We’re gearing up for NACE 2016 here at Rakuna, and we whipped up this quick guide for university relation professionals to some of the highlights from what’s sure to be a great conference. Don’t forget to come visit us at Booth #810!
Mingle, Connect, and Network (aka get your network on!)
Everyone knows how important networking is for business connections, insight, and finding new jobs and employees, but sometimes people forget it can be pretty darn fun. NACE Connect events bring together conference folks for a bit of decompression and socializing.
NACE Connect Events
Tuesday, June 7: Noon - 6pm
- Recharging Lounge
Wednesday, June 8: 10 am - 6pm
- Recharging Lounge
- Refueling Station
Thursday, June 9: 10 am - 6pm
- Recharging Lounge
Friday, June 10: 7:15 am - 8:15 am
- Recharging Lounge
It’s a Celebration, Baby! (When it’s time to bust a move)
We can dance if we want to… Sure, everyone you’re an ace recruiter, but do they know you can also party like a rockstar and that your dance moves transcend space and time? Maybe it’s time you let them know, and celebrate the awesomeness of NACE 2016.
- Opening Reception in the Expo Hall - Tuesday, June 7: 7:30 - 9 pm
- NACE 60th Celebration at The Field Museum - Thursday, June 9: 7 - 11pm (complimentary for full conference attendees. Separate registration required for everyone else)
Speakers (Who doesn’t like a good story?)
These are can’t-miss events. NACE has done a great job of sourcing fascinating, intelligent, and insightful speakers this year and we’re sure you join us in our anticipation to hear what they have to say.
Tuesday, June 7: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Conference Opening/Keynote Address: Troublemaking for Innovation
Called the “The Indiana Jones of marketing,” Garis’ adventures in life and success in business (currently at Procter and Gamble) will surely make for a good talk.
Wednesday, June 8: 9:15 – 10 a.m.
Keynote Address: Inspiring Positive Change
Melvin has had the opportunity to live out two of millions of American children’s pipe dreams: He’s played in the NFL and been to space - for a total of 565 hours, to be precise.
Thursday, June 9: 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Keynote Address: Women Who Don’t Wait in Line
The CEO and Founder of the nonprofit, Girls Who Code, Saujani works to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future
Friday, June 10: 11 a.m. – Noon
Facilitator, Closing Session: Megatrends for the Field
Something of a ‘millennial whisperer’ - Pollak is the go-to expert for corporations and millennials alike when it comes to recruitment, retention, and career advancement.
Concurrent Sessions (Be a sponge! And soak up this knowledge)
Use the concurrent sessions to learn some new tips and tricks of the trade, and make valuable connections before the conference kicks off.
Of 35 sessions offered to employers, here are top 5 that we highly recommend attending.
Why Thinking Like a Marketer Will Make You a Better Recruiter
Wednesday, June 8 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Presenters: Maureen Joseph & John Beck, PEAK6 Investments
In this transformative session, the Campus Program Manager and the Marketing Director will share how they worked together to re-imagine and re-invent their campus recruiting program. Through first-hand accounts and insights, you’ll learn how you can use look at your own program through a marketing lens to identify better ways to recruit, make smarter decisions, and build a recruiting brand.
Harnessing the Limitless Possibilities “Big Data” Brings to Reporting and Accountability
Thursday, June 9 1:30pm- 2:30pm
Presenters: Kathleen Schaum & Sean Treccia, KPMG LLP
Location: Salon A1
At Rakuna, we love good metric tracking so we love this idea of bringing “big data” into reporting and accountability. In this session, KPMG will share a variety of reports you can use to measure your team’s progress and promote your department’s value within your company. Bring your ideas to share things you measure so we can collaborate and enhance the use of “D&A” within all of our organizations and ultimately drive innovation and a higher level of performance.
If you cannot attend this, but want to have a good metric tracking template, download Rakuna’s University Recruiting Metric Tracking Template.
Great Candidate, Terrible Hire: Hire the Best Talent for Your Organization
Thursday, June 9 3:15pm- 4:15pm
Presenters: Sue Keever Watts, The Keever Group & Keith Goryl, Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Location: Room Boulevard
Amica Insurance will share its process for developing competencies and training its recruiters to identify the best talent. Since implementing its program, Amica Insurance has more than doubled the number of students who receive offers and enjoyed much higher retention rates.
Leveraging Limited Resources
Friday, June 10 9:15am- 10:15am
Presenters: Katharine Farmer, Valero Energy Corporation & Bryan Quick, Abbott
Location: Room Williford C
Through this workshop, you will understand how to develop programs such as a recruiting team lead per school or student campus ambassadors. By way of small group discussion, you will identify pain points, brainstorm ideas, and walk away with solutions for creating a limitless university recruiting program. Discover helpful tips from the recruiters who have been there before.
Using NACE Research Data to Influence University Strategy
Thursday, June 9 10:45am -11:45am
Presenters: Mark Woodrum, Cisco Systems
Location: Room Marquette
This presentation will feature a case study about Cisco’s journey to align our UR strategy to the corporate strategy. Then, it will add the element of NACE Research and detail how that was incorporated to direct investment, set expectations, and support school selection. Finally, it will walk through a very simple analytical model to show how anyone can use multiple sources of data to prioritize investment in their university relations efforts. As a wrap up, the session will go into specific situations where this information has been very important in decision making based on the presenter’s experience – diversity investment, location strategy, sponsorship questions.
If you don’t have the opportunity to attend #NACE16 sessions, stay tuned for in-depth Rakuna coverage exploring university relations initiatives and recruiting trends. Follow along with @Rakuna_Co and @NACEOrg for live coverage.
For those looking to learn more about Rakuna, visit us at booth #810 in the Main Exhibit Hall to learn more or reserve a time to meet below.