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We are thrilled to announce that we're hosting The 2024 Career Leadership Collective Conference:  The Road to Transformation in Austin, Texas!


Join us in Austin to invigorate your perspectives, reignite valuable relationships, and envision the trajectory of your career center. Austin, renowned for its vibrant culture and role as an innovation hub, will set the stage for our event this year. Immerse yourself in the city's artistic vibrancy and pioneering spirit as we convene at the heart of creativity.


Prepare to be captivated by the talents of local musicians and indulge in the refined comfort of the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center.



Destination highlights:


  • The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is a 4-star hotel with a rooftop pool, fitness center, and spa. You'll have access to the city's vibrant attractions, including the renowned Zilker Park, the captivating Austin Botanical Gardens, and the lively cultural scene that Austin is celebrated for.

  • The hotel is located on the University of Texas at Austin campus, just steps from the Texas State Capitol and the Austin City Limits Music Festival grounds.

  • Other nearby attractions include the University of Texas Tower, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the LBJ Presidential Library.


We are committed to delivering an event that inspires innovation, authentic connections, and actionable insights, now set against the backdrop of Austin's distinct allure. We hope to see you in April 2024!


Day 1 - Monday, April 22, 2024

10:30 - 4:30 | Registration open

12:30 - 2:30 | Pre-conference sessions 

4:15 - 5:30 | Opening Keynote: Road to Transformation | Jeremy Podany

5:30 - 6:30 | Opening Reception

Day 2 - Tuesday, April 23, 2024

7:30 - 8:30 | Breakfast @ Tejas

8:30 - 9:45 | MainStage Panel: Planning a Multi-year Transformation in Career Services

10:00 - 10:45 | Signature Transformation Sessions

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 +  Networking Sessions

3:30 - 4:30 | Women of Color/Men of Color Networking

Day 3 - Wednesday, April 24, 2024

8:00 - 9:00 | Breakfast @ Tejas

9:00 - 9:45 | Breakouts

10:00 - 10:45 | Breakouts

11:00 - 12:00 | Closing Keynote: The Importance of Brand | Elias Martinez

Check out last year's sizzle reel!


In the Opening Keynote, "Road to Transformation," Jeremy Podany, CEO and Founder of the Career Leadership Collective, will identify and articulate multi-year strategies for career services to adapt and transform to meet the needs of a rapidly changing student body and world of work. 


We are meeting up…in Austin!
Women and Men of Color in Career Service will host its second in-person gathering at The Collective 2024 Annual Conference. During this meet-up, we will discuss shared experiences, ideas, and insights while supporting and encouraging each other.



Transforming Career Success Across the Campus Ecosystem

This session is for VPs, AVPS, and Deans from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Advancement who have supervision of the Career Center in their portfolio. We will explore innovative models for weaving career readiness into student life, academic affairs, and admissions to support student success. We will provide attendees with insights, community, and transformative practices that elevate the career preparation of their students and better understand their alumni career data and outcomes. Some of the topics we’ll cover include:


  • Connecting career success to ROI for key campus priorities

  • Scaling career success throughout the campus ecosystem and student experience

  • Holistically serving underrepresented students

  • Integrating career success into the curriculum and co-curriculum

  • Connecting career development to wellness, belonging, and student success

  • Empowering faculty to provide career support to students

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Amber Kelley

Executive Dean, Student Experience & Outcomes

A. Pamela Saez

Director, Student Impact & Outcomes

Trish Welch

Director, Career Services

Learn about the strategic innovations that are transforming Austin Community College’s career services ecosystem  —from our comprehensive contemporary job search programming (launched  2021) to our emerging reimagined job readiness and student employment services (launched 2023). We are setting out to reinvent the way our students prepare for and achieve career success. This is a story of innovation, inclusivity, collaboration, and inspiration, showcasing a scalable model that magnifies the value of repurposing and maximizing existing resources to manifest life-changing results for our students.  

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We will walk through the last 12 years of transformation at Ball State University showcasing strategy, accidental wins, and pivotal moments. We hope to share how a Career Center can be assertive in gaining credibility and support in a world where sometimes career services takes a back seat to risk management and the academic mission. Everything from organizational health, aligning with budgets, legislative and other narratives, and adjusting hiring practices to build the best team possible will be covered.

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Jim McAtee

Assistant Vice President – Executive Director for Career and Professional Development

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Brandon Bute

Associate Director for Career and Professional Development


Learn how Emory University is breaking down academic silos, removing obstacles for students, and scaling inclusive career development through the Pathways Center.  

Branden Grimmett, Vice Provost for Career and Professional Development and Associate Dean

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During this session, individuals will gain insights and learn about strategic and tangible methods to employ and achieve DEI efforts across the campus ecosystem. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from three unique perspectives with presenters including Dr. Joslyn Johnson, Assistant Dean of Student Development and Career Initiatives at the University of Michigan, Shayna Smith, Interim Director for Career Education and Inclusion at Miami University, and Monique Frost, a Consultant with the Career Leadership Collective.

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Joslyn Johnson

University of Michigan

Shayna Smith

Miami University

Monique Frost

The Career Leadership Collective


In this workshop on strategic planning, we'll provide guidance on assessing the culture and readiness of your career center for strategic planning and change, creating a timeline for execution and assessment of the strategic plan, and pivoting team and staff priorities to realize strategic objectives. This workshop will also explore best practices for gathering support, creating a review process, and obtaining buy-in, as well as change management strategies for transforming the work of teams. We'll outline how to build a culture of result-oriented thinking, develop meaningful metrics to support strategic plan goals and align departmental strategic plans to university initiatives and goals.


Nick Cattin
The Career Leadership Collective

Margie McGee-Newton
The Career Leadership Collective

This session will focus on designing and executing a strategic reimagining of employer relations. Together, let's reimagine the important work of building focused employer partnerships, creating robust pipelines, and providing you with valuable insights that strengthen your academic and career services programming that best meets the needs of students and employers.


Sharon Attaway
The Career Leadership Collective


Lynn Sydnor-Epps
University of Delaware

Mariachi Paredes de la Universidad de Texas

Mariachi Paredes de la Universidad de Texas was founded in 1977 by a group of graduate students, honoring Dr. Américo Paredes (1916-1999), a seminal figure in the study of borderlands history, Mexican American Studies, and Postmodernist anthropological studies.  The ensemble’s purpose is to provide a social, cultural, and historically aware space for students, enriching their lives through the study and performance of Mexico’s national music. 



The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is the grand hotel of The University of Texas at Austin. Architecturally, the Texas limestone archways mimic the iconic University of Texas Tower.

(use the link below to get the conference room rate)

Coming to a Pre-Con? 
The conference room block is almost full, for Sunday, 4/21/24.
Guest rooms are available for 4/22 and 4/23.





However, rooms are also available at these nearby hotels at a discounted rate for our conference.




Use the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).


The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is a 12-mile UBER/LYFT ride from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).




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Career Work Is Equity Work

Stacey Mathis | MiraCosta College


Optimizing ROI: Elevating Support for Underserved University Students through Career Services Staff's Intercultural Mindset Development

Elena Chiru and Angelica Newham | George Mason University


Bringing the Heart of Higher Education to the Heart of Texas: Bridging Academic Advising and Career Education
Jillian Morley and Kevin Schwemmin | Utah State University


Getting REAL with the QEP: Leveraging Accreditation to Institutionalize Career Readiness

Amy Murphy and Dr. Heather Schoen | Angelo State University


Career Academy: Beyond Borders

Shayna Smith | Miami University


Leveraging Community, Justice, and Equity Partnerships to Increase Early Career Learning Outcomes

Faith McClellan and Manat Wooten | Smith College


Career Data in Students' Hands

Nathan Hunsaker and Nicole Hall | University of Virginia


Transforming Career Services with a Strong Strategic Plan

Mona Patel and Arni Neff | San Diego Miramar College 


The Journey to Meaningful Metrics

Jen Rossi Long and Kate Shellaway | West Chester University


Inform to Transform: Gathering and Using Alumni Data

Celeste, John, and Bob | Lightcast


Using Data to Transform Programming Strategy

Kate Patten and Nancy Kujak-Ford | University of Wisconsin-Madison


Creating a Student-Centric Career Ecosystem: Artificial Intelligence, Open Internships, and the Virtual Career Center

Dr. Audra Verrier | Loyola Marymount University


Scaling Work-Integrated Learning- A National Approach

Brandee Popaden-Smith and Scott Travis | Arizona State University



Mentoring Matters: A Three-Tiered Approach to Alumni Mentor Engagement

Jackie McNatt | Bellarmine University



Tackling the Outsider Problem

Steve Russell | Bowling Green State University


Leveraging Courses and Curriculum for Career Readiness and Mapping

Adrienne Large and Candida Pouchie | The University of Texas at Dallas

Breakout Sessions




Individual In-Person Conference registration:

*Registering 4 or more staff from your team? Use 4ORMORE for a 10% discount on all registrations!
member $849
non-member $999
PreCon: Transforming Career Success Across the Campus Ecosystem
PreCon: Strategic Reimagining of Employer Relations
PreCon: Are You Doing The Work? Learn How To Strategically Embed Equity and Access Throughout Career Development
PreCon: Planning for Impact: How to Create a Strategic Plan that Works
Transfer/Cancellation Policy
Any attendee may transfer their registration to another employee at their institution at no cost. Cancellation requests after February 1, 2024, are eligible for a 100% credit or an 80% refund. Cancellation requests after March 31, 2024, are eligible for an 80% credit or can transfer to another attendee.
We no longer have exhibitors & sponsors at our in-person and virtual events. Our events are only for college and university employees.


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