LACE 2020 Virtual Conference: Geauxing Local


July 15: Pre - Conference Workshops


10:30 am - 12:30 am: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Career Services 

Presenter(s): Dr. Jonathan Wright, Dillard University & Cameron Tillman, Ochsner Health 


The Center for Career and Professional Development staff from Dillard University will provide a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity awareness, training, and discussion virtual workshop. The virtual presentation will include PowerPoint and Youtube that focus on understanding roles each staff and department have in supporting Diversity, Inclusion and Equity initiatives. Workshop attendees will develop the framework to create a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity statement, identify and create D.I.E. programming and partnerships and develop tracking and outcomes measures. The workshop will conclude with a Question and Answer session.


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: The Student Appointment: Career Exploration and Job Search 

Presenter(s): Caitlin Dartez & Christiann Bayne, Louisiana Tech University


Studies show that nearly 80% of job vacancies are not posted. Yet, many job seekers spend their time surfing online instead of getting out there and making connections. As practitioners, we know job search is an important appointment topic but we still have to convince students or alumni that building their professional network will increase their chances. 


This session walks you through an appointment which assesses the students abilities and values, connects them with career center resources and teaches them to build their professional network while tapping into the hidden job market. 


3:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Getting to know Handshake, again: A refresher session + Q&A

Presenter(s): Megana Vemula, University Relationship Manager, Handshake


Join a University Relationship Manager, Megana Vemula, for a Handshake refresher course that will cover newly released features, using virtual events, and live question and answer segments for Handshake users. Let this be your one stop shop for your everything Handshake. 


Pre-Recorded/Watch on your Own: Grant Writing

Presenter(s): Ron Cathey, Louisianan Tech University


Whether you’re a beginning grant writer or a seasoned vet, sitting down an writing a grant can be a daunting experience! This session will help you to prioritize your plan and help you put a pen to paper!


July 16: Conference Day 1


9:00 am - 9:30 am: Welcome to LACE 2020 


9:30 am - 10:30 am: Keynote Speaker 

Dr. James Henderson, University of Louisiana System President 


11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

Don't Forget About the Business Next Door

Kyle O'Neal & Amy Caillouet, Louisiana State University 

Come learn more about the LSU Olinde Career Center's efforts to improve employer relations and opportunities for students right here within the Baton Rouge community. Beyond our local outreach, we'll also share more about how you can impact your region and the state with common sense outreach strategies.


Delivering Career Content in a Virtual Environment

Karen Loach, Northwestern State University 

Fall 2020 will be unlike any other semester. Engaging students and delivering career content will require a new set of skills. This session will show you how to use a recorded PowerPoint presentation in conjunction with Microsoft Stream to deliver content. Stream has some unique functions that increase accessibility and accountability.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Breakout Session

Delivering An Amazing Virtual Internship Experience - For Employers

Dr. Robert Shindell, Intern Bridge

Helping Employers Deliver an Amazing Virtual Internship Experience is designed to help you help your employer partners build a win-win-win virtual internship program. Based on the most in-depth research ever to be conducted into the successful management of internship programs, you can be assured that you will leave the webcast with the confidence to deliver virtual internships.


The presentation will include detailed statistics from proprietary research, as well as best practices and practical steps you can take to implement and benefit from a virtual internship initiative – regardless of your industry or the size of your company or organization!


I Know What You Did Last Summer: How to strategically capture and disseminate student summer experience data

Courtney Frost & Millena Wilson, Louisiana State University 

Students' summer experiences are vital to their career development and readiness, but career centers often know little, if anything, about these experiences. In this session, you will learn how to implement a centralized survey process for tracking and sharing summer experiences across your university. Tangible benefits include gaining a holistic understanding of students' career readiness activities, and a process for reporting on this data when presenting to campus partners, prospective students, and employers.


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm : Group Discussion 

Career Counseling During a Pandemic 

Lisa Hibner, Baton Rouge Community College & Joyce Fields, Louisiana State University 

With the new reality of a global pandemic, many of our norms regarding careers are being challenged. Both career counselors and our clients are impacted. During this discussion group, we will discuss the ways that Covid 19 has impacted our work in career counseling, the challenges we are experiencing and the unexpected opportunities that are occurring. In addition, we will discuss any changes we are making in our approach to career counseling as a result of Covid-19.


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: LACE Business Meeting


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Bingo Night 


July 17: Conference Day 2


8:00 am - 9:00 am: Product Demo 

Getting to Know Big Interview

Summer Lowery, Big Interview

An interactive demonstration of Big Interview’s online system, which combines training and practice to help improve interview skills and build confidence. Big Interview offers cutting-edge interview advice rooted in real-world scenarios and hiring practices. Big Interview has the most advanced mock interview training tool, allowing users to practice nearly any type of job interview. Users have access to hundreds of practice sets for different experience levels, industries, job roles, and competency areas.


9:30 am - 10:30 am: Student Panel

Career development outreach strategies for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) from a student perspective

Garnisha Beck, Louisiana State University 

Students from multiple campuses across the state will provide insight on outreach, programs and strategies for career centers and employers to engage students from diverse populations to ensure equity and inclusion.


11:00 am - 11:30 pm: Closing Speaker

How to stay Career Ready and Mentally Healthy During COVID-19

Alberta Green, ABG Professional Development Solutions


11:30 am - 12:00 pm : Conference Closing 

LACE Awards Presentation and Connecting with your Chamber 

Caitlin Dartez, LACE President and Judy Copeland Ruston Chamber of Commerce 


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