development services, programs, and resources for the University’s 40,000+ enrolled students, including 10 major career fairs, on-campus interviews, industry panels, job shadowing, site visits to regional employers, individual career advising, and workshops on all facets of career development and job search preparation.
Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Kelley served as Assistant Vice President for Michigan State University’s Division of Student Affairs, where he managed the Neighborhoods initiative designed to improve first-year students’ transition to college, and from 2001 – 2011 as Executive Director of Career Services, an operation distributed across nine schools and colleges.
Before joining Michigan State, Kelley served as Director of Syracuse University’s Center for Career Services (1996 – 2001); Assistant Director for external relations and recruiting at Indiana University’s Arts and Science Placement Office (1994 – 1996); and, Recruiting Coordinator for Career and Employment Services at Dartmouth College (1987 – 1992).
Kelley has served on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Board of Directors, numerous NACE Committees, the Walt Disney World College Program Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the HireBig10Plus Consortium.
Kelley earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1983 and a Master of Science in Counseling at Indiana University in 1994. His background includes freelance writing, woodworking, rock climbing, coaching lacrosse, and playing Irish music.
Evangeline Kubu, 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
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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