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The dates and location for the 2014 Career Professionals Conference will be announced in May.

Please send any questions to NASPAA Conference Manager Emily Reineke


2013 Career Professionals Conference

Evans School of Public Affairs
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

December 12-13, 2013

Thank you to the 59 attendees, from 34 schools, who made this conference the biggest one yet! 
Watch your inbox in January for information on how to apply to host the 2014 conference and how to join the planning committee!

NASPAA's annual Career Professionals Conference is a two-day meeting for career services directors and staff at member schools, to discuss matters pertaining to advising students on their internship and job search, training students in career search skills, networking with employers, managing career offices, and related issues.

Parrington Hall, conference site
 and home of the Evans School

See the conference invitation and the detailed schedule for the range of topics covered and the list of 25 speakers and panelists. 

The keynote speaker is Carol Vecchio, founder of the Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal, and recipient of a National Career Development Association Outstanding Career Practitioner Award.

Program directors from schools without dedicated career staff will also greatly benefit from attending. One 2012 first-time attendee wrote:

"I have many roles as a program director, advisor and faculty member. Students ask me for career advice in all of those roles, and I often feel limited in my ability to respond. Attending NASPAA’s Career Professionals Conference helped me learn about opportunities and strategies so my students can launch exciting and challenging careers. I was surprised by how much I learned about internships, federal government hiring, etc. I attend multiple academic conferences each year and found this one to be especially useful and worthwhile."
- George Dougherty, Jr., PhD
  Director, Master of Public Policy and Management degree program
  Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

The conference will be generously hosted by the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs. The conference will kick off Wednesday evening, Dec. 11, with a welcome reception and dinner. The conference will run all day Thursday - Friday, December 12-13, with a group dinner outing Thursday.

The registration fee is $200, which includes breakfast and lunch both days.


HotelWe have a room block at the Hotel Deca, located right off the UW campus, a 12-minute walk from the Evans School (see directions). 

Airport: Seattle is served by Sea-Tac International (SEA), 25-30 minutes from campus.  Information on ground transportation is available here
We will post a "ride board" before the conference, to arrange shared cab or shuttle rides.  It worked really well last year!

Check out Visit Seattle magazine for a sample of the many things the city offers!

Conference Planning Committee

Tamara Schaps, Washington  chair
Kristin Scheyer, Washington  events coordinator

Anita Nichols, Carnegie Mellon
Brendan Hardy, Colorado-Denver
Cecille Cabacungan, UC Berkeley
Denise Riebman, George Washington
Duane Bradshaw, George Mason
Heather Wright Gavitt, George Mason
Hillary Bardwell, Rutgers
Jen McLaughlin, Albany
Jennifer Carignan, American
Karen Kille, Penn
Kathy Hursh, Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis
Megan Ouimet, Washington
Shannon Brewer, Pitt

NASPAA staff liaisons: Stuart Heiser and Emily Reineke

Cancellation Policy 
Registration fees will be refunded (less a $50 administrative fee) for cancellation requests received by December 3, 2013. No refunds requested after that date will be permitted.