Conference Schedule At A Glance

The 2023 Annual conference will take place at the Hyatt New Orleans from December 3 - 6. Times and events are preliminary and subject to change. Times listed below are CST.


First Time Attendee Virtual Session

Sunday, December 3

8:00A - 6:00P -- Registration Open
1:30P - 4:00P -- APEX: The Black Career Services Professional Summit
1:30P - 4:00P -- Emerging Leaders Session
2:00P - 6:00P -- Exhibit Set Up
6:30P - 7:00P -- New Members Networking Meet-Up
7:00P - 9:00P -- President's Reception (Hors d'oeuvres & drink ticket provided)

Monday, December 4

6:30A - 7:30A -- Wellness Activity
7:00A - 5:00P -- Registration Open
8:00A - 5:00P -- Exhibit Area Open
7:30A - 8:45A -- Continental Breakfast Provided
7:30A - 8:30A -- State Consortia Liaison Committee Meeting
8:45A - 9:05A -- Welcome & Conference Committee Introductions
9:05A - 10:20A -- Opening Presentation
10:30A - 11:30A -- Breakout Session 1
11:45A - 12:45P -- Lunch/Business Meeting/Awards (Lunch Provided)
1:00P - 2:00P -- Breakout Session 2
2:10P - 3:10P -- Breakout Session 3
3:10P - 3:40P -- Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
3:30P - 5:00P -- Employer Visit - GNO, Inc.
3:45P - 4:45P -- Breakout Session 4
5:00P - 6:30P -- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Networking Mixer
5:00P - Until -- Evening/Dinner on your own

Tuesday, December 5

6:30A - 7:30A -- Fun Run
7:00A - 5:00P -- Registration Open
7:00A - 8:15A -- Continental Breakfast Provided
7:00A - 5:00A -- Exhibit Area Open
7:15A - 8:15A -- KG Leadership Breakfast
8:15A - 9:15A -- KG Meetings
9:20A - 10:20A -- Breakout Session 5
10:30A - 11:30A - Breakout Session 6
11:30P - 12:30P -- Lunch Provided (Grab & Go)
12:30P - 1:20P -- Breakout Session 7
1:30P - 2:00P -- Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
2:00P - 3:15P -- Roundtable Discussions
3:30P - 4:30P -- State Networking Meetings
6:30P - 10:30P -- Tuesday Evening Event

Wednesday, December 6

8:00A - 1:00P -- Registration Open
9:15A - 10:45A -- Plated Breakfast & Presentation
10:45A - 11:00A -- Closing Wrap Up
11:30A - 1:00P -- Employer Site Visit - Boeing at Michoud Assembly Facility
11:30A - 1:00P -- Employer Site Visit - Laitram

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Employer Site Visit Descriptions

If you have already registered and need to add an Employer Site Visit, please contact [email protected] with the preferred visit.

GNO, Inc.
Monday, December 4 | 3:30P - 5:00P

Higher education plays a critical role in the economic vitality and growth of a region.  From cutting-edge research to the development of the next generation of leaders, colleges and universities are key partners in building a thriving economy and an excellent quality of life.  Greater New Orleans, Inc., the regional economic development organization for the ten parishes of Southeast Louisiana, works closely with the 13 colleges and universities across the New Orleans area to promote the development of industry-aligned curricula, student career readiness programs, and student attraction initiatives.  Learn more about the important role career development and workforce readiness plays in economic development and how GNO, Inc. leverages relationships with higher education to place students in high-wage, high-demand careers and attract companies to New Orleans. 


Boeing at Michoud Assembly Facility
Wednesday, December 6 | 11:30A - 1:00P
$35.00, Transportation included
Driver's license or passport required for entry. Attendees must ride the shuttle.

As one of the prime contractors for NASA’s Artemis program — named after Apollo’s twin sister — Boeing will be part of landing the first woman and first person of color on the Moon and the sustainable exploration of more of the lunar surface than ever before. NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is the only proven deep-space optimized, super-heavy lift rocket built to carry astronauts and cargo farther and faster than any rocket in history. Boeing is the prime contractor for the design, development, test and production of the SLS core stage, upper stage and flight avionics suite. On November 16, 2022, the first SLS rocket successfully launched as part of the Artemis I Mission, powered by a core stage that was manufactured and tested at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans, LA. Boeing is currently building the core stages for Artemis II, III and IV as well as the first Exploration Upper Stage at MAF.

Wednesday, December 6 | 11:30A - 1:00P
$35.00, Transportation included
Close toed shoes are required.

Description coming soon!


Thank you 2023 - 2024 Annual Association Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsors ($15,000)


Platinum Sponsors ($10,000)


Gold Sponsors ($7,500)  

Silver Sponsors ($5,000)

Bronze Sponsors ($2,500)

Friends of SoACE ($1,000)