Natalie Montilla Portes, Coordinator of Career Services Events and Experiential Education
Johnson & Wales University
This past March, one of my colleagues sent me an email about registering for the 2016 Florida ACE Conference. I honestly had never heard of the organization. She immediately came to see me and began bragging about all of the wonderful information she received from the organization through their emails and blog posts. She urged me to take the first step and register to become a member, which got me excited. She said that due to the nature of my position, I would benefit greatly by becoming a member. She was right.
From the first time I interacted with the team during the online registration until the last day of the conference, my experience was nothing but positive and enlightening. Everyone was extremely welcoming and the conference agenda truly allowed for professional development, brainstorming, and networking with other university career services’ representatives and industry employers.
I was able to learn from fellow colleagues, acquire new ideas, and best practices on topics relevant to my department’s current issues. Additionally, I was able to connect with employers who offer wonderful career opportunities for college students. I was able to take immediate steps to bring them on campus to recruit our students!
The Florida ACE Conference has been the best experience I’ve had since I began working in career services. I suggest that if you reside in Florida and are currently part of a college or university career services team, that you join Florida ACE and start attending their wonderful events. You won’t regret it! I can’t wait to attend next year’s conference!