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Atlanta, GA | April 25 - 27 

It might be over, but check out our sizzle reel!

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Thanks to everyone who attended and see you next year!


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 Luther 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)

4:15 - 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 Panel + Career Awards Ceremony

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 Meet-Up

Day 3 - Thursday, April 27th, 2023

8:00 - 9:00 | Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 | Breakouts

10:00 - 10:45 | Breakouts

11:00 - 12:00 | Closing Keynote


Conference Hotel Rate $199

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.


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Use the Atlanta International Airport. 


The Starling is a 12-mile UBER/LYFT ride from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).



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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.'


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Attendees will experience the inspiration of DaCapo Strings ATL, a local Atlanta string quartet, infused into The Collective 2023.
Ensemble members include: Pablo Alfaro, Kathy Jacques, Carla Bosman, and David Ramirez.


Dreams, Thresholds, Hope, and the Urgent Needs of Career Services 

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. 


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 and Mary Claire Dismukes | Belmont University


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

RJ Holmes-Leopold and Chad Ellsworth | 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 and Michelle Adkins | Kent State University


Restoring The Power

Shayna Smith and Tekeia N.K. Howard | Miami University


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

Emily Carpenter and Dale Leyburn | Nazareth College


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

Chris Harris | Santa Clara University

Say it Early, Say it Often

Dave Merry | Suffolk University


Beyond First Destination: Strengthening Campus Systems for Career Learning Assessment

Faith McClellan and Sarah Resnick | Smith College


Driving Career Outcomes through Early Student Engagement

Emily McCarthy and Megan Forecki | University of Arizona


Leveraging Collaboration and Partnerships to Strengthen Student Exploration and Development

Brett Jones, Melissa Leffin, and Kelly Newbold-Boudreau | University of Wisconsin - School of Business


Managing Up from the Middle

Haley Sims | Virginia Commonwealth University


Centralization, A Survival Guide

Mandy Devereux | Willamette University

Empowering Marginalized Students in Social Capital Creation

Edward L. Cruz | Tulane University

A New Model for University Career Services and Stakeholder Engagement

Adrian D. Ramirez | Southwestern University

Actualizing "Career as Everyone's Business”: Integrating Career Education into Student Experiences

Jenifer Laird and Adam Helgeson| University of Delaware

Culture is a Shared Responsibility

Karyn McCoy | University of Saint Thomas

The Employer Leadership Summit - Engaging External and Internal Leaders to Elevate Career Everywhere Models

Eileen McGarry | University of Nevada, Las Vegas


From Access to Equity: A Conversation About the Future of Our Work

Jennifer M. Neef and Kristina Wright | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Future of Measuring Social Capital in Students' Lives
Sean O'Keefe and Lori Brown | Santa Clara University and Career Launch

Leading Through Change: Balancing the Needs of Staff, Stakeholders, and Yourself

Alayna Hayes | Vanderbilt 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 non-career services staff and faculty across the campus ecosystem to fully integrate career readiness into the student experience. Attendees will learn how to more effectively articulate the purpose and goals of their unique Career Champion Network to their campus. Time will be spent discussing structures and modes of Career Champion initiatives nationwide, best practices for gaining buy-in from career champions, ongoing growth, and maintenance to sustain such a movement, and pitfalls and lessons learned from various stages of maturity of a given career champion network. 



  • Nick Cattin, Senior Manager of Consulting

  • Monique Frost, Consultant

  • Jeremy Podany, CEO


Data storytelling bridges the gap between raw data and actionable insights. By presenting data compellingly and memorably, data storytelling can help influence decision-making at all levels of an organization.

In this session, we'll discuss critical strategies for telling a compelling story with data, including choosing the right data, identifying the narrative, and using visuals to illustrate your story. We'll review examples and tools for data visualization, and attendees will better understand immediacy, crafting context, and actionable insights.



  • Dr. Kimberly Yousey-Elsener, Senior Manager of Career Research and Data

  •  Jeremy Podany, CEO

  • Margie McGee-Newton, Creative and Content Manager

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This is an advanced-level session on social capital. We'll start by identifying the difference between social capital (strong ties, weak ties, loose ties, and no ties) versus strategic social capital. We will think about research from the World Economic Forum about the Top 10 Job Skills that suggests we teach students skills such as initiative, resilience, critical thinking, and active learning. We will discuss proven frameworks, tasks, and assignments for teaching these skills in a learn-by-doing approach. Attendees will learn research and evidence-based techniques for helping students step out of their comfort zone to build on their existing social capital and to create strategic social capital with employers of interest. 


  • Sean O'Keefe, Founder & Partner, Career Launch

  • Lori Brown, Director of Partnerships and Impact, Career Launch



Individual In-Person Conference registration:

*Registering 4 or more staff from your team? Use 4ORMORE for a 10% discount on all registrations!
member $899
non-member $1050
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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