A Winning Field Guide To NACE 2019

A Winning Field Guide To NACE 2019

May 29, 2019 - 13 minute read -

We’re gearing up for NACE 2019 here at Rakuna, and we rounded up a detailed guide for university relation professionals to some of the highlights from what’s sure to be a great conference. Infused yourself with new tips, tricks of the trade and make valuable connections to get the best of NACE 2019.

Don’t forget to come visit us at Booth #202! #RakunaMatata


We put approximately 100 concurrent sessions of NACE 2019 under a microscope to highlight the top 15 we highly recommend recruiters to attend.

concurrent session

1. Highlighted Sessions on June 4th

Hiring the Leaders of Tomorrow: How Encompass Health Tackles Campus Recruiting

  • Time: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon A 1
  • Speaker: Brooke Glennon, Encompass Health Corporation

In this session, Encompass Health Corporation will shares their multifaceted approach to building quality talent pipelines for the leadership that will ultimately take the helm at their hundreds of hospitals and home health agencies nationwide. From custom leadership programs to innovative use of databases and more, Encompass Health Corporations innovative approach can be relevant for any organization trying to hire top talent, management or otherwise.

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

  • Time: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Southern Hemisphere, Salon I
  • Speaker: Members of the NACE Inclusion Committee

Advancing inclusion, diversity, and equity is a core value of Rakuna so we look forward to this particular session. Explore best and promising high-impact practices for inclusion, diversity, and equity that can work for your campus and organization with leaders in the field, and learn about new initiatives championed by the NACE Inclusion Committee. You can take part in roundtable discussions to share challenges and solutions and learn about practices that work for your peers that you can model and explore how to support diversity and inclusion through NACE and our places of work.

Recruiter of the Future!

  • Time: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon E 1/2
  • Speaker: Dawn Carter, Intuit Inc

In this panel discussion held by Dawn Carter at Intuit Inc, participants will learn tangible ways to understand what it will take to be a recruiter of the future, how generation Z is looking to interact with recruiters, and how AI & MI will impact the recruiting world.

Building a Fortune 500 University Program... in 6 Months!

  • Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Southern Hemisphere, Salon IV
  • Speaker: Kellie Nickovich, AECOM

This session focuses on methods and frameworks AECOM (Fortune 500) adopt to transform their campus recruiting program into a structured, strategic, and value-added in just 6 months.

Driving Innovation in Campus Recruiting

  • Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon A 1
  • Speaker: Sean Treccia, KPMG LLP

This session addresses the criticality and challenges of elevating innovation as a cultural imperative. Practical guidance will be provided to define and develop innovation in your organization. Resources for driving and rewarding a culture of innovation and assessing traits of innovative leaders will be discussed. Tangible examples for mining, managing, and implementing new ideas from your team and vendors will be explored. This session focuses upon a variety of tools that present key learnings for companies of all sizes. Participants will also learn how to leverage innovation to attract top talent and increase morale and engagement within talent acquisition teams.

Revisiting Recruitment High Touch/High Tech: What Students Value - and Why

  • Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon D
  • Speaker: Mary Scott, Scott Resource Group

In this session, Mary Scott from Scott Resource Group will present the findings of the just-released campus-based study “Revisiting Recruitment High Touch/High Tech: Students Benchmark their Attitudes and Expectations.” Topics include: the value of current recruitment practices, tools, and techniques; the impact of recruitment execution, both high touch and high tech; and the factors that influence students’ perceptions of employer authenticity. Quantitative and qualitative data will be presented to document what students value (and don’t) - and WHY - during their job-search experiences.

Highlighted Session on June 4th

2. Highlighted Sessions on June 5th

What 10,000 Gen Z College Students Told Us About the Future of Work

  • Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Americas Seminar Room
  • Speaker: Adam Rosen, Door of Clubs

This talk will be extremely helpful for any recruiters who are in preparing for Gen Z. Audience members will learn who Gen Z is, how to attract them, how to retain them, and also how to become the employer of choice for HBCU students (5,000-plus students in our study are from HBCUs)! This talk will be backed by quantitative and qualitative data, with clear action steps to make it easy for audience members walk away as Gen Z thought leaders in their respective organizations.

Winning the War for College Talent With Limited Resources: #BallinOnABudget

  • Time: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon A 3/4
  • Speaker: Terry Pierce, Moss Adams LLP

With the current economic landscape of record-low unemployment, evolving technology, and a changing workforce, college and entry-level recruiting has become hyper-competitive. Becoming the employer of choice is more daunting than ever! The regional recruiting managers of Moss Adams, a top-15 accounting firm, will share their thoughts, best practices, and strategies on how can you be successful as a hiring department, with restricted or minimal personnel, time, and resources. Welcome to Winning the War for College Talent with Limited Resources.

Class of 2019: Attitudes, Internships, and More

  • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Southern Hemisphere, Salon I
  • Speakers: Joshua Kahn, NACE

What do Class of 2019 graduates expect from employers, their first job, their career center? How does taking part in an internship affect those expectations? Based on results from NACE’s annual student survey, Josh Kahn, NACE assistant director of research, provides insights into student perceptions, expectations, and behaviors.

Where Should I Recruit? Creative, Data-Driven Strategies for School Selection

  • Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon D
  • Speaker: Kelsey Weissgold, IBM Corporation

With 5,300 schools across the United States, where do you begin to source early professional/intern talent? Which schools provide you with the best ROI? Should you target the big campuses or try to find a smaller school that meets your sourcing needs? How do you factor in the need to source a diverse population? With all these competing factors, how do you use data to create a defensible, prioritized list of target schools for your company? Get the answers to all these questions by attending the discussion on data-drive sourcing strategies with the representative from IBM Corporation!

Positioning Women for Success in the Workplace of the Future

  • Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon E 3/4
  • Speaker: Michelle Lederhos, Forte Foundation

The workplace of the future will be defined by ever-growing diversity of gender, of race, of mindset, and of skill. Forté is at the nexus of efforts by schools and corporations to prepare women to meet new demands while increasing the number of women business leaders. Women need data analytics and technical skills; more women of color are needed in leadership pipeline; and more men are needed to actively drive workplace gender equity. Join the talk with Forté - along with corporate and school representatives - to discuss how we can guide undergrad women today to thrive in the workplace of tomorrow.

3. Highlighted Sessions on June 6th

Inclusion Exclusion: Identifying, Understanding, and Fixing Ineffective Diversity Programs

  • Time: 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Americas Seminar Room
  • Speaker: William Murphy, St. John's University - New York

Unsurprisingly, most diversity programs are not increasing diversity. Organizations basically double down on the same approaches they have used since the 1960s - which often make things worse, not better. Studies prove that this kind of force feeding can activate bias rather than stamp it out. This often results from improperly grouping diversity and inclusion together as one, unified concept. When considered and implemented separately however, inclusion practices often accomplish an organization’s diversity goals. In this session, participants will re-imagine the relationship between diversity and inclusion to understand why many diversity programs fail, and leave empowered with inclusion strategies for realizing genuine employment equality.

Building and Implementing a Global University Framework at Adidas

  • Time: 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon A 1
  • Speaker: Jessica Smith, Adidas

University recruiting at Adidas was fragmented in approach across HQ locations and had no real strategic focus. Join us in a deep dive of how Adidas began to lay the foundation for their new global university recruiting function through a new initiative called “1U”. In this session, participants will learn tangible ways to effectively manage large scale process and system alignment and implementation. It will take into account political and stakeholder management, change management, communication strategy, and leading remote teams in a large FCMG company.

How to Become a Top 100 Intern Program in One Year

  • Time: 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Americas Seminar Room
  • Speaker: Kellye O'Connor, Asurion Corporation

This talk focuses on a case study about how Asurion went from a small internship model to a top-100 internship program in a year. With an emphasis on intern experience, developing meaningful work that connects back to the business, and a lot of fun along the way, this session offers very practical tools on how to build a top 100 program with a small team along the likes of Google and Apple.

Future Proofing Your Recruitment Strategy

  • Time: 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon A 3/4
  • Speaker: Cate Bechtold, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

In this session, participants will learn how to effectively use your time and resources to recruit locally, nationally, and virtually to hire a qualified and diverse group of students for their internship program.


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.


1. Tuesday, June 04

Exhibitor/Attendee Breakfast Meetings

  • Time: 7:15 - 8:15 am
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon B/C and D

NACE19 Speed Networking

  • Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am
  • Room: Ballroom Level, Northern Hemisphere, Salon D

Morning Beverage Break in the Expo Hall

  • Time: 9:30 - 10:30
  • Room: Lower Level, Atlantic Hall

Afternoon Beverage Break in the Expo Hall

  • Time: 2:30 - 3:15 pm
  • Room: Lower Level, Atlantic Hall

2. Wednesday, June 05

Continental Breakfast in the Expo Hall

  • Time: 7:15 - 8:30 am
  • Room: Lower Level, Atlantic Hall

Morning Beverage Break in the Expo Hall

  • Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am
  • Room: Lower Level, Atlantic Hall

3. Thursday, June 06

Continental Breakfast

  • Time: 7:30 - 8:30 am
  • Room: Lower Level, Pacific Ballroom C


Attending concurrent sessions, networking with awesome people and taking a tour in exhibition hall would be excellent combo to optimize your time and take full advantage out of NACE 2019.


We take a close look at all the exhibitors and single out these top 5 interesting exhibitors that you should definitely pay a visit at NACE 2019.

1. Arctic Shores: Booth #101

  • Category: Assessment/ Metrics
  • Audience: University Relations and Recruiting
  • Arctic Shores is a global provider of 21st century psychometric assessments, which deliver a great candidate experience, reduce bias, raise diversity, and improve the quality of hire. Their assessments are used in over 36 countries by more than 100 organizations. Collecting more than 7,500 data points from each candidate, Arctic Shores generates over 30 personality traits that are matched against what “success” looks like in therole. They also provide candidates with a personalized career guidance report.

2. Candid Career LLC: Booth #508

  • Category: Career Counseling/ Career Exploration Solution
  • Audience: All
  • Candid Career is the premier provider of career advice videos; covering all industries, career readiness topics, and job search skills that everyone needs to land a job. Candid Career have interviewed thousands of professionals and learned that everyone has a story to tell and valuable insight to share. Hundreds of schools continue to offer Candid Career’s videos for major or career exploration and to prepare students and alums for interviews or career fairs. Custom alumni videos are available.

3. Rakuna: Booth #202

  • Category: Recruiting Management
  • Audience: University Relations and Recruiting
  • Rakuna is the campus recruiting platform redefining how top employers recruit young people. We are how companies hire millennials. Come to Booth #202 to discover our newest features and win awesome giveaways.

4. Oncampus Advertising: Booth #109

  • Category: Advertising/ Media/ Publishing/ Promotions
  • Audience: All
  • OnCampus Advertising is a college marketing and recruiting services company that works closely with higher education and corporate recruiters through the planning and implementation of student recruiting campaigns. Since 2003, OnCampus has done hundreds of recruiting initiatives, assisting each client with their unique set of objectives on campuses across the United States and Canada.

5. Quinncia: #Booth 406

  • Category: Career Readiness/ Competencies
  • Audience: All
  • Quinncia is a career readiness platform that improves student outcomes by increasing student engagement through resume feedback and interview skills using AI. They have integrated the platform in 40+ colleges that made Quinncia a class assignment for students. It helps scale career services by integrating career readiness into the academic curriculum and partnering with professors to dramatically improve student engagement, graduation rates, and on-time graduation.


You will have three days of conference and exhibition in Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort - Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions, why don’t you seize the chance to take full advantage of it? Let’s carpe diem.

Here are the top 05 most recommended attractions in Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort:

1. Mandara Spa

Refresh yourself after a long conference day at Mandara Spa, located at 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, FL 32830-8428.

Mandara Resort

2. Disney's Boardwalk

Disney’s BoardWalk area contains more than 90,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and nightclubs.. Best spot for your leisure walk! Located at 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Orlando, FL 32830-8442.

Disney's Boardwalk

3. AbracadaBar

Located at 2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Kissimmee, FL 32830-8442. With awesome drinks, unique atmosphere, Abracada Bar earns a spot on our list on best attractions at Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin World Resort.


4. Disney's Hollywood Studios

Located 351 South Studio Drive Streets of America, Orlando, FL 32830. One of the best theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood-style action with live shows, thrilling attractions, backstage tours and star-studded special events.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

5. Epcot Divequest

Highly recommended by over 200 Trip Advisor user. If you are a marine lover, pay a tour at Epcot Divequest to admire the marine diversity at Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin World Resort.

Epcot Divequest

For those looking to learn more about Rakuna, visit us at booth #202 in the Main Exhibit Hall to learn more or reserve a time to meet now.


Rakuna is the campus recruiting platform that helps employers and recruiters redefine how top employers recruit young people. The Rakuna Solution Suite includes a simplest mobile app - Rakuna Recruit, and event management dashboard - Rakuna Event Management, candidate relationship management - Rakuna Dashboard and streamlined interview scheduling platform - Interview Scheduling Software. We are how companies hire millennials!

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