Developing a Strategy for Alumni Career Services

Developing a Strategy for Alumni Career Services

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Create a comprehensive plan to establish or improve your career services efforts for alumni.

When it comes to alum needs, access to career services and professional development opportunities are consistently at the top of their list. However, establishing a career services effort within alumni relations requires a unique skillset, including being able to understand the balance between online and in-person events, manage vendor relationships, and ensure smooth collaboration with campus partners.

Join us for a highly practical and intensive training to learn how to:

  • Build a comprehensive alumni career services strategy
  • Learn emerging best practices
  • Decide on which formats fit your content and budgetary needs
  • Forge valuable partnerships across campus
  • Generate new ideas and find inspiration in other institutions’ examples

During this course, you will work with like institutions to create your action plan and identify priorities for when you return to campus. You will have the time and space to share your most successful events and tactics and to learn from the achievements of your peers from other institutions.


Who Should Attend

This program was designed for:

  • alumni relations professionals who are growing or improving their alumni career services
  • those in career services charged with increasing alumni outreach

The content of this conference will equally benefit those who are just starting out their initiative, as well as those who are looking to improve their existing efforts.


Bring your team and save!

Save over 15% when you register three or more colleagues.


Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, breakfast, lunch, and access to the networking reception on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

Day One

8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Building a Strategic Plan for Alumni Career Services

Whether you are building a career services program or are looking for ways to improve your current offerings, stronger programming will begin with a clear and actionable plan. Learn how to use strategic thinking and strategy screens to establish your priorities in alumni career services, identify future opportunities, and do away with work that no longer makes sense to do.



Developing Comprehensive Programming

Our faculty will address how to balance online and face-to-face programming and ensure you’re offering an intentional blend of skills-based services and professional development. Our faculty will also cover how to budget for each area.



Offerings for Each Career Stage

We will address how to meet the needs of your alumni across each career stage and transition. The session will also include an overview of market trends and generational characteristics and themes.  



Connecting Your Alumni: Developing Professional Affinity Groups, Corporate Networks, and Mentorships

Part of our work is to create meaningful connections among our alumni. We will address how to develop and maintain professional affinity groups and corporate networks. Our faculty will also lead a group discussion on mentorships and share best practices.



Gallery of Successful Events Across the Industry

In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to share their most successful events and tactics with the group and learn from the achievements of other institutions. Academic Impressions will reach out before the conference to collect examples from attendees.



Networking Reception

This informal reception is your chance to decompress, have a drink on us, and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, which means you will have the opportunity to meet your peers and our speakers face-to-face.



Day Two

8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Leveraging Internal and External Partnerships

The quality and relevance of our programs can depend on the partnerships we build within and outside of the institution. You will learn how to leverage the expertise within your community by identifying volunteers and forming mutually beneficial partnerships across the institution. Our faculty will also address how to forge and maintain corporate partnerships and work with outside vendors.



How to Leverage Alumni Data to Improve Events

You will learn how to use alumni data and surveys to get to know your alumni, provide relevant content, and make informed decisions for your events and programs.



Action Planning with Like Institutions

Work with like institutions to create your action plan and identify priorities for when you return to campus.



Colleen DelVecchio

Sr. Alumnae Engagement Advisor, Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College

Colleen focuses on strategically engaging alumnae with the college through professional development, volunteerism, advancing women’s leadership, and connecting with current Smith students. Colleen is also the owner of Colleen DelVecchio Coaching, a coaching and consulting business focused on helping business increase women’s leadership and move towards a strength-based management model.

Read Colleen's full bio here.

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Dan Gould

Principal, Dan Gould Consulting and Innovations

Dan Gould has over a decade of diverse experience in alumni relations, annual giving, nonprofits, and executive management. His professional practice offers clients strategies and insights for both traditional and emerging alumni and development programs. His expertise resides in challenging convention and routine, offering an approach inspired by metrics and data.

Read Dan's full bio here.

Lauren Villanueva

Lauren Villanueva

Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement, Drexel University

Lauren provides strategic direction to alumni relations programming and volunteer management initiatives. Lauren and her team focus on the development and delivery of programs that increase alumni engagement and participation in the context of the university’s current $750 million campaign, The Future Is a Place We Make. These offerings include career and professional development programming, shared interest/affinity groups, recent graduate/student programming, and signature events.

Read Lauren's full bio here.

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Whitney Egstad
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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