Annual Conference

July 21 - 23, 2019
Join us for #ASCN2019 in Washington, D.C.!

Each summer, the Alumni Career Services Network convenes the largest group of alumni career services professionals in the country for a three-day professional development conference to hear from experts in the field, explore the latest products, and network and exchange best practices with peers. In 2019, we'll gather for the 14th annual ACSN conference in Washington, D.C.!

Year after year, attendees point to peer-to-peer connections as one of the most valuable takeaways of the conference. This conference is a must for all involved in providing career services to alumni in institutions of higher education, from direct alumni career coaching to alumni engagement and programming. Conference highlights include: compelling keynote speakers, presentations on industry hot topics, collaborative roundtable discussions, a cocktail reception, excursions, and much more!


  • Brandon BusteedPresident, Kaplan University Partners  
    • "The Coming Era of Human Capital Campaigns and the Evolving Nature of Alumni Career Resources"  

      The future of alumni affairs will look very different than it does today. Career services will be offered to alumni, even more so than students. Fundraising campaigns will yield to human capital campaigns that engage alumni in mentoring and career connection opportunities between students and themselves.  In his talk, Brandon will discuss this evolving dynamic and how the line between student and alumni will blur in intriguing ways, as alumni remain lifelong students of their alma maters and become involved in the education and development of current undergraduates.  

  • Allen Gannett - Chief Strategy Officer and EVP of Corporate Development, Skyword
    • "Flashes of Genius - Learning the Art and Science of Creativity"  

      The standard view of creativity is one of constant brainstorming punctuated by sudden flashes of genius - it is not something you can be intentional or methodical about. This talk will disprove this, explain how flashes of genius actually happen and provide ways any creator can increase their odds of having one. The talk is based on two years of research for Gannett's upcoming book The Creative Curve (June 2018, Penguin Random House). As part of this process, he interviewed dozens of the world's leading creatives such as celebrity chefs, multi-platinum musicians, billionaire entrepreneurs, and fine artists. In addition, he talked to the leading scientists and academics who study the field. Based on this, he found four patterns—The Four Laws of Creative Curve—that all creatives engage in. These laws are not only scientifically valid, but can be followed by any aspiring creative. This talk will give a sneak peek into Gannett's research and a look at how you can leverage it.


ACSN Members: $475 Through July 3; $550 After July 3 
Non-Members: $575 Through July 3; $650 After July 3 
(Non-members may join as a part of the registration process to receive membership discount)

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Click here to register 


The 2019 Conference will be held at The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.  The cost per night is $199.00 beginning Thursday, July 18 and extending to Saturday, July 27. D.C. is a popular place to visit so these additional nights at the conference rate will allow attendees to arrive early or stay after the conference. These additional nights have limited availability, so be sure to reserve your room today.

Hotel reserve link

Stay tuned for more announcements about #ACSN2019 in Washington, D.C.!

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Past Conferences

Conference attendees from #ACSN2018 in Nashville can access conference resources here.