5th Annual Drive-In Conference Speakers Announced!

KEYNOTEWendy SPEAKER:  Wendy Shoemaker, Senior Associate Director of the University Career Center, University of Kansas

As the Senior Associate Director of the University Career Center at the University of Kansas, Wendy Shoemaker leads, hires and trains a large career counseling staff that provides the sole source of career counseling to the entire University of Kansas community.  She is an advocate for practical, hands-on engagement for students in their career development process and frequently consults with faculty, administration and staff to help them enhance their work with students.  Since 2010, she has been engaged in research projects that connects career development outcomes to student retention.  She has spoken nationally and internationally about her research outcomes and most recently won the 2013 Innovation Excellence Award for Research from the National Association of Employers (NACE).

A native Iowan, Wendy grew up in Des Moines and attended The University of Iowa for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Student Development in Post-Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography.

KEYNOTE ADDRESSCareer development theory for the academic advisor: how small questions now can lead to big results later.

It takes a campus to help a student transition to life beyond college. Recent polls tell us that career is the #1 concern for students and parents when choosing higher education.  What can advisors, other staff and faculty be doing to help students address career related issues?  This presentation will review the latest in career development literature and will propose a new perspective for campuses to adopt that involves an “all hands on deck” approach to support students as they take the next big step in their career journey.

BrendaHONORARY SPEAKER:  Brenda Clark-Hamilton, President  Fresh Coffee: Professional Growth Programs that Awaken Your Best Self

Brenda Clark Hamilton is a dynamic keynote speaker and workplace trainer who provides fresh perspectives in leadership, communication skills, customer service, team-building, and offering one’s personal best to life, relationships, and career.

 A skilled and respected educator, Brenda’s career experiences include coordinating professional development for 1200 teachers, serving on the Iowa Department of Education’s Professional Development Stakeholders Group, and managing multiple projects as Professional Development Consultant for an Iowa education agency.  Brenda holds a Master’s degree in English Education, has supervised student teachers for two Iowa colleges, and has taught numerous graduate-level courses for teachers.

 Since launching Fresh Coffee: Professional Growth Programs that Awaken Your Best Self  in 2005, Brenda has become a nationally-recognized speaker and audience favorite at conferences, association meetings, and within workplaces in every field imaginable.  Audiences are quick to note Brenda’s sense of humor, in-depth and timely knowledge, and skill at keeping them engaged throughout her presentations.  They often use the words practical and fun to describe how Brenda provides them with concrete, usable strategies and combines presentation of content with audience interaction, which inevitably leads to funny, spontaneous moments.

HONORARY ADDRESS:  Emotional Intelligence and Success:  What’s Your EQ?

This fascinating, interactive session will look at the many components of what has been deemed “Emotional Intelligence,” including the four key facets of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and relationship management.   Participants will identify which EQ competencies are most important in their particular workplace role and learn specific, take-home strategies for becoming more competent and confident in key aspects of Emotional Intelligence.

5th Annual Drive-In Conference Speakers Announced!

Help First Generation Students Find the Journey in College


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2014 IowAAN Drive-In Registration NOW Open

The Iowa Academic Advising Network (IowAAN) invites you to the 5th Annual Drive-In conference on March 27th to be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa. Academic advising is an interactive process in which the advisor assists students in setting and achieving academic, professional, social, and personal goals that are consistent with their interests, values, abilities, degree requirements, and career […]

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