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Hyatt Regency Monterey, Monterey, CA

December 11-13, 2019




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Thank you

for giving us the fuel to be driven from within. At Enterprise Holdings we are lucky to have wonderful partners and employees that support our strong culture and values. As one of those great partners, we appreciate all that you do to help us continue to find and hire amazing employees. Enterprise is continually recognized as a top employer and a great place to launch a career. Our internships, Management Training program and entry-level positions are where individuals have opportunities to hone their talents and grow their skills. And with our promote-from-within culture, developing our employees is a top priority, as we are truly driven from within. We’re proud of our partnership and commitment to MPACE. careers.enterprise.com

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Table Of Contents Full Conference Schedule 6 Thank You To Our Sponsors 7-8 President’s Message 9 Co-Chairs Message 10 MPACE Board Of Directors 11 Conference Leadership 12 General Information 13 Keynote Speakers 14 Leadership Exchange 15 Taste Of Monterey 16 Breakout Sessions 17-20 SHARE YOUR MPACE EXPERIENCE!


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Full Conference Schedule Wednesday, December 11 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Open – Regency Foyer

8:00 am – 11:30 am

Leadership Exchange – Big Sur

10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open – Regency Ballroom

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Newcomers Reception – Cypress

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Volunteer Meet-Up – Cypress

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Kick-off Luncheon and Welcome – Regency Ballroom

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Keynote Sara Safari

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Breakout Sessions I – First Floor

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Networking Break – Regency Ballroom

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Fireside Chats – Mark Thomas Foyer

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions II – First Floor

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Kick-Off Reception – Regency Ballroom

Thursday, December 12 7:30 am – 8:00 am

Breakfast (seated by regions) – Regency Ballroom

7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open – Regency Ballroom

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Open – Regency Foyer

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Welcome & Regional Directors Update – Regency Ballroom

8:45 am – 9:45 am

Breakout Sessions III – First Floor

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Networking Break – Regency Ballroom

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Breakout Sessions IV – First Floor

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Networking Break – Regency Ballroom

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Fireside Chats – Mark Thomas Foyer

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Business Luncheon and Awards – Regency Ballroom

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Breakout Sessions V – First Floor

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Networking Break – Regency Ballroom

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions VI – First Floor

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Raffle Prizes in Exhibit Hall – Regency Ballroom

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Taste of Monterey Reception – Monterey Ballroom

Friday, December 13 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast: – Regency Ballroom

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Keynote Dr. Omékongo Dibinga

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Closing Remarks and Showcase of Next Year’s Conference

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2019 President’s Letter

Tracy Hill Welcome to the 2019 Monterey MPACE Conference. I am particularly fond

of this conference as it was the first conference I attended over 20 years ago! This year’s conference theme, Inspire, Shift, Act fits right in with line with what we need to do to keep up with the ever-changing roles we have in our professions. At this conference you will learn to inspire a shift for the next generation of professionals. Many people visit Monterey to see the Aquarium, which currently is featuring a giant octopus and, of course, those adorable otters. Perhaps they may visit to stroll along Cannery Row, also captured in Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. One of my favorite Steinbeck quotes is: “I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.” I believe this is how you will feel after leaving this conference! The Monterey conference committee has been planning several events including two amazing keynote speakers. Sara Safari who will discuss how her dream of climbing Mt. Everest changed her life, as well as many women across the world. In addition, Dr. Omékongo Dibinga whose life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. We also have the opportunity to take advantage of the food and wine industry that Monterey is known for. Our Thursday night event will include a Taste of Monterey and will conclude with what we at MPACE are famous for—dancing! The hallmarks of the MPACE conference are networking, conference content, and making a lifetime of connections. My hope is for you to take advantage of all the organization has to offer by stepping out of your comfort zone and engaging where ever possible at the conference. I have been a member of MPACE for over 20 years. MPACE has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills as well as learn new skills when taking on various roles. As you know MPACE is an all-volunteer association. For many of you this may be your first MPACE conference. Please explore many of the volunteer opportunities and connect with MPACE members who have done the same. As an all-volunteer association, you help shape the future of MPACE. As you make your journey to the conference, I wish you safe travels. I look forward to seeing you at the Monterey conference for a truly rewarding and inspiring experience.


MPACE President 2019-2020


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Monterey Conference Co-Chairs

Stephanie Reyes

Amanda Sahawneh

Dear MPACE Colleagues: Welcome to Monterey, and the 2019 MPACE Conference

- Inspire, Shift, Act! We are extremely honored and thrilled to present this year’s conference experience with each and every one of you. The conference co-chairs and their committees have been hard at work all year long leading up to this exciting time in Monterey. All of our amazing conference volunteers have worked extremely hard to ensure everyone has an exciting time filled with amazing networking, best-practice sharing, leadership development, and most importantly FUN. Our main goal for this conference is that you all walk away Inspired to make a Shift and Act on implementing all of the innovative and amazing best-practices that will be shared throughout the conference from a diverse range of presenters and keynote speakers. Of course we could not have a conference without the work of our awesome conference planning committees, and the guidance and support of our association management group, Smith Moore & Associates – we thank you for taking time away from your extremely busy work schedules to make this conference one of the best one’s yet. We definitely could not have made this all possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors and business partners in the exhibit hall. We are extremely grateful for the continued and new partnerships we have received for MPACE. In the spirit of MPACE, please make sure to take advantage of the networking and learning opportunities throughout this time at the conference alongside all of the new and returning MPACE members!



Don’t forget to Inspire, Shift, Act!!


MPACE Monterey Conference Co-Chairs

DID YOU KNOW: Spanish merchant Sebasitan Vizcaino was the first European to set foot on the Monterey Peninsula in 1602 and christened it Monterey after the viceroy of New Spain, Count de Monte Rey.

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MPACE Board Of Directors President

Tracy Hill Enterprise Holdings Group Talent Acquisition Manager

President-Elect/Vice President

Elizabeth Zavala-Acevez, Ph.D. California State University, Fullerton Director, Career Center

Past President

Tom Munnerlyn California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Director, Career Center


Tonie Zhu University of California, Irvine Employer Engagement Specialist


Eric Bloomquist Capital Church Director of Connection & Volunteer Development

Director, Communications

Director, Membership

Melissa Kraft University of Utah Associate Director, Eccles School of Business Career Services

Regional Director, Mountain Central Jillian Morley Utah State University Career Coach

Regional Director, Mountain East Koren Vining Cetera Investors Vice President and Branch Manager

Regional Director, Pacific Central

Bailey Gutierrez University of the Pacific Assistant Director, Career Resource Center

Regional Director, Pacific North

Tzu-Chin (Claire) Wu Oregon State University Assistant Director, Career Development Center

Amie Hammond California Polytechnic State University Assistant Director, Career Counseling & Education

Regional Director, Pacific South

Director, Education and Professional Development

Interim Executive Director

Kelly Dires, Ph.D. University of Redlands Executive Director, Office of Career & Professional Development


Erica Privott Loyola Marymount University Assistant Director, STEM, Career Services Catherine Smith Owner and CEO, Smith Moore and Associates

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MPACE Conference Leadership 2019 Monterey Conference Co-Chairs






Stephanie Reyes California State University, Fullerton Amanda Sahawneh Vector Marketing

Jessica Matula University of Seattle Punita Patel California State University, Dominguez Hills Danielle Rodriguez California State University, Northridge


Elizabeth Montgomery University of California, Riverside Casey Porter Enterprise


Ella Butler Salt Lake Community College Andy Inthavong California State University Fullerton

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Ann Jones University of Wyoming Andy Rabitoy University of Washington Sean Gil University of California, Riverside Stan Inman University of Utah Espie Santiago CollegeNet Chris Milliken University of Washington


Jennifer Mojarro California State University, Fullerton Melissa Scott Keck Graduate Institute

Leadership Exchange Co-Chairs

Robin Darmon University of San Diego Hema Paliwal California State University Fullerton


General Information About Your Badge & Tickets

Your name badge will be necessary to gain access to all official events. Be sure to wear it at all times. Full Conference registrants are entitled to attend all business sessions, all Conference sponsored meal functions and all Conference social events. A drink ticket for the welcome reception on Wednesday night will be in your registration packet. A second drink ticket will be given out by our sponsor: Jobscan and Handshake.

SHRM Professional Development Credits

MPACE is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs) for the 20198 MPACE Monterey Conference. Wednesday Attendees can receive 3 PDCs, and Thursday attendees can receive 4 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification. org

MPACE2019 App

MPACE is mobile! We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at MPACE2019. You’ll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule, browse exhibitors, maps and general Conference info; message other attendees; and, even share photos! The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices.

MPACE Social Media!

MPACE is social! Follow the conference highlights by following #MPACE19 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and share your own Monterey moments, conference highlights, and amazing learnings from throughout the week. We want to see it all!

Exhibitor Quest:

Connect with exhibitors to learn about what they offer. The more exhibitors you visit, the more chances you earn to win over $700 in prizes!

Lockheed Martin is a proud sponsor of MPACE Join us at: LockheedMartinJobs.com

Lockheed Martin is an EEO/AA Employer. Š Lockheed Martin Corporation


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Sara Safari




In 2012, I was inspired to go from a California girl, who hated the cold and had never been camping, to a mountaineer, climbing the world’s tallest mountains for organizations that benefit women. My journey began as a personal challenge, but I quickly realized that if I could climb my own Everest, maybe I could inspire others to climb their own mountains. Join me on my journey to empower women and let’s get climbing... THE UPSTANDER - DR-OMEKONGO-DIBINGA FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 - 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM


Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN. com.

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LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE 2019: Inspiring Our Future Leaders Facilitated by Rebecca Smith, Executive Director of the Office for Strengths and Vocations at Point Loma Nazarene University

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM BIG SUR This year the Leadership Exchange will shift its focus to emerging leaders in the career services profession. We invite mid-level managers of career centers to engage in a morning of learning, collaboration and thought-provoking discussion. You will hear from senior leaders in the field on what it takes to be a successful leader of a career center, discuss the career readiness competencies required for advancement, and leave with tangible approaches to become career ready and successfully transition to the next position in your professional journey. Eligibility: Mid-Level Manager of a university/college career center holding the title of Associate Director or Assistant Director. Must also have at least 3 years of professional experience at a university/ college career center or similar setting.





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Begins at 7:00 pm | Monterey Ballroom

Monterey is an unforgettable destination and this year’s networking event “Taste of Monterey” will be one to make MPACE Monterey memories. Enjoy an evening of amazing tastes, laughter, music and great conversations with your peers. This will be the place where friendships are made and renewed. MPACE is known for its welcoming culture and all will feel at home in Monterey at the 2019 Annual MPACE Conference!


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Breakout Sessions WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 | BREAKOUT I | 2:15 PM TO 3:15 PM INSPIRED by Enrolled Yet ‘Swirling’ Students + SHIFTING to a New Major + ACTION Through Two New Career Courses = Persistence and Completion Janet Anderson, Donna Crow, Wyatt Lutsk, Jillian Morley & Dannon Loveland, Utah State University Planning the First Generation Conference 2019: Process, Key Takeaways, and Tools Jeremy Brooks & Heidi Yu, UC Berkeley Career Center Changing the Narrative by Shifting Our Approach: Increasing Occupational Awareness & Opportunities for Liberal Arts Students Laura Hunkler, California Polytechnic State University Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Gen-Z Lauren Wooster, University of Redlands; Melissa Minato, Seattle University Leader-shift: Moving into Vulnerability James Tarbox Ph.D., San Diego State University Showcasing 21st Century Skills with Digital Badges: How to Engage Employers and Students during a Launch Jeanna Trammell, California State University Long Beach & Don Fraser, Education Design Lab Three Corporate Approaches to Inclusive Practices in Hiring and Retention [bold] Marcie Kirk Holland, UC Davis; Cynthia Murphy-Ortega, Chevron; Margaret Paulin, Northop Grumman Future Careers | Progress & Preparation Joseph Groot, Director, Vmock Inc. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 | BREAKOUT II | 4:00 PM TO 5:00 PM Seeking: Tech Enthusiast Who Like Inclusion! Jeffrey Harrington & Megan Odom, California State University, Chico Multi-University Career Fairs: An Example of Successful Collaboration Linda Sargent, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver; Brittany Koonce, Colorado State University, College of Business and Sue Wyman, University of Colorado Denver Business School Who Succeeds? Shifting the Story to Inspire Action for Equitable Career Outcomes Barbara Richardson & Jon Cleveland, Colorado State University Navigating Advising Students and Connecting with Employers Regarding the Cannabis Industry Andrea Hanson, UC Davis Internship and Career Center & Michelle Mallen, University of California Irvine High Touch Recruitment in a High Tech World Dylan Schweitzer & Nicole Wagner, Enterprise Holdings Digital Development as the Catalyst for Professional Development Douglas Phenix, Holy Names University Diversity is Achievable: Incusion is Believable Dr. Cindi Love, Out for Undergrad (O4U) Campus Career Champions: Inspiring Faculty that Advance Career Success Thomas Rogers, Lecturer, CSU Monterey Bay and Adrienne Saxton, Lecturer, CSU Monterey Bay 17

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Breakout Sessions THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 | BREAKOUT III | 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Shattering the Information Session: The Rise of Generation Z and Flash Mentorship Robert Goodman, University of California Merced; Eileen McGarry, University of Nevada Las Vegas & Lizbeth Lupi, University of California Merced How to Get a Leg Up: Womxn in Career Services Leadership Kelly Dries Ph.D., University of Redlands; Nicole Rodriguez Ed.D, CSU Dominguez Hills & Rose Nakamota, Santa Clara University, Elizabeth Zavala-Acevez, Ph.D., CSU Fullerton and Ella Butler, Salt Lake Community College Recruitment High Touch/High Tech: What Matters to Students - and WHY Mary Scott, Scott Resource Group Three Way Win-Win Partnership for International Students Engagement & Employment Angelina Lee, Loyola Marymount University; Amanda Fain, Hylink Digital Solutions & Jonathan Xiao, Hylink Digital Solutions Modernizing the College Recruiting Experience with the StandOut® Video Recruitment Network Jeff Bolton, VP Emerging Technologies, CollegeNET & Bruce Sylva, Director of StandOut® Sales THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 | BREAKOUT IV | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Career Mythbusting and Peer to Peer Learning Through Small Group Coaching Caitlin Goldbaum, University of Washington-Seattle Deconstructing “Good Fit”: How Unconscious Bias Perpetuates More of the Same Katie Flint & Bridgette Johnson, Colorado State University The Career Laboratory: A Mini Internship Model in the Classroom Melanie Pearce-Hooper, UC Davis; Todd Tullis, Veeva Systems & Liz “Lizzie” Agra, Visa Utilize and Empower Student Staff: Redesign/Enhance Your Operation Alongside Your Emerging Professionals Matthew Aranda, Whittier College - Career Center Thriving Tigers: Pacific’s Shift to an Integrated Faculty, Academic and Career Services Advising Model Deborah Crane, Abi Ingleton & Shelly Gulati Ph.D., University of the Pacific Best Practices for College Recruiting: Engagement and Branding Justin Finnerty & Bailee Rollins, University of Arizona



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Breakout Sessions THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 | BREAKOUT V | 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Inspiring a Culture of Career Support by Activating the Campus Ecosystem Jennifer Ferrari & Amy Peterson, Santa Clara University Courage over Comfort: Owning Our Role in the Collective Impact of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Laura Hunkler, Soukita Thipsouvanh, Jack Sandoval & Hannah Steen, California Polytechnic State University Shift Your Recruiting into High Gear: A Well-Planned, Well-Executed Recruiting Strategy is the Key to Recruiting Students in a Tight Economy JanaLee Carter & Jordan Doman, Utah Valley University Inspire Your Campus Network with Interactive Career Data Jennifer Anderson, University of Denver Shifting Recruitment Towards Authentic Engagement: How Employers Align with Student Services Professionals and Campus Programs to Inspire Authenticity in the Act of Recruitment Janet Abbott, Noah Shultz Ph.D. & James Tarbox Ph.D., San Diego State University Stunning Internship Design Sahil Punamia, The Aspiring Professional THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 | BREAKOUT VI | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM The Future of Work and Skill Sets Hector Cuevas, Center for Career and Professional Advancement, University of California, Merced Launching a Digital Mentoring Program: How to Inspire Connections, Shift Perspectives & Promote Action Christine Bautista & Larissa Bates, San Jose State University Summer Internship Experience; A Collaborative Approach to Successful Engagement & Summer Interns: Empowering Through the Onboarding Process Jeff Brzozowski, Travelers & Stella Yuen, Armanino LLP The Gender Pay Gap: The Tip of the Iceberg Julia Lapan, University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Science Preparing & Sourcing College Talent: Trends & Predictions for the Future Chris Carlson, Senior Manager, University Recruiting and Relations at Northrop Grumman and NACE President & Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director, NACE Prototype a Design Thinking Strategy to Solve a Wicked Problem Cassie Parkinson & Jillian Morely, Utah State University Career Service

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FIRESIDE CHATS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Mark Thomas Foyer Branding Employers to Students and Alum in a Virtual World Presenter: DeVry University Audience: Both College & Employer The Career Pop Up: (Literally) Meeting Students Where They Are Presenter: Sonoma State University Audience: College Walking the Talk: Changing Office Culture One Step at a Time Presenter: University of Hawaii at Manoa Audience: College THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 11:00 am – 11:30 am Mark Thomas Foyer Engaging Underrepresented Students in Career Development Through Volunteering Presenter: California State University Chico Audience: College Redefining the Transfer Experience and Identifying Missing Components for Successful Career Outcomes Presenter: University of Utah Career and Professional Development Center & Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University Audience: Both College & Employer How to Make the Most of Your MPACE Membership and Enhance Your Professional Development Presenter: MPACE Education and Professional Development Audience: Both College and Employer

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Erica Alitiem is the Assistant Director for Employer Relations with Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Erica Alitiem engages and develops relationships with employers both locally and nationally by assisting them in creating internship and full-time employment opportunities for students. She oversees the Professional Development Center’s Corporate Partners Program. Additionally, Alitiem provides career counseling, professional development and enhanced career awareness of opportunities for Eller College of Management students. Prior work experience is corporate recruiting and human resource management.

Maddie has been supporting students as a Career Counselor at the University of California, Santa Barbara for four years focusing on students interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technology. In addition to working with STEM students, Maddie also supports the career development of undocumented students. She coordinates the Dream Scholar Career Development Program and initiated the Monarch Opportunity Scholarship, allowing all students to participate in experiential opportunities regardless of immigration status. With all students, Maddie effectively combines empathy and listening skills with a strong sense of humor to turn ideas into careers.

Jake is the assistant director for career advising at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where he manages the campus’ career advising function. His favorite parts of the role are teaching a career development class, giving presentations to a variety of audiences, and strategizing with students about their job search. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Jake received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh prior to settling in the Pacific Northwest in 2011. He was previously involved with MPACE while on staff at the University of Washington Tacoma and has also been on the directorate for the Commission for Career Services as part of ACPA. He spends his free time with his wife and one-yearold daughter, following his beloved Pittsburgh sports teams (plus Arsenal), and listening to loud garage rock and hip-hop.

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Charlie has spent 3 years as a Career Counselor and Liaison to the Natural Sciences College at University of California, Riverside working with undergraduate and graduate students of which are primarily first-generation. He was a former transfer student and later earned his B.A. from UC Irvine and his Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. As a first generation himself, Charlie advocates for career readiness with his students by teaching the importance of being intentional with regards to career development and developing transferrable skills. This led him to collaborate with his colleague to develop UCR’s first Career Readiness Escape Room that allows not only students, but also staff, faculty, and higher administration to engage with career readiness in a experiential way.

Priscilla Vallejo is the Transfer Center Coordinator and Career Specialist at Ohlone College. She serves in a dual role where she helps students navigate the transfer process and integrates a “career-ready” mindset through engaging conversations that connect transfer and career. Her recent role was in Career Services at CSUMB where she wore many hats and worked simultaneously in Career Advising, Employer Relations, and Event Planning roles. She revamped the employer relations programs and created opportunities for employers, students, and the campus community to connect more. She is passionate about working with students from all walks of life and helping them unveil their career aspirations, interest, and skills. She is driven by creating space where students feel welcomed, empowered, and brave.

Mike Van Lear has worked in higher-education for the past 19 years. Committed to supporting students in the college-to-career transition, Mike most enjoys helping students nail the job interview through one-on-one and panel mock interviews. As the Director of Hawaii Pacific University’s Career Development Center, Mike and his team host career readiness workshops that range in topic from Creating a High-Impact LinkedIn Profile to Applicants that Stand Out. Mike is passionate about fostering studentcentered learning and facilitating opportunities that promote the success of students and graduates. Keeping current on hiring trends and occupational outlooks are important in how Mike supports the college-to-career transition of HPU students. Mike has been a MPACE member since 2016 , serving on the Pac South Planning Committee since 2017.


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WORKSHOP CHOICES & TIPS Wednesday Breakout 1 Wednesday Breakout 2 Thursday Breakout 3 Thursday Breakout 4 Thursday Breakout 5 Thursday Breakout 6

TIPS FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES 1. Pack a mobile charger for your phone and keep it with you at all times. 2. Stay hydrated. 3. Give yourself extra time before and after sessions to network. 4. Always say yes to a pen and notepad. 5. Give feedback to MPACE staff. 6. Keep an open mind.

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