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

Converting Career Centers from Ground to Online

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Central




In this session, we will be discussing and completing interactive activities to illustrate how to convert a ground-based Career Services Department to an online format and maintain strong employment metrics and data tracking. We will go over time management, navigating employer relationships, conducting student workshops, and tools available to make the transition as seamless as possible.


David Cross, Fortis College

David Cross serves as the Director of Career Services for Fortis College of Indianapolis. He has won multiple awards for outstanding job-placement percentages, and currently is the top ranked Career Services Director in the Education Affiliates group of schools. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Hanover College and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Higher Education with a focus on College Administration and Leadership through Purdue Global. Outside of his work, he enjoys competing in martial arts and spending time with his wife.



Online Career Development & Recruitment - Staying Engaged while Staying Safe  

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Central



What are you currently doing to accommodate the career development and recruitment of students while navigating the online environment? COVID-19 has abruptly forced all of us to adapt to change and determine best ways to continue in our work remotely. Prior to COVID-19 online education was already trending upwards, however, traditional on-campus resources such as on-campus recruiting and career treks were not designed or ready to go completely online. In this webinar you will hear from administrators within the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in regards to the career development resources that were provided to the online students prior to COVID-19, as well as an assortment of virtual internship projects and recruitment efforts tackled after COVID-19 forced everyone online. This session will be a great opportunity to not only learn what has worked for LER, but will also allow for you to share best practices that have worked for you and your organization.


Cory Hatfield,  University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations

Cory is the Chief Advancement Officer for the School of Labor and Employment Relations and leads all of LER’s fundraising and alumni activities. Charged with establishing and leading LER’s fundraising priorities and campaign goals, he also manages annual giving, stewardship and all alumni marketing communications.  In addition to fundraising, he organizes and hosts a wide variety of alumni gatherings and engagement opportunities across the country.

With his career background being in sales and marketing, his relationship building skills have led to multiple leadership positions within not-for-profit organizations throughout Champaign County and is currently on the executive committee for the United Way of Champaign County’s Emerging Community Leaders Program. 

Eden Haycraft, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations

Eden serves as a student advisor within LER and leads the online program through student recruitment and curriculum growth. Prior to LER, Eden spent over 8 years working in career development within university settings. In her various roles within career services Eden’s primary role was building relationships with employers seeking talent.

Eden has been involved with Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers since 2015, and has held various leadership roles within the association. Her involvement started as a member of the membership committee and grew into holding roles such as Co-Chair of the 2018 Annual Conference and Director of College Membership. Eden currently serves as the President-Elect of the association.

Nell Madigan,  University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations

Nell is the primary contact for corporate relations and student career-related activities at LER. She holds primary responsibility for building relationships with new corporate partners, and manages ongoing relationships with long-time partners across a variety of industries, including Boeing, Cummins, ExxonMobil, PepsiCo, and General Mills.

Nell has held a variety of leadership positions with the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, serving on the assembly from 2006-2008 and the executive board from 2009 – 2016. She received the 2010 Midwest ACE President’s Award for meritorious leadership, the 2015 JW Paquette Superior Leadership award, and the 2017 Founders Distinguished Service Award.


Past Webinars

Connecting Small Business to Career Services - A Vital Linkage!


Small business is a critical component in the hiring process for many students and career offices. Effective techniques and strategies to connect employers and career offices will be discussed by a panel of small business owners/members and a director of a Small Business Development Center (SBDC).


  • How to identify small business - resources.
  • How small  business can be effectively contacted to recruit college students/graduates/alums.
  • Suggested practices for small business to effectively work with career services offices and staff.


Jerry Donahue, College of Lake County (IL)
Jerry has had a long career in career services, and has been a director of career services offices at Indiana University Northwest, Canisius College, Moraine Valley Community College, and St. Norbert College. His experience as a civil engineer in the headquarters of Navistar, formerly International Harvester Co., in Chicago provided a solid background for his work with engineering and computer science students at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Michigan - College of Engineering and co-op engineers at the University of Detroit Mercy. Currently, he is working as a Career Specialist with the career technical programs at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. His involvement in professional associations has included leadership roles in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the Northwest Indiana and Green Bay, WI chapters. He was a co-author of a National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), formerly CPC, monograph on "Small Employers Connection to College Career Centers." In addition, he has been in leadership roles with the Midwest Association of Colleges & Employers (MWACE) including co-chairing both an annual conference and a Trends in Recruiting Conference held in Chicago. He has received from MWACE Founders Award and the J W Paquette Leadership Award

Mitch Bienvenue, Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center (SBDC/ITC)
Mitch Bienvenue is director of the Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center (SBDC/ITC) at the College of Lake County. He has over 30 years of business experience, more than half of them spent as an entrepreneur starting and growing multiple enterprises. He and the SBDC/ITC team provide Lake County business owners with advising, tools and training programs to ensure their companies are successful.

Ryan Fox, Ash Brokerage
Ryan graduated from Ball State University in 2002 with a degree in Management Information Systems. After graduation, he moved to Boston and began working in retail operations management with Gap, Inc. and Tiffany & Co. With the loss of his position at Tiffany’s in 2009 due to downsizing, Ryan made a career shift and relocated to Fort Wayne to join Vera Bradley as a Recruiting Specialist in 2011.

Since 2011, he has recruited for Vera Bradley, Johnson & Johnson, and currently with Ash Brokerage. In his current role, he is responsible for all positions in the company, as well as our annual headcount and compensation planning, employee engagement survey process, and their university relations and internship program.


Dr. Hope Zeller, DistinXion, Inc
Dr. Hope Grame-Zeller is currently the Vice-President of Talent Management for DistinXion where she launched the DistinXion Internship Xperience program. The program is an experiential-based internship for current college students that provides mentorship and skills-based training through the management of different aspects of the organization. Over the past 8 years, Hope has mentored over 150 interns at DistinXion and countless more college students through her additional work in the college classroom. For four years, Hope taught courses in Sport Management & Administration at Indiana University in which she emphasized and trained students in career readiness and professionalism training


Shannon Zengler, SHRM-CP, Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC
Shannon Zengler, SHRM-CP, is the Director of Human Resources for Valeo Financial Advisors LLC and is responsible for managing all recruiting and employee development initiatives. Prior to joining Valeo, Shannon served as a staff development analyst for GEICO and developed the service and training standards for over 3,000 associates. In possession of a BA from Stephens College, Shannon also serves on the advisory committee for Indiana INTERNnet and is passionate about empowering the next generation through experiential learning opportunities and mentoring.


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