Category Archives: Conference

MPACE pictures, part 3 – BTW, or Bears, Trees & Wires.

And, finally, as promised – the final round of MPACE pictures, including the social. We spent the last evening of the conference at the World Forestry Center, which had great exhibits, yummy food, tasty drinks, and Voodoo Doughnuts. No complaints here.

Indoor tree, and an indoor (pretend) owl. The tip of the iceberg of the "northwest-y" decor.

Getting back to my Pacific Northwest roots, posing with an old friend.

Wires from the Canopy Lift Ride - meant to simulate going to the top of a forest.

Did I mention that I'm afraid of heights? That's me and my courageous colleague, Michelle, braving the ride.

It went about twice that high, at a death-defying speed of (I'm guessing) 12 miles an hour. Then, we dangled at the top for eternity.

We're smiling because we survived.*

Birds-eye view of the band rocking out

Very Merry Northwest Christmas decor

Simulated rafting photo. There's me falling off the side, my colleagues saving me, and a constituent from CSULB assessing the situation. Apologies for the blur, but at least it feels like an action shot... right?

ROAR. Last shot of the night.

Bonus photo: I think I was one of the few who took the train out of Portland. I couldn't find Platform 9 3/4, so I took a picture of some windows instead.

*A references to a previous post I did where I got to use the same caption after a real-life rafting expedition, with pictures almost as intense as the one here.

MPACE pictures, part 2 – Everything BUT the social

As promised, here is round 2! As you can see, they kept us busy, but not too busy that I didn’t have time for a few quick photos. I’ll let the pictures (well, and the captions) speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Opening keynote...a few minutes before UCI got a shout-out in front of the whole ballroom!

Who's the girl taking a picture of herself on accident after the session?...Oh, wait. Nevermind.

Action shot of a session #1

Action shot of a session #2

Artsy shot of Shirley Temples in the hotel bar. Mine's on the left.

Beautiful decorations from the mall across the street from our hotel...pretty enough to rival the dangling crystals in my room!

I saw no green pool tables in Portland. Coincidence? Or an Oregon thing?

Bus ride TO the social...the calm before the storm!

MPACE pictures, part 1 – We came, We saw, We checked-in.

Oh man, you guys! I am excited to share this first batch of photos with you! It was a great three days, hopefully the pictures give you an idea of how it felt to be there.

What’s funny is I don’t have a shot of the outside of the hotel, one of the most obvious pictures to take when conference-ing. Though, those who attended can attest, there’s not really a grand entrance to The Nines. The hotel itself is six floors up, so the ground entrance is fairly tame. That said…

This is what you see when you step off the elevator...

Why yes, that IS a beautiful artistically styled wire dress in a frame!

...but then just around the corner, there are mannequins without clothes on. Which leads me to wonder...why aren't the mannequins wearing the wire dresses? They look like they'd fit.

I didn't have too much time to think about it though, because in my room was THIS.

There it is again, in the right corner. Dangly crystals! Who doesn't love dangly crystals??

Not sure who else got to check out the library, but I thought it was pretty cool...

Almost as cool as my view!

And lastly, guess what I was treated to at check-in...SWAG!

Actually, speaking of check-in, I’m going to stop there. The next round of pictures will show what happened AFTER the conference started. Stay tuned!

MPACE Conference – Day 2, by the numbers

Hello again, friends! Here’s a snapshot of yesterday at MPACE…
Disclaimer: some numbers are guess-timated

27…new things learned
25…people who inspired me in one way or another
3…keys to leadership shared during our keynote (former Gov. Barbara Roberts, what an amazing lady)
3…delicious meals
2…cups of tea
15…minute bus ride to our evening social
1,000…feet in the air the chairlift ride at the social seemed to go
60ish….feet the chairlift actually went
5…photos I took with stuffed/cardboard/wooden bears at the social.
35…photos I took in general
25…AWESOME dancers I saw on the dance floor

I’ll be back in the office early next week with a more thorough re-cap, including the pictures. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the last few hours here. Safe travels to all my colleagues traveling today, and during the rest of the weekend!

-DBO

MPACE pre-post: The Essentials

This is it, you guys! Tomorrow is the day that hundreds of us in the college recruiting/career services fields will descend upon Portland, Oregon for the annual MPACE conference.  I am flying out tonight, which means that I’ve got all my luggage and gear sitting in my office, ready to go. 

To be honest, I'm excited to have a reason to get my warm jacket out.

What’s an employer resource card, you ask? It’s got a bunch of relevant information for employers – important URLs, contact info for multiple staff members, and key dates. Here is what they look like up close…

It’s our first time using them in a while, so I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I’ll be blogging & tweeting from Portland, so I’m looking forward to keeping everyone updated. And for my fellow attendees, safe travels and I’ll see you guys up there! 
-DBO

48 hour trip to the Hoosier state – CHECK!

What time is it again??

So, I haven’t ventured further East than Texas in a surprisingly large number of years…who knew a 3-hour time difference could be so jarring? (Arriving at the hotel at 2:00am didn’t really help, either!)  Exhaustion aside, my trip to Interactive Intelligence earlier this week went well.

I think the majority of what I learned is most applicable to my fellow UCI Career Center colleagues and our students, so I’ll save the company profile for them.  That said, to summarize this trip, I’d say: Good people, cool company, long hours, impressive facility, lots of information, yummy snacks, and access to iced coffee both mornings…I was a happy camper. I took a couple of snapshots to prove that I did in fact travel this week…I wish more of them turned out, but either way, here you go!  

My plane out of California. It was the oldest plane I have been on in recent years...after that flight, I'll always look at individual air vents as a luxury!

My attempt at an action shot: Arriving at Interactive Intelligence HQ1.

Snazzy lobby space that makes me want to paint my office.

You know it’s going to be a good visit when your shirt matches the wall.

Sunset during my layover in Phoenix, a gorgeous way to one of the quickest trips ever!

In other news, I’ll be in the office for three whole days next week, so I’m looking forward to sharing more updates soon!

 -DBO

Top 10 takeaways from NACE 2011

10 – Current hot topics in college recruiting include social media, early identification, student expectations of the hiring process, the rise of virtual recruitment & interview options, and tightening budgets (for both career centers and employers)

9 –  Dance floors, food lines, and airport shuttles are all great equalizers   

 8 – When it comes to work/life balance desires, new NACE research shows that GenY has more in common with GenX than others have previously seen reported. Thank you, we finally have new message about GenY!

 7 – Many schools are moving toward hosting niche events, rather than large “free for all” job fairs. The highest number I heard was from one of the Big Ten schools, at 35 events in one school year. Whoa. 

 6 – Don’t let the door swing and hit you from the back when you’re on an 8th floor balcony. Trust me, you don’t want to feel a surprise bump that high up!

 5 – Comfortable shoes. Period.

 4 – Words I heard to describe various employer/career center relationships: trust, transparency, customized, and “concierge-level service.”

3 – Among others, Guy Kawasaki’s tips for enchanting people include having a genuine smile, dressing to match your audience, customizing your presentations, and instead of saying “you’re welcome,” tell someone “I know you would do the same for me,” since it gives them credit as well.

 2 –  Get to sessions EARLY. Not on time, EARLY. There are some who are serious about their start times.

And…

 1 – conferences of any kind often feel like Crash Course + Boot Camp + Happy Hour – Outdoors. The best thing I learned is about preparation keep an open mind and open ears, carry lots of business cards, and pay attention! 

Thank you, Texas! See you next time!