Employer Relations Summit

Be a part of the Annual SoACE Employer Relations Summit!
June 20-22, 2018
Charlotte, NC

2018 Employer Relations Summit Call for Programs 

The call for programs is now open. Click here to submit a program. Should you have questions, 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 21, 2018.
  • 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 after the conference. 

Click here to enter the 2018 Employer Relations Summit Call for Programs Online Submission Website. The deadline to submit is March 9.


Registration for the summit will be open to the first 150 registrants. Click here to register.

Registration Fees:

  • SoACE Members: $225.00
  • Non-Members: $275.00

Registration Fees Include:

  • Reception - Wednesday
  • Continental Breakfast - Thursday & Friday
  • Lunch - Thursday
  • Keynote Speaker, Raven Solomon
  • Site Visit - Belk Corporate Headquarters

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing. Any refund requests received before May 25 (5 PM EST) will receive a full refund less a $75 cancellation fee. Any refund requests received May 25 - June 8 will receive a 50% refund. Any requests received after June 8 at 5 PM EST will receive no refund. Cancellation requests must be received 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.


Hotel information will be posted shortly


Parking information will be posted shortly.

 Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, June 20
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Pre-conference Campus Tour (Optional)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Conference Welcome from Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Networking Reception

Thursday, June 21
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Morning Announcements
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker; Q&A
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session 1
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Employer Panel
1:30 p.m - 2:00 p.m. Networking Break with Employers from Panel
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Session 3
7:30 p.m. - Optional Evening Meet-Up

Friday, June 22
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Hotel
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Local Employer Site Visit at Belk Corporate Headquarters