Midwest ACE Webinars

Midwest ACE places education and knowledge at the forefront of member benefits. Not only do our members receive opportunities to boost their skill sets and those of their team during the Regional ACE webinars, they can show off their knowledge of the industry during one of Midwest ACE's webinars.

The Midwest ACE Professional Development Committee is devoted to providing members with information that impacts their industry. In order to share the value of Midwest ACE with industry leaders and prospective members, webinars will be available to both members and non-members. Members can register to attend for free and non-members will be charged a $30 fee.

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Upcoming Webinars

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Career Development Among Undergraduate Students

Friday, May 7, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Central/ 4:00 pm - 5:00pm Eastern

DescriptionAttaining a job in a desired career field is a key goal for many young adults. In pursuit of this goal, students will often engage in an exploration process that involves internships, job shadowing, and attending networking events. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, however, many of these opportunities for exploration were lost as in-person activities were cancelled.

This presentation will explore the results of a Fall 2020 study that sampled undergraduate students from a large midwestern university. We will cover the self-reported impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the career development process for them, including career decision self-efficacy, perceived employability, and their ability to engage in proactive career behaviors. Lastly, we will look at attitudes toward virtual opportunities and ways in which students felt their university supported or didn’t support their career development.

Bansari Upadhyay, Undergraduate Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bansari is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign set to graduate this May with a B.S. in Organizational Psychology. In her research, she is motivated to study workplace experiences, particularly the impact of social inclusion/exclusion, leadership styles, and the career development process. Her interests in psychology developed through serving as vice president of Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society at the College of DuPage, where she graduated with highest honors before transferring to the University of Illinois. Since then, she has worked as a research assistant for labs within the College of Education and hopes to continue her research professionally after graduation.

Outside of her studies, Bansari enjoys taking walks, crocheting, and playing guitar.


Past Webinars

Operationalizing Equity: Unpacking Systemic Racism the Elephant in the Room

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Central/ 1:00 pm - 2:00pm Eastern

Description: Join the DEI Committee in hosting Dr. Tierney J. Bates for an interactive presentation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Career Services. 


Dr. Tierney J. Bates
 has established himself as focused leader, speaker, fundraiser, networker, career coach and voice on diversity, equity, inclusion, and GENERATION NOW! He has given over 110 keynote talks, presentations, and workshops. With over 20 years in higher education, he has progressed from entry level to senior level administration providing leadership, vision, and responsibility for strategic initiatives and solutions in student services, diversity & inclusion, career services/workforce development, recruitment, and fundraising. He is currently at UNC Chapel Hill as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Special Projects & Interim Executive Director and has served in leadership roles at Virginia Union University, North Carolina Central University, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, and Bowling Green State University.

He is also the founder and Chief Engagement Officer of The Bates Group LLc that is a premier boutique consulting and education agency, specializing in working with higher education, corporate industry, and nonprofits, the areas of focus include: Career Coaching, DEI Strategy and plans, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Training & Workshops, Diverse Talent Searches, Speakers Bureau, Fundraising Consulting for Identity-Based & Diversity fundraising needs.

Dr. Bates is from Cleveland, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communications with a minor in African-American History from the University of Akron, his Master of Arts in Higher -Education Administration from the University of Akron, and his MBA from Bryan College, and a Doctorate degree from Spalding University. Dr. Bates is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA), National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 100 Black Men of Triangle East.

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