Employer Programming

The MBA CSEA Global Conference is a one-stop shop for MBA/Masters in Business recruiters, talent managers and university relations professionals to meet and network with peer employers as well as schools. Attendance at the event will allow you to:

  • Connect with other MBA/Masters level employers to share best practices, discuss common challenges and develop solutions.
  • Develop new relationships with school partners and enhance existing ones.
  • Join the conversation about the best way to ensure the right employment fit for graduate business students.
  • Enhance your own personal and professional development with programming created by and for employers.
  • Stay up to date on trends in the graduate business marketplace

MBA CSEA has an application renewal pending for Approved Provider status for HRCI. This conference qualifies for 5 HR credits.
MBA CSEA is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 5 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
For a list of sessions that qualify for credit, please visit the Registration Desk at the conference.

Many facets of the conference programming were developed for employers, by employers, and are aimed at providing valuable professional development opportunities. In addition to the multitude of networking opportunities, programming that will be beneficial to employers includes:

Wednesday, June 26 

9 - 10:15 am
Spill the Beans Session
In Beantown (Boston’s nickname), we will have the unique liberty to Spill the Beans instead of holding back! We will kick off the conference programming with these sessions, which allow conference attendees who share similar roles at their university or company to engage in energetic activities – connecting, asking questions, and sharing ideas and information with like-minded colleagues. Due to positive feedback from last year, follow-up sessions will be offered again this year to continue the discussions on Thursday afternoon. 
  • Picking the Right Beans: Developing a Talent Pipeline 
    Co-facilitators: Jay Brown, Lead College Recruiting Manager, AT&T; Althea Foxx, Campus Manager, University Relations, Eaton
    This is a closed session for employers only.  Just as different beans serve different functions, so do the diverse candidates you seek to serve your organizations. Exclusively created for employers, you will have the space to put your heads together, get to know your employer peers, and discuss hot topics and trends.
11 am - 12 pm

Keynote Speaker 
Laura Vanderkam, Making Time for What Matters/Clarifying our Priorities

Drawing on the themes from her time management books, Laura talks about how to manage the 168 hours we all have each week to get the most out of your professional and personal life. In addition to sharing her top 7 time management tips, Laura will provide some real-life examples of how individuals can tweak their schedules to put her tips into action. Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com. Photo credit: Michael Falco. For more information on this speaker please visit: www.prhspeakers.com

1:15 - 2:30 pm Breakout Session #1

Design Thinking Your Career
Presenter: Marie-Jose Beaudin, Executive Director, Soutar Career Centre, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University; and Mike Ross, Founder, Vocaprep
Design Thinking can be applied to kick-starting and continuing career development, recruiting activities, and finding one’s place in an organization. Designing requires deep self-analysis, complex real-life experience prototyping, and courageous iteration. In this highly interactive session, we will introduce the concept, walk through a simple design thinking process and apply it to career and intern development questions. Career services employees will leverage design thinking to help students kick-start their careers; employers will apply the concepts to recruitment practices and have a framework to help their new and current employees reach their full potential within the organization.

Finding Meaning in Work: 5 Moves to Make Your Career Matter
Presenters: Jennifer Murphy, Assistant Dean of Career Management & Student Success, Ohio University - College of Business
There is a lot of buzz around the desire for purpose in the workplace. The desire for meaning is intergenerational and critical for employees to remain engaged. How do you achieve purposeful, productive and meaningful work? By exploring talents and discovering moments that matter: Show Up (Engagement), Change the Lens (Perspective), Suspend Self-Interest (Selflessness), Own it (Accountability) and Up Your Game (Improvement). Employers will walk away with strategies to recruit potential candidates and retain employees. Coaches will help their students to seek and find meaning in their work.

Getting to Yes: What Matters Most to Students
Presenters: Christine Van Dae, Associate Director, Market Intelligence, Harvard Business School; Lauren Murphy, Director, Career & Professional Development, Harvard Business School
The Harvard Business School Career & Professional Development (CPD) team saw an opportunity to better support employers when it comes to converting offers to hires. To understand what drives student decisions, CPD conducted research with the class of 2019 targeting what’s most important when applying to roles, why they accepted and/or declined offers and what tradeoffs they made in their decision. Learn how student priorities shifted from the internship search to full-time employment and how it is relevant to employers. The HBS CPD team will share key findings with conference attendees. The session will be applicable to employer relations teams and employers across all industries.

What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
Presenter: Laura Vanderkam, author
Laura Vanderkam, author of "What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast" hosts this session.  The nature of college recruiting is usually heavily weighted to certain times of the year.  The personal and professional impacts of these demands and how to address them are directly applicable to Laura's points on nurturing careers, relationships and ourselves.  During this interactive session, Laura will share insights from her own personal story as well as some case studies.  Participants will learn tips on developing habits that will result in positive outcomes for their personal and professional lives.

3:15 - 4:30 pm Breakout Session #2

Building a New Concept for Your Talent Brand
Presenter: Maura Quinn, AVP, Campus Recruiting Program, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Learn how to create a new expression of your talent brand that aligns with who you are and who you aspire to be as a company.  Come learn how to improve authenticity by creating more consistency between the internal and external experiences to build a stronger connection with prospective talent.

Coming Soon to Grad School:  Gen Z!
Presenter: Jamie Belinne, Assistant Dean, University of Houston - Bauer College of Business
While Millennials are the largest demographic in the workforce, Gen Z, is even larger, and they're coming your way!  Jamie has completed more than 10 years of research on the differences between Millennials and Gen Z in the workplace for her book, "The Care and Feeding of Your Young Employee," and gives a lively and entertaining overview of how and why the younger generations are different, with specific tips to maximize engagement.  They are VERY different from previous generations . . . and we can learn as much from them as they can learn from us!

The Power of Strengths-Based Feedback in Coaching
Presenters: Marie-José Beaudin, Executive Director, Soutar Career Centre, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University; Mike Ross, Founder, Vocaprep
Studies prove there is more to gain by building on people’s existing strengths than trying to improve weaknesses in terms of energy, motivation, etc. Since we tend to enjoy what we are good at, developing strengths is more natural than overcoming weaknesses. We will:                                    
 • Discuss the strength-based feedback benefits noted after integrating coaching in our program for 5 years;
• Talk about the science behind strengths, and how companies are using these tools for development and interviewing;
• Help employers and career coaches identify and develop strengths in employees and students.
• Provide to employers the competencies that should be expected in interviewing.

Timing of Campus Recruiting: Perspectives from both Schools and Employers
Moderator: Phil Heavilin II, Executive Director, Career Development Office, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University; Panelists: Kim Austin, Director, Graduate Business Career Management Center, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University; Luther Harris-Disalvo, Lead Consultant-Leadership Development Program, AT&T; Angie Kirk, Director, Professional Development Program, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT); Stacy Whitman, Program Manager, MBA Intern & Development Programs,Dell Technologies
Do you feel like the demand to recruit talent is earlier and earlier every year? How do schools prepare students for recruiting when many students aren't sure what they want to do? What are best practices for productive school/employer collaborations that meet the objectives of both groups? Join school and employer professionals for a discussion around what's working with campus recruiting, where are there opportunities to improve, and what we can do to collectively ensure the experience is fruitful for all including students, schools and employers.

Thursday, June 27

9:00 - 10:15 am Breakout Session #3

How Specialty Masters Programs are Revolutionizing Business Talent
Moderator: Stephen Glomb, Senior Associate Director and Career Coach, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Panelists: Michelle Li, Director, Master of Business Analytics Program, MIT Sloan; Wendy Clay, Executive Director, CMC, Simon Business School at University of Rochester; Lisa Umenyiora, Executive Director of Careers, Imperial College Business School

Join us for a panel discussion that takes a deep dive into how the growth of Specialty Masters programs is impacting the hiring landscape. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the types of roles and companies that are seeking these highly desirable students, as well as how schools are helping employers recognize the value these students bring to the marketplace.

How to Help Schools, Students, and Employers be More Successful in Securing U.S. Work Authorization
Presenters: Denise Karaoli, Senior Associate Director of International Programs, Opportunities and Diversity, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia; Annie Marra, Associate Director, S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Stephen Yale-Loehr, Of Counsel, Miller Mayer, LLC

As the immigration landscape evolves, international student placement in the U.S. weighs heavily on business school administrators and employers alike. Are there trends among successful H-1B visa petitions? What strategies can business schools employ to help students secure U.S. work authorization? What can employers do to improve visa petition approval? Join us to explore these topics as we examine the results of a multi-school, international alumni survey and discuss opportunities for schools and employers to increase their success in the U.S. visa process. Attendees will participate in a group discussion regarding company alternatives and procedures if H-1B is denied and hear from employers who have addressed challenges in hiring international talent.

Mindfulness Minutemen and Women: Tips, Tools, and Techniques
Presenters: Ellen Bartkowiak, Leadership & Mindfulness Coach and Speaker, EllenCoaching, LLC; Sally Bell, Senior Associate Director, Industry Relations, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon
What if you only have a minute for mindfulness? This session will discuss and demonstrate techniques to get out of The “F” Zone; that subtle feeling of fight, flight, freeze, frustration, fear, or fed-up. Let’s take a minute to practice what General Mills, Google, and Apple have known for years; the importance of mindfulness. Be prepared to participate in meditation exercises that will set aside your demanding boss, wicked-crazy recruiting schedules, entitled students, and multitasking reminders. Hear how your colleagues incorporate mindfulness successfully and leave the session with tools leaving you feeling calm, confident, and connected.

11 am - 12 pm

The Future of the Workforce
Moderator: Jacob Cohen-Senior Associate Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management. Panelists: Maura Quinn, Assistant Vice President, Campus Recruiting Programs, Liberty Mutual Insurance; David Wishon, Director of Talent Acquisition and People Analytics, Rue Gilt Groupe; Kristin Lostutter, Manager of US MBA Recruiting, McKinsey & Company
Join us for a Fireside Chat with a business school dean and strategic industry leaders as they discuss the “Workforce of the Future”.  This session will focus on MBA and Specialty Masters hiring, and how students from these programs will impact organizations in the coming years.

1:45 - 3:00 pm Breakout Session #4

2019 Hiring Outlook
Presenters: Kevin Hardy, Director of Career Services,Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati; Rhonda Daniel, Survey Research Manager, GMAC
Join this discussion session for an in-depth look at the results of the recently-released 2019 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey. We will discuss the hiring outlook, including salary projections, employer demand for non-MBA business master’s students, and international students. We will share information about shifts in business school demand, as reported from prospective students and admissions departments. We invite employers and school professionals to join this year’s discussion to share what your programs are doing to assist students in their job search.

MBA/Masters Interns Give the Inside Scoop
Presenters: Moderator: Cheri Hurtubise, Manager, Campus Recruiting, Chewy; Panelists: Josh Sugarman – BC Carroll MBA ‘19, Manveer Singh – Bentley MBA/MSIT ‘19, Laura Rodriguez – Northeastern MBA ‘19 Liz Lupton  - Northeastern MBA ‘18   

Did you know that New Englanders are the largest consumers of ice cream in the US? Boston is also home to the nation's largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. But more importantly, Boston is a top internship destination for many graduate business students! In this session, former interns from a variety of industries give the "Inside Scoop" about their internship experiences - including what worked well and what could be done better. Employers will learn ways to tweak their internship program to ensure it’s providing the best value to students. Schools will hear best practices to share with employers and help prepare students.

The “It” Factor – Helping Students Cultivate Self-Awareness to Develop a Standout Personal Brand
Presenters: Zoe Sullivan, Associate Director, Career Development, Rice University - Jones Graduate School of Business ; Stacy Whitman, Dell
This session is intended to educate career coaches and employers on how student self-awareness and other-awareness may affect hiring behavior, and provide them with the tools and techniques to effectively partner with students in exploring, clarifying, and communicating multiple aspects of their personal brand in a career advising or recruiting capacity. Relevant research and employer testimonials will be utilized to draw insights on how self- and other-awareness affects recruiters' selection of candidates. We will then review exercises and techniques to help students crystallize their brands and stories across a variety of platforms and situations throughout the recruiting process.

4 - 5:15 pm

Spill the Beans Session II

Join us for a second opportunity to share and collaborate among those in a similar role as you! In Beantown (Boston’s nickname), we will have the unique liberty to Spill the Beans instead of holding back! We will follow up with a second round of these sessions, which allow conference attendees who share similar roles at their university or company to engage in energetic activities – connecting, asking questions, and sharing ideas and information with like-minded colleagues. We’ll share grandma’s secret ingredients in Spill the Beans Session 1 and spice them up to win Michelin stars in Spill the Beans Session 2. We hope these sessions will create some new recipes for success!
  • Picking the Right Beans: Managing a Talent Pipeline - Employers - 2nd Serving
    Co-facilitators: Jay Brown, Lead College Recruiting Manager, AT&T; Althea Foxx, Campus Manager, University Relations, Eaton
    This is a closed session for employers only.  There are always more topics than discussion time, so we have extended this year’s employers group sessions to discuss additional topics of interest. Your Spill the Beans Session facilitators will address additional topics not covered during the first session.  Join us for the 2nd portion of “Picking the Right Beans.”