2024 Conference

As we head to this year’s conference to grow in our professional development and learn how to adapt to an ever-changing landscape, we’ll reconnect where it all began-- on a college campus!

Get ready to don your favorite college t-shirt and show your school pride as we return to campus to connect and learn from the best in the business. 

Whether you are new to alumni career services or have been doing this work for many years, the ACSN conference is an opportunity to build connections and share best practices and experiences with people who truly understand the work you do.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Location

Worcester, MA | July 22-24, 2024
College of the Holy Cross

ACSN invites all alumni career services professionals to join us for our annual conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Learn more about Worcester. (That's “WUUSS-TER”).

Worcester, Massachusetts offers cultural, professional, and recreational opportunities for people of every interest — from the masterworks displayed in the Worcester Art Museum to the one-of-kind restaurants on Shrewsbury Street. And with the ski slopes of Vermont and New Hampshire, the stunning beaches of Rhode Island and Cape Cod, and the cities of Boston and Providence all within striking distance, there’s much to discover throughout this dynamic six-state region.

Parking
There is ample free parking on the College of the Holy Cross campus directly across from the conference location in the Hogan Campus Center (
#34 on Campus Map under “Other Facilities”).

Airports
The nearest airport to Worcester is Worcester (ORH) Airport which is 3.9 miles away. Other nearby airports include Boston (BOS) (41 miles), Providence (PVD) (41.8 miles), Manchester (MHT) (49.9 miles) and Hartford (BDL) (51.1 miles).

 

Looking to make the most of your trip? 

Worcester is centrally located between the mountains and the ocean. Arrive early or stay late and take advantage of the beaches and sites along the beautiful Northeast coastline.


Conference Fees

Early Bird Registration (Through July 1st)

  • Members: $575
  • Nonmember and employed by an institution of higher or secondary education: $675
  • NOTE: Nonmembers who join ACSN as a part of the conference registration will receive the membership rate of $575. Join ACSN today 
  • Please note, you can register at the early-bird rate and be billed, with final payment due by July 17, 2024.

Standard Registration (July 1st to July 22nd)

  • Members: $675
  • Nonmember and employed by an institution of higher or secondary education): $775          
  • NOTE:  Nonmembers who join ACSN as a part of the conference registration will receive the membership rate of $675. Join ACSN today.

Conference payment is due in full by Wednesday, July 17, 2024. No exceptions.

If Plans Change >>
If you must cancel (and we hope you don’t), please contact ACSN at [email protected]. Your options will be to transfer your registration to another member/non-member or credit your ACSN account. Cancellations received after July 5th will have a processing fee subtracted from the ACSN credited amount. 


Conference Schedule

Coming Soon!

Join us for three days filled with learning and connection, including inspiring speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and even an improv class!


Submit a Proposal!

Submit A Proposal


As we head back to our roots this year, consider bringing your area of expertise to one of the conference breakout sessions!

Proposals Due: April 5, 2024 
Session Length:
 60 minutes

Submission Criteria:

  • Demonstrates “best practice(s)” in career development for alumni
  • Relevance and timeliness of program content to conference theme and topic areas, and overall appeal of program content to the general membership
  • Well-articulated presentation of program content
  • Clear learning objectives for attendees
  • Incorporates diversity, equity and inclusion

Suggested Session Topic Areas:

  • Career Coaching: Supporting alumni at every age and stage of their professional journey
  • Data & Analytics: Capturing and leveraging data to drive strategy
  • Digital First: Using technology to engage alumni at scale
  • Event Planning: Planning events on-campus, off-campus, hybrid and virtually
  • Future of Work: Adapting to the changing professional landscape
  • Meaningful Connections: Helping alumni build deep connections with one another and with students
  • Partners & External Stakeholders: Building successful partnerships and serving alumni at scale
  • Strategic Planning & Operations: Growing your ACS program and forming campus collaborations 

*It is preferred that all ACSN Partners submitting proposals include a current ACSN Professional or Academic Professional as a co-presenter.

**Presenters whose proposals are accepted are expected to register for and attend the full conference.  Please note that ACSN does not offer a discount for presenters.

Questions?  Contact the ACSN Conference Committee at [email protected].

Submit a Proposal

Arrive Early and Attend the Pre-Conference!

Most stories of post-graduate outcomes erase the challenges and barriers faced by many college graduates who identify as professionals of color, first-generation, or both. By neglecting to address these gaps through an equity lens, our institutions contribute to health and wealth gaps that are furthered by disparities in the workforce. In this session, we will explore data from a critical narrative study amplifying the college-to-career transitions of first-generation college graduates of color. 

Monday, July 22nd from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost $75. Sign up on the conference registration form
Lunch is included from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.

Learn More About the Pre-Conference 

Keynote Speaker

The global and campus mental health crisis and hypercompetitive global market is bearing down on educators, leaders, and students alike. The science of human flourishing reveals that aligning values with behavior can lead to better individual and collective outcomes. This keynote provides a toolbox of interactive, practical, evidence-based strategies to cultivate resilience and build a positive contagion of connection and positive impact.

Dr. Kristen Lee's Bio 

Join Us on Tuesday, July 23rd at Polar Park!

Polar Park is home to the Worcester Red Sox, Triple-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, but it is so much more than a ballpark. Polar Park can expect to see concerts, festivals, weddings, birthday parties, corporate outings, and much much more!

Join us for a panel discussion with employers about hiring trends in this market. Appetizers and refreshments are included.

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free for conference registrants. $30 for guests.

Register on the conference registration form.

Want to book a tour of the ballpark? Tours will be available for $10/person after the panel discussion. Register on the conference registration form in advance. No tickets may be purchased on-site.


Hotel Information

We have reserved availability at two hotels in downtown Worcester. Shuttles will be provided to/from campus for those who are interested.

There is ample free parking on the College of the Holy Cross campus directly across from the conference location in the Hogan Campus Center (#34 on Campus Map under “Other Facilities”).

AC Hotel Worcester
125 Front St, Worcester, MA 01608
2 Queens or 1 King for $179 per night
Reserve your room by Friday, June 21, 2024
Parking rate $18 per vehicle per night
Distance from the College: 3.6 miles (10 minutes)

AC Hotel Worcester Reservation Link


Hilton Garden Inn

35 Major Taylor Blvd, Worcester, MA 01608
2 Queens or 1 King for $159 per night
Reserve your room by Sunday, June 30, 2024
Parking rate $11.95 per vehicle, per night
Distance from the College: 3.6 miles (10 minutes)

Hilton Garden Inn Reservation Link

Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Become a sponsor and gain greater access and visibility to 200+ alumni career services leaders! Learn more about the different sponsorship levels available for the ACSN 2024 Conference.

Questions? Please contact Michael Steelman or Alex Beard with questions about sponsoring the ACSN 2024 Conference.

Become a Sponsor