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

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 & Thursday, June 27 | 4 - 5:15 pm
 
Spill the Beans Sessions
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: Althea Foxx, Campus Manager, University Relations, Eaton; and Jay Brown, Lead College Recruiting Manager, AT&T
    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. What tools do others use to increase efficiency? How do you measure the ROI on diversity conferences and on-campus engagement? What are the best practices for virtual recruiting? What was something that one school did well which you wish every school would do? What were some ideas that initially seemed odd but worked out beautifully? Share your experiences and ideas with your peers, and inspire each other to generate more!
     
Wednesday, June 26 | 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

Thursday, June 27 | 11 am - 12 pm

The Future of the Workforce
Panelists: To be confirmed
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.

Dates/Times TBD
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Partial list - additional sessions TBA

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.

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 inspire 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 perspective 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!

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, a process for creative problem solving, is commonly used to create innovative products and services. However, the 5-step approach can be applied to both kick starting and continuing career development and recruitment, and finding your place in an organization. Designing one’s career path is not a typical problem. It requires deep self-analysis, complex real-life experience prototyping, and courageous iteration. In this highly interactive session, we will introduce participants to the concept of design thinking, first walking them through a simple design thinking process (i. e., designing a new wallet), and then applying it to career and intern development questions. While all participants will learn how to apply the methodology to any complex problem, career services employees might be interested most in leveraging design thinking to help students kick start their careers, whereas employers might be interested in having a framework to help their new hires and other reports grow and reach their full potential within the organization, as well as apply the concepts to their recruitment practices

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.

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? Just like the American colonial partisan militia who were ready at a minute’s notice to fight, we can learn quick techniques and tools to get out of The “F” Zone; that subtle feeling of fight, flight, freeze, frustration, fear, or fed-up. Whether we’re “in” it or see it in a colleague, data shows that mindfulness techniques can improve work focus, job satisfaction, and a positive relationship to work. Let’s take a minute (or two) to practice what General Mills, Goldman Sachs, 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. Leave the session with techniques to bring you focus, clarity, and the ability to switch gears leaving you feeling calm, confident, and connected.

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.


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 have proven there is more to be gained by building on people’s existing strengths than on trying to improve on weaknesses in terms of energy and motivation,
probability of improvement, and more. Since we tend to enjoy what we are good at, developing strengths is far more natural than hoping to fully overcome a weakness — and even less to turn it into a strength!  In this highly interactive session, we will:    
•    Discuss the strength-based feedback benefits we've observed first-hand having integrated it in our program for nearly 5 years now;
•    Talk about the science behind strengths, and how companies are using these tools in their professional development and interviewing;
•    Help employers and career coaches identify and develop strengths in students and reports.
•    Provide to employers the multiple competencies that should be expected in interviewing.

Timing of Campus Recruiting: Perspectives from both Schools and Employers
Presenters: Philip Heavilin II,  Executive Director, Career Development Officer, Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business and Stacy Whitman, Program Manager, Marketing MBA Intern & Development Programs, Dell
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 meets 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.

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.