Recap of Board Meeting and Goals

Megan Hollis, Florida Association of Colleges and Employers

Can anyone else believe that we are already halfway through October? Where does the time go?download

Your FloridaACE board has been working hard to accomplish the goals that we set over the summer. As a reminder, here are the goals we established –

  1. Explore and propose changes to FloridaACE membership rates and fiscal year
  2. Review FloridaACE Board position selection process and modify select positions to be open to nomination and/or election by the entire FloridaACE membership
  3. Update the MemberClicks platform
  4. Explore hosting a virtual state-wide career fair
  5. Increase webinar offerings throughout the year
  6. Enhance student participation in FloridaACE

 

Goal #1 has been a research project for Michele Groves, your FloridaACE Treasurer. Upon examining the financial ramifications with our Accountant and consulting previous board members about the reasoning for the set-up of the current fiscal year, the second part of that goal has been tabled until next year. We are continuing to examine the current membership rates to create a more equal pricing structure between our membership types.

Goal #2 is currently being led by your FloridaACE Past-President, Alicia Smyth. The FloridaACE Board has always served as the selection committee for new board members (as written in our Constitution). The way to join the board has been to demonstrate your interest through committee service and involvement in FloridaACE. To open the playing field more to all members, we are looking at creating a nomination and election process for representative board positions.

Goal #3 has been tirelessly pushed forward by Tara Stevenson, your FloridaACE Information Management Director. She is the genius behind the FloridaACE website and anything to do with your online FloridaACE experience. I’m excited to see the changes our system upgrade will bring!

Goal #4 is still in progress. There is an increase in the number of virtual career fairs being offered and FloridaACE is striving to offer new and innovative services to our member institutions and employers. If you have a passion for this, please let us know! We would love to use your talents here.

Goal #5 has started strong! Our dynamic duo of Employer Members, Teri-Anne Brennan of Enterprise Holdings and Dannon Monroe of American Traveler, coordinated our first ever webinar just for employers in early August. With the noted increase of schools in Florida switching to Handshake, they worked with the Handshake team to offer an employer training webinar on this new system.

Goal #6 is the brain-child of our Membership Development Director, Stacy Lanigan, and State University Member, Bill Blank (also our two most recent President’s Award winners!). The work done by career services offices is vital to college student development and our employer partners, but how do we ensure the future of our field? Get students involved early! We have always offered Graduate Students reduced membership rates and conference rates for the FloridaACE Annual Conference. We recently expanded that offering to our Drive-In Conference! For only $20, Graduate Student members can take advantage of this fun learning and networking opportunity.

 

We are making progress! As always, your input and talents are appreciated and welcomed. If you see a goal that speaks to you, feel free to contact me or the board member currently leading that charge. We would love to get you involved!

 

2nd Annual Drive-In

Megan Megan Hollis President Florida Association of Colleges & Employers

Good afternoon FloridaACE Members,

Have you registered for the 2nd Annual FloridaACE Drive-In yet?

The Florida State University Career Center is excited to welcome everyone to Tallahassee for this fun event!

Our schedule runs from 8:30am-3:00pm and includes a great lineup of 2 keynote speakers and 4 breakout sessions. We will also be providing tours of the FSU Career Center.

I am excited to announce our two keynote speakers!

Jennifer Fonseca of Palm Beach Atlantic University and Dr. Darren Brooks from Florida State University will be joining us to share their experiences and perspectives on creating connections.

Jennifer Fonseca, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Jennifer Fonseca Jennifer Fonseca’s Purpose Title is Destiny Activator. Regardless of her job, job title, or employer, the core of WHO she is, is one who stimulates and sets in motion purpose and calling in individuals. Armed with over 20 years of experience working in higher education at both private and public institutions, she finds herself at home in Career Development. Over the last decade Jennifer developed her 5P Process© to help individuals find meaningful and engaged careers. Her 5P’s are Passion, Purpose, Personality, Proficiencies, and Profit Centers. Through this process individuals (and even employers) pull out their potential, explore the possibilities, find intentional ways to practice and prepare, develop professionalism, and experience peace as they figure out their WHO before their DO©! (She really likes the letter P!) Jennifer is an ENFJ. Strengths: Communication, Empathy, Restorative, Harmony, and Connectedness. Jennifer currently serves as the Destiny Activator / Assistant Director of Career Development at Palm Beach Atlantic University, while managing her private coaching practice.

Dr. Darren Brooks, Florida State University

Dr. Darren BrooksDr. Brooks has more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership in the areas of information technology, human resource, sales, learning and performance improvement in both the private and public sectors. He has extensive experience in talent acquisition and development, learning systems design, human performance technology, program evaluation, project management, and change management. Prior to his faculty role in the FSU college of business and appointment as the Executive Director of the Center for Human Resource Management, Dr. Brooks held numerous executive level positions including Deputy Secretary (CHRO-state of Florida), Director of Human Resources, Director of Shared Services Operations, Director of Administrative Services-IT, Chief Information Officer/Applications Development Director, Senior Human Resource Business Partner, Regional Recruiting Director, Senior Learning Manager, and Learning Design Manager/Performance Consultant.

Registration is only $35 for FloridaACE Members!

You won’t want to miss the conversation and the information you’re sure to use when you get back to campus. Looking forward to seeing you in Tallahassee!

Click here for registration

Message from the President

Megan Hollis

It’s that time of year again! Students are coming back to campus, classes are starting up again, pumpkin spice-flavored everything is returning, and I’m sure your waiting rooms and appointment calendars will be filling up if they aren’t already.

This is also a busy time for your FloridaACE Board. We met earlier in August to close out our annual conference and get started on our 2017-2018 goals. I have outlined them below to keep you updated on what your Board will be focusing on over the next year. If one resonates with you or is a passion of yours, please let me know and we would love to get you involved!

2017-2018 Goals

  1. Explore and propose changes to FloridaACE membership rates and fiscal year
  2. Review FloridaACE Board position selection process and modify select positions to be open to nomination and/or election by the entire FloridaACE membership
  3. Update the MemberClicks platform
  4. Explore hosting a virtual state-wide career fair
  5. Increase webinar offerings throughout the year
  6. Enhance student participation in FloridaACE

We have recently had a change in leadership on the FloridaACE Board. Due to an increase in work involvement and travel our recently elected Vice-President, Stacy Ballinger, had to step down from her role. In her time on the board, Stacy was a strong contributor and supporter of this organization. She stepped up to assist us with the planning and logistics of our most recent annual conference even before she was a board member, and provided extremely valuable insight at our August board meeting. Fortunately for us, she has agreed to stay on in a volunteer capacity to assist the board on our newly developed Finance Committee. Thank you, Stacy, for your continued support!

This change required the board to make a mid-term appointment. Please join us in welcoming John Sheehy (Stetson University) as our new Vice-President! John has a history of proven leadership and support of FloridaACE, as well as experience on the Registration, On-Site Logistics, and President’s Council committees. John, we are lucky to have you with us and know you will do a phenomenal job as Vice-President!

Our next opportunity for you to engage with your fellow FloridaACE members is at the upcoming Drive-In Conference hosted in my neck of the woods, Tallahassee! On November 3, 2017, we will be gathering at the FSU Career Center for a day of professional development and to create new connections. Keep an eye out for updates from Matina Wagner, your Professional Development Director, on the Drive-In. If anyone needs convincing on making the drive to Tallahassee, I will let you know that it is a football weekend. The ‘Noles will be taking on Syracuse on November 4th. Sounds like a great weekend getaway to me!

I’m looking forward to this next year as your FloridaACE President! We have a lot we can accomplish together. Please reach out to me, or any board member, if you have ideas or would like to get involved.

Sincerely,

Megan Hollis – 2017-2018 President

Florida Association of Colleges & Employers

president@florida-ace.org

2017 FloridaACE Annual Conference Evaluation Report

Written by: Arin Baynard & Ommy Pearson, Evaluation Committee

Arin Baynard

Summary

The conference evaluation is designed to give attendees the opportunity to provide insight and feedback of their experience in addition to provide suggestions to improve the 2018 annual conference. Thus, the purpose of the following report is to illustrate the survey results for the conference and to help plan, enhance, and maximize future conference experiences.

The following summary illustrates the survey results for the 2017 conference. The survey consisted of 17 questions where participants were given the opportunity to rate the overall conference, programming, and events, and provide feedback on what they found to be most and least useful/ effective.  A rating scale of Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, and N/A was used, along with open-ended questions for comments and suggestions. The survey received 72 total responses yielding a 48% response rate. After a review of the 2017 FloridaACE Annual Conference evaluation survey, the majority of attendees (77.78%) who participated described the overall event as “very good” and “excellent.”

According to the rating scale, the overall event received a rating of 4.15 on a 5.0 scale. Additionally, the registration process, FloridaACE website and listserv updates, and conference programming were all well received by conference attendees receiving ratings above 4.0 on a 5.0 scale.

For programming, based on number of respondents ranking the session as “Excellent”, the top rated breakout sessions were:

  • “Who Before Do: How to Help Students Find Better Jobs by Finding Themselves” – 27 (50.94%)
  • “How to Promote Social/Emotional Intelligence in Students for Academic/Career Success” – 16 (39.02%)
  • “Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Approaches to Your Employer & Advising Events” – 12 (28.75%)
  • “Development & Administration of a Career Clothing Closet” – 9 (25.00%)

Additionally, the majority of respondents (71.43%) rated the Roundtable Sessions as “very good” or “excellent”, with the highest rated roundtable being “The Millennial Way: Millennials in the Workplace” ranked as “excellent” by 14 participants. Participants commented that they enjoyed the roundtable sessions being offered on the first day of the conference. Likewise, the opening and closing keynote speakers were both rated as “very good” or “excellent” by the majority of respondents.  Suggestions included creating a more robust and interactive employer panel if this format is used for future opening keynote sessions and having a less interactive closing session.  Additionally, respondents commented on an increased need for program offerings aimed at experienced professionals and those in an employer relations or recruiter role.

Special events, meals, and receptions with the highest rating were:

  • Enterprise Closing Banquet (4.57/5.0)
  • Enterprise After Party (4.50/5.0)
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception (4.32/5.0)

Suggestions included offering food options for those who are vegetarians or have food restrictions such as gluten allergies.

In general, participants commented that they enjoyed networking with their peers.  Overall suggestions included providing hotel accommodations that are less remote and better designed for networking. The FloridaACE Board of Directors and Conference Committee members will review the feedback collected to effectively plan future conference events and programming.

 

 

#FloridaACE18 Drive-In

MARK YOUR CALENDARS & REGISTER NOW

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The 2017 Drive-In Conference on November 3rd is a time for making connections and networking with Florida ACE members.  Register now so that you can connect with new people and meet up with old acquaintances.

We are excited about Florida State University hosting the event this year at their new career center in Tallahassee!  Tours of the facility will be offered during the lunch break and we will hear from FSU staff about implementing industry best practices and the many innovative career readiness initiatives at the university.  If you attended last year’s Drive-In at UCF, then you know how much information Florida ACE packs into the sessions and discussions.

We encourage member schools and employers to reach out to other colleges and businesses in your area to promote this must attend event. It is a great way to introduce the resources of Florida ACE to new people in the field.  Registration is limited to the first ninety people who sign up!

FloridaACE Drive-In Conference Registration

“Urgent! You Need to Show Your Work!”

Ben HeinsBen Heins – Coordinator, Internships and Service Learning – USF Sarasota-Manatee

Early in my time at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Career Services, it was revealed that I studied, read, and wrote poetry fairly extensively ever since I was in my early twenties. My then-supervisor bought me a very thoughtful gift soon thereafter: a book that grounded many work-related philosophies I held and taught me several new ones that I practice every day. Unbeknownst to her, that book – Show Your Work by Austin Kleon – was written by a poet who taught me the craft of erasure, one of my favorite poetic styles. It was one of life’s full-circle moments that made a deep impact on me as a professional and as a person.

In Kleon’s book – a follow-up to his bestselling Steal Like an Artist – the goal is to work in 10 new “ways of operating” to more effectively tell your story. When applied to the work we do as practitioners of career services, Kleon’s suggestions help prioritize and publicize data collecting, which in turn amplifies our narrative without losing the human, collaborative element. In each of the 10 sections, he keeps the language approachable and easy to internalize. Let’s check out the chapters:

  1. You Don’t Have to Be a Genius
  2. Think Process, Not Product
  3. Share Something Small Every Day
  4. Open up Your Cabinet of Curiosities
  5. Tell Good Stories
  6. Teach What You Know
  7. Don’t Turn into Human Spam
  8. Learn to Take a Punch
  9. Sell Out
  10. Stick Around

Each of these 10 parts have excellent, pertinent strategies we all can use. Little nuggets abound – some more relevant than others, depending on what speaks to you. For example, every day, I still seek touch points with my “scenius” – a scene of like-minded individuals whose collective of ideas is greater than any single member’s; an “ecology of talent,” as Kleon puts it, that is critical to forward movement. I take time every day to give credit where credit is due because it leads to stronger relationships and new, fruitful connections. At a low cost, these lessons and many more are available now and can help elevate the quality of our work to a new level.

Alternatively, email me, and I’ll gladly mail you my copy to borrow. (heins@sar.usf.edu)

 

Carmen Ellis and her first-timers takeaway! #FloridaACE17

Carmen Carter, M.S. – Assistant Director for On Campus Recruitment – Career and Talent Development – FIU

 

FloridaAce was such a wonderful conference, as a career service professional it is always invigorating listening to other institutions and learning about the programs and initiatives that they’re implementing to help students. I received so many takeaways and cool ideas that I plan on using at Florida International University. I valued meeting colleagues from other institutions as well as hearing from employers/ recruiters on ways we can work better together.