ACI Career Development Conference and Employer Expo

Oct. 4, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.North Central College, Naperville, Illinois

For employers: the prospects you need to build your future workforce

For students: The skills and connections you need to launch careers

ACI convenes Illinois’ top employers and students from 26 Illinois colleges and universities for our 2019 Career Development Conference and Employer Expo, Friday, Oct. 4, at North Central College.

This exciting full-day event offers employers and students opportunities to meet, and interact in formal and informal settings – and to match the right job or internship with the right student. ACI’s Career Development Conference and Employer Expo includes:

  • Employer Expo — morning and afternoon exhibit sessions that showcase employers to prospects and introduces prospects to employers. Businesses that participate as “premium” partners can review resumes in advance and access private interview space on site. Participating employers include:

+ ALPFA (Assoc. of Latino Professionals for America)

+ Aon

+ Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois

+ Buckeye International

+ Call One


+ Central Intelligence Agency

+ CME Group

+ Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED, Inc.)

+ Dominican University

+ Dayton Freight Lines

+ Environmental Design International

+ Fifth Third Bank

+ Inclusion Nation

+ Lewis University

+ Marsh

+ North Central College

+ Northwestern Mutual

+ Owlish Communications

+ Saint Xavier University

+ Shure

+ State Farm

+ Wells Fargo

+ WestCare/Sheridan Correctional Center

+ Wintrust

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP is a participating sponsor and its speaker and will be available to chat with students at the Financial Services Career Pathing Seminar. Additional sponsors are Fifth Third Bank and Upkey. The expo will also feature a selection of ACI-member graduate programs for interested students, including Dominican University Graduate Programs, Lewis University Graduate Admissions, North Central College School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Saint Xavier University Graduate Programs.

  • Career development breakfast and opening session — Students, employers, speakers and special guests get together for a continental breakfast. Featured keynote: JD Gershbein of Owlish Communications discusses the value of networking and its role in professional development.
  • Skill-building sessions – Students – from freshmen through seniors — can acquire skills that help them map their careers and prepare for success. Hosts: Baker Tilly, Fifth Third Bank, Upkey
  • Career development luncheon – employers, students and career services professionals sit shoulder-to-shoulder to explore work-life challenges and opportunities and learn about the benefits liberal arts graduates bring to the workplace. Featured keynote: Michelle Silverthorn, CEO of Inclusion Nation, discusses why we are not and should not be “color blind” and the impact of implicit bias.

To help colleges fund transporting students to the Naperville conference, ACI offers grants of up to $300 to fund van rentals, van drivers, bus or train tickets. Funds are limited, and campuses most distant from Naperville will have priority. Applications are due no later no later than Sept. 16.

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