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AACE 2013 Spring Conference

  • 02 May 2013
  • (CDT)
  • 03 May 2013
  • (CDT)
  • DeGray Lake Resort State Park ~ Bismarck, Arkansas


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AACE Spring Conference

  May 2-3, 2013


DeGray Lake Resort State Park

2027 State Park Entrance Road

Bismarck, AR 71929

Bull's Eye Bonanza: Strategies for Hitting Your Target Goals


Thursday, May 2, 2013

8:30-9:30            Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45            Welcome – Heather Reese, President

9:45-11:00           KEYNOTE: Cynthia Worthing Kolb, Associate

                        Cross, Gunter and Witherspoon

No Horse Playing with the Law: Legislative Update
This session will focus on new legislative updates that are relevant to the workforce, with an emphasis on the new legislative surrounding social media.

11:00-11:15         Break

11:15-12:30         KEYNOTE: Jo Ellen Polite, MHA – Vet Success  

Ropin’ up some Vets: Little Rock VA Regional Office’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program

This session will provide an overview of the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, to include hiring incentives exclusive to VR&E veterans.  The benefits of hiring veterans, and provide information on internships programs for veterans and organizations that will assist employers in finding qualified veterans will also be discussed. 

12:30-1:30           Lunch Provided

1:30-3:00            KEYNOTE: Katrina Betancourt, MS, RCEP - Worksite Wellness Section Chief - Arkansas Department of Health              

Don’t Gamble with your Health: Worksite Wellness: What’s in it for me? What’s in it for them?

This presentation is designed to enable the employer and employee to explore what worksite wellness is and how it can be easily incorporated within the worksite. You will learn aspects of “What‘s in it for me? What’s in it for them?” using best practices through a worksite wellness model to include the importance of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

3:00-3:15            Break (Dessert provided)

3:15-4:15            KEYNOTE: Lauren Land, Director of Career Services, Ouachita Baptist University
“Connecting the Circle”
Linking students with university alumni is an ideal way to foster networking opportunities and targeted career development. Ouachita Baptist University’s Career Services department works closely with their alumni office, which has paved the way for effective collaborations and overall partnerships.  Lauren Land will share how this partnership has enhanced the work Ouachita Career Services and is able to lead on behalf of their students.  There will also be a time for career services professionals to share current best practices – let’s share in each other’s successes!

5:30-9:00            President’s Shindig and Wild West Cookout

                        Cowboy/Western Attire Encouraged!

                        Dinner beginning at 5:30 with activities to follow


Friday, May 3, 2013

8:00-9:00            Southwestern Buffet Breakfast

9:00-10:30           KEYNOTE: Jeff Shoemaker, Employer Development Manager – American InterContinental University

Cowboy Round-Up: Working Together to Achieve 2013 Employment Goals and Objectives 

American InterContinental University (AIU) has both online and ground campuses which brings unique challenges in attracting employers for student recruitment. During this session we will review AIU’s proactive approach to Employer & Career Services that uses best practices for university employer relations including sales and account management. We will consider ways this model could be adapted for your Career Services to: 

  • Promote and expand your services and outreach activities that attract both local and national hiring companies
  • Understand the users of your services and their resource requirements
  • Recognize current trends in talent acquisition and future workforce demands  
  • Define your school’s value proposition for industry and individual organizations
  • Deliver and measure the success of your programs

As well as the role of employers in:

  • Educating colleges and universities about current and anticipated in-demand skills
  • Recommending new services for student recruitment
  • Increasing company brand recognition and marketing organizations as a “preferred employer”

10:30-11:00         Business Meeting

                        Election of 2013-2014 Officers

                        Wrap up and Closing

A block of rooms with a special discounted rate has been set aside for our conference participants needing overnight accommodations at the Degray Lake Resort Lodge for $77.00 per night.

Please mention you are with AACE to get the discounted rate.

Lodge Reservations:
800-737-8355 (TDD) or 501-865-5850




If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, visit our Conference Sponsorship website for more information. We hope you join us for an informative and enjoyable day of professional development at the AACE 2013 Spring Conference!

Jason Henry, AACE President PO Box 45, Little Rock, AR 72203 │ Phone: (501) 812-4429

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