Conference Schedule

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Times and events are preliminary and subject to change. Times listed below are EST.


Pre-conference Programming

Wednesday, November 18

1:00pm - 2:00 pm -- Employer Conference Preview (Webinar) -- Read more

Monday, December 7

12:00pm - 1:00pm -- New Member Orientation, Facilitated by Beth Mannella

Tuesday, December 8

12:00pm - 1:30pm -- New Professionals Session, Facilitated by Mark Colvenbach & Ray Rogers

Wednesday, December 9

12:00pm - 1:30pm -- Emerging Leaders Session, Facilitated by Shereada Harrell and Tiffany Johnson

Thursday, December 10

12:00pm - 1:30pm -- Directors' Think Tank Session, Facilitated by Daniel Orozco

Friday, December 11

12:00pm - 1:30pm -- Emerging Technology Session, Facilitated by Ayanna Perkins

Official Conference Programming

Monday, December 14

9:00am - 12:00pm --  APEX Summit, Presented by V'Rhaniku Haynes, Renard Miles & EJ Presley

1:00pm - 2:30pm  --  Welcome and Opening Keynote

2:45 pm - 3:45pm --  Concurrent Sessions - View Descriptions

2:45pm - 4:15pm -- MEGA SESSION: Coming out of the Pandemic: 10 Things Employers are Planning, Presented by Phil Gardner

4:00pm - 5:00 pm --  Networking Meetings

Tuesday, December 15

9:00am - 10:00am --  Concurrent Sessions - View Descriptions

10:15am - 11:30am -- Knowledge Group Meetings

11:45am - 12:30pm -- Exhibitor Chats

12:45pm - 1:30pm  -- Business Meeting & Awards

1:45pm - 2:45pm  -- Thought Leader Panel, hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

3:00 pm - 4:00pm --  Concurrent Sessions - View Descriptions

4:15pm - 5:15pm --  Roundtables - View Descriptions

6:30pm - 8:00pm -- Virtual Social Event

Wednesday, December 16

8:00am - 8:45am --  Exhibitor Chats and Prize Drawings

9:00am - 10:00am --  Concurrent Sessions - View Descriptions

10:15am - 11:15am --  Concurrent Sessions - View Descriptions

11:30am - 12:45pm --  Closing Keynote and Conference Closing

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm --  Employer Spotlights

Employer Conference Preview

This informative and interactive webinar discusses the benefits of joining SoACE as an employer. For the past seven months, talent acquisition professionals and their organizations have pivoted their strategic plans to adapt their services and programs amidst a pandemic. Not only were hiring schedules disrupted, but budgets have been restructured, and engagement has moved to a virtual format. Navigating this new landscape has presented challenges for career centers, employers, and students as we have sought to make sense of this unprecedented year. Attending this webinar will allow you to take a deeper dive into the upcoming SoACE Virtual Conference, learn more about the Employer Knowledge Group, and engage in a collaborative discussion on employer relevant topics such as virtual recruiting, sourcing candidates, and diversity recruitment initiatives.


New Professionals Session

If you are a new professional to the Career Services field or you just need a refresher, the New Professionals workshop will provide you with a historical and philosophical overview of the profession, 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 professional in Career Services and Higher Education.


Emerging Leaders Session

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.

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.

Emerging Technology Session

Join the Technology KG for a deep-dive and discussion of the emerging technology survey results. You will learn about technology trends among SoACE members and you will be able to share further insights.

APEX: The Black Professional Summit

APEX will provide intentional professional development, fellowship, and a networking session among graduate students, entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level professionals of Black, African American, and African descent. The summit provides participants opportunities to explore and center their identity as a Black professional through virtual networking spaces, a multi-industry panel, and a featured speaker. The summit aims to cultivate a space where Black professionals remain committed to the profession and build capacity to become the future leaders of tomorrow.

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