Conference Schedule

Times and events are preliminary and subject to change.

Sunday, December 8

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- Registration Open

Monday, December 9

8:00A - 6:00P -- Registration Open
9:00A - 12:00P -- Preconference Workshop, Lost in Translation (Technology KG)
9:00A - 12:00P -- Preconference Workshop, Developing a Campus-wide Competency Development Initiative
9:00A - 12:00P -- Preconference Workshop, Career Services New Professionals Workshop
9:00A - 12:00P -- Preconference Workshop, Emerging Leaders Preparing for the Road Ahead
9:00A - 12:00P -- University Site Visit, Rhodes College  
12:30P - 2:00P -- Preconference Workshop, Choosing Parenthood While Pursuing a Student Affairs Career

12:30P - 3:30P -- Preconference Workshop, APEX: The Black Career Services Professional Summit
1:00P - 2:30P -- Career Management Technology Meet-Up
1:00P - 2:30P -- Assessment & Data Analytics KG Meet-Up
2:00P - 6:00P -- Exhibit Set Up
2:45P - 3:50P -- New Member/First Time Attendee Orientation
4:00P - 5:00P -- Director's Think Tank (hosted by the Admin KG; Pre-register only)
5:15P - 6:45P -- [email protected] Sessions (Sign up during registration)
7:00P - 9:00P -- President's Reception

Tuesday, December 10

6:30A - 7:30A -- Wellness Activity - Body Blast Workout 
7:00A - 5:00P -- Registration Open
7:30A - 8:45A -- Presidents' Breakfast (State ACE/Consortium Leaders Only)
8:00A - 9:30A -- Exhibit Area Open
8:00A - 4:15P --  Silent Auction Open 
7:30A - 8:45A -- Attendee Continental Breakfast 
8:45A - 9:15A -- President's Welcome & Conference Kick-Off
9:15A - 10:15A -- Opening Keynote
10:30A - 11:30A -- Breakout Sessions
11:00A - 4:00P -- Exhibit Area Open
11:30A - 1:00P -- Lunch/Business Meeting/Awards
1:15P - 2:15P -- Breakout Sessions
2:15P - 2:30P -- Networking Break  in Exhibit Hall
2:30P - 4:00P -- Hot Topics Roundtables
4:15P - 5:00P -- State Networking Meetings
5:00P - Until --   Evening on your own

Wednesday, December 11

6:30A - 7:30A -- Fun Run
7:00A - 5:00P -- Registration Open
7:00A - 8:15A -- Attendee Continental Breakfast - Special exhibit networking tables!
7:00A - 11:00A -- Exhibit Area
7:00A - 2:30P -- Silent Auction
8:15A - 9:15A -- Breakout Sessions
9:30A - 10:30A --  Breakout Sessions
10:30A - 10:45A -- Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:45A - 11:45P -- KG Meetings
11:45P - 1:00P -- Lunch
1:30P - 4:30P -- Exhibit Area
1:15P - 2:45P -- Interactive Presenter
2:45P - 3:00P -- Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
3:00P - 4:00P -- Breakout Sessions
4:00P - 5:30P -- Come Together with Diversity & Inclusion Networking Mixer
6:30P - 10:30P -- Evening Event 

Thursday, December 12

7:00A - 1:00P -- Registration Open
8:15A - 9:15A -- Breakout Sessions
9:30A - 10:45A -- Closing Speaker (Includes Breakfast Buffet)
10:45A - 11:00A -- Closing Remarks
11:00A -- Hotel Check Out
11:45A - 4:00P -- Employer Site Visit (Details forthcoming)
12:00P - 2:00P -- Employer Site Visit (Details forthcoming)

Event Descriptions

Lost in Translation, hosted by the Technology KG | $50.00
Monday | December 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Description: Does talking to your IT department sound like talking to the teacher from Charlie Brown? Not quite sure what an API or LDAP is? Come to this session to learn more about the language and technology of the ITS world as well as how to better communicate with your ITS department.

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Developing a Campus-wide Competency Development Initiative | $50.00
Monday | December 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenters: Tim Harding, The University of Tampa, Alicia Smyth, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Erin Minta, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Description: Competency development is essential for student success for life after graduation. Institutions are shifting their campus-wide culture by intentionally mapping student learning in the curriculum and co-curriculum to competency development. Based on four foundational and universal pillars, this session will engage attendees in exploring approaches and strategic planning for designing their own unique approach to campus-wide competency and career readiness. No matter what type or size of institution, this workshop will be scalable and applicable for all institutions. So bring your preferred morning cup of whatever to get going to participate in this engaging and interactive program designed to provide you with a meaningful strategy and helpful tools.

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Career Services New Professionals' Workshop | $50.00
Monday | December 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenter: Toni McLawhorn, Roanoke University, Ray Rogers, St. Edward's University

Description: If you are a newer professional to the Career Services field or you just need a refresher, the Nuts and Bolts Workshop for New Professionals will provide you with practical insights, strategies, and tools to equip you for various roles within a career center. The workshop will consider the latest trends in career coaching; the use of technology; innovative programming; the incorporation of career competency education; and much more that comprises the state of the art 21st Century. You will learn how to position yourself to be a successful new professional for the future.

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Emerging Leaders Preparing for the Road Ahead, Hosted by the Administration KG | $50.00
Monday, December 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenters: Tiffany Johnson, Arkansas State University, Katie Hudon, University of West Florida

Description: Successful leaders understand the ever changing nature of their industry and the importance of preparing for the road ahead. Join us at this SoACE pre-conference session designed to equip emerging career services leaders with the competencies, strategies, and networks needed most to successfully execute their roles. We will dig into real-world case scenarios and hear from a panel of current career services leaders. Plan to learn from others and share your experience with various leaders in the field as we cover hot topics to help emerging leaders navigate the challenges facing their organization and campus community. 

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APEX: The Black Career Services Professional Summit | $50.00
Monday, December 9, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Presenter: V’Rhaniku Haynes

Description: As the profession of career services continues to evolve and diversify, it is important to create affinity spaces for professionals to unpack and contextualize their lived experiences. APEX will provide intentional professional development, fellowship, and networking among graduate students, entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level professionals of Black, African American, and African descent. The summit will allow participants to explore and define issues of professional growth and capacity through structured content, informal dialogue, and focused mentoring and connections. The summit aims to cultivate a space where Black Career Services professional remained committed to the professions and build capacity to become the future leaders of tomorrow.

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 Choosing Parenthood While Pursuing a Student Affairs Career | $25.00
Monday, December 9, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Description: This session will utilize facilitated discussion to focus on how we can be present over perfect as we lead, advise, and parent while navigating the challenges of family life. The emphasis will be on what we can learn from shared experiences to support one another. Overall, this will be an opportunity to discuss how we define happiness and equity for ourselves as parents in the profession of career education.

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Director's Think Tank

The Directors Think Tank provides an informal, open forum for Directors and others in career services with administrative responsibilities to discuss relevant topics and issues facing today's career centers and share ideas and solutions for success.

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[email protected] Sessions

5 @ 5 Sessions – Would you like to get five new ideas in an hour? Join us at 5:15 PM for these innovative sessions where you can choose a topic and hear from five expert speakers about new ideas, resources, programs, etc. centered around that topic. After each speaker presents a brief talk, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their ideas. 5 @ 5 attendees will leave this fast-paced session with five different perspectives and ideas to bring back to their organization.

If you would like to attend one of the free 5 @ 5 sessions, please indicate the topic during registration.

  • Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Employer Relations
  • Experiential Education 
  • Assessment in Career Services 
  • Career Advising and Counseling
  • Technology

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Fun Run

Looking to get some fresh air and exercise to start the day?  Join your friends for the annual SoACE Fun Run and Walk!  Runners and walkers of all speeds are welcome.  We will identify a turn-around point for a 3-mile there-and-back route.  As always, please shorten (or lengthen) your route as appropriate.  We’re looking forward to another great memory!  Please direct any questions to Charlie Wilder at [email protected].  

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Wednesday Night Event (6:30 P - 10:30P)

We are excited to host our closing evening event at Graceland! You will have access to Presley Motors Automobile Museum, Presley Cycles, and the Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum. 

You will also have the opportunity to add on a mansion tour for an additional $25.00. You will board a shuttle bus in front of the shuttle boarding area and be driven to the front door of the Graceland Mansion. Mansion tours are self-guided iPad tours, which allow you to proceed at their own pace. Guests usually spend 45 minutes to an hour on the tour. Please note that no food or beverage are allowed on this tour.

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Thank you 2018 Conference Sponsors!

Diamond Level ($10,000+)

Platinum Level ($5,000+)


Interactive Speaker/
Closing Keynote Sponsor

Business Lunch Sponsor


Meeting Space Wi-Fi Sponsor


Gold ($2,500+)

Keynote Speaker

Pamphlet Sponsor

President's Reception

Name Badges


Silver ($1,000+)

Metro Chamber Event
Featured Speaker

Employer Breakout Session

Adam Peck Breakout Session

[email protected] Session

Metro Chamber Event

Metro Chamber Event

App Sponsor


Energy Break

Metro Chamber Event


       First Time Attendee /
New Member Orientation


Bronze ($500+)