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EACE Winter Splash creates warm welcome in four cities

Baby, it was cold outside, but EACE Winter Splash participants from Boston to Baltimore basked in the warmth of connecting with colleagues, old and new, during the week of January 12.  EACE members and guests ushered in the New Year with a welcome blast of professional energy, lively discussions, and networking opportunities.  Highlights of the week included:

  • New England, 1/12 – Holy Cross hosted a morning of insight and inspiration, with breakfast generously sponsored by colleagues at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Fourteen collegesandfour employers participated from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.  This high-energy group tackled nine topics throughout three morning sessions, covering innovations in internships, career counseling and career services; ideas for best engaging campus partners, alumni and employers, and best practices in marketing and branding leveraging social media and technology.  Each table shared key learnings with the larger group, and everyone came away fully energized to start the spring semester. Special thanks to program leads Maura Sweeney and Karen James.

    Pictured:  Stacy McClelland of Enterprise, Philadelphia Winter Splash host, with attendees

    Pictured: Stacy McClelland of Enterprise, Philadelphia Winter Splash host, with attendees

  • Philadelphia, 1/16 – Enterprise’s new headquarters was the site of an informative and fun-filled event, with some 30 career services professionals and four employers sharing ideas and best practices at seven dynamic round tables. Among the most buzzworthy topics were innovations in on-campus recruiting, working with student populations, and engaging students through social media. Temple University’s Ashley Jones led the Philadelphia splash.
  • New York City, 1/16 – Columbia University’s Center for Career Education co-sponsored the NYC event, welcoming 40 professionals representing 27 universities in the NY metropolitan area as well as employers Marketing Edge and Success Academy. The NYC event chose diversity as a unifying theme, discussing best advisement practice for such student populations as people of color, LGBTQA, people with disabilities, and veterans. Sample insight:  “Even though this topic can make people feel uncomfortable, it is important for us to continue this important conversation within our offices and across our organizations.” This led to rich discussions about how to support employer partners in shaping our ever-diversifying workforce. Special thanks to NYC program lead Gerald Tang.
  • Baltimore, 1/16 – Kathy Bovard at Johns Hopkins led the program,  not only drawing 32 attendees representing 13 universities and two employers, but holding a drawing for attendees and even creating a hashtag for the day for live tweeting from the splash.  You can share in the excitement vicariously via this recap in Storify:  https://storify.com/eace/eace-2015-winter-splash-baltimore

We can’t wait to reconnect with the rest of our EACE colleagues in Pittsburgh in June!

Pictured:  Stacy McClelland of Enterprise, Philadelphia Winter Splash host, with attendees

Submitted by Janet Long for EACE PD Committee

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