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Are you keeping up with employers’ changing expectations?

Employers’ requirements and their relationships to campuses are evolving.

The changing labor market; new technologies; the hybrid workplace; the expansion of internship, co-op and other experiential programs; and, expanded efforts towards diversity recruitment are all having a significant impact on the work of employer relations professionals.

Become better equipped to engage employers on your campus.

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Increase engagement with employer partners Improve employer engagement
Attract new opportunities for your students Become an invaluable resource for your employer partners
Advance your career in employer relations Earn your employer engagement certification 
Are you responsible for attracting employers to your campus, developing opportunities for your students or strengthening relations with external partners?

The Employer Engagement Academy is designed for college professionals working in offices that partner with employers: career services, internship, cooperative education, and others.

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5 live workshops 4 live and interactive workshops
Online and interactive Collaborative group work and discussions
10 hours of intensive learning 12 hours of active learning
A supportive network of peers A supportive network of peers
Online and interactive Dedicated web portal with discussion board
Dedicated program web portal Online educational materials (video recordings, slides, articles, worksheets)

Program & Schedule

(All times based on Eastern time zone)

The Employer Engagement Academy features four, 3-hour sessions that include workshops, presentations and panel discussions that will be presented live online over a span of 4 weeks.

Weekly sessions will include opportunities for participants to reflect on their learning, take part in small and large group discussions, meet with their peers, and complete self-guided learning and research assignments.

In addition to the 3-hour sessions, it is expected that participants will complete 1-2 hours of homework each week. Homework will consist of literature reviews, posting and commenting on discussion board topics, connecting with other participants, watching video recordings, and/or completing quizzes.

Participants will be supported via a dedicated web portal to access educational materials, connect with peers, post and comment on coursework, discuss topics of interest, and share best practices and information over the course of the program.

All 3-hour sessions will be recorded and made available for review for 6 months after the completion of the program.

Week 1

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

  • What Is the Role of the Employer Relations Professional?
  • Employers' Top Challenges: How Schools Solve Problems for Their Employer Partners
  • Employer Relations Pro Panel: Focus on Sourcing Leads & Business Development Skills
Week 2

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

  • Employer Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Panel: The Role of Schools in the DEI Challenge
  • Impact Roundtables: DEI Discussion
  • Evaluating your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities with the Employer Relations Scorecard
Week 3

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

  • Panel: How Campus Recruiting Works: The Employers’ Perspective
  • Creating High Impact Employer Events
  • And Action! Practicing Consultative Conversations through Role Play
Week 4

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

  • Helping Your Employer Partners Build a Solid Case to Increase Student Hiring
  • Key Cohort Roundtables: Collaborative Group Work on Common Challenges
  • Building Employer Relations for the Long Term: Fostering Trust and Adding Value
  • Next Steps: Turning Learnings into Action Plans

All details are subject to change.

Speakers, Panelists & Facilitators

(Additional presenters will be announced soon.)

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Megan Anderson

Vice President, North America Head of Campus Recruiting & University Relations, Talent Acquisition,
Northern Trust

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Brian Burley

Diversity Recruitment Manager,
General Mills

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Erum Chaudhry

Manager, DE&I Recruitment,

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Graham Donald

Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.

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Michelle Fox

Senior Campus Talent Acquisition Specialist & Team Lead,

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Nicole Furnia

Director, University Relations, Early Talent & Employer Branding, US & Americas,

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Kristen Gallo

Executive Director of Employer Partnerships, Career Center,
Temple University

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Karin Hanson

Director of Employer Relations and Communications,
Michigan State University

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Scott Maynard

Economic Development Director,
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce

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Jacquitta Pool

Manager - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Early Talent Programs, Campus Recruiting,
Liberty Mutual Insurance

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Nicole Ramirez

Manager, Early Talent,
Conagra Brands

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Summer Salazar

Director of Employer Engagement, Texas Career Engagement,
The University of Texas at Austin

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Natasha Stough

Campus Recruiting Leader,
Ernst & Young LLP

Dedicated Support

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Julie Rahmer

Learning Success Manager,
Employer Engagement Academy
Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.

As the Employer Engagement Academy’s dedicated program support person, I’m committed to ensuring that participants and presenters get the most out of their experiences. I am happy to answer questions and provide information and updates to ensure that you are well equipped for this unique learning opportunity.

If you work directly with the employers that hire your students, then the Employer Engagement Academy is designed for you.


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What is the schedule and time commitment?

The core of the program is four, 3-hour sessions held over 4 weeks. In addition to the 3-hour sessions, it is expected that participants will complete 1-2 hours of homework each week consisting of literature reviews, posting and commenting on discussion board topics, connecting with co-participants, watching video recordings, and/or completing quizzes.

All sessions will be recorded so that participants can access any sessions that conflict with their personal schedules.

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Will there be recordings available?

Yes, all sessions will be recorded and available exclusively to program participants on the dedicated web portal for 6 months after the completion of the program.

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What happens if I miss a session?

There’s a good chance that a session or two may conflict with your other commitments. Recordings of sessions will be posted on the web portal along with educational materials within 24 hours of each workshop, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to catch up.

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Who should participate?

If you work directly with the employers that hire your students, then the Employer Engagement Academy is designed for you.

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Can you help me convince my boss to invest in this?

Absolutely. Please send an email to Julie Rahmer at and I will send you an email template.


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I appreciated the approach presented in the Employer Engagement Academy that provided fundamental strategies and tactics that are proven best practices in relationship building, sales and CRM – which are typically outside of higher education – we were encouraged to use these to add value for our universities and employers.

Chrys Tsilibes

Assistant Director, Corporate Partner Relations, Center for Career Development, University of Connecticut – Stamford

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As someone who started in employer relations in the pandemic, participating in this program was a great opportunity for me to learn more about my area as a whole since everything has been so different for the majority of my time in this role. From breakout sessions with peers, to employer feedback on key topics surrounding our role, to best practices, this program gives employer relations professionals at all levels something to takeaway.

Dylan Tedder

Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Internships, Arkansas State University

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The Employer Engagement Academy allowed me the opportunity to network with amazing professionals and learn great insights on how to build our relationships with employers!

Erin Bruce

Associate Director, Employer Relations, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, Indiana University College of Arts & Sciences

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The Employer Engagement Academy is a great resource for those who are new to the field and for seasoned professionals who'd like a refresher. The material is broad, relevant, and useful.

Shana Love

Assistant Director, Experiential Learning, Career Center, UC Berkeley

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The Employer Engagement Academy was such a valuable experience as we spent each week diving into content that impacts the day-to-day work of employer relations professionals. From discussing how employer relations professionals aid their employer partners with their top challenges, to how our work ties into our employers' DEI initiatives, the content was relevant, current and insightful. I also loved making connections with many employer relations professionals from across the country! It was great hearing and learning from employer relations professionals at various stages within this career.

Naomi Pollek

MBA, Manager, Student & Employer Relations, CareerHub, Milwaukee Area Technical College

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