More People First Timers Should Meet at #NACE17

by David Ong

The best way to meet NACE leaders is to attend the NACE First-Timers Breakfast on Wednesday morning at 7:30. In addition to the 10 people you should meet mentioned in  yesterday’s blog, here are more people you should meet at #NACE17.

Trudy Steinfeld: Many of us who have known Trudy over the years describe her as “a force of nature.. She’s best known as the Executive Director of the Wasserman Center for Career Services at New York University and for writing her “must-read” blog in Forbes magazine. Add to that her recent appointment to the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors and her role as co-editor of Leadership in Career Services: Voices from the Field and Winning the War for College Talent and you have one committed lady! When you meet her, be sure to buy her a martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives, then ask her about her past NACE work in developing professional development activities for our members.

Stephanie Pallante: If you’re a conference first timer, be on the lookout for Stephanie Pallante, who heads up campus recruiting at Aramark and is currently serving as the Conference Co-Chair. Stephanie is a ball of energy, and she has channeled that energy in serving on both the Board of Directors from 2014-2016 and has also chaired several committees. She’d be the first to tell any conference newcomer to attend either the employer or college breakfasts on Thursday morning, especially if you’re looking to network with professionals experiencing the same day-to-day dilemmas you face!

Kathy SimsKathy Sims: I was incredibly fortunate to meet this remarkable woman during my first NACE conference in 2001 (also in Vegas!), when she was serving her term as NACE president (while also managing the career center at UCLA). Since then, this member of the NACE Academy of Fellows spent several years leading efforts related to NACE’s ongoing advocacy strategies. In the meantime, she has begun a new career with GiftedHire, one of the vendors in the NACE Exhibitor Hall. Be sure to visit Kathy and the other vendors in the Exhibitor Hall to get the latest scoop on the products and services which are helping to transform our field!

Vanessa Strauss: Speaking of that same 2001 annual conference in Vegas….I had the privilege of getting to know former NACE president Vanessa Strauss from the FDIC at that same event, and boy, am I glad I did! You’d be hard pressed to find anyone within our organization who promotes NACE more than Vanessa! Her NACE resume is endless, and she’d be the first person to urge any newcomer to volunteer for NACE duty. She walks to the walk and talks the talk as well. When you check in at the registration area, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be greeted by Vanessa, who year after year volunteers her time to assist in the member check-in process. Be on the lookout for her (and tell her I sent you!).

Norma Guerra Gaier: As the current Director of the Career Center at Texas State University, Norma already has a full plate; Her plate is about to get a whole lot fuller this summer when she moves into the role of NACE President-Elect for 2017-2018. Norma’s passion for NACE runs deep (she even worked for the enterprise early in her career….ask her to tell you some stories about it!). More recently, her work with NACE has focused on causes such as the NACE Principles for Professional Practice and advocacy efforts. Be sure to introduce yourself to Norma, and I am sure she’ll give you plenty of reasons as to why you should get more involved with this great organization!

(Editor’s note:) And, make time to meet David Ong. He’s outgoing and full of great ideas.

ongDavid Ong, Director, Corporate Recruiting, Maximus, Inc.
Twitter: @dtong2565
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/dave-ong/0/604/513

David Ong currently oversees corporate and college recruiting activities at MAXIMUS Inc. in Reston, VA. Prior to joining MAXIMUS in 2004, David managed college recruiting programs at Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, and Capital One. He served on the NACE Board of Directors from 2011-2015. He is a proud graduate of the University of Richmond, where he majored in business.

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