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Keynote speakers, workshops, and a variety of breakout sessions give members and non-members a chance to exchange ideas, share information and learn about the latest college and employer trends and practices.

Virtual Coffee Hours:

These virtual events occur 2-3 times throughout the year and allow members and non-members a chance to connect around a field specific topic.

Upcoming events

    • April 25, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual - From the Comfort of Your Office | Home


    Keynote Speaker | Dr. Phil D. Gardner

    Roundtable Discussions & Affinity Groups

    Conference Timeline: 

    8:30am-8:55am: Networking & Coffee Chat
    8:55am-9:00am: Intro | Welcome
    9:00am-10:00am: Roundtable Topics
    10:00am-10:15am: Transition & Break

    10:15am-11:45am: Keynote Speaker Phil D. Gardner

    Presentation Topic: College to Careers: Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining Emerging Talent in 2024

    11:45am-12:00pm: Transition & Break

    12:00pm-12:50pm: Affinity Groups

    12:50pm-1:00pm: Closing


    College to Careers: Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining Emerging Talent in 2024

    A brief review of the 2023-24 college hiring cycle: focusing on the BA/S degree level, which will be followed by factors that are shaping the hiring outlook for 2024-25. Specifically, how employers are engaging with AI technologies in their recruiting process and how these technologies could change the realities of the transition from college to the workplace. Furthermore, what roles best serve career services in light of rapid technology adoption? Using the latest information from models and large data sets, we will consider the role of career/professional engagement in student success and further emphasize the role of talent acquisition specialists and recruiters.


    WI-ACE Member: $20.00

    Non WI-ACE Member: $30.00

    Current Student | Grad Student: $10.00 

    About Our Keynote Speaker:

    Dr. Phil D. Gardner:

    Philip D. Gardner is Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University.  Dr. Gardner has been with MSU for more than 30 years after receiving degrees from Whitman College (BA in Chemistry) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in Resource & Development Economics/Public Policy).  His major areas of research include the transition from college to work, early socialization and career progression in the workplace, workforce readiness, and other areas related to college student studies. MSU’s nationally recognized annual college labor market study is done under his direction each fall. He also served as senior editor of the Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships, and in 2019, he was inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows for his advancement of knowledge, leadership and excellence in his profession.

    His research interests include:

    • Transition from college to work and early workplace socialization
    • Student engagement, learning and competency development
    • Labor market dynamics for college educated employees, especially early career development
    • Impact of the first and second year of college on commitment to learning.

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About the association

WI-ACE is an organization of representatives from Wisconsin employers and Wisconsin higher educational institutions devoted to connecting students and graduates with internships, co-ops, and full-time positions



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