Employer Relations Summit

Be a part of the Annual SoACE Employer Relations Summit!
June 19 - 21, 2019
The Westshore Grand (Event Venue)
Tampa, FL


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Registration Fees:

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

Registration Fees Include:

  • Networking Roundtables, Wednesday
  • Reception, Wednesday
  • Continental Breakfast, Thursday
  • Lunch, Thursday
  • Keynote Speaker, Thursday
  • Breakout Sessions, Thursday
  • Site Visit, Friday

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: [email protected]

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.


Call for Proposals - Now Open!
The Professional Development Committee and the Employer Relations Knowledge Group invite you to submit a proposal for the 2019 Employer Relations Summit! Our mission is to craft a program that addresses topics pertinent to the needs of career services professionals specializing in employer relations from the career services AND employer perspective.

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 20.
  • Networking roundtables: These mini-networking sessions take place during a 1 hour and 30 minute block on Wednesday, June 19. Roundtable sessions let participants dip quickly into multiple 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 submit a program


The Summit will be held at The Westshore Grand Hotel. SoACE attendees will receive a group rate of $145.00 plus applicable taxes.  This block will be open through May 31, subject to availability. Click here to reserve your hotel room for the 2019 ER Summit.

Conference Location:
The Westshore Grand Hotel

4860 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609

Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM


This hotel provides a complimentary airport transportation/shuttle.

 Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, June 19
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Pre-conference Campus Tour (Optional)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Conference Welcome
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Networking Reception

Thursday, June 20
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. Break
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 21
7:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Local Employer Site Visit

Questions? Contact the SoACE Office by email or phone 1-877-946-1013.