Details of MACE/LACE Summer 2019 Conference Agenda:


We have finalized our proposal selections to offer you a worthwhile, informative, and fun experience with us this summer.

Wednesday, July 17th

Pre-Conference Networking Social, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Margaritaville, Biloxi, MS


Thursday, July 18th

Registration, 8:00 – 9:30am

Welcome, 9:30 – 10:00am

Opening Keynote, 10:00 – 11:30am

Elle Overholt, Founder and Lead Consultant for FORTH, will share her presentation -- Articulating Your Personal Brand to Master Networking and Job Placement

Networking Break, 11:30 – 11:45am

Lunch and Awards, 11:45am – 1:30pm

Concurrent Sessions, 1:45 – 2:45pm

Career Champions: Leveraging Your Campus Partners to Expand Your Scope, Courtney Frost, Louisiana State University

Looks Count: A Bet on Student Success through the JSU Tiger Career Closet, Dr. Lashanda Jordan and Dr. LaVenita Cottrell, Jackson State University

Concurrent Sessions, 3:00 – 4:00pm

Security Industry Career Opportunities, Ron Martin, ASIS International

Creating a Community of Practice for Internships and Experiential Learning, Dr. Kristina Phillips and Wesley Dickens, The University of Mississippi

Business Meetings, 4:15 – 5:00pm

Evening Social, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Gulf View Social: Join us pool side at the Beau Rivage for an evening of fun, food and drinks! Take in the cool gulf breezes as we overlook the water while partying under the stars. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to strut your stuff with live music from Unfazed!


Friday, July 19th

Breakfast, 8:00 – 9:00am

Concurrent Sessions, 9:15 – 10:15am

Doing More with Less: Extending Your Reach with Student Collaboration, Caitlin Dartez, Louisiana Tech University

Full Circle: Collaborating with Career Centers for Student Success, Ryan Rippy and Tekena Smith, Trustmark National Bank

Concurrent Sessions, 10:30 – 11:30am

The Effects Community Colleges Have on Economic Development in Mississippi, Dr. Robin Parker, Hinds Community College

Mentorship: How to Connect Students to Employers, Faculty and Staff, and Alumni Through a Formal Mentorship Program Driven by Career Services, Kristin Chandler and LaShawn Smith, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Checkout, 11:30am – 12:00pm

Lunch and Keynote, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Dr. Jonathan Woodward, Executive Vice President for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, will share his presentation -- When Generations Collide: Trends and Relevant Training on the Gulf Coast

Closing, 1:45 – 2:00pm

Site Visits, 2:30pm

Option 1: A peek "Behind the Scenes" at an MGM Resorts property, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (Biloxi, MS): Come see how Beau Rivage delivers their exceptional customer experience with a back of house tour.  With multiple stops of interest, some of which aren't included on their typical site tour, this behind the scenes look is sure to open your eyes to everything that goes into the day to day operations of one of the largest resort/casinos on the Gulf Coast.  Tour expected to last from 2:30 - 4:00pm and is limited to 20 participants. 

Option 2: A tour of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (Gulfport, MS): Come tour the only facility of its kind in the Mississippi-Louisiana-Alabama sub region which serves the purposes of public education, conservation and research on marine mammals in the wild and under human care. Tour will include a dolphin show at 3:00pm. Tour expected to last from 2:30 - 4:00pm and is limited to 30 participants. 

*Please note that we will continue to update the agenda as we work to finalize keynote speakers, site visit locations, etc.







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