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Atlanta, GA | April 25 - 27 

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We have crafted a personalized and strategically helpful career center growth experience for you. We believe that genuine connections, a refreshing atmosphere, cohesive and applicable content, and replicable take-home strategies are the cornerstones of an outstanding educational gathering. . . so we’ve blended them into The Collective 2023.

Join us to recharge, reconnect, and reimagine your career center's future in Atlanta, a refreshingly diverse city and the birthplace of Martin King Jr. that is full of community and inspired by creativity. You'll enjoy the inspiration of local musicians and the luxurious accommodations of The Starling Atlanta, a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton, located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta.


Destination highlights:

  • The Starling Atlanta is a 4-star Art Deco hotel near Mercedes-Benz Stadium and connected to Colony Square shopping center.

  • It is within a mile of the High Museum of Art, MODA, Piedmont Park, and Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

  • Downtown attractions, including the World of Coca-Cola, are less than 15 minutes away.

  • Also nearby are The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, the restored King birth home, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.



Day 1 - Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

8:00 - 5:00 | Registration open

9:00 - 11:00 | High Impact Forum

12:30 - 2:30 | Pre-conference sessions (3)

4:30 - 5:30 | Opening Keynote

5:30 - 6:30 | Opening Reception

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

7:30 - 8:30 | Breakfast

8:30 - 9:45 | Designing our Future

10:00 - 10:45 | Breakouts

10:45 - 11:15 | Networking Break

11:15 - 12:00 | Breakouts

12:00 - 1:30 | Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 | Breakouts

2:30 - 3:15 |Breakouts

3:30 - 4:30 | Mastermind + Aspire + Kickstart Reunions

3:30 - 4:30 | Women of Color in Career Services and Men of Color in Career Services Networking Reception

Day 3 - Thursday, April 27th, 2023

8:00 - 8:45 | Big Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 | Breakouts

10:00 - 10:45 | Breakouts

11:00 - 12:00 | Closing Keynote


NOTE: There are a limited number of rooms available at the $199 conference rate.

This is a vibrant, upscale escape for creative souls who set the status quo aside. Rethinking the urban experience in every sense, The Starling reveals detailed spaces that put the ”art” in “state of the art” - from its bold decor and see-and-be-seen terrace pool to the sweeping skyline views found in every room.



Use the Atlanta International Airport.



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Dr. M. Brian Blake is President of Georgia State University, having been appointed to the position in June 2021. Prior to joining Georgia State, he was Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at George Washington University. As the highest-ranking academic officer, he oversaw academic programs across the 10 schools and colleges, three campuses and 28,000 students.

Dr. Blake was hired to lead the university’s new enrollment strategy to rescale and reconfigure the entering class in context of the changing student demographics in the Northeast and the nation. One of the four pillars of President Blake's Strategic Plan that will lead Georgia State through the next decade is 'College to Careers.'



The Urgent Priorities of Career Services Today 

Jeremy Podany is the Founder and CEO of The Career Leadership Collective, home of The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey and EMBARK.  The Career Leadership Collective has done business with over 1,000 colleges and universities since 2017, providing big data and consulting solutions for the systemic career development needs of higher education.  


Jeremy is an innovation, leadership, and organizational growth connoisseur with niche expertise on the confluence of university career services, systems-thinking, leadership, and organizational growth.  Jeremy enjoyed nearly 20 years working inside higher education in career services and corporate education, and has helped build multiple unique start-ups inside and outside of universities. His inventions and consulting solutions have systemically helped thousands of university leaders and hundreds of thousands of college students with career education and social mobility. 


Full Details Coming Soon!

Engaging First-Year Students: Campus-wide Initiative Connecting Students with Careers & Vocation

Laura Kestner-Ricketts | Augustana College


A Career Plan for Every Student – Made Easy

Gary Boling | Belmont University


Preparing C.A.R.L.S. for Life After College: A Developmental Approach for Liberal Arts Career Education

RJ Holmes-Leopold | Carleton College


The Importance of Understanding Career Motivation

Maggie Tomas | Carlson School of Management/University of MN, Alumni Career Services


Networking for Good - Experiential Interviews

Kristin Williams | Kent State University


Restoring The Power

Shayna Smith | Miami University


Making it Possible and Doing it Well: Institutional Responsibilities in Experiential Learning

Emily Carpenter | Nazareth College


From Admit to Alum: Envisioning One System that Propels Students Through the Engagement Lifecycle

Chris Harris | Santa Clara University


Career Clinics: Meeting Students Where They Are

Tiffany Cullen | Savannah College of Art and Design


Beyond First Destination: Strengthening Campus Systems for Career Learning Assessment

Faith McClellan | Smith College


Driving Career Outcomes through Early Student Engagement

Emily McCarthy | University of Arizona


Leveraging Collaboration and Partnerships to Strengthen Student Exploration and Development

Brett Jones | University of Wisconsin - School of Business


Managing Up from the Middle

Haley Sims | Virginia Commonwealth University


Centralization, A Survival Guide

Mandy Devereux | Willamette University

Breakout Sessions

In this session we'll outline the 

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April 25, 2023 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Advanced Insights


Get a head start at the conference by joining other college and university administrators, faculty, and career service staff teams to learn how to understand, measure, and strategically grow equitable career success on your campus.  


NACM researchers have created a Career Mobility Index to discover the most significant high impact career practices. In this session we'll share critical insights including:

  • A strong case for implementing research based high impact career practices on your college campus.

  • The research regarding high impact career practices

  • The most significant high impact career practices.

  • Examples of how leading campuses are using high impact practices to dramatically reshape their students’ college experiences and career preparation.

  • A future of high impact career practices that will leave a lasting legacy on the college experience


PRE-Conference Sessions

Ready for a deep dive? Choose from one of our three pre-conference options! 
April 25, 2023 | 12:30-2:30

This session will focus on strategies for leveraging staff and faculty across the campus ecosystem to fully integrate career into the student experience.


Data is an incredible tool for understanding, guidance, and motivation. In this session we'll present methods for using your data to tell a compelling story for internal and external stakeholders.

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Learn how to educate students about the value of social capital and how to illuminateing the hidden curriculum for first gen students and students of color.



Individual In-Person Conference registration:

*Registering 4 or more staff from your team? Use 4ORMORE for a 10% discount on all registrations!
member $799
non-member $950
Conference Add-On:
High Impact Career Practices Forum

Conference Add-On:
Pre-Conference Session: 

Choose from: 
  • Data Storytelling

  • Maximizing your Career Champions on Campus

  • Teaching Social Capital 

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