Why Should I Join a Midwest ACE Committee?

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Hear from past and current Midwest ACE members to find out why they find it valuable to volunteer on our committees:

“Midwest ACE has been part of my professional life since I started in career services. Over the years it has been an amazing way to develop leadership skills with colleagues in schools and hiring organizations. The best benefit by far, however, is the lasting network I’ve built through MWACE" 
-- Nell Madigan, Associate Dean, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (past MWACE President)


"The regional ACEs have always been a big part of my professional development since I entered higher education. I have been able to grow as a professional tremendously from being a co-chair for the 2018 annual conference to now serving on the Board"
-- Eden Haycraft, Associate Director, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Board Member)


"MWACE is a great organization to make professional connections with peer institutions and regional employers. As with any organization, you get what you put into it so I suggest joining a committee that is close to your passions. I love connecting people and learning new things so I enjoy the site visit committee"
-- Jean Drasgow, Director of Career Services, College of ACES, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MWACE Professional Exchange Committee)


"I value the idea exchange among career services, employer, and service providers who are all greatly invested in the success of candidates who transition into their careers.  There’s a certain “feel” or passion among our three populations that is hard to describe.  That passion serves as a foundation for uncanny networking that launches meaningful relationships that very often extend beyond the boundaries of work."
--  Amy O’Donnell, Distinguished University Lecturer, Career Development, The University of Toledo 


"It has also allowed me to connect with employers that truly want to get to know my University’s students, which I think is of great value."
-- Emma Andruczyk, Senior Assistant Director, The Career Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MWACE Member)


"Being able to have conversations, solve problems and work collaboratively with peers facing similar issues or opportunities as part of committee work was a highlight."
-- Angi Mckie  Director of the Pomerantz Career Center The University of Iowa


“Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MwACE) was my most significant professional association during my career. When I moved back to career services leadership after serving as an upper-level administrator in student services, I joined MwACE and attended my first annual meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska!  I discovered a group of career professionals that cared about their work and the students they served. Members worked in public universities, small private institutions, and community colleges--it was an enriching and diverse community that cared about students, colleagues, and best practices!... MwACE professionals instantly embraced and included me in their discussions, professional development, and genuinely sought to hear my voice"
-- Gail Rooney, Retired Career Services professional, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (past MWACE President)