Employer Relations Summit

Be a part of the Annual SoACE Employer Relations Summit!
June 14-16, 2017
Nashville, TN

2017 Employer Relations Summit Call for Programs 

The call for programs is closed. Should you have changes to your submission, please contact the SoACE Office.


Sessions for the summit can be in one of two formats: 

  • Breakout sessions: These 1 hour sessions should offer an in-depth exploration of the chosen topic. The purpose of the one hour session length is to allow time for participants to actively participate through group work, development of plans, or other relevant tangible takeaways. Breakout sessions will take place Thursday, June 15, 2017.
  • Networking roundtables: These 20-minute mini-sessions take place during a 1 hour and 30 minute block. Roundtable sessions let participants dip quickly into up to three topics in an open environment for idea sharing, benchmarking and guided discussion. Roundtable hosts/moderators should be prepared to facilitate discussion and have talking points already established, but not make a formal presentation. Hosts should also be prepared to collect contact information and compile notes to send out to attendees (four sets, one for each 20 minute slot) after the conference. Roundtables take place Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Click here to enter the 2017 Employer Relations Summit Call for Programs Online Submission Website. 


Registration for the summit has reached it's capacity.

Registration Fees:

  • SoACE Members: $200.00
  • Non-Members: $250.00

Registration Fees Include:

  • Breakfast - Thursday
  • Lunch - Thursday
  • Reception - Wednesday
  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kate Brooks - Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center
  • Site Visit - HCA

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing. Any refund requests received before May 19 (5 PM EST) will receive a full refund. Any refund requests received May 19 - June 2 will receive a 50% refund. Any requests received after June 2 at 5 PM EST will receive no refund. Please send requests in writing to the SoACE Office: office@soace.org

The summit may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, SoACE will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. SoACE is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.


A group rate of $199.00 (plus applicable state and local taxes) has been negotiated at thHoliday Inn - Nashville-Vanderbilt (Dwtn)Click here to make your hotel reservation. The group rate cut-off date is 5/23/2017. 

 Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, June 14
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Conference Welcome and Keynote Address by Dr. Kate Brooks, Executive Director of the Evans Family Career Center with Vanderbilt University
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception

Thursday, June 15
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Morning Announcements
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session 1
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session 2
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Employer Panel, including representatives from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, BMI, CAT Financial, Warner Music and Kroger Corporation
1:30 p.m - 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Roundtables
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 3
5:00 p.m. - Optional Vanderbilt Campus and Career Center Tour
7:30 p.m. - Optional Evening Meet-Up at Two Bits in downtown Nashville. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of our sponsor HandShake!

Friday, June 16
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Local Employer Site Visit at HCA


Overnight parking is $22 for self-parking or $25 for valet, plus tax.
Daily parking is $10 for self-parking or $15 for valet, plus tax.