Louisiana Association of 
   Colleges & Employers

Tentative 2014 LACE Conference Agenda

Thursday, July 10, 2014

9:00am - 10:00am      Check-In and Breakfast

10:00am – 10:30am    Conference Kick-off

10:30am - 11:30am    Breakout 1

Focus on the Future: Assessing Student Learning in Career Center Appointments

Jesse G. Downs and LaShawn Burns, LSU Olinde Career Center

The current environment in Higher Education requires our offices to prove impact and student learning.  Join the LSU Olinde Career Center Job Search team in our adventure of developing a comprehensive direct-measure assessment program tied to learning outcomes.

7 Predictions for the Future of Work

Dave Reid, Cameron

The Workforce of today differs vastly from what it was in the past. This session focuses on bringing those factors to the forefront. Gone are the days of longevity of an employee’s life cycle, receipt of a gold watch or golden parachute. Today, everyone wants you to show them the money, before providing tangible results. Come and be enlightened regarding the future, and how employees regard themselves, and how they want to be treated. Come explore and see how - everything you thought you knew about the Workplace is already – outdated.

11:30am-1:00pm Lunch with Key Note Speaker

Jenee Slocum, Louisiana Economic Development

The unprecedented economic growth expected for Louisiana over the next several years is expected to result in thousands of new jobs and billions in new capital investment. A driver of this growth is workforce availability in key professions. To meet the expected workforce demand, Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Workforce Commission, Board of Regents, Department of Education, university systems, and others are working to prepare and connect Louisiana residents with those jobs. Workforce preparation in the state and the critical contribution of career services professionals is central in connecting students with rewarding employment and futures.

1:00pm-2:00pm Breakout 2

The Secret of Their Success

Lisa Hibner, BRCC

A panel of HR representatives share candid information on what mistakes students make in the job search and interviewing process which kick them out of the competition for the job.  Let’s help our students out fox the competition by learning the secrets for job search success.

Employee Retention

Jessica Nabors, Piccadilly

Only 4 in 10 employees believe that their organization shows genuine concern for their employees. Learn how you can change that in your organization.  What are the top motivators for employee’s to stay at a job…it is not just money any more.

 2:00pm-2:15pm Break with snack

2:15pm -3:15pm Breakout 3

HAPPINESS Equals: Career Development Preparation for the Futuristic Student

Tracey Jackson, Tulane Career Center

This workshop addresses and introduces the needs for Career Development Preparation for the Futuristic Student. Planning and preparing the Futuristic Student doesn’t have to be problematic, pretentious, or painful. It can be productive, even pleasurable, if they are appropriately equipped. This workshop shares creative and insightful skills on how to effectively communicate with the Futuristic Student.

Communicating for Quality

Julie Willoz, M.A., Willoz Consulting

It is critical that every interaction, communication, and impression you give reflects the professionalism and integrity you stand for.  This can be particularly challenging when you have to discuss a sensitive issue or someone else is sharing their dissatisfaction. How we work through delivering, listening, and responding during these situations is a large part of what defines your reputation in the workplace. And our reputation is the lenses through which others perceive us to be, with our peers, partners, and direct reports. 

3:30pm – 5:00pm LSU Olinde Career Center Visit

6:30pm-9:30pm Evening Dinner & Networking Reception @Boudreaux’s Thibodeaux’s

Friday, July 11, 2014

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am LACE Business Meeting

10:00am-10:15am Break

10:15am-11:15am Breakout 4

Ethics and Leadership—A Practitioner’s Perspective
Captain Brandon Erwin, Marine Corps Officer Programs

The Marine Corps Officer Programs wants to offer information to Career Services professionals to strengthen existing relationships with Career Services offices and assist in promoting officer opportunities for college students.

Recruiting with LinkedIn
Lexi McWiggins, Postlethwaite & Netterville

Social media has become a staple in the online marketing tool-kit. At this LinkedIn session, we will guide novices and experienced users through the value of utilizing one of the world's most popular networking platforms for recruiting purposes.

11:30am-12:30pm Lunch and Student Panel

12:30pm-12:45pm Wrap-up and Closing

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