NACE17 Is a Success Because of NACE Members

by Kathleen Powell

Whether or not you attended NACE17, it’s clear NACE members are our greatest asset! The message is clear, the capacity of our association is evident!

Yes, the conference is for the members. But, it’s because of the members we had 99 breakout sessions involving hundreds of you sharing your expertise with colleagues:

  • 60 members engaged with the Innovation Challenge,
  • 30 organizations participated in the Professional Achievement Showcase, and
  • 2,500 members gave of their time and talent to network, benchmark, and yes, dance!

And, due to the capacity of what you all bring to the table, the conference attracted colleagues, nearly 70, from 12 countries including sister organizations in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Emirates, and the United Kingdom. NACE truly has global expanse and our colleagues from around the world have interest in what we are doing as a profession and an association.

The annual conference doesn’t happen in a silo. Many committees come together to support the efforts of our profession.

The 12-member conference committee, with two co-chairs each representing both sides of NACE—college and employer—along with a board adviser and NACE staff adviser, vetted more than 425 proposals for the conference. It’s no easy task to cull through such talent and interest.

And, did you know committees work year round to bring you the best of contemporary thoughts and best practices? The Revised Principles Launch Task Force came together to determine the way forward for the new Principles for Ethical Professional Practice. Not only did the committee roll out the revised Principles at NACE17, but have developed a webinar for all NACE members to hear the context behind the revisions and how the revisions will impact decision making.

If you have interest in advocacy and what is top of mind for the profession, NACE17 offered a session legislative update from the field (scroll down to“Advisory Committee-Federal Update” on Facebook). The NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition is live on NACEWeb and points to public policy, legislation, and regulations. These are but a few examples of how our members come together to form the association we know as NACE.

One of the many highlights of the conference are the honors and awards that are bestowed on our members for their achievements in the profession. The Honors & Awards Committee, again, all members of NACE, reviewed 155 entries and selected finalists for this year’s eight Excellence Award Winners.

The point is simple. It is the members of our association that create a community of professional practice colleagues. Because of our members, NACE17 offered SmartTalks, Campfire Conversations, Solutions Labs, an Innovation Challenge. Our conference was achievable because of the NACE committees, task forces, mentors, ambassadors, writers, bloggers, presenters, event hosts, vendors, sponsors, and staff. Being one to get it done and the power of WE speaks to the collective work of NACE, our association, supporting our profession,n and the work of the many.

So, thank YOU for all you’ve done to make NACE17 a reality. And, start planning for NACE18, June 5 – 9, 2018, at the Hilton New Orleans in Riverside, Louisiana. The call for proposals is just around the corner. We are a creative bunch and I’m certain the programs won’t disappoint!

Kathleen Powell

Kathleen Powell, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, Executive Director of Career Development, Cohen Career Center, William & Mary
President, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Twitter: @powellka
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kathleenipowell/