2021 FloridaACE Virtual Drive-In, October 28-29

2021 Virtual Drive-In

 October 28-29, 2021


Registration for the 2021 Virtual Drive-In Conference is now OPEN! The event will be taking place on October 28-29 and is open to FloridaACE members.

Early Bird Registration (through October 22): $25
Regular Registration: $30

Members can register here

TENTATIVE Schedule-at-a-Glance

View and download the current schedule here.

Thursday, October 28

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.          Welcome & Keynote Address - Authentic Connections
Keynote Speaker
: Dr. Calvin Williams, Administrative Director, Advising and Career Services - Indian River State College


Authentic connections allow us to continue to make a difference in the lives of students, staff, and employment partners. Let’s talk about the how’s and why’s of building and maintaining authentic connections.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.          Interactive Session 1: Imagineer for the Day - Crowdsourcing Innovation
Jennifer Fonseca, Palm Beach Atlantic University

“We dare ourselves to thing beyond what’s possible. To defy imagination. And to do things that have never been done.” ~Bob Weis, President of Walt Disney Imagineering.
For one hour, we will each be FloridaACE Imagineers! Just as Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force behind the memorable Disney experiences that connect and inspire – we will collaboratively be the creative force to imagine what could be, thus crowdsourcing innovation. Participants will be randomly placed in a Zoom breakout room with a discussion moderator to innovate, re-imagine, and ideate regarding a topic. Each breakout group will then report back to the main group their innovative idea. Together we will imaginer experiences that connect and inspire our stakeholders!


4:00 - 4:45 p.m.          LinkedIn or Left Out
Christy Mantzanas, Florida State University

Finding spare time to engage on LinkedIn can be quite the challenge these days. Join Christy Mantzanas for an interactive session to identify best practices, time-saving hacks, and the latest tricks to maximize your connections!

Friday, October 29

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.          Affinity Group Meet-up 

Join in this open discussion on metrics and program evaluation

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.          Member Involvement Chat

Are you seeking opportunities to help you grow professionally and personally? Want to grow your network and make new friends? Seeking ways to learn new skills, boost your resume or gain leadership skills? Join Nelly Leon & the Membership Development Committee to learn more and have fun getting involved with FloridaACE!

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.        Interactive Session 2: The Power of Positivity and Positioning Yourself for Success
 Amanda Shere, USF St. Petersburg

Our work in higher education and recruitment is driven by helping students succeed, but how often do we look inward and motivate ourselves to succeed? Where do you begin? Why is professional development so important to the work we do? Harness the power of positivity by learning about principles and practices you can apply to your life for professional and personal success. Learn to embrace your strengths, navigate change, and how to live the life you want. Come ready to visualize your future success through an engaging activity-based session with FloridaACE Gallup Strengths guru, Amanda Shere, as we explore where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there!

10:45 – 12:00 p.m.      Closing & Keynote Employer Panel: Connecting with Diverse Populations
Employer Panelists
: United Way, J.P. Morgan Chase, Publix

12:00 pm: "Chat and Chew"

Want to keep the conversations going? Using the Remo platform, we’ve created a space for you to just socialize with no pressure or agenda. So grab your lunch, and pull up a seat to a virtual table with your FloridaACE colleagues!